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 just love painting glass and water.. the more I look the more I find so many different colors…
I could have worked on this painting all day but I was on deadline! The artichoke sat so nicely in this little glass container… I'm thinking I might add a few more to create a centerpiece cluster of artichokes in water for our dining room table…
Dean has a few photos and I think he's share his stuffed artichoke recipe on our food blog…
Full Plate Colorful Palette….
Dean made a delicious pear pie to bring to my brother and sister-in-law's house yesterday. The recipe is really simple, very similar to apple but with added vanilla extract … it's has a taste of it's own.
Of course we were running late, nothing unusual for me, but this time it "wasn't my fault" :)
I parked on the street outside of Maple and Main Gallery in Chester and while I was inside for a marketing meeting, someone hit the back of my car, well, technically my dad's truck who's letting me borrow for a few months while he's in Florida.
I came outside, there was a note on a small piece of paper under the wiper blade.
That said, "I hit your car, here's my info!" What a way to start the new years!
So needless to say I had to made that dreadful call to my dad…
"Uh… Hi Dad… How's it going? How's Florida? Is it warm?… I have something to tell you.."
and as I spoke those words I was transported back to 1985 when I had to make that dreaded call to my dad after I insisted on taking our classic mustang "out for a spin" around town
and the brakes gave out…
it was a miracle that I coasted down a long busy main road in Fairfield without getting hit or running into anyone…
through a super busy intersection and stopped inches from the front window of a gas station.
The owner came running out of the garage, yelling at me…
only to find out I lost the brakes on the car and he so kindly said…
"do you want to call your dad?" oh the memories…
Well, back to the pear pie story, so after the phone call to my dad, Dean and I got in our car and headed to Fairfield to see my brother and sister-in-law.
Halfway there we realized we forgot the pie!
And to make matters worse… Pear pie is one of my sister-in-law Gail's new favorites…
If you would like the pear pie recipe… it's on our new blog Full Plate Colorful Palette… click here.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Just a few hours into the new year and I'm ready to go! Lots of new and exciting projects on the horizon and to start it off I'd like to welcome you to our latest creative endeavor. As many of you know my husband Dean just finished up his first semester in Culinary School and preparing for the next semester to begin. Together we decide to combine our talents to create a joint blog. A place where Dean can share his new recipes, cooking and baking tips, educational videos, interviews and so much more… plus and I can share my artwork.
The blog is called….
Full Plate Colorful Palette
It's still in the infancy stage right now. We are adding to it daily… hope you get a chance to check it out and give us your feedback… And if you have any recipes or cooking/baking tips you would like to share please post a comment. Feel free to share this with your friends and family…
So for the next 30 Days I will be painting a painting a day in Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Painting Challenge and Dean will be adding a blog post on what's happening in the kitchen. Hope you join us for this creative culinary and art adventure!
Linda and Dean
Full Plate Colorful Palette Blog
Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge Blog
"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,
Jim's Front Porch, oil on paper, 6 75 x 8.75
This is a view of our friend Jim's front porch. I accompanied my husband Dean this morning when he went to cut the grass at Jim's house.
The sun was shining just right on the front porch. Long thin slivers of light were dancing across the cool concrete.
I've been trying out a new type of surface. It's called Arches Oil Paint Paper. It's really cool. I watched a short you tube video on how to use this special oil paint paper and thought I would give it a try. No priming or gesso required. All I did was tear off a smaller piece from the large 20 x30 sheet and tape it to a board.
Pros on Arches Oil Paint Paper:
- fast set-up
- easy to block in larger shapes by using less pigment and more turpentine
- very difficult to layer lights over darks
Perhaps I wasn't using the best brush for layering but the lighter colors wouldn't sit on top and they would absorb quickly into the background. That's when I decided to pick up my palette knife and apply the paint like frosting! It was fun! If I didn't like an area I would just scrape it off and start again. By the time I was done the light had shifted but it felt good to be outside painting plein air again.
Yes, I agree, this is a much different style then what I've done in the past... but it looks like the winds of change are blowing! And I'm feeling much more courageous these days!
I would love your feedback on this new style... just leave a comment below.
with much gratitude,
Red Wine and Grapes, oil 8 x 8, 2013 $100
Let me tell you a little story...
So, last night, well afternoon, 4pm - 10:30 I worked on a landscape painting, 16 x 20 in size, but after six hours ( took a little break around 8:30pm) I stepped back from my easel and... ugh... it was just a huge flop!
I could hear my inner voice saying "it's not that bad" and "it's not your best work".
