Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
WOW ! Thanks so very much to Susan from Hot Rocks Glass Jewels for this really cool award! Please take a minute to view her beautiful creations especially if you are still looking for a unique gift.
Winners of this lovely Butterfly award are asked to pass on the honors to some of their favorite blogs as follows:
1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Nominate outstanding blogs that you follow
4. Add links to those blogs
5. Leave a message to those nominees on their blog
I think I will concentrate on a few of my favorite fellow painters that I may not have recognized with previous awards. Here they are.
1. Paul Baines at Indoor Street Art
2. John Wright at John Wright Art
3. Diane Clancy at Diane Clancy's Art Blog
4. Kristina Laurendi Havens at Figures...in my Art and my Life
5. Marionette at Kauai Artist Presents Painting in Paradise
And maybe this lovely butterfly flew through this garden! This is "Wine Iris" from a garden series I will be continuing next spring.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
My heart goes out to those struck by the recent ice storm. Hopefully power will be restored soon.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here's a little painting of that day titled Ski Lesson. Prints are available in my Etsy shop and would make a great gift for someone in a skiing family!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Of course, now I get it. After I have wasted the hour on two strands (which were new last year BTW) I'll put my coat on, go to the nearest store and spend whatever they are asking for a couple of boxes.
Friday, November 28, 2008
These two paintings are available in my Studio Sale section. Either would make a lovely gift for a family member who "has everything"!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here are my 3 favorite paintings from those days. The originals, all 15" x 20", are not for sale because I pop them into frames and hang them in my home during the season. But the images are available in my Etsy shop printed on white deckled edge greeting cards with matching envelopes. The insides are blank for customized greetings.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The first is the Arte y Pico Award. "It’s an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place.” I bestow this award to Tomas Karkalas at Modus Vivendi for his art and philosophy.
Next is the Butterfly Award "for the coolest blog I ever know", which of course is very poor grammar. But it is a cool looking award and I would hate to be the one to deface it with a correction. Since the first three blogs I have started to give this to have already just received it, I'm going to keep it on my mantle.
Next is the "I Love Your Blog" award. I'm giving this to Five O'Clock Somewhere for her great ability to mix art with life in her posts
And last is "My Favorite Blog". I give this award to The Art Zoo. I really don't expect them to post it because the perfect thing about their blog is the clean, focused, look and content they post every day.
Thanks again Sharon!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
And next is Blue Iris on Brown. This piece is an expression of value and temperature. A look at interior decorating trends finds that any pastel on brown is appealing. I think it works best if one is cool and the other warm. Here I placed a warm blue on a cool brown.
Both paintings are 11" x 14" and are available in my Etsy Shop. Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We are familiar with the traditional 12 section color wheel based on the 3 primaries, red, yellow, blue. The Munsell theory of color, which Hillary subscribes to, squishes the wheel a bit and leaves 5 major colors, 10 total. The 5 are red, yellow, green, blue and purple.
All artisans working with color whether 2d, 3d, fiber, metal, glass, come to realize that some colors just look good together. The traditional complement of red is green. But red, especially an orange red, looks best with blue-green. Well, except at Christmas!
In the days after the workshop I did 4 little paintings of imaginary still lifes to cement my understanding of visual complements. Working clockwise through the 4 paintings you will see that yellow moves to red-orange to blue-red to purple. Blue moves to blue-green, to true green and to yellow-green.
You are probably already making these color decisions subconsciously in your work. But if not, give it some thought. And if you are contemplating buying a piece of art you may better understand why it "works".
Now you see why the painting below works so well. Be back soon with a few more color studies.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Here is Tomato on Teal, 15" x 20", original watercolor.
Here is Blue on Chocolate, 11" x 15", original watercolor.
And now, back to the mountains....
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Of course I learned this from my mother who was in the garden club wherever we lived. When I paint florals I imagine that I am arranging flowers. Is it a hogarth curve, a triangle, a mass? I painted this last weekend thinking of an armful of fall grasses, ferns, and coleus with a few lilies added for color. To me, it is a mass with a touch of hogarth (up on the left, down on the right).
