Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Pear

"Winter Pear"
5 x 5" oil on panel

Today was painting day for JunieB and me in my dining room. It felt wonderful to play with the paint and to be messy and to be free.

She really pushed me to be more expressive.  I have decided to call this my "come down off the ledge" period.

I will sleep good tonight knowing that I accomplished something today I haven't done for many months.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's Time to Paint

"Red Onions and Green Pepper"
8 x 10 Colored Pencil

My life took a huge diversion from painting back in February 2014. My sweet husband was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. He was strong and optimistic into the fall, but he grew tired from the fight after Christmas. He passed away on January 6th. He did everything he could to support my dreams of painting and living the life of an artist. I hope to do him proud.

I met with my ex-studio mate, JunieB, yesterday for lunch and a long coffee chat after. We've both had a rough go the last couple of years. We've decided painting is the best therapy, and I promise to have paintings to show in the upcoming days as I adjust to a "new normal."

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love and support of family and friends during the last year. You have given me hope that I can build a new life...which includes my art, of course.  I love you all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To be Published!

"Peaches and Green Ribbon"
Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper
7 x 10"
Ann Kullberg has a series of books of exceptional colored pencil work.  I'm thrilled to say that my colored pencil drawing "Peaches and Green Ribbon" has been selected as one of the 90 works to be included in her CP Treasures III in print soon.  It has made my day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Peach and Purple Ribbon in Mixed Media

"Peach and Purple Ribbon"
5 x 7" Colored Pencil and Washes
on Un-primed Cotton Canvas
I recently became aware of the work of Robert Kogge. He is teaching an online class in mixed media on Robert's technique involves colored pencil along with ink washes on unprimed canvas.

I was so excited to try out the technique (yes, I signed up for the class) that I fudged on the materials.  I didn't have the #8 cotton duck so I cut up a tote bag - same material. I didn't have the waterproof inks so I used some Neocolor II wax pastel crayons that I've had forever. There were a few other things that were on the list of materials that I didn't want to purchase until I tried the basic technique.

Always being a sucker for texture in paintings/drawings, I loved working with the cotton duck. In person the drawing almost looks like it is done in needlepoint. As soon as I finished this small experiment I ordered all the official products and now will sit by the mailbox waiting for my new toys to arrive - #8 cotton duck, Higgins waterproof inks (red, yellow, blue and black) and pumice. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Big Old Apple

"Big Old Apple"
5 x 5" Oil on Panel
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Painting shown in a suggested virtual frame
I tricked myself into painting today. I told myself I would just block in the apple...then I told myself I would just paint the background...OK, then just the shadow....until the painting was done.  It felt SOOO good when I finally put the brush down. I have to remind myself that it's a building process and I can take small steps.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pear and Shadow

"Pear and Shadow"
5 x 7" Oil on Panel
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Framing idea in a virtual frame
It's been a challenge to find painting time in the last few months. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in March.  He just finished what the doctor called the "standard treatment" and has fared very well by not suffering from the myriad of side effects.  A little hair loss and fatigue.

Folks have been urging me to carve out some time to paint, but as my fellow artists know time is one component. State of mind can affect the process. Some days I almost felt like I forgot how to paint. I think this is my third painting since Mark's diagnosis.  I didn't forget how - it just felt like I did - until I picked up the brush and pushed the paint around.  Thank goodness!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two Up for Auction

"Earthy Pear" 6 x 6" oil on canvas panel

"Trio of Pears" 8 x 8" oil on canvas panel
Two paintings up for auction on eBay.  Bidding starts at 99 cents.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Tree Line #30"
Shown in Virtual Frame 

"Tree Line #30" 6 x 8" Pastel on Paper
This reminds me of a misty morning.  The paper is watercolor paper that has been sanded to accept pastels and give a very soft effect.  I used a sanding block to sand the surface before applying the pastels.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catching Up

"Pitcher and Rose"
5 x 7" pastel on sanded paper

Getting back to a little painting, some in oil and some in pastel.

We've had a life-changing month. On March 4th, my husband went to the doctor for some really troublesome symptoms.  Since then he's been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, been in the hospital for five days, and gone through round one of chemo. 

I've had days where I didn't think I could ever paint again, and days where I have longed to paint for my mental health.  Like everything else, in those two extremes are the reality - I will paint when I can.

"Couple of Cherries"
5 x 5" oil on Gessobord

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Truman Park

"Truman Park"
8 x 10" oil on panel

"Truman Park" in virtual frame
I started this painting earlier in the week. As it sat where I could see it for most of the week I decided it had become too "precious", too fussy, too something.  So I attacked it again with the palette knife and "roughed" it up until it lost its preciousness.

It's painted in an impressionist manner with....well...impressions of the bushes, trees and sky.  The goal was to not be afraid of adding color and there are tons of color in this.  I especially like the turquoise in the shadows.