Sunday, July 29, 2012

Big Apple, 10x10 Collage on Canvas

Every collage is a new adventure. It seems that when I get down to the last details, I spend a great deal of time going through magazines for just the right pieces. When the illusion comes together it's a very happy thing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Train to Firenze, 24x20 Oil on Canvas

My friend Carol Schiff reminded me that I have not yet posted this painting or uploaded it to my Etsy shop. I saw these ladies from a train window in Italy, and the light shining on their heads made me very happy. It's all about the light.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Spoonbill Ballet, 10x10 Collage on Canvas

This is another Spoonbill by request. I love doing these things, but they do make my brain tired. First, I draw it; then I scout the magazines for the colors, shapes and values I need; then I have to picture whether each piece will create the proper illusion. Then I make a huge mess and get glue all over my hands. I have dispensed with the waste of time and effort caused by trying to use a brush. Fingers work quite well and are much more easily cleaned.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another Detour: A Mural

My husband and I painted this mural (the one in the entrance) this week. This is the children's building at River Run Christian Church. The mural in the hallway is one I painted a few years ago. I have not painted a daily painting this week, but I am working on a Spoonbill collage and a portrait. Also, two of my darker works will be in the exhibit at EGAD! Art Lab's Show Just When I Found You on July 20th from 6-9 pm. EGAD! Art Lab is on Highland Avenue in Melbourne, Florida.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

To Paris With Love, 7x5 Mixed Media

I began this work with the stamp of French handwriting. This is all acrylic, with the exception of the flower and leaves, which I painted in oil. I like anything that reminds me of Paris. It's just romantic. A person could say, "Take out the garbage" in French and it would sound romantic.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Spoonbill Collage, 10x10

I've done this guy in oils, and I have to say, this was much more of a challenge. Sometimes I find the perfect piece of paper but the quality is not good; however, in the end my paper scavenger hunt worked out.  I am very happy with the result. I never tire of Spoonbills, with their gorgeous plumage in my favorite color, and a face like a spoon. Nature has a sense of humor.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shades of the Forties, 5x7 Oil on Canvas Board

My friend Donna was visiting England during a commemoration of the Blitz, those terrible times when the country was under attack. People in Haworth, England dressed in 1940s clothing and had a big celebration. It looked very authentic, since the village has not changed much in appearance since long before 1940, which is one of the things I love about England.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dream Boat, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Board

Going for a dreamy effect here, because the original scene was quite dull, in very flat light. In reviewing my work of the past two weeks, it looks like I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

I used to have a friend who would say, "When you grow up, you grow old, when you grow old, you die." Let's hear it for immaturity!