Sunday, July 29, 2012

Catching up (and Happy Birthday, Stefanie!)

                                                                                    Plein Air Acrylic, 6x6"

Someone recently  put a comment (anonymously) on my blog that is is time for a new painting, and I agree.  I haven't been totally slack with painting, but I have been very slack with posting to my blog.  I need to catch you up.  I did this painting last weekend at a plein air workshop.  One of the other artists was nice enough to let me paint her while she painted.  I spent most of the day painting something I wasn't happy with, and then I did this one in 10 minutes, and I LOVE it.  It doesn't show up as well here as in person, but I honestly think this is one of my favorite paintings I have ever done!

To atone for my lack of posting, here's a bonus painting to show you.  This will be the best photo I will ever get of this painting, because I have sent it away, donated to another artist who is having a fundraiser to help a friend of hers who is coping with cancer.  The paintings she has donated will be auctioned thru a silent auction.   If anyone reading this wants to make a direct monetary donation to that family, you can read about it on Kristen Dukat's blog, by clicking her name to the right of my blog.  It will take you to her list of blogs, and the one she talks about her friend on is her painting blog called "A Time for Art."   Her friend also has his own blog, where you can read about his and his family's ordeal.  They seem like very sweet people going through a very tough time.  His doctors don't expect him to live long, and the family really needs help.

                                                                                     Plein Air Acrylic, 6x6"

I am starting to be interested in selling my paintings on Daily Paintworks.  I seem to keep not feeling "quite ready."  I have an idea that I should paint every day between now and August 18 and if I like what I'm doing, join Daily Paintworks on 8/18.  Daily Paintworks charges you each month on the date you joined, and 18 is my lucky number.  How's that for a business decision?  (you don't have to paint daily to be on Daily Paintworks, I'm just thinking it would be a good exercise for me, and with the gouache, it would be doable by painting during EVERY lunch hour!)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

There are limits....

                                                                                               acrylic, 6x8"                                        how much I am willing to suffer for my art, and for my Watchers.  It is 97 degrees in the shade at my house today.  I painted this at home, and I know if I want to take a decent photo, I should troop myself down to the studio and do it there with the good lighting system.  But nope, it would be so hot down there-- I am not willing to take this suffering thing that far.  Until I can get a better photo, you will have to make do with this one.

This is a gift for someone I work with whose father recently died, so I thought/hoped the symbol of renewal would be potentially comforting.  Especially since she recently rescued and released two baby birds.... If you see anything glaringly wrong with this, please let me know tonight, although it would be very difficult to make a judgement  based on this poor photo.  I do plan to give it to her tomorrow.  I'm terrible at waiting when I want to give a gift.

In an extremely unprofessional move, I wanted to show you the method to which I have resorted in trying to save my garden from burning up.  Usually these plants wilt in the sun of the day, but starting yesterday, I swear they were burning.  Enjoy this photo now, I will probably remove it one of these days....

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