Ok I finally caught up but now I have to get my paintbrushes ready to begin again in the morning…
This has been a very fun challenge so far. Although I love the dog challenge and I still have one more dog portrait commission to finish up… painting still lifes has been a breath of fresh air… I had been working so much from photographs lately that I forgot how much fun I have setting up little kitchen vignettes .., Dean has been very cooperative and doesn't seem to mind all that much that my easel is smack dab in the middle of the kitchen or my paints and canvas share the dining room table when we eat.
I still have to work on a few new pieces to put in the upcoming show at Maple and Main Gallery that opens on January 25th…. I'm no where near ready…. looking forward to my nice comfy bed now, it's been a very long painting day today...
I truly enjoyed getting lost in this painting yesterday. Applying a new technique called "fracturing" and laying on thick colorful paint gives this painting both energy and stillness combined.
Old World Classic meets New School Technique… so how should I frame this one? Suggestions are welcomed… should I frame it with a classic ornate gilded gold frame or a contemporary frame design? Choices, choices, choices… please chime in and tell me what you think.
This painting will be on exhibit and for sale at our Holiday Show at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, CT.
Opening Night is Friday Nov. 15 from 5-8pm ….
please join us for an evening of Art, Conversation and Nibbles!
"Saturated in Stillness", oil, 16" x 20", 2013
"In our stillness, we acknowledge God's greatness and we are in peace in our life. Stillness saturates us in the presence of God."
- quote by E'yen Gardner author of The Wilderness Experience.
This painting is a larger version of the plein air painting I did on sunday morning. It was so peaceful at this lily pond in Bauer Park. Occasionally I could hear the slightest "plunk" from the water's edge.. it must have been a small frog. Other than that the silence and stillness of studying this scene from a painter's view has a way of opening up an awareness of God's presence and just how huge God is compared to this very small view of the world that I see before me.
It takes me a good 15 to 20 minutes to really settle down, to clear my mind of the busyness and that's the time when the "awareness" dial cranks up and my senses are heightened.
The smell of freshly cut grass.
The monarch butterfly flutters from one bloom to the next.
The green lily pads morph into a loosely crocheted blanket of pale yellows, apricot, dusty rose and mint green. Reminding me of the blanket my grandmother so lovingly made for my daughter Victoria when she was first born.
How wonderful it is to not only be able to capture a moment in time but to weave in cherished memories.
To witness life as a colorful tapestry that only our Creator can carefully and lovingly orchestrate.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1
with much gratitude,
Early Risers, oil on canvas, 8 x 8, $85
It's funny how the little things in life can bring the greatest joy!
Just yesterday morning I hurried down the front path with my head down, my hands clenching my jacket closed and my mind focused on getting to the car as fast as I could because I wasn't prepared for another cold morning. Silly me, I just assumed it was going to be much warmer... after all it is April!
Then, those tiny little purple and white dots caught my eye.... popping up from the barren garden... and I smiled... a big smile.... because I know it may not feel like spring... but these Early Risers tell me that it IS!
I clipped a few of these sweet little crocus flowers brought them inside and by this morning the indoor temperatures caused them to burst open in full bloom. Late afternoon is when I got around to painting this piece.
Earlier in the day I had an appointment with a gift shop owner in Milford to present my art and greeting cards. Bev the owner of the shop, Something of Bev's, was a wealth of great ideas for how I should market and sell my artwork and greeting cards to local gift shops, florists and at fairs. Her 20+ years of experience was so beneficial and genuine desire to help me was of great value. Bev loved my pet portraits and the idea of a new line of greeting cards based on the "Beach Ladies" painting I did last month.
New opportunities are just beginning to bloom.... I'll keep you post.
Red, White and Blueberry, oil, 6x 6, $85
Today is Day 9 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.
Today's painting has more to do with a color theme than a specific location. Red, white and blue.
As one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut is steeped in history and good-old fashion yankee ingenuity.
Fun Facts about CT
Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in New Haven, CT.
PEZ Candy Co, Headquarters is Orange, CT
George C. Blickensderfer invented the portable typewriter
ESPN sports channel was the brainchild of Bill Rasmussenin Bristol, CT.
Side note: Looking up these fun facts about Connecticut has ignited even more painting ideas... this challenge just might not end at 30 days... I'm really having too much fun...so stay tuned!
