Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Time to Sit and Think...

I need a long weekend to sit on the beach and soak up the sun.... My easel, my art bag, and a few other essentials and I'm on my way....

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day Three of Painting...

Spent a little time on some details for the hot air balloons as well as the buildings.  Marked in the areas to work on tomorrow :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day Two of the Painting

Day two on this painting....
On another note, I had the pleasure of discovering an antique shop today that I had not been to before. There are two types of antique stores. There are the ones in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills... when you enter you feel as though you have entered a  beautifully orchestrated arrangement of historical treasures. Everything is arranged perfectly, Art Deco to the left, Mission to the right, Victorian  - 2nd floor... and it all smells nice, like springtime. But the type of shop I really love, my discovery today, was my favorite kind. When you walk in, it smells like Grandma's attic, musty, very musty. And nothing was really arranged in any particular order. It was a treasure hunt and I found my own personal gold mine :)   Buried in the back, under some old paintings that had caught my eye, was a trunk of vintage linens.  It's a weakness, old linens, so I bundled the batch up in a raggedy, but still useful quilt, and bought it all as well as the old painting that had originally caught my attention.  I do something special with old linens, something "artsy" so within a couple weeks I'll share some photos with you.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Unfinished Painting


As usual I'm submerged in a number of projects right now but I wanted to take a few minutes to update my blog. When I teach art classes, I like to spend some time on the importance of patience, something I still work on every day. By patience, I mean that when you are in the trenches, working on a painting that is near and dear to your heart, it is very difficult to walk away from that painting in an unfinished stage. I will stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning to work on a painting simply because I can not walk away from it with so much  needing to be done. When I do give it a rest, it's the first thing on my mind when I wake up (after a strong cup of coffee !). It's like mowing half a lawn, washing half a car, or getting a manicure on only five nails!  Last night I gave it up at 3:30am :(   Tonight will be another long night but I'm posting a photo of the painting at this stage. It is still rough and will no doubt change before I finish. More later ...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Van Gogh


This week I finished a commissioned piece that I have been working on for the last few weeks. I feel both melancholy and happy to reach the end. Just as I do in every painting, I lose myself within the work, sometimes loving and sometimes fighting the process. But always at the end, I can see every step in each brush stroke and the feeling is one of bliss.  Not long ago, on a trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I was as close as humanly possible to Van Gogh's Irises when just for a second I could visualize his process. When you can see the texture of a brush stroke on canvas, it is as close as you can get to a great artist.