Friday, September 01, 2006

Someone has been watching!

One of my paintings was on Apartment Therapy yesterday!
It's nice to be noticed!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

A commissioned tryptich

Tryptich

50 x 79
Oil on Canvas


Here is a picture of the painting, outside. The only place I could get far enough away from it, to really see it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

More of that other stuff... and a little art

I came across this cool tool today while surfing, it converts your web code into a graph.
the image to the left is this blog.
My own websites were not as interesting.
It really reminds me of some plastic toys that were popular at my school in the late 1960's. That is how old I am.

I have finally completed a commission that I started back in October (Sept?).
Commissions are hard. That is all I will say about it.
Other than I am happy with the way it turned out, and I discovered some new colors along the way.

One of those colors being "lilac". I am obsessed with it lately. The canvas I have on my easel now reflects this. I can't wait to finish it, but it's on hold...my work schedule was very hectic the past 2 weeks and now I am sick, I knew this would happen. My home life has fallen by the wayside. I am burned out. I just can't burn the candle at both ends like I used to.
Whenever I am sick, I ponder my life, take note of where I am, and am reminded of where I had hoped to be.
The priorities surface, and, once I have recovered I have a better idea of where I need to direct my attention.
It's always the art, then the home. One of my lifetime goals is to be able to create and maintain a nice home . I have never ever felt like I have succeeded in this. Something has always been missing in my development here. Being a cancerian, home is important to me, but I never seem to really feel like creating that. I feel like I have to make choices, and housekeeping always gets the back burner. Now that I have had 4 days to stare at the hovel, I see where I can start to return it to the home. Time for some serious spring/summer cleaning.
Actually, I do more clearing at the beginning of summer, and winter, not fall and spring like what is traditional.
I am slow that way.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lightfall












This painting has undergone so many transformations, I think I could have made it into three paintings.
But since I painted over them, I have just this one. It is slightly less intense in real life.
It is based on this watercolor,

















I think my original concept was to explore the diffused light, but the colors I mixed up, violets and golds, did not want to be muted, so I went along with it. I like them both, but they are very different paintings.
I don't think my work is finished here yet. I think there is more to explore with these paintings. A lot more.
Which is a good because now I have something to move on to. I can get started right away.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The latest in a series






















I can't decide if this is finished or not... but I know that it is dangerously close to being overworked...
I've used a lot of layers of glaze on this painting, which is something I have thought about doing for a long time, but never took the time to actually do it.
I'm trying to be more patient these days with my artmaking and to pay attention to my process more.

I like the results so far, but I really want to finish something too. Breathe.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Music

That David Byrne has gone and done it again.
He streams music from his website here. The playlists he puts together are fantastic. This month is no exception , an eclectic collection of pop music that spans a wide range.

Last fall, when I was thinking about my brother, and wondering if he was going to pull through, (he did), I listened to it all day, everyday. It was a blend of 60's psychedelic and music inspired by this era. I heard songs that could only be described as the background soundtrack to my early childhood. It took me back to kindergarten and the first grade... memories. During that time, I actually felt as if I went back there. Most of which I have not heard since the late 60's. I never owned any of that music, I was too young, but I do now, thanks to I-Tunes.

Music is so powerful.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Dreaming...

I had two consecutive dreams last week. Both left me feeling that I was getting ahead of myself, and that I had to go back and take care of something before I could move on. That I kept having to start things over and over.

In one of the dreams, I was buying new dishtowels, I was carrying around my old dishtowels, and not only was I in the wrong store, but I completely forgot that I was left in charge of a scared four-year-old girl, whom I had left at home.
So I had to leave the (wrong) store and race back home, to take care of the girl, without buying new towels.
When I walked out of the store, I realized that the right store was next door. It has the same layout exactly, but I was in a clothing store, not housewares. A mistake that I felt that I had made before. And, as usual when I am shopping, being in the wrong department doesn't stop me from, well, shopping. I am easily distracted. Especially when shopping.
My unconscious self is nagging my conscious self, but what is it trying to tell me?

Moving Forward

I know, I am supposed to propel my life forward, that was the goal when I started this blog.
Lately I really feel as though I am ...
I've got four paintings in the works, yeah, you read right. Four.
Photos coming just as soon as they are done.

Lately, I feel as though I am a working artist, and that these paintings themselves, or the act of creating them, will lead me further along my path. I can't exactly say how or where, it's just a feeling that I have. For once I don't feel like I am wasting my time, while I am painting, but rather "at work". Nothing on the outside has changed, really, I've changed on the inside. I am more focused now, than I have been in a long time.

I attended a workshop over the weekend that involved the mapping out of my intentions. It was an involved process, that included meditation and art and all messages led to the same intention:

I must get myself out of debt. ASAP.

Really, if I did this, I would be moving ahead and it would (dis)solve a lot of my problems
(problems = obstacles in my path). Not that I don't know this, but it has been a bit more refined. I've been thinking a full-time job was my intention, and it might be. But ultimately the goal here is to pay off the credit cards. I also feel as though I could never paint enough artwork to in a year, much less sell it, to earn a living off of.
I am coming to terms with this, and getting more comfortable with the idea of working for the man.
I really have no resistance to anything. I am ready to be out of debt.
So, universe, are you listening? Did you hear what I just said?
Good.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

More work


I am in the process of turning this into an oil... stay tuned...

A Parting Shot


I've been home for almost a month now, But I just wanted to post this picture. It was such a nice afternoon, crisp snow on the ground. sunny skies and cold. My favorite winter weather.
This was taken in a restaurant called The Pearl of Prague. It is in the Frank Gehry "Dancing house" building in Prague.
We had a liesurely lunch here, as we sat and watched over the city, reflecting on our trip, and the life that we would soon be returning home to.