Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Black Horse" - Splash Painting

Yet another splash painting .... this one is gone wild !
I am happy about this piece for a couple of reasons. The first is the subject matter. I have appreciated horses for a long time. It started as a young girl with picture books. The passion moved to local trail riding and then to mucking stalls for free riding lessons. Learning about tacking up western saddle and eventually riding bare back on a gorgeous, huge Belgian; Bob, is where I left off years ago. Beautiful memories.

The other reason I enjoy this piece is that when the "splashing" was dry I went quickly with light blue violet and a long handled filbert. In a very short time I traced/sketched in the image; the head and mane of a black horse. Wow !

When I showed this piece to my family my daughter immediately claimed it, and now it hangs, of all places, in her kitchen.

Please share what you think of it with a comment. Thank you for stopping in.....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Blue Pedal Pond

Back to basics.....

This one was just for me and is hanging in my living room.

I am so happy that I was able to capture the stems of this plant thru the pedals. When I saw this image (a calendar picture) I knew I just had to "play" with it to see if I could capture the view, with pastels, and keep it from getting muddy. It worked so I had to share it.

I'm hoping you will like it as much as I do....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mixed Media Study - Oil Pastel, Watercolor and Acrylic Paint

This painting is not a finished painting. I'm posting it now to create the opportunity to see it this way as compared to what it will be when it's finished.
I am excited about this because it started out as a quick splash painting w/thalo blue and gesso, and it's a landscape (my favorite). I slowly worked in watercolor and oil pastels to get it to where it is now. I am still waiting for it to dry completely.
I plan to work in darker tones to create arial perspective, and to omit the tree trunk in the lower right corner.

"Moonlit Lady w/ Spanish Moss" - v.2 - Blue Splash Painting Study

"Goin' to Play Baseball" - Splash Painting Study

"Black Evergreens"

"Pastel Meadow"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Sky in a River

This piece is done with heavy body acrylics on canvas panel.
The more I work with heavy body paint, the more I like it. I've worked on it for the past few months, and painted and repainted the grasses on the right. Oddly enough, the grass was the toughest to depict. There is an insect in plain view. Can you find it?

This image is from within me, and it was done to depict the sky from within the river. I fell in love with the idea that the sky can be shown from the bottom of an image, and have it still make sense to the mind's eye.

This one was a labor of love; specifically painted for my best friend. I have yet to turn it over to him because he lives far away from me. I've wanted him to see it for months, and it occurred to me that this is the best way to let him see it and to get opinions from you about it. Bobby, I hope you like it !

Please leave a comment. Did you find the grasshopper?

Pastel Callas for Amanda

A colleague of mine works with grids and patterns to create some of the most beautiful knitted afghans I have had the pleasure to see. Amanda lays out all of her own patterns; grids them, and then knits them into reality. She truly is an artist in her own right.
This piece wss done at her request. Amanda appreciates the flower so much she used them in her wedding bouquet. I wonder if she knows that the Calla Lily was the flower that the early Romans used to mark the passage of the winter solstice. The Romans planted the Calla Lily just inside the portal to their homes, timing it to bloom for winter solstice and giving the effect of bringing the light indoors during the darkest days of the year. The greater the display of Calla Lilies usually meant the wealthier the resident that lived there. The Romans valued them so much that they often decorated the edges of the bloom with filaments of gold. The Calla Lilies of Roman times were said to be much larger than today’s varieties, and often were as tall as seven feet!
This piece is done on coarse 80 grit, black sand paper with soft General's Pastels. It was a lot of fun to do, but when I transported it to Amanda at work I learned that the pigment wouldn't hold to the paper as I had anticipated; in spite of the fixative I applied. In my mind, the pigment had more crevices to hold onto, but I was sooo very wrong. I have started an acrylic version of this piece, but had to post it to treat it as a great learning experience.

Thank you for stopping in. Please feel free to leave your story in a comment.