Monthly Archives: April 2021
🌳🌳 WELL DARLINGS, ONCE AGAIN A WONDERFUL SKETCH IS THE ORIGIN OF A GREAT WORK.
So this is the finished oil painting. Finished in the sense I don’t propose to work more on it. The series leading to this is below in chronological order, starting with the charcoal sketch, which was then transferred to the canvas.
Part of the challenge here was simply experimenting with mixing paint and applying it to the canvas.
So this is the point I should have stepped back and been careful to retain the structure of the foreground from the original sketch.
So it was with this iteration I lost the structure in the lower right quadrant, obscuring this with vegetation rising from the bottom of the canvas. Part of the challenge was my clumsiness with using the brush to apply a clean stroke of paint
This version had been digitally altered to variegate depth of tone, as an exploration of how to proceed, leading to the final version.
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🚀 HELLO SISTERS! TODAY OUR PLANET IS VENUS.
Venus is a new painting in my planet series. I’ve learned quite a bit about the mythology of Venus from the research I did for a couple of other abstracts last year. The abstract which I named Ishtar, of a eight pointed star symbolized the planet Venus’s star pattern as she travels through space around the sun from our view on earth. Ishtar is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess very similar to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology. The earlier abstract I painted, Golden Mean Spiral, was based on the spiral pattern found throughout nature. Venus as she continually moves through space in a golden mean spiral forms a beautiful rose pattern. It’s interesting to me that the ancients knew about this.
I started this painting planning to get the star formed around the planet but then…
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WELL DEARS, INNER SPACES SOMETIMES ARE LIKE A VISIT TO THE CORE OF AN ARTIST.
The Hardness (and Softness) of Sex, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 110 x 100 cm
I created The Hardness (and Softness) of Sex a few weeks ago in an attempt to deconstruct (and possibly destruct) Eve. I wanted to experiment with unfamiliar shapes while further exploring my curiosity about colors and their relationship with each other. But also, it was a reaction to a book I had just finished: Resistance: My Life for Lebanon by Soha Bechara. I read the book in a day (short read but also gripping). I was both mortified and comforted by her resilience and strength to survive the harshest and cruelest of conditions. One particular scene that got to me was her placement in solitary confinement and the exercises she did to help herself cope with the loneliness, boredom and claustrophobia of her situation. How would I deal if I were in such a predicament? These…
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🛋️ OH DARLINGS, SOME SPACES ARE GOOD TO SKETCH AND TO BE SKETCHED TOO.
🌿👃🏻 OH LOVELIES! I ADORE THE PERFUME GIVEN OFF BY BUNCH OF LILACS.
I was recently invited to paint Lilacs at Glensheen Mansion for Lilac Lovefest in Duluth MN. I arrived at Glensheen a little before 9 am with coffee go-cup and a loaded backpack. I was the first artist to arrive so I took the time to explore the formal gardens and woodland trails searching for lilacs.
The best lilac shrubs were clustered around a sunlit brick building. That’s where I settled in. The others soon found their way to the same area. I was able to meet some of the artists I follow, or have seen on Facebook. Setting up close gave us a chance to chat occasionally and sneak peeks at each other’s work.
There were three pastel painters, two watercolor painters and myself with oils. It became windy and even a bit chilly but the sunshine was beautiful. Plain air is still challenging for me as I struggle to…
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