Painting inspired by a gorgeous photo by Imogen Cunningham (so gorgeous that I didn't include it in my blog for comparison). I just love Imogen's work; it has the precise but sensual quality that I strive for in my own work.
I named this drawing "Princess Bonnie" because it reminds me of those sweetly flattering drawings that artists at Disneyland used to draw when I was a kid.
charcoal and conte on grey paper
Quincy has an adorable crooked smile that I tried to capture, though it looks somewhat like a smirk here. So pretty and smart; I could draw her for hours and hours. Speaking of which, most of my drawings are completed in 1-1.5 hours.
Most drawings that look like this: (by Sabin Howard)
take considerably longer to do.
How did drawing save my life? My sanity in this culturally narrow and conservative place was being wacked right and left. I gave up all fine art and focused on design and illustration. For 10 years, I painted what I thought would sell. I survived physically, but emotionally and spiritually, I was a wreck. A series of things helped put me right, not the least of which is a Thursday night drawing group. Drawing from life is a difficult thing. Focusing on one thing and recreating it with a little pencil is a wonderful thing. Spending $5 for the privilege is a delightful thing. An evening in my drawing friends' company is priceless. Thank you to everyone who helped save my life.
Started a few watercolor flowers weeks ago (I'm good at starting), and finished this one last night (I am bad at finishing). Sometimes it is so bad that I give myself a rule that I cannot start another painting until I finish 3. Usually it works. People tell me "just paint looser!", but I am compelled to finish with all the detail, value, and colors that I like in a painting.
Appreciation. Interest. A smile.
These go a long way to fulfilling my little artist heart. And, isn't it just human to want these responses for what we do? Purchasing a painting is the ULTIMATE praise, and I am grateful for this, but anyone who wanders into my studio and enjoys my work is appreciated. Others who... well I won't get into rude comments I've heard, but really, you know the saying "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything"? A good motto all around.
Let's pass it on; next time we see someone doing a good job, let them know you noticed. Being kind is powerful.
Comfort Me With Apples
watercolor 11 x 18"
This painting is currently in an exhibition. Email for purchase enquiry. Prints are available.
My friend Mike has a gallery in the Adirondacks, and I spent one cold, rainy August afternoon painting there. Unfortunately, New York does not have coastal access laws, so I had to destroy the buildings impeding the view with my mind.
Blue Mountain Afternoon
oil 10 x 8"
This painting is currently in a gallery. Please email if you would like to purchase
As in crystal and blue. And that is the only line I can remember from the song. 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' , Whatever it means, it seemed like a good title for this painting.
Home from a Winter vacation in Ireland. Yes, it was cold, but not as cold as here. It is pretty bad when you go to Ireland for the nice climate. Took lots of photos, so keep your eye out for some new paintings of Ireland. A friend and I are planning an exhibition here in Ellicottville.
Another Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) from Linwood Gardens. Their shapes are so lovely and elegant, and this particular image reminded me of reaching up to the heavens.
My promises I am keeping are being grateful and being mindful (doing one thing at a time; no more eating while reading, painting while talking on the phone). Not coming so easy are exercising and being more sociable. It is too easy to hunker down at home. And wasting time, ditto.
Another tree peony painting, as the temperature hover around 20 degrees. The arctic wind reminds us we live in an OLD house. Ice has built up on the inside of our windows. Thank goodness for wool sweaters and slippers.