Monday, April 30, 2007

Folding Chair, more progress



Well, things have changed. The bottom one is the next step I took. I made the chair an eyepopping red and moved the watercan over and changed its direction. The top picture shows that I have played with the edges and settled on the final layout, then I started to concentrate on cleaning up the lines somewhat.
Will update more tomorrow once the canvas is dry. We are actually nearing the end - it looks so different from these two pictures!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Folding Chair, base coat

This is just getting all my stuff laid out and the basic colour combo. Looking sketchy still....

Folding Chair, Rough Sketch

This is the beginning of an outdoor chair painting for a client of mine. (just to prove that I am working, if not listing stuff right now! LOL) I want to convey the hot dry heat of summer with the colours I'm choosing. Will post another update asap.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A thought on titles

Okay, from my fellow artist readers, I'm curious to hear your thoughts regarding titles.

Do you prefer a simple title i.e. "blue bowl of cherries" or do you prefer a more organic and descriptive title i.e. "the day that Sarah left me with a bowl of crisp cherries".

Perhaps you prefer "untitled" or "manifesto for a existential existance" for your titles.... why?

I feel so tempted sometimes to get complicated then I fall back on "green chair in sunlight" or even better "ACEO 43".

I want to reveal everything, yet I don't want to say too much.

Something I'm thinking about. Now I want to see comments!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Difference of Night and Day - Painting of Cups etc.




This is my latest little collection of china. The photos were taken during the day (the top) and the night (the bottom). Amazing how different the colour looks! I kept the bottom one to show that the white lines in the daylight photo are just the light hitting the textured ridges, they really aren't white in real life.
The colours in the daylight one are more accurate, more bluey and fresh pinky red. Not quite so hazy.
I'm a huge fan of Georgio Morandi, it occurred to me the other day that this seems to be developing into a minor homage to his brilliant little collections of bowls, bottles and bric a brac.
You can find this on auction here:

Monday, April 16, 2007

Quintet of ACEO, springtime portraits abound...













My apologies for my extended absence. We had a family friend visit for a spell and my kids were off for Easter break. Things are somewhat back to normal so I'm hoping to get more items posted soon.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Easter Project


Artistically, not much gets me more excited than the yearly treat of dying Easter eggs. I am a freak about it. I love it. I can't explain it.
I learned most of my secrets from my mom (aka, Bubble Gramma). I invited her over for this special treat since she loves it as much as I do. It doesn't hurt that I had an extra set of hands to help my kids with all the messier stuff.
We had stickers, crayons, plain dye, dye with oil in it, tissue paper and lots of imagination. It was pretty amusing to watch the kids as this was the first year that the older two were fairly independant and really made an effort to make each egg unique.
Oy. Now I just have to figure out how we are going to consume over 3 dozen eggs....