Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This 5.75 by 5.75 painting is actually a little darker than the photo looks. I didn't get the painting finished till 11:00 pm. I had to take the photo under warm lights. Its a bit washed out.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Five inches by five inches acrylic on illustration board. $35.00
This is matted in a white mat and looks great!
This little painting is an abstract and is part of the ancient ritual series. This series if you don’t know and aren’t a regular visitor, is basically about how we mark the passing of time and the events in our lives with ritual. I thought I was finished with this series but every now and then another one just appears on my easel. Like magic.
I had a wonderful day today, it started out with me getting up at the crack of dawn to go into Charlotte NC for a life drawing session. The session went very well and I hung around the gallery talking to the host thinking that perhaps a customer may come in to view and possibly buy one of my larger works. That didn’t materialized. Just down the street from the Art league is a small farmer’s market so I walked down there and wouldn’t you know it, a sudden squall came up and luckily they had tents, so I walked thru the tables of flowers and cakes, vegetables and of course fruit. I bought some organic lettuce and some other vegetables, talked a bit, the usual “wow isn’t this weather crazy?” and just like always the storm blew over almost as fast as it came in and it was only sprinkling as I walked back to my car.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
7.5 by 7.25 45.00 Acrylic on gessoed masonite.
I need to cut up some more painting panels. I run out of them pretty fast. Usually I buy the masonite myself and have someone cut the wood into different sizes. Being thrifty I have had them cut by folks who have trouble figuring out how to cut a straight line. This is why the odd sizes. For instance this piece was to be 8 by 8 but he, (I’ll keep his name anonymous) kept having to cut another bit off here and there. I guess I’m lucky I didn’t end up with a 3 by 3.
This painting is part of my “Monet” series. I like these blues, and greens with the brown and white.
Its very soothing.
I think I’ll paint another with the colors using ( yesterday’s painting) the palette of ancient ritual 126.
I’ve been thinking about buying an Internet card for my laptop, u know so you can go anywhere not just where they have wifi. Are they worth the money? my cell phone is with A T&T so should I buy theirs so I can get a possible discount for bundling my service plans or should I get a different brand because they work better. Any ideas on this folks?
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
11 by 14 Acrylic impasto on Canvas panel 150.00
This painting is done impasto which refers to the thickness of the paint. Its very thick and can give the look of oil without using oil paints. I combined a golden gel medium with the acrylic paint to increase the body of the paint. It tends to paint like whip creme, which is a little hard to control but is very smooth. Also, it gives the paint a slight gloss which is similar to oil paint.
When using these gels its best to use a pallet knife and mix the paint into the gel uniformly because if not mixed well the gel will look translucent white. Sort of like dried glue, not a look you really want.
A crazy weekend, hope yours is going well. Its windy here in SC and cool, unusual it seems for May.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I painted this little guy and some folks might wonder why his head is off the picture plane. Well... so many people wrote me to say I often paint the heads and not the tail which is to them the most beautiful part of a Koi. So here is one beautiful tail.
This is my little water feature, I have a few plants, The water lily shown was one I purchased from ebay for $7.00 it has three baby lily pads. I was so excited because when I received the plant it was just a cutting from the mother plant. To see the little pads growing under the water and sprouted within a few days, was fun. The plant seems to be getting healthier each day. You can see my reflection in the water, also you might be able to see my red gazing ball which is also reflecting back a little.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Watercolor on paper 16″ by 11″ $300.00
I felt very sad today and didn’t think I was going to paint. But after watching an art video of another artist painting, I got the bug and painted this piece. This painting started out very gray and as I painted I felt my spirits lift and it became a bit more colorful. Its funny how my color choices are related to my emotions.
Art’s ( my husband)mom passed away last night and since her stroke twelve days ago we have had some ups and downs. Thank you so much for your notes and words of encouragement.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
11 by 15 $300.0Raccoons are cute little guys and very frisky. I’ve raise a few and have found them to be a handful and don’t encourage you to try to keep one as a pet. I just raised them till I could turn them over to a rehabilitator who taught them to get their own food in the wild and set them free.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This little painting is a real gem at 3.5 by 7 inches. It's unique size makes sit a great painting to place in an unusual spot,or on a small easel. These painting make great gifts too.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This painting is a watercolor on gessoed masonite. It is 7 inches by 3.5 inches.
Water lilies bloom for only three days ( there are some exceptions) and so when they bloom you have to make sure you take a picture. My waterlily that I planted lst week already has three little round leaves with two more coming out of the root. The lily pads are only about 2.5 inches across and I assume they will grow larger as the plant matures. I'm very excited its growing at all. I bought it on ebay for $7.00. The seller says it's a very hardy variety so I may have a chance to see it bloom. If it does, I'll take a picture of it.
Friday, May 09, 2008
This video is almost ten minutes long. It isn’t sped up and is painted in “real time” It shows the wet into wet techinique needed for fur. This is where you wet the paper first then apply the color leting it float onto the paper, guiding it to create form.
You don’t have to use a chinese paint brush you can use a number 6 up to a # 9 round and get the same effects. Rice paper is used here but regular watercolor paper also works great, use a bit more water with watercolor paper. Isn’t it great… how the artist gives the cat an asian look with the eyes. The slant is exxagerated, you can do this or put them in straight across rather than angleing them up at the edges. If you want a more “fat” western like cat you just think about the body like a bowling pin and that is the shape you need.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
16 by 20 Acrylic on canvas 300.00
Watching Koi you find yourself calming down your heart rate slows and you become mezmerized by their movement,& the reflections of the water.
Some of the Koi seem to have personalities which I wouldn't have believe till I saw this for myself. They are very eagar to come when called in hopes of getting dinner. They also have a pack type metality with some fish being bossy and others being shy or frightened.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
I'm experimenting here folks. impasto is like painting with whip creme.
Also, I'm making a little water feature in my back yard.
I got my water lily planted today and it looks like its growing. It has two little leafs coming out of the root. It's sitting under about 6 inches of water in a pot. I'll take a picture of it just to show you.
Friday, May 02, 2008
watercolor on gessoed masonite 6 by 6 $40.0o
This painting is part of my “all dogs go to heaven ” series… it seems very popular and I’ll always have fun with it. My explanation for this painting is pretty straight forward… I see this little guy from the wrong side of the tracks bringing his goofy sidekick along with him as he looks in at the pretty little poodles on their cushy red sofa.
This has been sealed and it may be framed without glass. It would also look great framed with a mat and under glass .