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P. S. Connecticut's state song is " Yankee Doodle....."
Peaches and Sunflowers, oil on canvas 9 x 12 available
Today's painting I chose to sit outside on our patio. It was a challenge because the afternoon sun kept hiding behind some very large rain clouds. I managed to finish painting and close up my easel just before the rain started.
Shhhhh..... it's a secret for now... I'll be make an announcement soon... but just to let you know Dean and I are planning a big Tent Sale in a few weeks. We just sent up the big white tent today...
It's going to be a CHRISTMAS in JULY SALE!
Lots and Lots of artwork for sale at amazing prices!
and Dean's planning to cooking all afternoon on the grill for some tasty treat.. don't hold me to it but I think he's going to cook his awesome BBQ ribs...
I'll keep you posted...
On my way into BJ's yesterday for just a few things... ha ha who am I kidding.
In front of me was a bin of watermelons. I looked closely and notice the pink ribbon logo. So upon investigation I found the website below is a sponsor of Breast Cancer Awareness.. makes sense... think pink... watermelon... that's today's inspiration.
This painting wil be on display and available for purchase at our ART GATHERING Friday night at Main Street Cafe in Cheshire, CT
Hope you can join us!
Well my first art opening is coming up this Friday at the Main Street Caffe in Cheshire and I'm a bit nervous. I sent out the invites, posted it on Facebook and started to panic that I didn't have enough artwork to show. I know silly me... but this is how my mind works. I got up at 3:30am headed for the refrigerator and there was a fresh package of strawberries just screaming out "paint me, paint me!"
Really? It's the middle of the night should everyone be sleeping?
Well... needless to say.... I wash the strawberries arranged them on the new pink striped kitchen towel Veronica and I picked out at Ikea on Friday night... and the rest was history.
I'll be bringing this painting to the show on Friday even if the paint doesn't dry in time... how much fresher can it be off the easel....;)
Hope you can join us... it's from 5-7pm
209 W. Main Street, Cheshire CT
It's a little tricky to find but look for the clock out front that says "Coffee" on it ...
by the way... Main Street Cafe not only has great food and coffee but the gifts - jewelry, scarfs, coffee mugs are worth checking out!
Hope to see you there!
I rescued these flowers from our garden today. We had a terrible rain storm and the peonies bush just flattened to the ground. The flowers lost their familiar bowl shape and the petals bent back to the point I couldn't even recognized that they were peonies!
I've been waiting anxiously for the cherries to appear in the produce section of our local Big Y and sure enough, yesterday they were on sale for only $ 45 a pound! Just kidding... It just felt that expensive when the cashier rang them up and the total was at least $15 more than what I usually pay!
Just a little side note: When I was a kid I loved the humor of Erma Bombeck. Not really sure why? Maybe it helped mold me into the mom I am today. Her wit and humor about family life, raising kids and living in the suburbs made me laugh... even if I was only 12 years old. One book she wrote titled " If Life is a bowl of Cherries, what am I doing in the pit? was a favorite of mine.
Here's another quote that so fits my life today... just ask my step daughter Allison....
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
― Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck is timeless and her wit is priceless.. (in my opinion)
Think Pink, oil on canvas, 9 x 12
Pink ribbon, pink grapefruit and pink depression glass... so many different shades of pink coming together on one canvas.
The inspiration for this painting came from a visit to the gym yesterday. It was late in the afternoon, I ran into my friend Hannah, we chatted for a few minutes and off I went to workout on the elipical... that’s when the creative ideas started circulating....
If you’ve been following my journal/blog I create six paintings at the beginning of March in honor of Hannah. I met Hannah over a year ago at our church and it was just this January Hannah was diagnosed with breast cancer. What shocking news, especially consider that Hannah is only in her 30’s and in excellent physical condition (she’s a runner).
A large group of women at our church got together after service and prayed for Hannah and I have to say it was such a powerful experience. It touched me in a way that I wanted to reach out to Hannah, let her know how much I cared, but didn’t have the words to say it... so I painted it instead. One painting lead to the next with the pink ribbon woven into each still life..... it just felt happy, joyful and hopeful.. well, at least that’s what I was trying convey.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Hannah.
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