Monday, November 30, 2009

HOT SUN - CALM BREEZE

I think I'm burned out, but was able to complete one more painting for the December show at the Goss Opera House in Watertown.  I'll hang the show tomorrow and on Wednesday leave for Sugar Hill, GA, to spend two weeks with my sister Faye.  I'm ready for a break and am so looking forward to spending time with them.

I actually started this acrylic painting (25 x 34) last winter, but have been procrastinating - my specialty - until this week.  It is from a photo I took at the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ, in January, 2008.  Even though it was winter and there were no flowers blooming, there was a lot of color and everything was so interesting.  It was a very hot day and this large pot looked so calming in it's spot in partial shade.  I liked the contrast of light and shadows and tried to capture the peacefulness of the scene. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Summer Walk

Another new painting.  The ideas just coming - and for some reason, green seems to be playing a big part in whatever I paint lately.  Maybe it's because winter is coming, and I want to preserve the feeling of summer.


This painting measures 24 x 30 and is done in oils.  It is from an old photograph of my Uncle Edwin and his dog.  I edited the photo quite a bit; his mother and aunt were on horseback in the background, and his dog was standing behind him on the original photo.  Luckily I was able to find a few other photos of the dog in different positions.  My father talked about the dog, and I know he told me his name, but my memory just isn't what it used to be.  I wanted to capture the feeling of peace that comes on a summer's day, walking in the tall grasses with wild flowers blooming.  There was no year on the photo, but I believe it was probably taken in the middle teens of the 20th century.


This is  a picture of my booth at Deck the Walls, which was held at the Goss Opera House here in Watertown.  If any of you are in the Watertown area  the month of December, my friend Corine Beving and I will be showing our work at the Goss Opera House the whole month.  The new restaurant "Charlies" should be open the middle of the month, so it would be a good chance to check that out as well.

Friday, November 13, 2009

THE ODD COUPLE

It's been a very busy couple of weeks trying to get ready for the Northeast Artists Network "Deck the Walls" to be held this Saturday and Sunday, Nov 14 and 15, from 10 - 6 on Saturday and 12 - 5 on Sunday.  It will be held at the Goss Opera House in Watertown, which is located on Kemp and Maple.  It should be a good show, with at least 18 artists participating.

I've been working on this oil painting for some time now.  Actually, it's been going on in my head since I saw the butterly on the onion bloom at Echo Farms in Cape Coral, Florida.  This was really a neat place, where they grow all kinds of food, experimenting with the seeds to educate third world countries on how to grow them in different climates.  It's worth the tour if you are ever in the area.

The painting is 30 x 30, and was such fun to paint.  The bloom was something I had never done before, so it was really a learning process.  This is so true with life and anything we do.  It is very seldom a person gets something new right the first time.