Here is Fall Flowers, 11" x 15", original watercolor painting available in my Etsy Shop.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 interesting/random facts about yourself on your blog.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post, leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Leave a comment on each of their blogs to let them know they've been tagged.
Seven facts about me
1. I am currently addicted to dark chocolate and cheesecake but plan to switch to carrots and celery any day now. Really.
2. I wear earplugs when I sleep.
3. I do all the daily puzzles in the newspaper including the NY Times crossword.
4. I am a 16 year cancer survivor.
5. I have been on a 2200 mile boat trip.
6. I do not pay anyone to cut or color my hair or paint my fingernails and toenails.
7. Dust is a protective coating in my house.
Now you're it!
1. Veronica Escudero
2. Jordanka Yaretz
3. Marionette, Kauai-artist
6. 57 Design Studio
And for the painting du jour:
Here is a new painting; Pink Rose Bouquet, 11" x 15" available in my Etsy shop.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I was also feeling sunny a few days ago when I completed this loose, painterly mass of yellow roses in a celadon vase. For the painters in the room, my pigments were New Gamboge, Winsor Yellow, WN Perylene Green, DS Undersea Green and Winsor Violet. I'm loving this perylene green! It goes from a soft grey-green to almost-black. I think these cool greens really emphasize the warm intense gamboge. I'm off to buy some more perylene green at Cheap Joe's special one-day $1 shipping sale!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Here is a painting I did yesterday and just listed in my Etsy Shop. We are all fascinated by watching koi; their colors, their constant movement. I tried to capture those aspects.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
There are art collectors who collect a style, or the work of an artist, or for investment potential. There are collectors who buy to make their room look better. All are very fine reasons to buy art, I'm sure.
This painting is not about anything. But it is very nice to look at and it would look great with certain bedspreads or sofas. Don't you think so? Do you collect art or buy art? What is the last thing you bought and what are you looking for next?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
A guest lecturer at one of the Saint Louis Watercolor Society's membership meetings once described three approaches to painting; the plodder, the deliberator and the tasmanian devil. The plodder works on a piece for weeks, months, years, perhaps never even finishing. The deliberator plans and considers every move and brush stroke from the detailed value sketches to the final framing. The tasmanian devil flies right at the paper or canvas with arms flailing, paint flying and brush strokes every which way AND loose!
That's me. It's the way I do it. I loathe value sketching and even most pencil work. I love the loaded brush caressing the paper. The energy and passion pours as fast as I can release it!
This is also my approach to writing although I admit that this blogging business has made me stop and think just a bit. This week I came across a great blog dedicated to successful blog writing and especially appreciated the blog, Tips on Avoiding Wordiness. I plan to spend more time hanging around on that blog, although, like I said the other day, I really need some time to paint!
Before I head off to bang out a little gem straight from the heart, here is Joyful, Joyful, an award-winning painting completed in about 15 minutes from a photo of flowers from my mother's funeral several years ago. Prints available in my Etsy Shop.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Finally, somehow, I scrolled down to see "Merv Griffin Seinfeld episode on right now TBS." This, of course, is breaking news and worthy of attention!
So now I know. If you receive a text message, scroll down!
On the other hand, you can always resort to the old-fashioned "let's meet at Buck's for a beer and some convo."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
- They do not volunteer to be treasurer and business manager of their local art society.
- They do not volunteer to have Grandpa's 88 birthday party at their house instead of a restaurant.
- They do not blog or otherwise promote their work.
- They do not sell art on the Internet.
- They do not ship their art anywhere.
- They do not clean their house.
- They do not cook dinner for their husband and/or kids.
- They do not do laundry.
- They do not feed the dogs.
- IF they do all of the above, they do not sleep.
Well, I am doing all of the above today and I am going to sleep tonight. So, guess what? No painting again today. (Just a small rant because I am blessed with a very full life.)
But here is a look at a painting I did a few months ago.
This is White Sands, original watercolor, 15" x 20", available in my Etsy Shop.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I'm pleased to announce that prints of this series are now available at Artpho Gallery & Frame, 1075 Main Street, Osage Beach, MO 65065, 573-348-4084.
Originals are 15" x 21" and are available from me. This series includes the most popular entertainment venues at our wonderful Lake of the Ozarks.