Tuesday, September 10, 2013
After I warmed up with the daily painting, I moved on to one of my commissions. Still a lot of fine tuning to do on this one, but here's "Hope."
And you know, it's not too early to be thinking about Christmas...so if you'd like to commission a portrait for that special someone, or as a gift to yourself (hey, why not???), just send me a note! I have gift certificates available, too. I also have a couple of special projects in the works. I'll be posting details soon, so be sure to check back!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
And then, instead of painting another daily piece, I ended up playing with Zentangles(r). I intended to just work with shapes, black and white, etc, but then I saw a photo of this cat and decided to see what I could come up with. It ended up being the cover of a blank notecard. I'm calling it "Jazzy Zen Cat." I know, I probably should have done another painting instead of the Zentangle, but this is considered art too! In fact, I just received a set of Sakura pens and some samples of the Zentangle paper...can't wait to try them out. So off I go!
Friday, September 6, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
One thing I have become aware of is, over the past couple of years, I have moved from large paintings to smaller ones....and I'm wanting to grab a HUGE canvas and really loosen up, with big brushes, large, loose arm movement....so don't be surprised to see a very large painting in the not-too-distant future.
And here's a slightly different subject: had lunch with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago and she introduced me to the wonderful world of Zentangles®. Here is the definition of Zentangles, along with a link to their site: "The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com."
After sharing her beautiful Zentangle-inspired art with me, my friend gifted me with a lovely sketchbook, a couple of gel pens, and several pieces of paper--and I am now in love, and addicted to, the art of Zentangle. Here are a few I created over the past week.They are more Zentangle inspired than official Zentangles, but I am loving this technique. It's a great way to warm up before tackling a commissioned painting or just to loosen up and get centered.
So...if you are so inclined, visit the Zentangle site and have fun! And off I go now to paint...and play.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
BUT....there are some days when I should just stay out of the studio, and today was one of those days. I decided to paint a seagull from a photo I took when I was back in New York. Talk about trying to fit a square peg in a round hole! Or should I say, a rectangle in a square. You'd think, with all my artistic experience, that space and placement wouldn't be a big deal for me any longer. Wrong! I really am spatially challenged. So there I was, trying to squeeze this oblong seagull into a perfect square. I started over at least three times, and each time, ended up making the gull larger until I cut off its tail feathers and half of its beak. I considered giving up, which would place me one day behind already. So I forged on, determined to complete Day Two of the Thirty Day Challenge because I'm not a quitter! The result: not one of my better pieces, but it's done. And when I realized it wasn't going to fit on the square canvas, I decided to focus on color and lighting instead. I was a little more successful with that.
So what have I learned? Well, I'm still spatially challenged. But, I completed the daily painting. Two days down, 28 more to go. Stay tuned....
And here's Day One's painting: