|Lily, colored pencil, 11.5x8 inches|
Friday, July 25, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Then, last week, online artist/friend Mike emailed me asking to purchase "A Glad Heart," one of the paintings set aside for the gallery. I said yes IF I could paint another similar piece to replace it.
So, this morning I put "A Glad Heart" on the side of the easel and for some reason, I put a 16 x 20 canvas in position to paint. I can't really say what happened next but it was so much fun! In about 20 minutes I had another, much larger "Glad Heart" roughed in.
If I had not taken Qiang Huang's workshop in April, I wouldn't be painting still life again. If State of the Arts Gallery had not asked for a large still life, I wouldn't have painted one. If Mike had not asked to purchase "A Glad Heart," I would not have painted it larger.
It seems my art evolves in steps.
1. The desire to try a new subject or medium.
2. The challenge of making it look the way I want.
3. The comfort zone of producing paintings in that genre (usually until I'm bored and the cycle starts over again).
Staying in one's "comfort zone" too long for optimum physical or mental health has been a family topic of late so it is interesting that I was sort of ejected from my comfort zone today into such a fun place! Now, I don't want to go back to 6 x 6 inches, they seem tedious in comparison.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer jar. I love this stuff, use it every day, and when the moisturizer is gone I remove the pump-insert jar from inside and save the blue/green translucent outer jar. The image below shows how I used the empty jar in a painting.
|Favorite Things, oil, 6x6 inches|
Friday, July 11, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
|A Bright Tomorrow, oil, 6 x 6 inches|
Friday, July 4, 2014
|A Glad Heart, oil, 6x6 inches Sold|
See the steps below.
|A Glad Heart Step 1|
|A Glad Heart Step 2|
|A Glad Heart Step 3|
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
|Signs and Wonders, step 1|
|Signs and Wonders, step 2 artist meltdown and wipe-off|
|Signs and Wonders, oil, 6x6 inches sold|