Sometimes I make progress bit by bit in my paintings and sometimes it just happens like turning a corner. This week was a corner. Not that I had not imagined that city, that street, that corner. I just had not been there yet.
I had wanted to paint in a different style and change my colors up a bit - and off I went!
I tried out some ideas on my iPad.
Then off I went with paint on canvas. House paint, as usual...
Oh, I was having fun now! And it was quite a mental challenge to work on leaving more empty spaces.
Next I tried a different set of colors...
Then I found 3 more paintings that I did a couple of weeks ago that I did not like.
So painted over them in my "new" style.
All the paintings this week are still in progress.
I am so excited to see how they turn out!
Stay tuned to see how these all turn out.I post quite often on my Facebook page!
Being self taught has some great advantages. I just give
in to the urge to paint whatever I want.
Sometimes it is owls….
Sometimes it is poodles…
This week - I have had an overwhelming desire to paint abstract.
Really really abstract.
Then and Now
For the 3rd year in a row, I am signed up on the Washington County Open Art Studio Tours!
October 19th and 20th - Saturday and Sunday.
I will be here in my studio to meet visitors and talk about my art and processes.
I love having visitors and I am so looking forward to this.
Look at this great brochure!
You can pick one up here at my studio.
The brochure and the tour are both FREE.
Each artist on the tour has a description of their art and a photo.
Nice map in the back!
I usually paint my canvas flat on my work table and not stretched.
Then when I want them stretched onto bars, I have a friend who does that for me.
She trims the edges of my paintings and I have figured out a way to use up those lovely colorful scraps!
I have named these "artlets!" They are bracelets made from the edges of paintings!
I found a package of 50 cards and envelopes at Goodwill and decided to make some hand made greeting cards!
There will be cards made with images of painting of mine too!
Here is where I will be painting painting painting until the Studio Tours!
Hope to see you soon!
I am very excited to be a part of this all-women juried art show.
It starts tonight!
I dropped off art this morning and it look fabulous already - even as it is getting set up.
I found a package of blank cards and envelopes at Goodwill and hand painted them for this show. I got the clear sleeves and such so they present much better than this photo of them drying on my studio floor.
These sold last week - but there are one or two more that made it to the show.
"Grandpa loves punk music" made it to the show!
Finished up "Fish Sticks" and they are at the show too.Hope you can stop by the Local 14 show this weekend!
I took some art to Hubbub - a cool shop/gallery in Centralia, Washington
Rebecca, the owner bought a Victorian era building downtown and transformed it into her shop and living space, and as if THAT is not cool enough..... she bought the parking lot next door and turned it into a Sculpture Art Park.
Her store anniversary is in November and she asked me if I would be interested in making a painting for her postcard to announce her anniversary.
Then I wondered what on earth I could paint that would "look" like her place in my own style.
It is a challenge for me to paint something that looks like something.
I am great at making stuff up that I see in MY imagination!
That is easy!
I was a little daunted - but thought I would give it a go.
Parking lot and building and greenery.
White sculpture painted with a
Tall black sculpture and some concrete "tables."
I did it!
I took a photo with my iPad and then "drew" the chair in several different ways until I found the one that worked for me.
Then I painted it on the canvas....
Odd and funky - but it looks just like her Art Park to me!
I woke up one morning and looked out the window and wondered what a very narrow tall window would look like and that thought transposed into - I wonder what a very tall narrow painting would look like - with fish on it. THEN! It came to me! Paint a very tall narrow painting with fish on it and call it a "Fish Stick!"
Grabbed the iPad to get the idea
of it down...
I like it!
I am on a fish stick roll!
I needed a break from painting things that looked like things.
So I just decided to let loose and see what happens...
When I paint, I paint flat on a table with the canvas
un-stretched. I buy wood at the lumber yard and I take the paintings and wood to a friend's house and she does all that measuring and stretching for me. This is in her driveway and it is the first
look I get of how the
paintings will look on a wall and upright.
This last one was a Goodwill canvas that got a make-over.
This one is called, "Sock Monkeys in a Blender."
A little photoshop fun - but it really makes me want to paint BIG!
I subconsciously painted a green face that represented my dental woes the other day and decided that as long as I had that green paint mixed up and I still have dental woes, that I would paint a couple more....
Then I played with the green face on the "Superimpose" app on my phone....
What can I say?
My mom had bad teeth and my dad had good teeth. I had a 50/50 chance of getting the good teeth gene and sadly, I got the bad teeth gene.
3 weeks ago an old gold crown fell off again, and I went to the dentist and they glued it back on. I was hoping to get a couple more years out of it, but when it fell off again last night, the sad truth is that it is a goner.
Yesterday, while still recovering from a tooth implant surgery from last week, (I know, I know!) I painted a painting like I had never painted before.
I painted this and did not even think about what I was painting until it was done.
I then realized that this was like I felt inside getting that tooth implant surgery.
Then later last night, I had to debate wether this was the surgery feeling or the feeling of that crown on the other tooth falling off again.
I am now settled to thinking that it is a weird psychic combination of both.
I am ready to pay the piper (read: dentist) and get this behind me.