The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ol' Mister Blue Eyes

9"x12" oils on canvas, Brown Pelican, palette knife painting

Had a wonderful time painting this handsome devil.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tree Study

Maybe it's my background in pen and ink drawing, but sometimes I love doing quick painting studies in black and white. They are also great to do when you want to try something new, or only have a bit of time to paint. This is part of my never-ending quest to learn to paint trees. Done in 5 values of black and grays, on a scrap piece of canvas I happened to have laying around.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Morning Coffee in the Garden

Hard to believe it's been over a week since the workshop and I've only had a little time to paint. I wanted to paint some more "Dreama" style before I forgot everything I learned. But in keeping with learning about landscape painting, I also wanted to work on atmospheric perspective. I think the trees in the distance have that "summer in Georgia" look I've been trying for.
8x8" oils on canvas

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Arts: The Swimsuit Edition

For you, Dear Husband. However, there is not any silicon involved. I know you may be disappointed. ;-)

Arts Swimsuit Edition

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Painting for Love? Or Money?

Not that I will have to worry about this for some time to come, but I found Daniel Grant's blog entry "Do Artists Need To Be Specialists?" interesting.
Artists not only make images but project to the world an image they create of themselves through their artwork. That is to say, we know artists by what they do. We say, she is a landscape painter, he is a minimalist sculptor, and we know that by seeing a body of work that allows us to identify their respective subject matter, style and media. The more coherent the artist's work, the more easily we may recognize the creator.
To achieve that recognition, therefore, enabling a viability in the marketplace, artists must become specialists. The landscape painter must forego the photography and the performance art, the minimalist sculptor needs to spend less time with the rock-and-roll band and the theater company. Unfortunately, what makes sense in the market defies a basic element of creativity: Most creative people are interested in a variety of artistic doings, and choosing one that is more likely to earn them money and recognition may be a wrenching decision.
Read more.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Back From a Workshop

I took the most amazing workshop this past week in Atlanta. It was a two-fer, from Dreama Tolle Perry and Leslie Saeta.  Here is some of the work I did there.  Wonderful teachers, and wonderful fellow students!
Day 1 after Dreama's demo:


At the time, I didn't like the color of the walls, so when I had some time to kill before dinner, I did another version of it, this time with the palette knife. It's funny, though. Now that I see them online, I think I like the first one better in most regards.
Day 2 was Leslie and painting with palette knives (which you know I love!).  Leslie is as famous for her boats as Dreama is for her lovely flowers and village scenes.
Day 3 was a lot of fun, with some art business talks, and a neat musical easel exercise. Then we finished up the day with a painting of our choosing. I was already comfortable with a palette knife so thought I'd take advantage of Dreama's being there to work on color.

Really a fantastic experience, and some wonderful people. Oh, and the food!  My goodness, I had to go for a long run on Sunday just to make up for the salmon, and lasagna, and brownies, and donuts. If you have a chance to attend one of these workshops, take advantage of it!  Here are some links:
Leslie Saeta
Dreama Tolle Perry

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So Blue Without You

Heart-shaped blue iris petal, meet the vase with the hourglass shape. Guess I'm thinking Valentine's Day after all.
6x6 Oils on board, done with palette knife, $75 free shipping

Monday, February 7, 2011

Snowy South

Ok, so it's not painting related. But as we're facing another snow storm (or two) this week, I thought I'd share this. I had to wonder if someone was following me.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011