Monday, January 31, 2011

Lost Moment oil 6"x6" #204

This is one of those lost moments in life. I think there are several possible ways it is lost....the grandmother is wistfully looking at the Degas of ballerinas...there is the lost youth...her granddaughter is pulling her to go she losing the opportunity to see such a wonderful piece of art?....or is the grandmother so enthralled with the painting that she is failing to recognize the ballerina tugging on her.I revised this painting today because I did not like the way the little girl looked, although I liked her posture. So she got black leggings instead of a long dress. I like the contrast between the way she looks and the way the grandma looks. I made other changes too.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lessons from Matisse oil #203 6"x6"

A young artist learns from one of the modern masters who reduced the lessons of his formal training into areas of flat color shapes, somewhat like a child's work. It gives pause to the concept of 'who is the master?' I put a lot of work into the Matisse painting of "The Young Sailor II" then realized it was drawing all the attention and I wanted the focus to be on the two patrons, so I kind of grayed it and mushed it together....not as representational but it works better for my painting.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Drawn In oil 8"x8" #202

The lady on the right was inching closer and closer to this painting. Her arms were raised and resting on her large flat bag, but she looked like she wanted to touch it. The other lady held back a little nervous about being "Drawn In" too close. It is of interest to me the huge bags that people carry in NYC. There are lots of tourists from everywhere and they seem to haul around everything they might ever need. This woman's macrame bag is a perfect example. It must have weighed a ton. You can tell that it is affecting her posture by the way her left shoulder is slightly raised. The colors are a little faded in this photo and there is a glare.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Finding the Story #201 oil 8"x8"

It feels so good to painting in oil again. I am a bit rusty, but I still like this overall.
What drew me to this person is how she unconsciously held her hands in the same position as the painting. I have noticed this a lot in observing people looking at art. Sometimes they try and take a pose, but more often it just happens. Both women are dressed in pink but Modern Girl has leggings and a purse and of course her hair is down and her skirt is short.
People seem drawn in to some paintings and they will walk around and then return to one, maybe several times. This young woman kept coming back to this one. It felt like she wanted to talk with the woman in the painting and hear her story.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Preghiera di Lily 6"x6" acrylic #199

This young lady's name is was painted from a photograph that caught this interesting image of Lily in a prayerful position adjacent to these lillies in Florenze, Italy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Italian Laundry 8"x10" acrylic #198

This is from a photo my daughter shot and was a gift for her. I also did a version for her brother who really liked it.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Home Made acrylic 6"x6" #196

I like the warm neutrals in this and it is just a very homey still life with the pewter plate reflecting the warm wood and the home made bread.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Morgan Show 6"x6" acrylic #195

This was painted from a photo I took at the Morgan Horse Show at the Morgan Horse Farm near Middlebury, VT. This young lady was getting ready to enter the show ring with her beautiful horse. My grandson is becoming my best fan. The other day he came in and saw a painting I had done and so enthusiastically said, "I love this!" with such honesty and emotion it made me want to cry. I consider myself to have "made it" based on his reaction. It is really important to consider who your critics are and who you are going to listen to and believe. To bring such joy to him fulfilled what ever goal I ever had of pleasing the public! He loves horses and lives across the road from a beautiful horse ranch, so this one was done for him.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Portrait acrylic 4"x4" #193

My 2 year old grandson thinks this should be called "Lambie" but it looks more like a school portrait to me! All day he (my grandson) has been making sheep lips. I actually never looked this closely at sheep lips. They are pretty impressive. It is such an interesting animal and yet, scraggly and scruffy and dirty and when they get shorn they look kind of weird and pink and naked...poor things. I am using a new camera and my daughter's computer and it has been a challenge. Everything looks too bright and over saturated. I am reposting two others in hopes that they look a little closer to reality.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In the Zone 6"x6" acrylic #192

I am still visiting at my daughter's which is giving me lots of lessons in painting and posting under difficult conditions. The computer I am working on has very limited abilities to edit the photos so this one appears in a much higher key than it is. It actually has very subtle color changes. So forgive how harsh this looks. I wanted to create an image of someone in their very personal creative zone. For me right now, that is my sanctuary.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Open Door acrylic 5"x7" #191

This is the view from my daughter's old house onto her neighbors. I painted it from a photo I found that I had taken when my first grandson was born. Maybe I will paint her neighbor's in honor of the birth of my second grandson. I am going to change some things. I painted this at night in very bad lighting at the kitchen table and I need to fix some of the colors and some of the shadows, but mostly I like it.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Parking pastel #189

This was an exercise in arbitrary cropping. A fire hydrant in the foreground might have made it more interesting. I will have to think about that but there is a mystery to who is getting in/out of the car. Who are they and what are they doing? On a less productive but still artistic note, I went snowshoeing with my husband today (he came to visit us at my daughters) and I really studied how things looked and what I would do to paint them. I didn't have my sketchbook or a camera, but I really thought about seeing and not just about what I saw, but how do I translate that into 2-D with chemical pigments? I know this is what artists do all the time, but I really indulged today. It felt like a significant lesson.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

