Thursday, March 30, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
I thought that in monster society, they probably have portraits of their ancestors just like we do. I think this one might be from the early to mid-19th century. He's got little pointy teeth sticking out. They're too small to see well.
Its graphite and charcoal and was made for the wonderful Illustration Friday.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Another entry for wonderful Illustration Friday. I did (Big) Foots/Feet. Someone has just gone to look for the Bigfoot living in (I think) the Maylay Penninsula. For animals that no one has really seen, they sure are everywhere. The background of this piece shows some of the names that various cultures have given him.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
I tried capturing twilight in this little(4"x6") painting. I like that time of day, the time when you can't tell if its going to get lighter or darker. It's mysterious and ambiguous. I showed this particular piece to a Buddhist monk, and he said, "This is amazing.....this looks exactly like the land at my retreat". It made me feel that, for some reason, I had done what I needed to do.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
One of the things I like to do most is search thrift stores for old photographs. My theory is that many people are true artists, but they don't think of themselves that way, and so they don't make any formal art. Instead, almost unconsciously, they make wonderful snapshots, or they decorate cakes, or they sing in church choirs. Looking for these hidden pieces of art is like looking for gold or diamonds.
The photo here comes from around (I think) 1910. Those tracks in the snow aren't tires, they are wagon wheels. Someone on a farm looked out the window, on a brillant day just after a snowfall, and took a picture of their beloved and beautiful Collie. Someone, whether they knew it or not, was an artist.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
I had to post this before winter officially ended. Its a tree on the Rock River, taken earlier this season. I paint, but I love photography too. This little tree was so pretty, and the river itself is lovely. Its home to a flock of mallards and one of geese. In the summer there is a Great Blue Heron that flys along the water like it was his personal highway. I can never quite get a picture of him( or her).
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
The first warm day of the year. I spent it painting a blue hyacinth (in honor of a high temperature of 65 degrees!) I hope to post it as soon as its finished. The painting of the day today is Radishes This painting used to have a gray background and I wanted more dramatic contrast, so I changed it. I think I was right, its much more eye catching now.
Someone told me today that burnishing a painting with silk cloth will make it easier to glaze.The paint will be less likely to bead. That sounds so wonderfully exotic that I can hardly wait to try it.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Rose and Bottle
A favorite picture of mine. The bottle is an old one I found at my Grandfathers farm. Its done with three colors, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre and hansa yellow.....plus black and white. And its done on masonite. I go back and forth about liking that surface; right now I am back working on linen.
I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.