Soup Prep - Chef Dean
oil on board, 6 x 8" framed in silver and gold tone frame
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Often times I tell my art students to "trust in the process" and not to judge their painting too soon, especially while they are in the midst of creating it. I’ve said in the past it’s like baking a cake and trying to eat it when it’s half baked - it doesn’t taste good.
It’s easier for us to understand the cooking process when it comes to creating a meal. Planning the menu, buy the ingredients, prep the food, cook or bake, waiting time and then knowing when it’s done. And then.... yes enjoy eating it!
There are many similar steps and stages when it comes to creating a painting with the exception of one. The "Cook Time" or the "Create Time". For instance, you do have to plan and purchase materials. Find a place to create, whether a studio or a kitchen table. You'll also need some instruction, even the basics like mixing and applying paints. And surely what would be helpful, like in a recipe you are given the time it takes to prep and the time it takes to cook or bake. But that's not the case when it comes to creating art.
"Create Time" is the one mystery element. It's the one ingredient that is truly different for every artist. How can I tell my students that an exercise will take exactly one hour. Sometimes I'll try to set time limits and on occasion it will work but for the most part, I've come to the conclusion - a painting will get done on it's own time. We truly don't know how long it’s going to take to create a piece of art. For some it could be thrown together in minutes and called finished for others the "cook time" could take hours, days maybe even years.
But what if we savored and embraced that "time of simmer" - the "process time". What if, with patience and with a listening heart, we lean more into the method than the end result. I mean we aren't planning to eat our painting like we would a meal, so why can't we just take the time to listen to our heart not a grumbling stomach. What if we apply the phrase "Trust the process" to mean both trusting you will be satisfied with the end result AND enjoyment while in the midst of creating it.
So perhaps the next time you are in the middle of painting a painting whisper to yourself “ embrace the simmer” .....and I will do the same.
work in progress, commissioned 12 x12 from Day 21 of 30 Day Challenge
Here's the latest piece I've been working on. It's a larger version of Day 21 from the 30 Day Painting Challenge.
Shortly after posting the small 6 x 6 painting I received an email to have this piece painted larger.
I put both paintings side by side so you can see the difference in size.
I've been commissioned to paint this scene at 24" x 24" too! (Can't wait for the challenge! I just purchased the canvas today!)
When painting the small 6 x 6's, it trains me to be conscience of each brushstroke and color that I apply. It's like studying a puzzle and carefully fitting all the pieces together... and boy do I love to do puzzles! But when a request comes in to enlarge a painting... it's so exciting because I get to really play with the brush strokes, refining the colors or adding new ones and adding more depth by the way I paint the edges soft or sharp.
If one of my small, mini paintings catches your eye and you would like me to paint a larger version... just give me a call or send an e-mail, I would be happy to give you an estimate and time frame. Or if you have a great photo that you would like to be reproduced as an original oil painting... it would be a pleasure to work with you!
Thanks for viewing my artwork,
January Facebook Fan Drawing - Annette Prause!
Thank YOU Annette for being a Linda S. Marino Art FAN!
This is the first Facebook Fan Page Give-Away!(Hopefully of many because I truly love to share my artwork with those who enjoy it. )
Each month I will be giving away either a painting, drawing, notecards, calendar to my Facebook fans... as a way to say "thank you" for your support, your kind words, compliments and "Likes". and sharing my work with their friends.....
I can't wait to package this painting up and ship it off to my friend Annette. Annette and I are college friends from Western New England College. We just recently reconnected on Facebook and it's nice to see her again!
I painted this small 6 x 8 painting last summer while my family and I were on a picnic in Guilford. It was a beautiful summer day and this little girl happened to walk into my view when I was just about finished with the painting. I added her in and so pleases with the results. Hope you enjoy the painting Annette!
"Purple Beach Umbrella", oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 21 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Since the temperature dropped significantly since that beautiful Sunny Sunday (just 2 days ago) I decide to paint the beach hoping to feel those hot rays and wishing it was just a little bit warmer in my studio today.
We maybe the 3rd smallest state in the United States but we sure do have plenty of beaches. From Weed Beach in Darien to Calf Pasture in Norwalk, then onto Sherwood Island in Westport and Penfield in Fairfield, Walnut Beach and Silver Sands in Milford to Hammanaset and the list goes on... but one of my all time favorites is Rocky Neck in East Lyme, CT. There's something about this location that always draws me back. First of all, Rocky Neck is unusual because when you pull into the parking lot you can't see the beach at all. You have to follow a walking path that takes you through a tunnel where the Metro North Railroad goes over and out the other side you step into a whole new world! The late afternoon sun dances across the bluish-green waters, the sand is hot and gritty on your feet and in the distance the rock formations makes a gentle bend outward toward the sea with very lush green foliage growing all around. Even writing about makes me want yearn for a day at the beach.
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"Fresh Produce", oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 16 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Over the past year I've taken so many shots of places, events, people and things all around Connecticut and I'm looking forward to sharing these inspirations with you.
