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I always have new paintings, so my list involves vacuuming, dusting, and framing. All very un-loved activities, especially framing. But, I do love a clean space and well presented art.
It's funny, the annoying things we have to do to get the results we love. I am not one of those people who think the mundane chores of life are meditative and enjoyable. They are just a means to the end, which for me are:
BEAUTY, PEACE, ORDER, CALMNESS.
I wonder, if I can keep these my goals, instead of more tangible things like a vacation, a possession, or some artistic accomplishment, I can find the time and energy to do the un-loved chores.
These leaves were a lot of fun to paint, and I think are a good balance to the more realistic chickadee. I sometimes think I am using too bright colors when I am painting fall leaves, but then I look outside and say "nah". I feel lucky to live in an area with such abundant natural beauty. At least, I feel lucky until January. Then the prospect of a cold, dreary Winter makes me blue.
Last weekend spent painting at my friend's cabin. Day 1 was very overcast. I painted the pond using the muted colors I saw (see previous posting). The next day was as bright and beautiful a Fall day you could ask for. I tried to be a little more decisive painting alla prima, and this rather 'Fauve' painting is the result.
This painting was accepted into the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Int'l show this fall. It's a little different from my usual, but NFWS has stringent rules for it's shows: NO OPAQUE paint. Only transparent watercolors on paper. I don't usually mind, because I use opaque white only as a final resort, but, some of my best paintings lately fall in that category.
Anyways, I've had a lot of experience painting chickadees lately, but I put this little guy in a more realistic environment. The whole painting has a very soothing feel to it. Those of you familiar with chickadees know they aren't usually still, and most likely he will be dive-bombing some other birds hanging around the bird feeder.
I picked up this leaf while taking a walk the other day. At the time, there were very few colorful leaves on the ground. Now, Fall is in full swing, and it is hard to keep my eyes on where I am going. So, I brought this raggedy little leaf into the studio and taped it too the wall. Lots of luscious colors. Painted alla prima.
I've been away from my studio for 3 weeks, so am ready to get to the studio and start some new paintings. In my very slow way, I started this little landscape Thursday, then added some details Friday, and finished it up Sunday. Feeling a bit fussy about my process, I painted the same image very quickly/ alla prima/ impressionistic (bottom). It looks fresh, but just not my cup of tea. I think that sometimes when you get out of your comfort zone, you realize WHY you are comfortable there. It's not always such a bad thing.
This was originally the first step, but I stopped here because I liked the Impressionistic quality.
The orange colors are actually the copper showing through, and it shines in the light.
I love it when a painting just seems to paint itself.
Another recent "finish". I think I started it about 18 months ago. The marbles were a breeze, but I struggled with the background and the cast shadow. It was a good lesson that sometimes you have to stop looking at your subject and just try to figure out what would make the painting better.
I've been working on a few watercolor paintings, trying to finish them for entry in the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. I finished this one. Nice, but I wound up entering a portrait and a small wispy landscape with a bird. Not my usual thing, either of them, but I am all full of daring these days. Painting in oils will do that to a watercolorist I guess.
Here I am with one of my White Queen Peony giclee prints on canvas. I am so happy with the way they look. We printed them substantially bigger than the original, at 24 x 26", but my printer (a wizard with photography and printing) made sure they came out crisp and vibrant. I will only have 25 of these prints made, both in this size and the original 14x15". Check out my website to order, or email me.
Finishing up some small watercolors and beginning some more ambitious paintings this week. I need something new for the upcoming Niagara Frontier WC Society National show.
Plus, new demos are on my list of things to do (still).
I just took a batch of paintings to Rust Belt Books in Buffalo for an exhibition through September. Not sure why I greed to it, as the place is not really conducive to my kind of artwork. It is very funky, messy, and well, Rust Belt-y. I'm mostly concerned that my beautiful paintings will be safe there. The oils on canvas are much more fragile than I expected. The edges scrape up very easily, and they can get a dent if anything rests against them.