Friday, February 27, 2009

This week I was just stressed and I can't say why... I really struggled with this painting and am still not happy with it but am moving on.. Laura looked at a it a few days ago and said it wasn't me.. no color.. I agreed. So I worked on trying to put some life back into it today..

This is a little glass dog that held wine once upon a time.. on the bottom it has 'Cohodas Vineyards, Inc, Geneva, Ohio. We have 30 acres with a deep ravine out back and once upon a time the farm that was here dumped all their garbage over the edge of the ravine, and when I get a chance, I go see what has been unearthed by the rain.. My whole family rolls their eyes when I come up with my treasures, but I do find some fun things!


Monday, February 23, 2009

I liked painting the rocks and thought of a whole bunch of ideas for a series of sorts... but maybe they should have stayed thoughts. :/ I struggled with this painting and decided in the end that part of what I didn't like may have been the composition of it... I don't know.. Called "Rock Takes Scissors".. 24" x 36"

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Finally finished the new creepy bunny I found to paint. He is a hard plastic bunny head bobber with a human body... CREEPY! Had a hard time painting him.. a bit of a frustrating week, painting wise, but tomorrow is another day!!

24" x 36"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thank you so much to Dan, from for the lovely article about my work! The website is a fabulous resource for artists- informative and educational articles on everything form current artists to painting techniques to the business of art to how to stretch a canvas (Wish I have read that one LAST week!) Be sure to stop by and check it out!!
Thanks Dan!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I was going to use the number in a collage once, but I wasn't ready to part with it... It is just an old house number that had been painted over then when it was removed, the paint chipped in a way that I liked...and so.. another treasure for my collection...

24" x 36" Weathered One

Okay... true confessions.. in addition to my "treasures" , I also have my rocks. I love my rocks! I have piles outside around the house of rocks I found that I like... and a few piles inside the house as well.... yes, my husband deserves sainthood! So here are three of my favorite rocks.. the one on the left I like because it looks like a potato... the other two because they are so round and well... just because I do! :)

This painting took a long time because I had forgotten how to stretch and prime a canvas! I found these stretcher strips and canvas.. (I believe left over from Cat's pre-college program at MICA two years ago) and thought, "I remember how to do this". Yeah. I didn't prime it well enough and it ate up tons of paint... I really like buying them pre-stretched and pre-primed... is that bad?? :/ Oh well.. 52" x 54" titled 'Trinity'

Friday, February 13, 2009

Just my robe today... Matt was still wearing his! :)
24"x 48"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I started this painting early this morning... and am just now finished with it.. 8:40 p.m. Had more than the average number of interruptions, ventures out, company, etc. and it shows a bit... also painted over an old painting and the surface was a bit rough for this painting. I really like to finish a painting in one sitting so I remember what I wanted to do with it.. But, having said all that... I am fairly happy with it and have another one in mind along the same lines... just one robe maybe.. tomorrow maybe...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

We have a huge (4'x 6') painting over our bed that I painted months ago.. when I very first stated painting with oils... it's a landscape of our pond. Well this morning when I walked out of the bathroom and saw it, I thought it would be cool to paint our rustled bed to hang over, you know, our rustled bed... and it seemed like such a good idea to me!! So I took down the painting and dragged it up to the studio.. just before I started to paint I texted my husband to see if he minded... well it turns out he likes the landscape... damn. So I painted it anyway... just not to hang over our bed.. 36"x 48"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Art Blog Award

I received an AWARD from fellow artist, Ohioan, and friend , Dean. Please check his blog and see his wonderful paintings. According to the rules, I am to post 7 things I love and pass it to 7 friends...
1. I love my family! They are always a source of joy, comfort, companionship, amazement and often entertainment!! :)
2. I love to paint.. I have always love to create, but have only recently found an unending passion and borderline addiction to oil paint!
3. I love to read these things and find out more about the people I care about, but am loathe to actually do it myself..
4. I love junk... the old, weathered stuff that most people would walk past, or, gasp!, throw away!
5. I love living in the country.. we have an abundance of wildlife and beauty in our yard and for me it's like being close to God out here...
6. I love going to New York to visit my daughter.... and I love when she comes home too..
7. I love seeing other peoples art and ideas on their blogs! I find myself constantly amazed by how many talented, gifted artists there are and am always inspired to do better!
Here are the seven artists I am tagging... I will look forward to learning more about each of you!!
2. Kate
Another treasure from the corner cupboard in my studio... I set this little guy on my windowsill to get a picture of him and he reminded me of a dog looking outside on a rainy day. There were actual raindrops on the window... so I painted them in the picture... I haven't decided if they read as water yet... I'll have to set it aside and think about it..


I saw this jar sitting on the counter the other day after the kids left for school. My son had eaten his breakfast cereal out of it... a few pieces were stuck to the inside of the jar.... I loved the way it looked.... so I painted it!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

I had so much fun painting the bunny, I did it again... I love the old plastic and what the light does to it. This one, I believe equally as creepy as the first, is 17"x17".

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I talked my husband (God love him!!) into going back to the garage sale Saturday so I could get this bunny I had seen... a vintage hard-plastic guy probably from the 50's ... I couldn't get him out of my mind and knew I wanted to paint him... creepy, isn't he?? :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I was excited to do this piece.. I really liked the composition and vintage colors... but I've been painting these last few larger paintings over old paintings and the ghost of what was on this canvas shows through on this one... the others were just kind of a texture, which I kind of liked... but this has some distinct lines.. this would be one of those 'live and learn' days... :/
36"x 48"

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I spent the whole day in the studio today! I was trying to get two pieces done for the new show at the co-op gallery. It will hang on Tuesday and if these pieces are dry I will take them...

I had originally wanted to add text to the images but didn't like it so I painted over it... I will look at it again tomorrow and make a final decision... Titled, "Never Black", and "Never White", because things are always shades of grey in my world.. these are vintage checkers from a fabulous garage sale this weekend.. 24"x 24"