One of the ladies in my art group visited Churchill, Canada and took the most magnificent photos of polar bears and other arctic animals. With New Year's Day rapidly approaching and the Polar Plunge taking place in many cities, I thought it would be appropriate to paint this beautiful animal. As a person who thinks anything below 70 degrees is cold, I can't even imagine what it would be like to jump into freezing water.
Thanks to Vicki Marx for the use of her spectacular photo.
This Christmas, my daughter and I made traditional baklawa in our Lebanese tradition, and lemon and chocolate Italian cookies with Mom Campion's recipe. Brushing butter on the phyllo dough with a pastry brush was the closest I came to painting. There has been no time to paint these past few days---yes, I miss it, but spending this special time with my daughter is more important to me.
Is your mouth watering yet?
I am wishing everyone a happy new year. I appreciate all of your kindness through nice comments and encouragement.
It is probably obvious by now that Blue/Orange is my favorite complementary color palette. Funny thing is I never liked the color orange, until I received an orange pumpkin soap dispenser at a luncheon and it discovered how fabulous it looks in my pale turquoise kitchen. It is now my permanent accent color.
As this miserable cold reaches the 1 week mark, the Cuties (vitamin C) are dwindling away. All of Milwaukee is sick!
I took the photo reference for this painting last year in my next door neighbor's yard. Her young dogwood tree was decorated with red holiday balls and the freshly fallen snow had piled up on them. For someone who hates cold and winter, I admit I love the brightness, the shadows, and the colors of the snow. FYI, my husband, my best critic, has absolutely no idea what this painting is all about. That's a bad sign, because, despite his color blindness, he is usually correct.
This is Saki, a lucky little pooch. Her "grandmother" commissioned this painting of puppy Saki for her son and his family. It will be given to them tomorrow, Saturday and I hope they will like it.
A few years ago, my Art Ladies group went on a llama trek through the Rio Grande trails. We each had our own llama, who carried our supplies through the trails to a beautiful spot where we painted and had lunch. It was a wonderful day and surprising how attached we all felt to the llamas. Perhaps we were missing our pets at home. Sorry I can't remember my llama's name.
I painted Lady up close the other day, but I like this painting better. She was a very sweet horse at Ghost Ranch who had free roam, even though she was blind. I learned last night that she is no longer living, and I'm sure she is missed at the Ranch.
This is the second time I have painted this scene. A friend really liked it and wanted it for a trio of autumn paintings, but it was sold. I love the shape of this tree, as it almost looks like a woman's "shapely" figure. This photo shows the painting framed with Franken Frames's floater frame. I really like these frames because none of the image is lost as it would be with a conventional frame.
Meet Lady, a horse we met at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. At the time, she was old and blind and very sway-back, but affectionate and seemingly happy. She has the run of the ranch, unlike most other horses there.
I started this as part of a class on miniature paintings. I didn't fully understand what that entailed, but since I paint "small," I figured it would be a piece of cake. HA! Was I wrong! This is much more detailed than I am accustomed to painting.