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 can remember back in 2009 I took an oil painting at Hartford Art School. As one of my assignments we had to panting a very large canvas 20 x 24…. I think….. of tomatoes and eggplants…
Even though I don't have the painting any more… here's a picture…
It seems like I've been working so much from photos in the past few months that this challenge has been great for me to get back into painting still lifes. Although the rings on the onion were getting me a little dizzy trying to keep them separate, I'm very happy with the way the whole onion came out. I added the background colors with a palette knife letting a little bit of the underpainting to poke through.
I'm glad that my studio was warm enough today to paint in. The past few days it's been so cold I brought all my paints upstairs and painted at the dining room table near the fireplace.
Dean's working on his blog post … so stay tuned… I'll add the link in later when he finishes his part.
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.
Morning Whites, oil on canvas 12 x 12
I just loved the color combination of the white daisies with the eggs and coffee cup. Although my original intention was to paint a white on white painting. I’m happy with the end results.
Staying Inspired ALL the time isn't easy especially when the daily life of raising kids and running a household demand so much of my time. I love to ready inspiring stories about others who have found a way to shine in this world. We can all get caught up in the busy-ness of life but it's those who have found their passion or calling and then ... go for it... seeking to make a difference in this world.... I admire tremendously.
Richard Robinson is one of those people. Although I have never met him personally, I admire all his efforts in helping artists become better. His willingness to share his gifts and his knowledge freely is a blessing for everyone.
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