Saturday, April 30, 2011

David Michael 4"x4" oil #273

My nephew. He is edgy and so is this painting. He is a very accomplished musician and all around swell guy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Artist 6"x6" oil #271

Today was a fabulous day for me because I finally got out and went swimming...the first real exercise I have had since I broke my leg...and the only exercise I can manage on one foot. The day was warm and beautiful and I feel wonderful. You would think that would translate into a great painting, but it didn't. This is my grandson who is 2 and shares a love of painting...but my brushwork was off for some reason and I waffled about color choices....oh well...still a good day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Where Is He? oil 4"x4" #270

Ever feel this way? It is like being totally unaware of your surroundings, just waiting and not knowing. I felt that way once at the airport waiting for an outgoing flight to Europe that was leaving in a few minutes. Thank goodness he showed up...and we are still married!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wisteria acrylic 6"x6" #268

The wisteria, lilacs, and dogwoods are blooming in NC. It is snowing and we have a fire in the fireplace here in VT. This image is like a magical place...if you open the right door it takes you to a warm and sunny place, but if you choose the wrong one, you go back to the land of winter. I wish I had painted a bicycle in this....I may have to go back and add that.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It Looks Like.... 6x6 oil #265 (Bouguereau)

I just got back from a week in NC where the weather was perfect except for the tornadoes. It was a wonderful and restful time, but I did not do as much painting as I had wanted. I did this painting with my mom. She gave me a calendar and I cropped a Bouguereau (Mother Gazing At Her Child) and did my rendition. I abstracted the child's hands, foot, and the mother's hands which I like a lot. I also got to go to the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh and saw an original Bouguereau among other really wonderful and interesting pieces. They have a fabulous collection of Rodin pieces and an unusual and historic collection of Jewish Temple pieces along with a large modern art collection. I am getting proficient on crutches and even drove today!
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Monday, April 11, 2011

quick portrait #264 watercolor

Not my best piece, but I am leaving to go south today with my broken leg and don't have time to do much else.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Linda's Fower oil 6x6" #263

My friend Linda is not a painter but she sees the world in a very Zen way and takes the most beautiful photos. In this painting I was interested in putting down thick layers of oil and getting a sense of texture. I liked the abstract design of the flowers.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Portrait Commission In Progress oil 16"x20" #263

This is a portrait commission I have been meaning to do for quite a while. I was a bit intimidated by the size because I have been doing smaller than 8"x10" for so long. I had only one photo reference, and he is deceased, so I had to work with what I had. It is a very meaningful painting for his grandmother, so I really wanted to get it right. It is not done but this was what I was able to finish in one day, so now I will sit on it for a while and decide exactly what I need to do to polish it up. I welcome all comments.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mud Season oil abstract 8"x10" #262

I really felt like doing an abstract today. Vermont's unique spring season is referred to as "Mud Season" so that is my inspiration. It is a landscape of sorts dominated by the colors of mud but with the hope of spring popping through.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Finding the Story in Blue oil 8"x8" #261

This another interpretation of a photo I took at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I wanted to try different colors. It was an interesting experiment. I also revised yesterday's painting a little so I am posting that.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Mushroom Lady oil 5"x7" #260

This is another painting from my "Farmers' Market" series. This mushroom seller always wears the same outfit. She also sells quails eggs that are beautiful. This is from an indoor winter market.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Interrupted oil 8"x8" #259

Back to painting finally! I haven't been able to sit comfortably in a position in which I could paint for the last couple of weeks as I try to regain my life after my skiing accident, surgery and learning to get around on crutches. In the meantime, I have really come to appreciate my life and what I am able to accomplish on a daily basis. Good health and all the other blessings in my life are not to be taken for granted. My heart goes out to all those people who have to learn how to be ambulatory after an accident which forever changes them. I do not have a handicapped accessible studio, or rather my studio is, but getting there from the house is not. Trying to explain to someone where everything I need is, has also been a challenge, but today I modified my methods and materials and finished this piece. I am glad that it isn't terrible because being discouraged is not easy for me right now. On the other hand, I had to photograph it without getting up, so the lighting is terrible and it distorts the colors and values. You will have to take my word for it, but it is much better in person!
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