Over time that voice has softened. I can remember just a few years back I would get so frustrated and discouraged. But now, hopefully just a little bit wiser, "flops" are just part of the process.
So what happens after 6 hours spent on a painting that you don't even want to show the dog? Drink lots of wine? No, just kidding.
I have learned that the next step isn't to try to paint the same painting over again. In fact, I'm more likely to make the identical mistakes. Instead, I seek advice, inspiration and/or more knowledge. This time I did all three.
One of my all time favorite websites is Dailypaintworks.com for inspiration. I love to peruse the "what's new" listings. This time I went to the Art Bytes Store (very clever name by the way) Short in length but packed with information the Art Byte store offer tutorials on so many topics for artists.
Today I downloaded for free the tutorial on "Collective Insights on Blocks' - eight pages of different artists talking about the dreaded "Artist Block" and what to do about it. It was great! One "take away" was to do something fun... just for yourself. So I went downstairs pulled out my "grown-up coloring book" and started coloring with markers. What's that you ask? They are books printed with line drawings of graphic elements, like mandalas, to color in.
Here's the link to Art Byte store.
Then I downloaded a Tutorial called "Fracturing and how to do it" by Julie Ford Oliver. Each time I see Julie's work I would say to myself "I love how she paints but I couldn't but my finger on the technique". It's called Fracturing.. I just love learning something new! So I watched the videos (4 all together) all the way through and then went back and tried the technique myself. I would play a section. Hit the pause button. Run downstairs paint a little. Run back upstairs for the next set of directions ( Yes, you are right, I should have brought my computer downstairs... but I couldn't waste the time... I was too excited to try something new!)
So out of the darkness of that dreaded Artist's block came something new, something different and to my surprise something quite interesting.
Please tell me what you think?
And.... if you're interested in bidding on this painting it will be up for auction on 6/2/13... click here to bid.
with much gratitude,
"Resting in Green Pastures" oil, 6 x6 SOLD
Today is Day 15 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.
I was inspired to paint this interior after reading Myra's blog post from My Blessed Life - Myra is an interior designer and she has one of the most beautiful blogs I've seen. I was also doing a little research on Bigelow Tea Co. ( suggestion for my sister-in-law Gail) and found out that Ruth Campbell Bigelow, an interior decorator started Bigelow Tea in her Connecticut kitchen in the 40's and now in Fairfield CT, Bigelow Tea Company produces over 400 tea bags per minute, employees over 330 people and has a tea plantation in South Carolina. Below are two video links if you're interested, one, is Ruth Bigelow's son talking about his mom and how Bigelow Teas started. And the second video features Cindi Bigelow, Ruth's granddaughter talking about their 25th Annual Community Challenge held last Sept. It's a road race/walk for all ages that raised over $110,000 for charities and organizations in Fairfield County. Now that's very impressive! Thank you Bigelow Tea for being so supportive to our Connecticut communities.
As for me, one of my favorite Bigelow Tea flavors is Green Tea with Pomegranante and this couch looks just like an emerald green pasture.... ah, wouldn't it be nice to take a little rest in this pasture. :)
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UPDATE: 2/26/13: This painting was sold at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days ONE DAY Show at SIX SUMMIT GALLERY in Ivoryton, CT last Sunday! I'm so happy this painting will find a special home with my dear friend Charlotte. Thank you Charlotte and Peggy for attending and being apart of this special day!
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!
18th Hole Grassy HIll CC, oil on canvas 16 x 20, commissioned for silent auction UCPA Tournament 2012
Here's the two paintings that were picked to be in the silent auction and raffle for this year's 22nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit UCPA of Southern Connecticut at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT. I put the final touches on this painting this morning. The frames arrived yesterday... just in time.
Now all I need to do is wait for the paint to dry, frame and package them for Monday's event. And, as a special surprise I was invited to attend the banquet dinner Monday evening! I feel honored to join in on this event... yet a little nervous... those stupid thoughts always race through my head... 'what if no one bids on it?"... I know this is very common among artists when it comes time for a gallery opening or reception. No matter how long an artist has been working at their profession, when it comes down to the wire whether it's unveiling a commissioned piece or presenting a body of work at a gallery, I don't think that twinge of doubt every really disappears. I wonder why? If you have any insights or comments please feel free to share them. Or if you know of a truly confident artist that never experiences "doubt"... let me know... I would love to have a conversation with... him or her....
p.s. I'll let you know how the silent auction and banquet go... until then.... maybe I'll paint something with a little less green :)
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