Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Between Games

5"x7" oil
I took a chance with this one in the composition....I could have fitted her nicely into the center somewhere and defined what she was leaning against, but I thought it would be interesting to make it edge to edge, like she is leaning against the side of the painting.  I am sure this breaks some rule, but I found it to be fun.  I really loved painting this and am happy with the results!
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I was interviewed on pegtv's art show...it is about 1/2 hour long...  if you want to look at it go here    then, you have to click on "PEGTV 15 talk shows"  the "Arts Show with Christine" is the 3rd one down (the volume on my mike is a little loud) 

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Circus

8"x10" oil
Something I have learned about myself, when I am overly stimulated visually, it is hard for me to paint.  I found this to be true after visiting Las Vegas for 2 weeks for the purpose of painting, and also after attending the circus last week.  This painting is a result of that visit, and although I am happy with the final result, the process was a bit painful.  I have also come to the conclusion that I can't paint when my grand children are visiting.  I am way too distracted!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Painted Jeans


Canvas is not the only painting surface!  I had these old jeans that were covered in paint so I decided to just add some more.  Not exactly a painting, but I used paint and a brush!  The colorful pink legging is my 1 year old granddaughter.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Garlic

5"x7" oil
The current DPW challenge is to do white on white.  The tricky thing about doing an almost all white painting is getting the values correct.  I wanted the light on the plate to be warm and the tablecloth to be cooler. I did a stone carving workshop this weekend and my subject was a garlic bulb.  I am going to do a lot of garlic paintings to really get to know this subject...and maybe another sculpture or two.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prelude in D Minor

5"x7" oil
This is another exploration of color and music inspired by Rachmaninoff.  I especially like the explosion of pink at the top center and the wavy lines.  I think I learn a lot in these playful pieces.  However, retention of my learning may be another issue....
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Concerto in C Minor

5"x7" oil
This past weekend I did a stone carving workshop.  It was a 2 day affair and I had every intention of finishing my piece in the 16 hours I devoted to it, but you know what they say about the best layed plans of mice and men.... The workshop was filled with interesting conversations about a myriad of topics including the connection between art and music.  This inspired me to do some color studies using music as my inspiration.  I am keeping a notebook (gessoed canvas paper) of my color mixes, which is a little tricky with oils since they dry so slowly.  I am covering each page with wax paper, which will further delay the drying time, but also preserve the mix.  As I do the color mixes, I also am doing a painting, like this first piece, in which I chose (after listening to a lot of music) Rachmaninoff's Concerto #2.  He wrote this concerto in 1900 after a serious spell with depression that lasted about 10 years.  He had completely given up music and then started therapy with Dr. Dahl who used the auto-suggestion statement, "You will begin to write your concerto.  You will work with great facility.  The Concerto will be of excellent quality."  The result, is that we now have this lovely piece of music.  It is interesting how many artists suffer from depression...I guess from trying to reach that intangible thing!
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Friday, April 19, 2013

The Gardners

6"x6" oil
This is surely a sign of spring.  The gardeners are out trying to get those seeds to come up quickly!  I made a little demo slide show of this.  You can see it here.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Music Maker

6"x6" oil
If we could all be as brave and free as a little one banging away at the piano. I really want to learn to play the fiddle.  I heard on an interview on NPR the other day that for someone to be a professional classical violinist they need to start at 3 or 7 at the latest.  How can a 3 year old know what they want to do with their life?  I am a whole lot older than that and still figuring it out!  Well clearly I will never be a professional classical violinist, but I can still have fun like this baby.  I can make my own music, discover what a violin can do in the hands of a neophyte grandma, and learn a little on the way as well.  Thanks for looking at my work.  I hope you can hear the music.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Dishwasher

6"x6" oil
These are not my favorite colors, but I really like the subject matter.  I am so drawn to interesting stances that folks make and I love painting kids.  This little guy loves washing dishes and is very meticulous about it right down to putting on his apron.  It really is like painting someone in a gallery looking at a painting, except the gallery is really a galley and the painting is really a reflection in the window. You can see some of my gallery viewers here.  One of my favorite artists, Karin Jurik, encouraged me to do these.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Days

5"x7" oil
I love the warm colors on this one.  This young man is as sweet and charming as he looks!  It seems a juxtaposition that he is in uniform and in a dangerous place. I posted this because his mom suddenly got sick and is in the hospital so we are praying for a quick recovery for her and safety for him.  It just seemed like an apropos posting after the events of yesterday.  Being in the NE and having family that works in Boston just makes it seem a bit more personal.  It is a good day to be grateful!
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Getting a Tan 6"x6" oil

