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!

Friday, February 28, 2014

MAGGIE SINER WORKSHOP

I have been in Florida visiting my sister and brother-in-law and taking a three day Maggie Siner workshop.  I am now home with good memories of my visit.  Maggie is a good teacher with an abundance of energy and knowledge.  I have admired her work for a long time and was thrilled when Eileen Corse squeezed me in at the last minute.

Below is a demo Maggie painted.  As you can see she finished just enough to get us started on our first painting.














Maggie stresses the importance of relationships with color, value and intensity.  Each exercise we did built from the previous one with the common thread being relationships.  Compare each color and stroke with everything that has already been established. 

There was so much to learn and absorb - my brain is still spinning (in a good way)!  My goal is to take another workshop from Maggie.  In the meantime I will continue to work in the studio and try to apply the new information I have acquired in the last couple of months.

Monday, February 3, 2014

DAVID SHEVLINO WORKSHOP No. 2

These are my paintings from David Shevlino's workshop.  They are not finished and I am going to leave them as is.  They remind me (I hope!!) of what I learned and can return to when needed.

I have to give a shout out to the Fredericksburg Art School.  Bill Bush provided a good space, was organized and very friendly.  I would definitely attend another workshop there.  Thanks, Bill!!

And another big thank you to David Shevlino!  He is an amazing painter, has a generous spirit, and teaches with enthusiasm and knowledge.







Friday, January 31, 2014

DAVID SHEVLINO WORKSHOP No. 1


 We had a great group of artists in Fredericksburg at the David Shevlino workshop.  I wanted to get lots of photos, but unfortunately my camera lost a LOT of them.  I don't know what happened, but it is not a good thing.  Very disappointing!

We had three days with models and two days with still lifes.  I loved painting every day, but by day 5 I was exhausted with new ideas, techniques, etc. swirling in my brain.  I don't know about you, but I gain so much from good workshops and it is exhilarating!  

In my next post I will show you my paintings I did at David's workshop.









David's Demo











Thursday, January 30, 2014

FOOD DANCE COLLAGE

This is the collage for my Food Dance Series.  I really like it and is a reminder of how much I enjoyed painting this series.  

I want to share with you my week in the David Shevlino workshop.  But, first I need to take photos of my paintings and pick some photos from the workshop.  It was a wonderful experience!  I shared time with some amazing artists, learned quite a lot, drank wine and had a great time. David is not only an artist with incredible talents, but he is a good teacher with a generous spirit.  It was a great workshop!

Monday, January 20, 2014

I'll BE BACK SOON!

Y'all have a great week!  Mine is going to be fantastic!  I'm in a workshop with David Shevlino.  I have no idea if I will post this week, but will when I return.  


Sunday, January 19, 2014

FOOD DANCE - TOMATOES

6x6 Oil on Panel

    $100.00 plus S&H

This is the last painting in Food Dance (at least for now).  I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed painting it.

I had to look up as to why the tomato is called the love apple.  The answer below is from Ask.com.  And below that is a lovely salsa recipe from Southern Living.

Answer

Tomato is called 'love apple' due to its seductive red colour and its sensuous sweet flesh. It is referred to as the 'devil's fruit' by the Roman Catholic Church. It is believed to be fruit that was used by the serpent to tempt Adam and Eve.


WATERMELON-PEACH SALSA and TOMATOES
Compliments of Southern Living


Ingredients



  • 1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups seeded and diced fresh watermelon
  • 1 cup peeled and diced fresh peaches
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 3 cups baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

Preparation

  1. 1. Whisk together pepper jelly, lime zest, and lime juice in a bowl; stir in watermelon and next 3 ingredients.
  2. 2. Season halved baby tomatoes with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste; spoon into cocktail glasses. Top with salsa. Garnish, if desired.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

FOOD DANCE - HONEY


    $100.00 plus S&H

Not much to say about honey, except it is really good and it comes in a cute bear container!  Honey can be used in baked goods, desserts, appetizers, main dishes and salad dressings, just about everything.  I've included a very easy salad dressing below.
Tomorrow will be my last painting in Food Dance ... at least for now.  I've had a blast with this series!

Honey Dressing
Compliments of The Honey Board

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup - olive oil
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons - Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon - white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon - honey

Directions

Mix well to blend.
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