Tuesday, March 25, 2014

No Baby yet!

I am at my daughter's and we are on baby watch.  After several false starts that looked promising, we are trying to be patient.  Thank goodness that my two grandsons offer excellent distraction!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lighthouse

There are so many things I don't know how to do with my iPad that I wished I had figured out before I was in situation where it is my only tool for posting.  I guess I will have the opportunity to learn if I can find the time.  I am at my daughter's.  She is due to have a baby and I am offering support both in the delivery and in taking care of her adorable boys. I am not finding time to seriously paint, but am getting to do creative things with a three and five year old each day.  Today we painted watercolor for about two hours.  It was a blast and reminded me how much fun it is to just play with paint and try out new things.  Unfortunately I haven't figured how to post photos from my iPad library.  I am sure it is possible but can't find that option!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Babushka Baby

8"x8" oil
One of the reasons I write a blog is to catalog my work and the thoughts involved in painting it.  This way I record something about my frame of mind as well as the process of discovery and growth that I am experiencing on the journey.  Of course I also do it to expose an audience to my work and hopefully create an interest for buyers and those who want to have a commission done. I read other artists blogs to get insight into how they work and because I am so amazed at how well so many people tell their story through color and brushwork.  This little one gave me fits!  I spent so much time on this painting which really looks straight forward an d simple.  I tried painting it loose and I tried painting it detailed.  So what did I learn? (that is what Jo MacKenzie always asks in her blog).  Once again I am reminded that the tools you use make a big difference.  The texture and quality of the panel, the consistency and color of the paint, and the brushes and other tools all have a big impact on how it will turn out.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The View

8"x8" oil
I did this painting in acrylic but was not happy with the results so I changed some things and re-did it in oil.  I am really disappointed in how the photo looks because the colors are all wrong, but this was after multiple attempts so I am going with it, and after the snow storm which is burying us right now, I am going to change up my indoor set up and come up with a better way to take photos!  So, use your imagination with this one!
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Still Life 9

8"x8" oil
I think I am about done with this series.  I may do a couple more, but I am thinking about my next project.  I am currently working on these, a series of portraits of kids and families, and I have been thinking about a series of abstract landscapes I want to do.  Today I was listening to a classical radio station and they were featuring a violinist and quoting this musician about how he came to the understanding that thinking about his performances in terms of being the best or not good enough limited his ability to fully experience his art form.  He realized they were never as good as they could be or as bad as he thought they were so he quit designing his programs around these ideas and just started to enjoy his own work.  I think this applies to so many aspects of our lives.  We tend to live in a state of comparison and we need to free ourselves to do what we love and share it with others.  So this is for you in hopes that you get some enjoyment from looking at it!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

True Pleasure

8"x10" oil
I understand our arctic temperatures are going to reach seasonal norms tomorrow.  Yeah!  That means 20-30 degrees which sounds down right balmy to me right now!  And...we are going to have sunshine to-boot!  In celebration I decided to paint this picture which was inspired by a photo I saw a long time ago in a newspaper.  There were several kids in the photo, but I thought this expression told the whole story.  We should all find this much pleasure in the simple things!

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