Monday, November 29, 2010

Pear in Bowl, 5x7

This pear was having a well-deserved rest after a long weekend posing at a workshop. This is the last painting of this particular hard-working pear.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hangin' With Dad, 10x10

This was a tender moment between a father and son, sitting on a rock beside the Nantahala River. I wonder if Dad once had hair like that?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gimme Shelter, 5x7

I called this Pear and Grapes, and I thought, what a boring title! Carol Marine cleverly animates her still lifes with her titles, so I pictured these grapes as hiding from the little old winemaker.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rubber Ducky, 6x6

We found this lost little ducky near the river, and after we all took pictures of her we set her free. I just finished a complex painting, so I thought it would be nice to paint something simple, then I realized this is just like painting a piece of fruit, only with a face.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Apple and Ulu, 5x7

 The implement pictured here is an Ulu, an Alaskan knife historically used for everything from skinning a seal to cutting hair. I brought it home after visiting my Alaskan cousins and it gives me happy memories. And below is what my husband built yesterday to store frames and paintings. It is sitting beside the beautiful flat file he built a couple of years ago. I feel so organized now!   

Friday, November 12, 2010

Comfort Me With Apples, 8x10

The title comes from the Song of Solomon, King James Version: Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. 

And who wouldn't love a person who would build me something like this workstation (pretty nice segue, if I do say so myself). My husband has given me an opportunity to get organized!  See the little turquoise clock on top of the workstation? It has a snooze button and wheels. You'll notice it is not in my bedroom, because if you hit the snooze button and don't get up, the next time it alarms it leaps off the table and runs around the floor making a loud, obnoxious noise. I wonder if I should introduce it to the Roomba? 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pear and Pomegranate, 8x10

Can you tell I've fallen under the influence of Qiang-Huang? I hope so. His paintings come to life before your eyes. Here's a picture of my new BFF and me:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Stepping Stones, 5x7

I enjoy the play of light and shadow on the stepping stones in this brook. What a pleasant place this was.
But my new happy memory is that the group above participated in the Qiang-Huang workshop this weekend. A brilliant artist, Qiang presents a massive amount of valuable information in the most fascinating way, then he dazzles us with a demo, after which we stagger to our easels feeling inspired, yet inadequate! It's fantastic! On top of all this, Qiang is a fabulous person who is kind and generous about sharing his knowledge. This has been the best learning experience in art that I've ever had, and I am sure we will be seeing Qiang again. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lemon Meringue, 6x6

When life gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie. This is a light and fluffy little painting on 6x6 stretched canvas.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Life Gives You Lemons, 6x8

The Pieces of 8 painting group went back to still life for a day, and this was the result for me. Lemons always challenge me for some reason. I'd rather paint a river. However, I will soon be learning about still life at the workshop this weekend with the great Qiang Huang at our artists' guild. I'm so excited!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Reflections, 5x7

I'll be painting North Carolina pictures for a while, I just can't stop. I love the reflections in this lake. It was such a peaceful place.