Sunday, August 30, 2015

ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTH

August is Artist Appreciation Month so when Marietta Gregg, Marketing Director of Patience Brewster, contacted me to write about artists that have inspired me I was more than happy to do so.  Among all the artists that I have read about and all the artists that I know how could I settle on one or even one hundred, a difficult task to be sure.  However daunting, here are just a few that I like and in no particular order of importance.

Vincent Van Gogh is an artist I admire for his use of color and brushwork.  He was prolific despite the effects of the mental illness that haunted him throughout his lifetime.

For sensuous design, no one can surpass Gustav Kilmt and Georgia O'Keeffe.  Although, different in their styles and interpretations both of these artists excelled in their art.

One of the leaders of Modern Art is Henri Matisse.  His use of color and line is amazing.

An artist I didn't understand until I saw his work in person is Mark Rothko.  While in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC I had the experience of seeing No.3/No.13.  I sat mesmerized by the color orange covered by rectangular shapes of purple, black, green and white.  His No.10 composed of just three colors of blue, yellow and white slowed my thinking and stared at the simplicity of this painting until I had to leave and give someone else a turn.  Rothko's paintings evoke a variety of emotions for those who are open to the stillness of his work.

There are many artists currently living that I also admire, and again too many to list them all.  I  narrowed my list, which was so difficult, but had to be done in order to keep this article short.

Stuart Shils' paintings are moody and full of atmosphere with soft, quiet colors.

Jon Redmond paints the ordinary in an extraordinary manner.  His genre of work is varied from still life to figure and everything in between.  His work expresses a slice in time which we can relate to, much like Edward Hopper (an artist I also love).

Catherine Kehoe's work is bold and direct.  She pays close attention to her subjects and the surrounding space.

In addition to these artists, I have been fortunate to take workshops from Carol Marine, Carol Ivey, Karin Jurick, David Shevlino, Maggie Siner, and Linda Reedy.  My appreciation for artists is never ending and continues to grow each day.  Put a simple apple in front of each artist and the work that emerges is different from each one and will awaken various emotions from the viewer.  Art is an amazing process that I feel fortunate of which to be a part.  So, in conclusion, I would like to thank Marietta Gregg and Patience Brewster for allowing me to be a part of this project.





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

COLOR

How well do you know your colors?  Take this little quiz and test yourself.  It's quick, easy and fun.


http://xritephoto.com/ph_toolframe.aspx?action=coloriq


Let me know how you did.  My score is 19.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CAROLINA MARSH

9x12
Oil on Panel

This piece was juried into the Spring Show, It's A Small World, at the Dutch Gallery in Dallas.  This Saturday, June 6, is the opening.  If you are in the area please stop in and see this show.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

UNTITLED

UNTITLED
Oil and Wax

This is just an experiment in abstract - lots of fun and will continue to explore.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DEAD SHOES 2

10x20 Oil on Panel
Below is a funny ballet video from the Vienna State Opera.  It's always a good time to laugh!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DEAD SHOES

8x10 Oil on Panel
I love ballet and all that goes with it.  My granddaughter, Lauren, is a ballet dancer and she hopes to dance in pointe next year.  In the meantime, she borrowed a pair of dead shoes (shoes that are worn out and can no longer be used) for me to paint.  I worked on two paintings and will post the other one soon, provided my computer will do its job.  It has been to the Genius Bar twice and is still acting a little crazy.


This short video tells a little about pointe shoes and how important they are to the dancer.

Monday, August 18, 2014

FACE No. 103

8x10 Oil on Panel
I am continuing to work on mugshots.  I liked the white shirt that he wore and didn't want to cut it off by painting a 6x6 version.  His skin is warm and provides a good contrast for the cool in his shirt.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FACE No. 101

6x6 Oil on Panel
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     I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted!  I have been painting and it has been, and continues to be, a very busy summer.  Where does the time go?  
     I am returning to my series of mugshots, which I love to paint.  The exploration of the face will never cease to interest me.  In addition, I am working on some other projects. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

SUBWAY MAN

20x16 Oil on Panel
I took a photo in the New York City subway a few years ago and pulled it out of my files and painted it.  I have almost 1,000 photos from our trip and it is really fun to go through them and find something to paint.

Friday, June 13, 2014

HAT LADY

18x24
Oil on Panel
I am still painting larger, but slow in posting.  I've been enjoying looking at the work of other artists.  There is always inspiration in my web surfing and it is interesting to see what others are doing.  The down side is the time gets away from me very quickly as I lose myself in all the art.  One site leads to another, and another, and another ………  Whew!  Does this ever happen to you?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BOARDING HOUSE TUB

12x24
Oil on Board
This is one of my larger paintings on which I have been working.  I've painted this bathtub before on a much smaller scale and I will probably paint it again.  It's a subject with which I can really push color so it is fun to paint.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

SPRING FLOWERS

8x8 Oil on Gessobord
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I had a blast painting these flowers!  I don't know what kind of flowers they are.  The tag said "stock."  Their fragrance filled my studio, which was amazing.  Don't you love having fresh flowers in the house?  It is such a treat!

I continue to work on three larger pieces and they are coming along.  I have to say that there still is a struggle, but it is lessening with each day and I am now looking forward to each challenge that comes my way.  I'm learning so much.  Happy, happy, happy!!!

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK-END!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

VINTAGE SWIMSUIT and CREATIVE BLOCK



7x5 on Canvas Panel
After attending two fantastic workshops, I found myself without focus and momentum to work in the studio.  Each time I did (thinking "just get in there and get busy and this will pass"), my attempts to paint larger were so bad that I would end up with wipe out after wipe out.  In between these times I would paint smaller and read about art with my books and magazines and on the internet.  Although my blogging stopped I have continued to look and admire all the work on your blogs.  I've reviewed my notes from workshops and watched DVDs.  It's been a difficult time.  Thankfully, my good friend and artist Linda Reedy listened patiently with my complaints and offered good advice and a wonderful book that I am now reading and will re-read again and again.  The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a book that speaks to every creative person that goes through a time of creative distress.  Thank you, Linda!  The last few weeks have been better and I am close to completing two large pieces.  They aren't great, but I will finish them.  I know that painting larger will continue to be a struggle for a while, but it is a goal I want to work toward.  This definitely was not an easy time and I hope I never experience such a long art slump, but now that the air is clearing and my thoughts are returning to times of less struggle I realize that this has been good for me.  I've learned more about myself (I don't think that ever stops!) and more about art.  

When an art crisis hits you, what do you do that helps pull you out?  I would love to hear from you!
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