Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
One night, my apprentice Rob and I were cleaning up the frame shop prior to leaving and heard noises from the rarely used third floor. We peered up the dark, narrow stairwell to see a dim white shape hovering at the top of the stairs. Screams ensued. Not only did we scare the heck out of ourselves but our gallery manager who had gone up to the third floor looking for packing materials in her light colored dress.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I wish the photo were better. Things do not photograph well on grey days!
This painting was based on a photo Serena Thompson shared with me. Check out her blog:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Yesterday was a cold, wet, grim, grey day, outside and in my soul...I don't know why. I couldn't settle, or concentrate...nothing seemed worth painting. But I persevered. I started on the background for a alphabet painting, then jumped to a small landscape and then sketched out a figure painting, triggered an idea for a trio of figure paintings of one of my favorite models from three different angles. That should keep me busy for a bit. I guess the saying to keep on painting when you get stuck, might be true.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sometimes, I just want to delve into my huge fabric stash and make something. I probably have more fabric than I will ever be able to sew. I should just give a load of it to the thrift store. But, I am constantly bored and frustrated with the lack of personality and "fit"of storebought clothing. Occasionally, I go off on a tangent thinking that I will just make my own clothes, overlooking the hours involved in sewing and the excessive swearing when the fit is not right. This is this weekends effort. I find the arms bind a bit but I will probably wear it a few times. Fortunately, the fabric was probably picked up for a couple of bucks.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Here's to cheating, stealing, fighting and drinking.
If you cheat, may it be a death;
if you steal, may it be a heart;
if you fight, may it be for your Friend;
and if you drink, may it be with me.
Please be aware that the image is a tinkered 19th century reproduction. I did not paint it.
There is a painter, Anne Hansen, in Victoria, that is quite a free spirit and has become an example to me. Well-known art critic, Robert Amos comments:
"When I began to compare her skill level to other artists and suggest ways in which she might make her paintings "better," she stopped me. "It's hard for me to see art as competitive. That's a kind of corporate way of thinking."
Right on Anne, for putting yourself first. Check out her work at:
Monday, March 14, 2011
This is one of the first paintings I made when I moved to the valley. It reflects what my life was like at the time...becoming aware of the colors of the valley especially the strange milky turquoise color that the lake reflects on a sunny day...magpies and bones everywhere and lists endless to-do lists. It received a dismissive review at one of the local shows. That is when I decided I no longer wanted critiques from other painters. I am not painting for them. There was (and still is somewhat) a prevailing trend to paint realistic mountain scapes. There are so many people that do it so well. I decided to become the "anti-mountain" and follow a different path.
And darn it, I still like the painting.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Doesn't she have a lovely smile.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This is the inside of the binder. Each little pocket has a tag that can be pulled out showing the phase of the moon.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Myself and two other artists are going to undertake a collaboration of art journals. Each person gets to pick a theme and a format. This is my binder cover. My theme is the moon.
Irridescent paint is nearly impossible to photograph. I can hardly wait to see what my companions are coming up with.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
My grandma Laura said,¨ even water tastes better from a fancy glass.¨
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
OK, I was trying to work from reference photos of unglazed pots and try to paint them as they will appear once they are glazed. So not happening. Too much guess work about where reflections will fall. I couldn't paint a convincing color, everything turned out a horrible old hospital wall color!!..I was so frustrated I could have bitten someone. Bruce wisely stays away from me in these moments. I will try again today with different photo references. Duh!
Happy International Women's Day! I am hoping that unpaid work (generally done by women) will receive recognition of it's importance in the not too far future. How would the world turn if there were not those people who can cook, run a household and care for children and the elderly. Celebrate! Do something you couldn't do 50-100 years ago. Like:
Educate yourself about birth control
Acquire birth control
Walk into a beer parlor unescorted
Teach while pregnant
Hold any sort of job while pregnant
Have maternity benefits
Be recognized as a human being
Take out a mortgage
take out a loan
rent a telephone
Have a credit card in her own name
Monday, March 7, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Bruce and other members of council and the village worked long and hard organizing and applying for grants to make this possible. Note, the house is on wheels here.
The mover set a half-full glass of water on one of the kitchen counters and promised that it would still be sitting there when the move was accomplished. There will be some redecorating but this is a huge lovely building on a huge empty basement that will enable the village room to do all sorts of things. One of which is a community art room!
The little building on the left is the current village office. It consists of the receiving/secretarial area, the administrators office, two bathrooms, a small rear office, and a boardroom that is shared with the volunteer fire fighter service. I believe the whole building will now become the fire-fighters space and everyone else will move into the new hall as soon as possible. I think this is a wonderful re-use of a great building! I can hardly wait to see it when it is spruced up.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I have to get busy and paint today. Yesterday, was spent drugged out trying to overcome a migraine. I did not have the focus to paint. What a waste of a day. Better than dry heaves for 48 hours though. I love living through modern medicine.
OSCAR REVIEW: Thank god I taped it and zoomed through it in about 30 minutes. I like Anne Hathaway but she was trying too hard, not funny and what's up with the stoned zombie with her (somebody should have gotten their money back for hiring that guy Franco)? I find Kirk Douglas kind of creepy even though he is still going at 94.