American Family Icon pastel #188

My husband is crazy about British croquet. This is such a symbol of family life and back yards. In the winter, the best you can do is lay it out on a green blanket, which reflected a lot of warm green light. One new year's day my husband and I took our new snow shoes and hiked down to the park by the lake. While there, we witnessed a group of young women strip down and jump in to the subfreezing water, and then saw a bunch of hippies unload from a VW bus painted with flowers (of course) and proceed to set up a croquet game and play it in the 3 foot deep snow. I love living in Vermont!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Midpoint Saturation acrylic #185

This hot and cool image makes me shiver as 2 feet of snow accumulates outside. It is above my knees and comes to my grandson's chest and is hard to maneuver in but fun to play in.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Veggies pastel #184

and some veggies....2 posts to make up for yesterday

Fuzzy Slippers charcoal and pastel #183

Yesterday was a down day for me...fever and trying to take care of a 2 year old while mom recuperates. I actually got dressed today and took off the fuzzy slippers.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Thinking Legs 8"x10" oil #182

These legs are about to do something....get up....cross.....put on shoes...maybe move into position to have a baby, like my daughter did yesterday!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

WUPA 6"x6" acrylic #181

My grandson, Allister was born today at noon and weighed 9lb. 12 oz. and is perfect! My daughter is amazing and is doing really well. This is a painting of my 17 year old puppy Wupa. She is still really healthy and loves a good romp, but she doesn't hear too well. She is afraid of babies!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friends 6"x6" acrylic #180

This is one of those paintings that just tells a story by itself and needs no explanation. I love it because it feels really personal to me.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beach Painters 6"x6" oil #179

I am visiting my daughter who is about to have a baby. I am on baby watch and spending time with my grandson. I am using a different computer, have to pull out my painting stuff every time I work, and have just a window of opportunity during his nap time to do it! I worked ahead just in case, so I have some emergency things to post. This painting is from a painting excursion with friends. I did it from a photo. It was a stunning day in Oct. and we had no competition for beach space on Martha's vineyard.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Miss Kitty and the Pig 5"x7" acrylic #178

This is one of the cats that has been part of our family over the years. She is posing (what she does best) with a big ceramic pig my mom got me because she thought it would look good in the garden. I really like the pig because it is so quirky and is life size. Miss Kitty now lives with my grandson, which really is better because I am allergic to cats. He is only 2 and she is so sweet to him even though he doesn't always be that way to her (he thinks she is an excellent pillow). I like the grays and tried to get a feel of shiny hard surface on the pig.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sparkling Night at Home acrylic 6"x6" #177

How can you wake up and be so filled with self-doubt? It is like a ego-smashing bug crawls into your ear during the night and robs you of courage. My husband likes the British series "Red Dwarf" and I remember there was an episode about a polymorph that did something like that. Anyway, what do you do? You just have to get up and go for it. This painting is of a home on a magical wintery night. The snow is falling in quarter size flakes and piling up quickly. The sky is azure and the glow from the lights reflects brilliantly on the snow. The house is a bit wonky; maybe I'll fix it one day, or just let it be like a well worn hoodie.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Celebrity Sighting #176 acrylic 5"x7"

As the crowd pushes forward with cameras in hand to see the celebrity, I shoot their backs. My husband calls NYC the city of crowds (he is not as excited by it as I am). I really love the abstract qualities of this one and how the dark areas define the "form of the painting. My goal is to paint 350 paintings before the end of June and this is #176....I am over half way! Quantity is not everything, but it is something.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Three Scoops 5"x7" acrylic #175

As I was contemplating a title for this I thought of a lot of things. I really like the story...the real story or the one it tells to whomever is looking at it. That's why I like painting people doing things. Landscapes elicit a feeling about place, still life paintings give a sense of atmosphere of a person's life and I guess both will tell an abstract story, but actual people doing things always tell a story. Portraits are difficult because they are suppose to tell a story with someone looking at a viewer, not doing natural things. Although these ladies are sharing what could be an intimate moment of fun, they look isolated in their shared experience. The "mother" looks like she has a lot on her mind and maybe is thinking about what needs to done next, or maybe she has some really big worries. I really like the little curled up "womb like" posture of the littlest girl on the bottom step. I suspect the mother is going to drop her cone in a trash can any minute now. What do you think?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

PICO #174 acrylic 5"x7"

This is PICO ski resort. I pretty much stuck to analogous colors on this one and again used acrylic and am making friends with that medium again. I was interviewed on The Arts Show, a local public access TV program. It is available online at you have to click on on demand videos, then scroll down on the right to channel 15 talk shows and click on that, and then click on The Arts Show with Mary Crowley and guest Christine Holzschuh. It is a bit of a journey getting there, but I tried it and it worked.
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