Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pathway to Art, 5x7 Original Oil on Board

The Pieces of 8 were on Grandfather Mountain, scattered about painting, and I saw Mary at the top of the path painting a big view. Since I enjoy dappled light it I was more excited about painting the path leading to Mary. It was such a beautiful spot.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wee Sea, 4x5 Seascape, Oil on Canvas Board

This is one of the tiniest things I have painted. Since I sometimes have a tendency toward too much noodling, this is a good exercise for me. Within four by five inches I have to follow the saying, "don't state, indicate."

I am proud to report that I won an Honorable Mention in the National League of American Pen Women competition for my collage, "Night of the Iguana." This was a national competition, and Judge Patt Odom wrote about my piece:

"This reminds me of Romaire Bearden.  The Iguana is delightful, but; I respond to the surrounding negative space more.  This is where the mystery lies... It creates a musical sound not unlike Kandinsky's work.  When negative space overpowers the positive space; something special happens.  This is what I find in this piece.  I want to read and relate those elements to the "Night of the Iguana" -exciting piece!"
Night of the Iguana

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hurricane: Before and After, 8x10 Oil on Board

Before the Storm

After the Storm
My first reversible painting! It's stormy on one side, sunny on the other. I'm always fascinated by the changes in the ocean, and a hurricane passing by Florida creates awesome drama. This family wisely stayed in shallow water and watched the mighty waves crashing.

Hurricane Isaac was long and drawn out, so it was many days before the peaceful, warm, sunny scene in the "After" painting. I am so lucky to live here--barring storm surge, of course.

This painting comes with an easel so it may be easily displayed according to your mood. It's kind of a "Mood Ring" of art, and it's two paintings in one!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Big Wave, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Board Seascape

Hurricanes always bring some nice waves, and this was a family visiting the beach just before Isaac passed by Florida. The child is thinking, "That's scary," Mom is thinking, "That's dangerous," and Dad is thinking, "I wish I'd brought my board."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Moving Sea, 10x8 Oil on Canvas Seascape

The ocean changes constantly. Every time I walk over to the beach the water looks different, and I love the ebb and flow as it meets the sand. Even the rocks seem different somehow. Are they changing too? The water gets pretty powerful, especially in hurricane season, the dread of every Floridian (shudder). Maybe that power is moving the rocks around. Why not?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Green Pond, 16x20 Oil on Canvas

What is  more calming than a setting like this? The reflections in the pond, the trickling of the water--it is hard to be stressed in such a peaceful place.

This is one of my larger paintings, 16x20.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Nightlife, 8x10 Abstract Oil on Canvas

It's rather freeing to paint an abstract occasionally, and just "let go." This one has a dark and mysterious tone, depicting the shadowy yet vibrant atmosphere of a city at night.

Our painting group, Pieces of 8, is off to the North Carolina mountains again this week. We can't let Cindy continue to have fun up there by herself. After what I call the Summer of My Discontent, this is a much-needed change to recharge my batteries. This has been quite a year, and I don't mean that in a good way, so I am looking forward to our annual art retreat.