Friday, February 19, 2010

"The Escape" and "Bird" paintings

It's been a very busy week! We went to NYC to visit our oldest daughter, Cat last weekend... and had an awesome time...always too short! But we did wander around Chelsea and saw LOTS of art.. always interesting and educational... there is so much to learn... and with every stroke of paint I do learn more and more about not only who I am and want to be as an artist, but who I am as a person.. some days I feel like a kids again.. with the whole world in front of me! It's all good... how lucky I am to do what I do!

I had started painting "The Escape" before we left last week and finished it this week... as I was painting I felt like something had been in the jar and was being called to escape by the bright light of the window.. I don't know.. maybe too many paint fumes??.. maybe cabin fever.. :)
hence the name, "The Escape"...48" x 48"

Also this week Jill Polsby revealed her thank-you to Karin Jurick for her portrait painting challenge on her blog, Different Strokes from Different Folks. 118 versions of Karin were painted by 118 artists and Jill had them made into a book for Karin. It turned out beautifully!

Painting Karin's portrait made me really want to play with portraits a bit more... and while my style is usually a bit looser, I wanted to paint this portrait a bit tighter and more layered.. it was a fun lesson and I hope to do a few more soon!

"Bird" 12" x 12"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ready For Company painting

We've been pretty house bound this week with all the snow.. so I had time to finish my latest painting for the On the Shelf series...

Titled, ' Ready for Company' 48" x 48"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Strength in Numbers", new glass painting

Today I finished painting a piece I started last week.. I needed some blue skies.. so I revisited some of the bottles I bought last summer. I had taken a slew of reference photos when I got them and really liked the sky that day.
Titled "Strength in Numbers"

24" x 48"