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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Leaning Toward The Light

Leaning Toward The Light

Friday, May 29, 2009

Stairwell Window

Stairwell Window, Ithaca, New York, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I am getting worried that I am stuck in non-painting mode.

And I wonder what inertia would look like, if I could convey it in a photograph.

My energy has gone elsewhere: gardening & chores which peak at this time of year, too many social events, stressful elder care, Tom's pending retirement, my food blog, shopping for a used car, getting weekly acupuncture (new to me) treatments for my allergies, etc.

Wikipedia says: In even simpler terms, inertia means that an object will always continue moving at its current speed and in its current direction until some force causes its speed or direction to change.

I hope I get nudged soon. I will regret looking back at this period and not having done any painting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tomatoes on Windowsill

The afternoon sun lit up these tomatoes the other day, so I could not resist photographing them with my little camera. I will post this image on my food blog: http://www.feasteveryday.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Space In Between

This might be the beginning of a new series -- to study the space in between, not the obvious object. What do I discover when I look "in between" rather than "at."

I made this image while I was exploring for Morning Light the other day (see previous post). Now the image looks a little too catalogue-like for me, but I still like the project idea.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

After The Rain

After The Rain

While I was jumping around, trying to get a good angle with my little camera, a neighbor from a few blocks away walked by with his dog, and asked if I was creating some new work. No -- I said -- I am just in awe of these tulips this year. Look how they survived the heavy rain!

Then, he told how much they are enjoying their image of mine --- they have the big 32x40" version of my Orchid (see below) --- and I said I am glad that it went to a good home and that they like it so much.

Wow --- the whole experience --the tulips, the positive feedback from a customer, the inquiry about what I was making ----that really made my day, my week, my month ...

Friday, May 15, 2009

African Violet in the Morning

Morning Light is one of my on-going project titles. The idea is to let myself observe and explore what goes on in the morning in my house when the light tends to be the best, and when I am fresh. I love the morning--the idea of a new day, a hot cup of coffee and the excitement I feel.

One day I saw the light come through the window and it hit the doorknob in a way that was magical. Of course, I didn't have my camera, and the light lasted only seconds. But, that's what I wanted to feel again when I created this project title: the joy of discovery, the magic in the everyday-ness of our life, as well as acknowledging that life is transitory.

This image doesn't really have great light. But it does have a bit of the mood I am going for. I don't seem to be able to stop myself from making closeups of flowers.

I think I am ready for a new project, like Cottage Quiet from last summer, but I am not sure this is the one that really grabs me enough to keep me energized to follow through with it.

Comments are welcome. Have I said that recently? I really do appreciate the emails and comments that I receive about my blog entries.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Plein Air Season Approaches

Soon, it will be time to start painting outside (plein air) and I am starting to get nervous just thinking about it. This is the only plein air study I have ever done that I enjoyed painting. Probably because it is more of a portrait (of a tree) rather than a landscape. I usually make a mess out of what I am doing when I paint outside ---but this year, I am determined to do better. My goal is to make enough small 8 x 10 landscapes to fill up the empty window frame we turned sideways and hung on the wall in the guest room at the lake. That was C's suggestion when she visited last summer. I think there are 9 slots. I will check this weekend when we go up there.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Vase -- Ongoing

Beginning to add pattern now---didn't have much time to work on it--but added one of the curtains and restated the tablecloth and the windowpanes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Red Wattle Pigs

Love these Red Wattle pigs! When my brother, Ted, wrote about them on his new blog for Long Meadow Ranch today, my thoughts instantly went back to my photo session with them a couple of years ago. So, I dug out these images and played with them in Lightroom.
Originally, I liked this photo because I thought they looked like huge sweet potatoes or yams ---but objectively, there isn't any indicator of scale, so this may just be wishful thinking on my part. In color, you can see their unusual, and actually lovely, red coat.

In black & white, the texture of their coat comes out, but does this image really have anything to say? I like the connection I have to it, but I doubt it really says anything. Net, net it is hard to edit one's own work.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Made this image with my little camera while at a doctor's appointment in an old building in Ithaca about an hour away---Why is it we see with fresh eyes when not in our day-to-day environment?

Sanded Honey Bear

Decided to sand the surface of the honey bear painting before I begin to paint on it again ---it was bothering me because it was so uneven. I may keep the texture in the background --- which could be interesting against the smooth surface of the bear (once I repaint it)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Watkins Glen

We hiked here today --- and I liked this view from behind the waterfall ----wanted to see what kind of image my little camera would take -- not too bad but I could do better


Played with my little camera today --- made this closeup of the tulips in my front yard

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Vase -- Quick Session 4

Added the window panes and adjusted the photo's colors to be more accurate. Now I have to let it dry before I can do more.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Vase - Session 3