I'm not sure who's fresher my husband Dean, or the pineapple in his hand.... hmmm... Well, I finally caught up with the group on Day 16 and this place was one of the first on my list to paint and I'm not sure why it took so long. Probably because I have so much to say about this place that I couldn't possibly fit it all in one blog post. So I'll try my best to make it brief.
First, the painting is of the inside of Stew Leonard's in Newington, CT. The New York Times dubbed it "The Disneyland of Dairy Stores!". It's very hard to describe it if you've never been there and calling it a "grocery store " doesn't cut it.
Yes they have fresh produce, dairy, meats, seafood, cheeses, a deli and hot/cold buffet bars like many grocery stores today, but Stew's does it differently, the floor design is like a maze that you weave your way through so you don't miss out on anything unlike traditional aisles. There are sample stops everywhere along the trail and see the white dots in the painting, those are spotlights, yes that's right, this store has mood lighting which makes everything look so colorful and delicious! Then there's the talking farm animals, the singing chicken and should I go on...
What I like best about going to Stew Leonard's is that it brings back so many childhood memories and my grandma loved to talk about how she knew the brothers when it was first Clover Farms Dairy right around the corner from her house in Norwalk. They would deliver milk right to her doorstep! I can remember going to their first storefront in Norwalk and buying pistachio ice cream for 25 cents! (Oh, my kids are right, I am OLD!) Ok, that's all for now at Stew Leonard's... but don't be surprised if I sneak another painting in of this favorite place of mine!:)
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"An Artful View", oil 6x6, $85
Today is Day 6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
At the start of this challenge I went through all my photos and wrote a list of all the places I've been to in Connecticut. The list grew and grew (well past 30 days) and so did the excitement just visualizing each place or moment made me realize how blessed I am to have an opportunity like this to express my love of creating art, the beautiful surroundings I live in, the people who inspire me and the ability to share it!
I couldn't wait to paint this painting and share it with you because if there's one place I love to talk about with such enthusiasm it is The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. Not just because I worked there a few years ago but because of the wonderful people that work there (which includes volunteers) the sensational architectural structure, the unique and lively gift shop (which a few of my art cards are for sale there) , the delicious cafe and oh, yes... did I mention the ART? LOVE IT ALL! But best of all, it still really IS a secret in Connecticut. So many local people I met have not visited the museum or know anything about it. Whether you're an artist, an art-lover, have a young and budding artist in the house or just the spirit of adventure within the New Britain Museum of American Art is the answer to that creative call.
Join in the Journey
Hope you join me on this 30 day painting challenge... you can sign-up for these blog posts to be delivered right in your inbox... just look for the email sign-up box in the right column. Feel free to comment below and share either your favorite places and/or things to do in CT or... Have you ever been to the New Britain Museum of American Art,in New Britain, CT? If so, please share your experience here, I would love to hear your story.
Carousel Ride at Bryant Park, NYC
Breaking out of my 6 x 6 mini's mold I decided to paint a little bit larger today. Here's a scene from a few years back when my brother Mickey, sister-in-law Gail, niece Ava,her friend Emma and I went to NYC to take photo references of Bryant Park for a commissioned piece.
Bryant Park is such a lovely park there's so much to do there. It's like a little oasis in the middle of chaos.
201 Fern Street, watercolor 16 x 20
The reference photo I was working from was taken back in February 2010 but it has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I decide to switch over to watercolor and use the pouring technique that I learned from a book called "Pouring on Light" by Jean Gaf.
In the picture was my daughter Veronica, son Raymond and his friend George. It's in front of George's house in West Hartford, CT.
We were just about to start our weekend trip to New Hampshire with the kids. Two cars, 6 kids and a dog.... 41/2 hours on the road to Camp Calumet in Freedom, New Hampshire. What a great time we had the kids went snowboarding, tubing, cross country skiing, ice skating and so much more... great memories from that trip. I'm hoping to paint more from our family vacations.
Jazz Man Demo #1 8 x 10 Oil on Canvas
Here’s my first demo painting for a video by Craig Nelson titled Quick Studies in Oil Painting. The challenge here was to paint a painting in under one hour. I enjoyed this painting demo very much. I love learning something new, or adding a new technique to my creative journey. This was definitely worth the investment.
I found this great website with lots of great art videos/lessons.
Here’s the link: http://artclick.tv/... lots of different media and subject matter to choose from.
Me in my studio with my dog Kisses
Amongst the chaos in a house full of kids this weekend I started and finished this painting of me in “my studio”. From this perspective one might gather the impression it’s a truly blue artist’s studio but it’s really not. It’s a nook. A niche. Or perhaps an alcove... why not a cubbyhole? Whatever the definition of “my space”... it’s were I find my comfort zone. The place I set up shop to delve into a world of color on canvas where ideas are swirled, twirled and fused together. A place where I can withdrawal from the everyday hoopla and find peace and harmony from the spokes of a color wheel... where cobalt blue, daffodil yellow and crimson red... pave the way.
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