Thursday, October 8, 2020

New Work Off To The Gallery

And even newer work matted; getting ready to price and put in my Etsy store.  It hasn't opened yet but I'm working on that too.

But before more work on the Etsy Shop it's time for a break so I'm working on a drawing in my Grunge Journal.  The Grunge Journal is an old book, usually one that is falling apart.  I gesso come pages, glue some together and tape some that are coming loose from the spine.  Sometimes I add collage papers but not always. The Grunge Journals are just for me -- no pressure to get it done or to get it done well, if I don't like it I just do it again on another page.  This time I'm working on Uncle John.  Actually, he's my mother's uncle but I claim him because he was an artist -- and I like the photo I have of him.

Here is the work in process.  I may post it again when I finish 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Another New One


Once again, no title.  I was thinking Calm but there's a whole lot going un under the surface so perhaps not.  Once again there are many layers under there.  Layers seem to suit me as I experiment with three things -- acrylics, mixed media and abstracts.  

Without something specific to paint I just put things down, cover it up if I don't like it and try again -- several times.  I do enjoy the process and finally arrive at something I like but I never have been good with titles.  My husband usually ends up doing that part.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Where Did Summer Go?

 It's been a good summer but it went too fast.  I love being able to do my morning routine of diary entry, devotional reading, journaling and sketching on our patio.  The sketches are simple, quick and a long way from perfect but that doesn't bother me.  It's doing it that matters.

The Zen Painting workshop I was working on at Spider Lake continued and I had two more pieces that she wanted us to do.  Those weren't so relaxing.  I did finish but after several layers and do overs.  These are both 16 x 16 inch and I'm happy with them but it was not a Zen like process.  I'm glad I did it and I did enjoy doing the smaller ones. I'm glad I took the class and will do more -- but not 16 x 16. These are suppose to be non-representational.  They aren't but they aren't realism either.  I did learn a lot about crackle medium while working on them.  I learned that it doesn't always work and sometimes it works too well.  Any crackle that did show up got covered up in the end.

Now I'm working on new pieces for the October exhibit at the Gallery Uptown.  This is one that is finished.  It's 18 x 18 inches.  I have two more this size and four 8 x 8 inch pieces in process.

I'll post the finished pieces as I finish them.

Monday, August 17, 2020

A Relaxing Week Away

My annual art retreat at Spider Lake was a refreshing week away from any news, just water, art and conversation with my dear friend and fellow artist, Terry.  I was taking advantage of a workshop, Zen Painting by Jodi Ohl. Like many artists during this pandemic, Jodi offered some of her classes at a discount rate.  Given all that has been going on this year I figured I could use some Zen time. It was relaxing -- some of the time.  

I got carried away with the doodling and think I over did but it was/is relaxing once I accepted that I wasn't in charge of the outcome.  This photo is four 6" x 6" pieces.

I have a few more mixed media pieces in process and I got a couple watercolor pieces done before coming back to reality. This is one of the watercolors.
and this guy done in mixed media was fun --

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Rant And If You Think I'm Way Off Base Please Let Me Know.

I truly would like to hear if you think I'm way off base and why.  I do listen to both sides. 

Before you read the rant know I support Women's Right to Choose. A woman's right to choose is her business, not mine.  While I may not agree with her choice it is her choice and it’s between her and her God or lack thereof. In spite my support of women's right to choose, I don't support people who don’t believe in abortion having to pay for that choice unless it’s for the woman’s health. 

I wasn't going to post this but there has been so much going on. so much hate, and these thoughts wouldn't go away.  So on to the rant....

So Planned Parenthood finally learned that its founder was a racist and Nazi and Klan sympathizer and her organization's mission was to have black women abort their babies - ethnic cleansing. Slow learners those Planned Parenthood folks. Some of us have known that for a very long time and wondered how anyone could support an organization or person who held that woman in high esteem, one of them being Hillary Clinton. Perhaps they realized that many of us knew about her and with the Black Lives Matter movement we were questioning the hypocrisy.
It's very much like the Democrat party now saying "well, we should have been harder on Bill Clinton when he was in the oval office." Why? Because it wanted to bring up Trump's dalliances and figured it would get called out. Well it was right but a lot of folks saw right through that one.

And you wonder why some of us think Democrats are hypocrites ,,,

At least Planned Parenthood now recognizes her for what she was and I hope many of those who admired her also realize it … or at least realize that many of us know. However, just taking her photograph off the walls isn’t going to make her image and connection to Planned Parenthood go away.  It’s been there too long.  I know, it provides other services but there are other organizations that do that too.  If it is an area that doesn't provide them -- start a new organization. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Stitching A Robe

This was going to be a quilt....
But then I saw a robe that Jude Hill (Spirit Cloth) made and I knew this was suppose to be a robe.  So, I gathered together a bunch of little experimental stitched pieces ,,,

And some scraps of blue fabric.  Now I need to decide, will it be a summer robe or a year-round robe.  I'm leaning toward year round which means I'll need one more layer which will be quilted before I stitch it together.  Here it is so far.  The yellow is a sheet on my work table, not part of the robe. I can add more embroidery any time.  I think it's going to need some orange on the left front since I put that pieced leaf patch in on the right front. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

And The New Direction Continues

Work on the new art journal continues along with more new watercolors.  This small piece is from a photo that had been posted over on the Weekend Drawing Event at last weekend.  This is a more common scene for me to paint.  I do love the water.
And I have one signature done for the new art journal.  It looks like it's going to be an art journal reflecting my town.... at least thats what it seems to be so far.  Here are the pages in the first finished signature; not that it will be the first one in the book, just the first one finished.
Evidently there were windows in the basement of the Cutler House, now the Oakes Agency and condos.  The windows have been bricked over.
One of the lights at the entrance of Duncan Woods.  Before we moved to the house we're in now we were across the street from the woods.  I miss looking out at them.
Part of the gate at the entrance to our cemetery.  It's a lovely cemetery, a good spot to do some plein air painting because there are some very interesting tombstones there.  Maybe I should add one to this art journal.
I'm not sure what it's called other than a chimney but this sits on the roof of the Elks Club and I've sketched it many times.
And the last page of this signature, the two steeples on the Presbyterian Church, These are aged copper, we have a few other distinctive steeples in town.  I may include a couple more.