Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Marbles, Marbles Everywhere

Marbles #12 (for lack of a better title) 12"x16" oil on Gesso Board

     Okay, I've now had my fill of marbles for a while. I am sure, however, that I will return to them again and again in the future.
     I've been drawing and painting marbles for years. Since so many of them were done before I had my blog, I'll go ahead and share some of them with you now.

Below is the first - done in colored pencil (approx. 8" x 10") 1994.

Then came this one - a friend loaned me a mason jar of marbles that her husband had collected. 
It is also colored pencil. My kids were very young and colored pencils are a no mess medium.
The quality of this reproduction is a little crummy. The original was not so bluish.
(This one is probably my favorite.) 

Next, I went big - 30" x 40" oil painting 1998. I used the same marbles but scattered them on my driveway. To get them completely round I traced around the lid from a tub of margarine. 
(An artist does what an artist has to do.)

18x24 oil 2010 This is from a photo I took outdoors with the marbles sitting on a mirror. 
 I turned the bottom marble into our beautiful, big, blue marble - Earth.

This is a colored pencil piece that did show up on my blog back in 2015.

And if you have yet to have your fill of my marble paintings, you can check out my post from a couple of weeks ago where you'll find one more! HERE


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Day at the Park - mini

I was in the park last week with my art student, and as we sat in the shade drawing I took photos of different views from my vantage point. This little 2"x3" oil painting combines bits and pieces from four of them. 

Also on my easel (my much bigger easel) is a 2foot x 3foot painting that I have been dabbling at here and there for over a year! The time has come to get it done! I have set a goal for the end of this month and I'm pretty sure I'm going to make it. Below is an approximately 9"x11" area of it. A teaser to tempt you back here to see it in it's full glory in a week or two.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Marbles No.11

5"x 7" oil on Gesso Board

     I have had a fascination with marbles for a long time. I didn't play with marbles as a kid but many years ago my husband pushed back the furniture in our living room and gave me and the kids a lesson on how it's done. My husband grew up in Cuba where marbles were treasured, coveted, and won and lost in games on the street.

Fun facts: 
     Marbles and the games they bring have been around for about 5,000 years. They were made from stone, bone, and clay and maybe even marble if you were a rich kid.
     A way to make glass marbles by clipping pieces from a rope of molten glass was invented in 1846.
     At the beginning of the 1900s marbles were being mass produced, and in 1905 a company in Akron, Ohio was cranking out about 12 million marbles a year. (I think the factory burned down, but there is a museum there now, with some of those precious specimens, that I would LOVE to visit!!!)
     I found a quote when I was reading about marbles yesterday. It was in a comment section and I didn't see the author's name but I'll share it: "What a perfect toy! Give children colorful spheres and watch them declare values and create games. Pure human nature."

     For those who like to see the work in progress here's a couple of the steps:

      See you next Wednesday! There's another marble painting coming up sometime soon.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Checkerboard Seahorses

9 x 12 oil on Gesso Board.

First, Happy Fourth of July! I wasn't thinking ahead enough to realize that my post would fall on our national holiday and I was sorry this isn't more patriotic looking, so I did some quick digital magic. 

I feel better now.

I did this digital version in January 2017.

    I wanted to experiment with one on canvas. So I started the top painting right after the digital version was done, and it sat in my studio, and sat in my studio, and sat in my studio saying "enough already! Just finish me and move on." So I finished it this week. I can check that box. Done deal. Onward and upward. I'm movin' on.
     I came across the image below in my photos. This is the acrylic sketch that I dropped into the computer to end up with the digital version. It's pretty rough and more than a little scary.