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Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Vase - 2nd Session


after
before

Boots - 2nd session

Still have a long way to go but making progress on the boots --- here's my second effort.

Here's what it looked like after my first painting session when I blocked it in.

Straight from the Tube


To respond to LMRLady's question --- Straight from the Tube is an idea from years ago where my challenge was to paint with color straight from the tube --- on white, un-toned canvas --without mixing very much --- and to see what I could do with these bright, often vibrant, colors.

It is also was based on creating shapes and patterns on the canvas, more than creating a sense of space. And, the other requirement I made for myself was to use my physical space at home as a jumping off place for creating symbolic (to me) environments.


The room on the left is empty. The room on the right is bright and filled. The piano became yellow because it was fickle. I used a pattern from our dining room carpet as the wall. They are meant to be imperfect, yet balanced, if I can put it off.

This probably more than you wanted to know! But that's what Straight from the Tube is ---thanks for asking.

Monday, April 13, 2009

New Painting in Progress

After my long absence from painting, I didn't feel like working on something I'd already begun, so I started something new. And decided to sketch in graphite first ---that's something I've never done before ---and now I know that I should have fixed it ---the under drawing is smearing and making an ugly gray mess. Oh well, live and learn.

This painting comes from my Straight from the Tube idea -- like the Yellow Piano painting ---

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Palette Blues

The paints on my palette have hardened after being left untouched for almost two months, due to my Mom's illness. Makes me sad to realize it has been that long since I have painted.