It was unintentional but I see now that the three objects make a triangle. Speaking of triangles I am going to have a booth at the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair this weekend, Sat & Sun., April 27 & 28, booth #626, come on out and say "hi" if you live in the Louisville KY area. Looks like the weather might be perfect and there will be lots of great art and food. The next painting I do will probably be next week.
This red pot has been calling to me and even though it is for tea I could not resist using it in the picture. there is something about lining it all up that excites me. The spoon sort of puts it in perspective.
This was my third attempt at painting this pose. Within the first 30 minutes I started over three times. The model had dreadlocks so the hat does not fit exactly right but she looked great, I love the way the hat grazes the top of her head. My favorite parts that I savored until the last were her hands. I love to paint or draw hands. The focus was on her head and neck so the simple or lack of detail and darkness on the lower arms are intentional.
Reading from a book and taking notes, we have all done this at some point. This tiny three ring binder was my mothers and probably dates from 1950 or before, the pages are all yellowed. It fits in a pocket.
This is it... the last of the daffodils. I know, I know. Some of you are are saying "Thank goodness she is done with that!" Or something to that effect. Now I have to really think about what I am going to paint next.
The daffodils are almost gone and I thought I would paint them while I still have them. I will have a booth at the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair here in Louisville Ky in less than two weeks and I am painting up a stash.. er storm. I painted this as a demo this morning in my painting class.
At first when Hannah showed up with this silk chiffon blouse I thought it was not very interesting but when she put it on it was a lovely color and I loved the way she wore it. The color of the blouse and her skin are similar with small variations.
Choosing what style of eye glasses you wear is a personal choice. Making the decision as to what size, shape, color are a choice only you can make. These glasses in this painting are my latest pair. I love them!
The daffodils in the sunny back yard have come and gone but the ones in the shady front are just now in full bloom. I was not aware until now that they come in different shades. The ones in my front yard have a very orange/yellow center that are different from others I've seen. I decided to light these so the brilliant yellow stands out from the grey background, actually it is a white surface but the light is focused on the flowers so the background value is much darker. The white is not bright because the light is focused on the flowers not the surface.
During WWII my Father wrote letters to his mother and she in return would write about what was going on with the family and neighbors. After he met my Mother she took over the letter writing mainly because Dad's hand writing was so illegible. That Grandmother died before I got to know her so those letters are what I have of her.
While looking for something in the studio I came across a box of items from my Great Aunt and within the box was this pair of unusual eye glasses. They were two pieces of 1/8" flat glass that were held together with brass fittings and the side pieces hinged in the middle for folding and on the tips were round bakelite or amber discs. There was also one of those old notebook journals that had some hand written poetry in side. These glasses are the type that if the light was just right they would look like two white discs in front of the eyes.
There are few things that are as heart fluttering as getting a long letter in the mail and a long letter from overseas is even better. You can't wait to get comfortable, open it up and read it. And since it is in your hand you can reread over and over. Pull it out years later and read it again and remember...
Over years many of you have gotten letters of importance that have changed or influenced your lives. This was one that did that for me. It is not important who it is from or why but that it changed the way I felt about life. The internet has changed that form of communication on so many levels.
I started this series of small (6” x 6”, 6” x 8”, 5” x 7”) paintings in May 2009 as a daily practice and discipline in order to liberate my work by painting from life in a restricted amount of time. In carefully considering placement, shape and color, I strive to find the essence and beauty of common objects in a fast-paced world that is dominated by electronic gadgets and digital images. It is my hope that people will stop, look and see the dignity and soul of things that are often taken for granted.
Composition and lighting are key elements in the creative design process, allowing me to create a lively and often humorous narrative.