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Friday, August 26, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
I've started working on a new piece this morning, just blocking in the background colors, but wanted to preserve some interesting patterns and color blocks to use for reference when it gets all covered up with a creamy white layer. A fairy scene will be the subject with a giant red poppy, and expansive bright sky. I'll post progress shots in bits and pieces since I like to see how certain parts evolve when they are cropped down, they become little paintings on their own.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
hello again. life's business got a hold of me. it's may, and it's just like december. well, sort of. just hotter.
i'm typing in lowercase because i'm laying in bed and just don't feel like using the caps key.
so today i'd like to show you some work by a facebook friend of mine that i've never met, but was connected through a kendall grad. melanie parke, www.melanieparke.com, has paintings that exude loveliness. pure color, bold forms and absolutely exquisite subjects. This abstract piece especially speaks to me, the color is delicate, but rich and bright. the white shapes and drips are amazing. check out her still lifes too, eye candy indeed. quick, go visit her site and check out all her great work.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The vision for this painting has been sitting in the back of my mind for awhile, sketches were made, many nights waking up and thinking about it. I even had the surface prepared weeks ago, but it was propped up in my studio waiting, waiting, waiting. And finally this week, I sketched it out, and painted it in about 3-4 hours.
And it reminded me of a great story about Pablo Picasso:
Some guy told Picasso he’d pay him to draw a picture on a napkin. Picasso whipped out a pen and banged out a sketch, handed it to the guy, and said, “One million dollars, please.”“A million dollars?” the guy exclaimed. “That only took you thirty seconds!”“Yes,” said Picasso. “But it took me fifty years to learn how to draw that in thirty seconds.”-from the Village Voice
I'm not quite at 50 years of learning, but it makes me think getting to that point might be more attainable!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Whales, the earth's most massive mammals, have been depicted as mysterious creatures in stories throughout history. There is a certain allure they carry about them. Occasionally, we hear in the news about how some of the populations are dwindling, or how the use of sonar is throwing them off their migrations, or even worse, hunting.
Yet finding out that these gentle giants are very social and extroverted, and that researchers have discovered that they know how to teach and learn, they scheme, cooperate and grieve and even dream. Their intelligence is definitely underestimated, and studies have shown that whales learn to avoid areas that are unsafe, and they have good memories in navigating that is beyond instinct and more closely related to making decisions.
Do you wonder? They sound a lot like us. Maybe we have more in common with the whales than we thought.
"a tale un-fold" approx. 6" x 4" mixed media on wood block
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
March 4-6, 2011.
A weekend that will go down in history where my BFF from long ago (I mean really long ago!) had a girl's getaway in Austin, TX! I flew in to Dallas and we drove down to Austin, a three hour drive where by the end of the trip both of us had about lost our voices because we were talking so much, and arrived at the Four Seasons for two luxurious nights downtown. We ate a variety of local fare from Mexican (of course) and 1800 Reposado margaritas to food truck cuisine and trailer park burgers.
We even got to see Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel Saturday night at Antone's-standing room only, and we were front row! Austin is everything I've heard and more. I'd be happy to hang out in a saloon and shop retro cowboy boots any old time, I'm so glad I got to spend it with one of my favorite gals! Miss you already Di, XO !!