Thursday, September 29, 2016
This image of beautiful little Tala was taken in 2012 when she was just one year old. Sadly, I doubt that four years later her life is any better. She has probably never known a "normal" life outside of a refugee camp. ANERA tries to make children's and their families' lives a little more "normal."
If by chance you are so moved, please make a donation to ANERA.org and mention "The Innocents Project."
acrylic - 12x12 in
Saturday, September 24, 2016
acrylic - 16x20 in
Here is the picture of "823 Buddy" that I was unable to post.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Buddy was a "best friend," unlike technology has been for me this past week. I'm unable to post a photo of this painting, but hopefully you will go to my Facebook page or here to see it.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
SO, quilts are on my mind, which means Left Brain is highly active.
My client requested NOT to see any images of the quilt before completion, so I will not post until it is back from the quilter and then bound. I finished the piecing the quilt and took it to Patched Works to be quilted on Friday. I am hoping my Right Brain will take over and allow me to paint freely.
I have always felt an internal conflict in who I want to be as an artist. Part of me LOVES realism and painting what I see, and the other part of me wants to bust out and go crazy, but I find that much more difficult to do. So this week, I slapped some oil paint on some canvases without paying attention to anything (Right Brain). Then I went in with my compass and pencil and divided into shapes (with my Left Brain). Hence the title of the painting, "Inner Conflict." I have a new rubber tipped tool that I used to remove the paint in the triangles and circles, leaving the neutral grey visible. I am curious to see what this looks like with white or black in the triangles/circles. Although this painting is only 6" x 6", I think it could be any size.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
"Red and White Hollyhocks"
oil - 24x12 in
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The reference for this painting is actually three panels, one large, a second medium and a third smaller. I loved them all, and if you knew what I went through to get photos of them, you would think I'm crazy. I prefer to use the word "determined." I had to incorporate elements of each panel to make this work. It took several tries.
I can't decide which orientation I like best, but I think it's nice that there are options. Which do you like best?
"Any Which Way"
acrylic - 16x40 in
Saturday, September 3, 2016
This is a commissioned gift for a special person, so if you know anyone who had a horse named Kronos, please don't mention this. It is always a challenge to obtain a good photo for a surprise painting. This one was a cell phone screen shot. The horse is a Cammaroon pony. With a very serious face, my husband calls it a "Calamari" pony. The painting conveniently qualifies for the Daily Paintworks Equine Challenge!
Despite the fact that I have not posted a lot of paintings lately, I have been painting nearly every day and have several rotating on my easel. Some are a little larger and/or are more challenging. I have been working in acrylics, watercolor, and oil. YIKES. I will post them when I am satisfied they are "finished." This summer has been my time to experiment with new media and techniques. Not everything is "post-able."
I have recently become reacquainted with an old friend, my Bernina sewing machine. I gladly accepted a commission for another custom quilt, and it has become increasingly clear that the Right Brain and Left Brain have very different functions and deserve respect for their individuality! I have always known about this fact, but to experience it so vividly at this time has been eye-opening. Quilting is a right brain function because of all the precision required in cutting of the fabric and sewing precise seams. I experienced this the hard way yesterday when Right brain slipped in and I cut a pile of fabric the wrong size (too small). With painting, my mind can wander, but with piecing quilts, there is no room for that. Focus, focus, focus. The Right brain can slip in for fabric choices and final arrangement of the squares, but Left better be on guard throughout. With modern rotary cutting tools for fabric cutting, you can cut yards and yards of fabric in a very short period of time, so it better be right.
I was a less serious painter before I was a quilter. Quilting is a very obsessive craft/art. There is something special about the tactile nature of it. I loved it, still do, but when I started painting, I realized the hard way that I could NOT do both in the same day. I am going to really try to defy that this month while I work on this quilt.
I will post the photo of the finished quilt when it is....finished.
Enjoy this long weekend.