I just finished this 8" x 10" oil painting this morning. It hasn't even dried yet but, it's been so long that I posted a finished piece, I was in a hurry to share it. It would be a lot more visually stunning if it were 4' x 5' but it's a sweet little memento of a couple of curious turtles that were hanging around our houseboat a couple of weeks ago.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I haven't posted since July 7, but I have not been neglecting my artwork. I have these paintings in progress in my studio. I'm working on a logo for myself ( the 3" x 3" painting on the bottom right). The two larger paintings are coming from photos I took while in Italy in October. The reference photos I'm using are clipped above them. (I sold the deli painting that I posted a while back!!!!) Lastly, the small canvas on the bottom left is one I started this morning - I just spent a week at Lake Cumberland and I have a photo of two turtles in the water that I'm hoping to turn into a nice painting.
I try to post at least once a week but there are times when life gets in the way and I have a tendency to get too many works in progress and not enough works getting finished. I promise myself to finish these before the summer is over and now that I've put it on my blog for the world to see I have to hold myself to it.
I also have a children's book illustration in the works (a piece for a show) that I just started. I'll share some more about that later.
Monday, July 7, 2014
The first image that came to mind, when I sat down to brainstorm, was a bull in a china shop. It led to a toast on a fragile table with fragile chairs, and fragile champagne flutes, probably because my 24th wedding anniversary was approaching (it's today actually) and I had LOVE on my mind. I also made a list of fragile things - spider webs, butterfly wings, hearts, and our own fragile selves. For some reason we often choose to merge our lives with that of another fragile being with their own fragile feelings and we have on our hands a very delicate situation.
When I was dating my husband he always said "I'll treat you like a piece of glass." I thought that was sweet so I married him. He hasn't done a bad job of doing just as he said he would. Marriage is a very fragile thing.
To my husband I say - Sweetheart, I promise to treat you like a snowflake on the wing of a butterfly who's balancing on a bubble. Or at least wake up every morning and try.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I brought home a book on zentangles, The Beauty of the Zentangle and was inspired by some of the gorgeous artwork in it. This piece was quite a bit of fun to do which is what zentangling is all about. My daughter modeled for me. I used micron pen and colored pencil on bristol paper.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
A few weeks ago the Illustration Friday word of the week was RETRO. I was too busy to put any time into it, but I sketched out a quick idea and this week I had the time to finish it. This is done with watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil on Bristol paper with some digital enhancements.
I love old-fashioned soda fountains! Many years ago I was working in Winter Garden, Florida, in a beautiful little downtown Main Street area when, lo and behold, a soda fountain opened up across the street from my job. The first time I walked in was like walking into the past. There was even some golden oldies music playing on a radio, specifically "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." I would treat myself to a chocolate diet coke over there a few times a week after lunch and before long I had five cavities. That pretty much ended my daily treat routine. However, at the soda fountain pictured above, the sweets have no calories and they are actually dentist recommended. I think this might be what heaven is like.