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Friday, August 28, 2009

Cottage Quiet Series


Yesterday's post of the gate was the last of my Cottage Quiet series ---It's about my nearest faraway place, and I hope you enjoyed it. That's where I am physically right now --- at the lake -- but I hope the images took you there, too. That's part of why I made them. So I could get an infusion of that feeling of calm and quiet, and the special light, whenever I needed it.

Now I am noodling what to do with the 40 or so images going forward.

So far I have done two things with them --



A journal --- which was very satisfying to make --- I printed 4x6 images and placed them on a creamy-colored card in a black art journal --- and then added a title -- informally in my own handwriting. I did this as I made the images and then edited it over the past winter.

The second thing I have done is to post them on this blog this summer--- I lined them up in the blog queue -- and scheduled them to go out one per day ---

This was also a satisfying experience --- I got to see each one anew as they arrived in my in box. With fresh eyes, it easier to be more objective. There are some I like more than when I first made them, and others that I wonder, what was I seeing? Nonetheless, it may me feel good to see them all together. And it gave me satisfaction to complete something. (Not to mention the break it gave me from writing posts ---yes, I had blogger fatigue.)

One reader suggested I make a book of them. But, after making my book about artists in their studios on my own, I hesistate to go down that path. It is so much work, that I doubt I would do again, unless I had a publisher who wanted to do the production and marketing.

I have thought of making a CD of them instead of a book --- a screen saver-type slide show --- I have been enjoying them myself this way and wonder if others would ---

And I have thought about printing a few of the more popular images and framing them to see they work in a larger format, then ask if a gallery or two around the lakes might be interested.

But picking an image that best represents the body of work is my first task. I have used the screen door one, but if you have favorite that you would suggest, I am interested in what you think.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gate


Gate

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Faucet


Faucet

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Clothespins


Clothespins

Monday, August 24, 2009

Hoses


Hoses

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hive


Hive

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Birdhouse


Birdhouse

Friday, August 21, 2009

Walking Stick


Walking Stick

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Frog


Frog

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lily Pads


Lily Pads

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bark


Bark
from my COTTAGE QUIET series

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hostas


Hostas
from my COTTAGE QUIET series

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Honeysuckle Blossoms


Honeysuckle Blossoms

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Watering Can

Watering Can

Friday, August 14, 2009

Calm


Calm

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Basement Door


Basement Door
from my COTTAGE QUIET series

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rock Collection

Rock Collection

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hammock View


Hammock View

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lawn Chairs


Lawn Chairs

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Screen Door


Screen Door

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rain


Rain
from my COTTAGE QUIET series

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mason Jar


Mason Jar
from my COTTAGE QUIET series

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wind Chimes


Wind Chimes

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cherries


Cherries

Monday, August 3, 2009

Asparagus


Asparagus

from my COTTAGE QUIET series

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bedroom

Bedroom

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Crystal Doorknob


Crystal Doorknob

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cat in Window


Cat in Window

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mirror


Mirror

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cottage Steps


Cottage Steps

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ivy on Tree


Ivy on Tree

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hosta on Path


Hosta on Path

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shadow Flower


Shadow Flower

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pine Cone


Pine Cone

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stairs


Stairs

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Row Boat View


Row Boat View

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Water Over Rocks


Water Over Rocks

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dock


Dock

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tire Swing


Tire Swing


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hammock


Hammock

from my COTTAGE QUIET series about my nearest faraway place

Saturday, July 18, 2009

End of the Day

End of the Day

from the COTTAGE QUIET series about my nearest faraway place

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rain, Rain and More Rain All Weekend


Oil Cans, Session 2, 11x14 Masonite

Never got to paint over the weekend due to rain, but I did yesterday with Lin, after I returned. Still having drawing issues and I keep losing control of my colors, but I feel like I am making progress.

Oil Cans, Session 1

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Away -- Looking for Inspiration

Flip Flop Girl

We're headed to the Thousand Islands for the 4th of July weekend where I made this image a few years ago. I was practicing using my new digital camera back then. Can't believe I didn't want to go digital. I love the advantages of digital -- and there are many.

Anyway, I hope find some inspiration there this weekend. I am taking my paint box and my camera.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Painting in Progress - Oil Cans

Painted with Lin for a couple of hours yesterday --- started this new painting of oil cans. I painted it directly, without drawing first, just wet on wet color, and lost control --- but I had fun!!

My photo reference is very poor. These are old oil cans that I discovered at Tom's parents' summer cottage last 4th of July. We are going back again this year, so I am going to take my paints and start over using the real cans. Plus, I will take better photos.

I am also going to look for a different Masonite board -- I'd prefer a squarer format, more like the boots that are 14x15. This board was 11 x 14. Need some more width.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Boots -- Finished for Now

Boots, 2009
14 x 15 Oil on Masonite

I think I am done with this painting for now. Until I show it to someone else to get some help. I have learned a lot from it, but I am ready to move on to something else.


Here's what it looked like a long the way.

Session 1 - blocking it in - February-- before my Mom got sick

Session 2 - April -- a couple of hours of work



June -- This is when I started painting with Lin on her porch and spent two Mondays on it

Comparing it to my reference in color
Comparing it to my reference, this time in Black & White

Corrections.


More corrections.

Now -- it is still wet -- and still has problems, but I am going to stop.