This is a painting I've been working on…with a looser style and quick brush. I considered it about half finished yesterday but today…I'm kinda liking it the way it is. Think I will just make a few minor adjustments and see what happens to the next one.
I'm really liking this canvas size too…24" x 24". Not too large and not too small…just right!
Hi everyone, hope you had a great holiday weekend. I think I'm full now from potato salad, baked beans and cheesecake leftovers...although I enjoyed every bite!
A weekend highlight for me was having Valerie, a lovely young artist, come to visit my studio. Valerie is going to be in the 7th grade this year and wants to study art and have her own studio some day. As you can see from the drawing she did for me as a thank you...she is well on her way. I was really impressed by her artistic vision and I was so pleased to have the chance to see more beautiful drawings in her sketchbook. Her talent and creative spark were a joy to be around. What a wonderful new light in the art world!
Besides working on lots of new paintings, I'm sprucing up my studio a bit. Can't show you the whole space just yet because it's still a work in progress.
I WILL show you these cool new gray chairs and red rug I bought at IKEA for a corner "relax and contemplate" area. You can change out the fabric covers whenever you need to...so if Maisie decides to step in paint and plant her little paw marks on them, well, you get the idea!
These small abstracts on paper that I've been painting have inspired me. I've been working out some new ideas and techniques and I like the directions they're taking me. Below are the beginnings of four new ones. I love the rawness of the underlayers!
Happy June 10th! I've been working on four different paintings...two works on paper just finished and two on canvas waiting to get there. The one above will be available in my Etsy shop very soon.
I feel like I have so many irons in the fire right now...changing my website and totally re-organizing my studio are two of them. Lots of new things coming though...just gotta keep myself from getting dizzy!
It's a warm and a breezy afternoon here in Boulder. My studio door is open, Maisie is laying in front of it...soaking in fresh air and listening to distant bird songs and dog barks. Seems like winter is a long lost dream now.
This is the third painting on paper in the Windswept series. I'm really enjoying working on paper for a change...and on some smaller pieces.
I've been preoccupied lately with designing a new website too...I'm using SquareSpace.com. Have you heard about them? I really like what I've seen...simple and clean templates, stylish and contemporary at the same time. The best part is that I will be able to incorporate my website, blog, gallery and Etsy shop all in one place. Easier to use...easier to update. Check them out!
We've gone straight from winter to summer here in Boulder...high 80's today. Might have to get Maisie's kiddie pool out. Wait a minute...I'm not done with spring yet!
I'm starting on a new series of Abstracts on Paper (8" x 8" format). Having a lot of fun with them! Paper has such a different feeling than canvas and I think switching the ground you work on is good for variety and new experiences.
Here's a new painting, just finished...a little different palette used than in the last few pieces.
James and I went to the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver recently and loved it. The current exhibition is Red/Yellow/Blue which displays Still's interest in using primary color in many of his works. I was really drawn to this one in his yellow series. Beeeeeautiful!
You can read more about Clyfford Still's life and work on the museum blog here.
Just finished this painting today. The funny thing about it...is that after I had completed work on it the other day, James came into the studio when I wasn't there and turned it upside down. He said it looked like a really interesting landscape and he liked it that way.
After looking at it again, I tended to agree so I continued to work on it in the position he left it. I started out with such a different intention with this piece but my husband gently nudged me in a new direction. The magic of art making...I love it when things like that happen!
Here we go...off to a New Year full of possibility!
I didn't quite make it back to the blog in September as I had hoped to. Let's just say that 2012 was a very challenging year so my work had to take a back seat for most of it. I've started to paint again though so I hope 2013 is filled with creative joy, health and happiness. It's nice to be back!
I'm a little late in posting this but...I did manage to take an e-course with Flora Bowley a couple of months ago. I wanted to challenge myself with some new techniques and learn from the experiences of other Artists. It was a great few weeks of exploration. Flora is an inspiring teacher...so try one of her e-courses if you need a creative boost! Check out her Bloom True Facebook page too.
Hello...and good Monday morning! Head on over to Crescendoh.com, a fantastic site for all things creative... run by the wonderfully talented, Jenny Doh.
I am a Guest Curator there this week so I will be spotlighting other
Artists and Blogs that inspire me. Hope they inspire you too!
Have to admit that I've been taking quite a bit of time away from blogging. I decided I needed to concentrate more on painting and less on posting. I always find that I'm more creative and productive when I do that. I seem to need those blocks of time to float above the technical world.
Here's my first painting of 2012. I have three more in the works so hope to be able to show you those soon. May be revamping and moving my blog as well. Not sure exactly what and when so I'll surprise you!
Hope you're all doing well and loving the New Year so far!
In my last post, I mentioned that I had some news for you? I'm honored to have been invited to display my work at "9th Avenue Collection" in Denver. It's an antique and design center that showcases several Colorado Artists along with beautiful furniture, sculpture, and other treasures of design. If you're in the area...stop by and browse around...it's a great place for Christmas gifts!
Hope you're all enjoying the holidays...and not getting too frazzled in the process!