This is not a new painting but one I found in the organization of my photo files.  It is one of my favorite still life paintings and quite frankly I am surprised it has not sold!  I set it up on a bright, warm summer day outside when the light was strong and overhead.  I painted really fast to get the values down and capture the angles of the shadows.  I also like it because the pitcher has that mysterious dark hole and I made it when I was doing a lot of ceramics.  I don't think I still have it as I gave away a lot of the pieces I made.  Maybe I have subconsciously been holding on to this one and that is why it hasn't sold...but I am ready to clean out the closets so this one is available! I have to say, the warm colors are inspiring to me as I look out on yesterday's snow!  Hope you are having a "real" spring day!
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Friday, April 12, 2013

A Pretend Dragon 5"x7" oil

This painting was a challenge for me for a lot of reasons.  I painted it from a photo that had 2 main values, predominately dark against bright white.  The colors were also a challenge because the house is a pale yellow and their clothes were black and gray (common colors for ski clothes).  My friend was going through some really tough medical issues at the time.  Her daughter encouraged her to put on her ski clothes and "pose" and just "pretend," hence the title.  Because she was feeling poorly at the time, the photo didn't reflect her beautiful spirit.  She is one of those people who sparkles and you hardly notice her actual features because her personality is what you see.  She is an athlete and a real optimist and all around fun, real person.  These are qualities you have to interpret when doing a portrait.  Her dog, Dragon, passed on since the photo was taken so this painting is dedicated to him.  I think a dragon is a great symbol of strength and power and those are the qualities that helped my friend Kim get through her trials. It is so encouraging to see her active, happy and rosy cheeked again! I need to tweak a few things, but it is mostly done.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Bird Tree 5"x7" oil

This is the second value study I added color to. This was so much different than the previous one I posted because color really helped define the spaces where the values were really close.  I kept the graphic feel but now the squirrel and bird pop out.  This painting was a lot of fun to do.  Adding color to the value study was like paint-by-number...which although all the art teachers regale the stunting power of these crafts, were quite fun to do and gave me a desire to understand how they were created.  What about you?  Did you do paint-by-number?
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Family Story Time 5"x7" oil

This was a value study I did a bit ago and decided to add color to it.  My value study was in 3 values and I tried to stick with that.  What I learned is that it is really easy to think a color is dark or light, but compared to the black, white, gray study, they weren't close.  I think I've got the values thing down and then I do an exercise like this and I see that I need to continue to work on this....maybe forever.  I like this painting because I think it has a good composition and I liked the original drawing.  I am reworking another painting that I just can't get quite right and I fear it is because my original drawing was not right.  I may never finish it, but trying to figure out the problem is also worthwhile.  I still need to correct my photography set-up because this looks more yellow than the original painting is.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Up, Up and Away 16"x20" acrylic

I feel like I have been away from painting for a very long time.  I was very busy with technical aspects of art, and then life priorities stepped in to remind me that this is not the only important thing I do.  This painting is a work-up for a demo I will be doing on Wednesday for a painting class.  I am really conscience that they will mostly be beginner painters and I don't want to overwhelm them. I woke up thinking about hot air balloons and how stunning they are, and it occurred to me that this would make fun subject matter and each person can personalize their balloon and landscape.  I think it is pretty simple design that could be accomplished in a couple of hours.  What do you think?

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Contemplation 16"x20" acrylic

This was a demo I did for a beginning painting group class.  I needed an image that could be completed on 16"x20" within 2 1/2 hours.  I thought long and hard about what to do and decided on this image but had some other images as examples, with a bird feeder instead of a person, or grape vines instead of flowers.  I got the idea for the composition of the flowers from painter Carolee Clark who does lovely, fun graphic images.  The class had a great time and everyone was happy with their creations which of course were entirely different from mine and each others'.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Fun In the Sun 6"x6" oil

This is one of the paintings that I found when organizing my photos.  I had posted an earlier version of it, then reworked it a bit and forgot to re-post it.  I am painting and will have new work to post later this week.  I have a couple more projects to complete, including creating a better set-up for photographing my work.  Sometimes the yellow lights play havoc on my images, so I need to find the balance...as I do in every aspect of my life.  I have put up my skis for the season and am thinking about gardening and summertime, so this beach scene really appeals to me.

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