Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
One of the youngest (age 9, I think), was my top pick which just goes to show what a blessing it is to being uninhibited and unencumbered by technology and all of the baggage that goes along with growing up. The teens did a great job, too, but they were much more aware of what is expected for a photograph. Overall I enjoyed the images best that got their idea across well and were more unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed being a judge and it made me realize just how hard it is to judge well.
Friday, December 5, 2008
I did less jewelry to give myself time to start the purple path painting. But the really exciting news --at least to me---is that I came up with a completely new idea for my paintings. I am calling them portals.
I haven't been this excited about something I was working on in years. So, I have been busy developing a prototype and showing the early stages of it to some of my trusted "advisors" and it seems to have some legs.
When excited about a project, I find the time. Interesting...
Will post both the purple painting and the portals prototype as soon as I get them far enough along that I want to reveal them.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I know that I just need to start painting, but I am letting all this busy-ness help me avoid my fears.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
When cleaning out my studio, I found a note I'd made during a plein air painting session in 2001. It said "Cavalene says people paint for lots of reasons
--to sell & make $
--because they have to
--to learn something about themselves or their world around them."
And, I noticed Anne JP's blog says "My art feeds my writing and my writing feeds my art."
If you have other reasons or thoughts on the subject, I'd like to hear them.
I am going to be noodling my own reasons. More on that later.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I had to drive an hour and half drive up and back but it turned out to be therapeutic. Weekly, the fall foliage progressed through its phases. Bright reds and olive greens turned to rusty oranges and browns until the last week we had a dusting of snow on the hills.
Glad I am not making the drive now, but I'm very glad I took the class. Our instructor taught us the terms, how to measure effectively without using perspective, then the rules of one-point and two-point perspective so we can use them or break them. That's all we had time to do. I will take another class or workshop if I can find one again.
I am also including a couple of pages from my sketch book that I did this summer to refresh my drawing skills. I am going to continue practicing.
Drawing Practice on my own, August, 2008
Ran out of light before I finished -- August, 2008
Class exercise - One point perspective - October, 2008
In the field -- I thought the lake would have filled my page, but after measuring correctly, it was only half the page. This is how far off my landscape drawing has been. Scary! I just kept drawing what I saw in the foreground...as practice. Next time, I'll know.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
What a difference a new paint of coat makes! The old pale, blue-gray color was depressing me. I found I did not want to spend time in my studio. Now I am eager to work.
I sense that I am being revitalized and will soon be very productive. I am cleaning house both figuratively and literally.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
If I confront this thing that has gotten on my internal "to do" list and actually do something about it, instead of just thinking about it, I will find out if it is worth anything at all. Then, poof!!, it will be gone and there will be room for something new, something fresh and exciting to enter.
That's why I am taking the time this month to review and consolidate what I wrote during my writing phase, ten years ago. It was one of the paths I took when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, after leaving my corporate marketing job and before I created a jewelry business with my sister.
I haven't been able to throw away my writing circle stories or my haiku, so I know they mean something to me. Unlike my journals. I chucked all 15 years of them and I am glad I did. Too much ugliness in them. They served their purpose. I no longer need them. But this writing stuff? I don't know.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My most recent photography project is a photo diary entitled Cottage Quiet.
It about my nearest faraway place. And, it is intended to be a mini-escape for the viewer, too.
Right now it is a 40 page book of 4 x 6 images printed in warm brownish-gray tones and mounted on cream paper, plus I have created a companion slideshow for online viewing.
There are about 60 images altogether which I am in the process of editing.
I am trying to decide which image to use on the cover, i.e., which one best represents the mood and intention of the project. I think it ought to be a horizontal image, but I tend to make mostly vertical images. Some candidates are
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
4 x 6
Today I had fun painting with my friend Penny on her dock. This was my view looking south. It felt good to give her my painting as a gift.
Penny is new to oil painting. She shared her vision for her paintings: a watery, layered, washed look in beautiful subtle colors, with some symbolic elements added. Not completely impressionistic, but not realistic.
I hope that I will soon have as clear an idea of how and what I want to paint. It is uncomfortable being stuck, like I am.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
After a 6 month break, I am ready to paint again. I started out by gesso-ing a bunch of boards and doing other stuff (watching painting videos, etc.) which didn't actually involve painting, i.e., procrastinating, but today I actually put out my array of colors and picked up a brush. Hooray!
On this old painting of the tomato & corkscrew, I decided to add the highlights, deepen the shadows and brighten the orange-reds, then call it quits. Time to move on to something new.
The next project is a painting of a honey bear for my brother's 50th birthday, which was last June. My goal is to give it to him by the time he turns 51 on June 24.
My first attempt is very crude. The colors are not at all what I wanted. The bear turned greenish. And the foreground is yucky. I haven't painted something transparent before, so this is going to be a challenge. Not sure I like the design either. But I thought I'd post what I did and not worry about it being perfect. :)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Yellow Piano, 20 x 24, Oil on Canvas
I might revisit this style of painting that I did about 8 years ago. I called it "Straight from the Tube." I had received some samples of intensely colored oils from Mexico and thought it would be interesting to use them as straight from the tube as I could. I painted on white to keep the look bright. I was also reading about Matisse; hence, the objects and patterns originating from our home. For example, a carpet element became the wallpaper. Beyond that I was playing with symbolism. The yellow piano represented fickleness. The left cloudy doorway was my past. The sunny clear room on the right was my future. I guess that's me at the piano, but at the time, I didn't think so.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I wanted to acknowledge the importance of the act of art making.
I chose a mix of artists….painters and sculptors, glass artists, a photographer, a ceramist, a videographer/writer…just a sampling of the depth f talent living nearby.