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Friday, March 2, 2018

"Ode to Oregon" Watercolor

A year ago in January, I attended a Women's Art and Writing Retreat in Oregon and met 10 lovely, interesting women.   It was held in the forest at a retreat center outside Portland.

In addition, I also was able to spend time with my art buddy, Anne Jennings Paris.  I don't get to see her very often -- every few years --- and I really cherish the time we spend together.  We discuss all of our art projects.  And share the work of other artists who have inspired us.  And ideas for how to move forward and keep doing our artwork.  It is hard to balance it with the other parts of our lives.

Recently, I went through my photos from the trip and printed out an image for a notecard to send to her for her birthday.  But, instead decided to make a watercolor.

Anne did a whole project of watercolor notecards during her ex-pat experience in London.  And most recently, she sent me one from Denver after seeing an art exhibit there on Women Impressionism. 
It is so much fun to get a painting in the mail, I guess I wanted to try it myself. 

Somberness Sunlit
Emily Carr 
c. 1937
Also, I had recently discovered Emily Carr's work, so I would also say that I was thinking about her while I was painting this watercolor. She is a Canadian artist, who lived in the Pacific Northwest, and lived from 1871-1945.  A pioneer.  She is considered post-Impressionist.

One of the coolest things I experienced during that trip was seeing a deer swimming in the Clackamas River near Anne's home.

Look for the deer swimming upstream

My trip to Oregon was very inspiring on many levels and what I like about travel is that you can live off the fumes and memories of a trip for a very long time.


Monday, February 26, 2018

"Country Road" Oil Painting

"Country Road"
5x7" oil

These past six weeks have been consumed with family matters so I haven't had much time to paint or be in my studio.  However, I did complete this little one.

I am starting to make thumbnails, which means a small drawing in black and white, in preparation for painting.  The purpose is to make sure that design is good, i.e., the composition, before your begin to paint and add color. 

It is a new step for me (as I usually just draw with paint on the canvas as part of the underpainting) and I can see that it will be to my benefit once I put it into practice.
So, I took the painting I have by a local painter, James Ramsdall, and decided to see if I could redesign it.  I am not sure what he would think of me doing this, but I wanted to try it on a landscape with a sense of depth, and this is what I had.  (I didn't paint over it, I just used it as my reference.)
Here is my drawing and how I moved the tree to foreground instead of the middle ground, and changed it to a tree that I am more likely to see and know. I made the road the subject. And I want you to go down it into the countryside.
When I painted it, I can now see that I got a little crazy with the colors, but it was a good experience, and I intend to make thumbnails and drawings for my paintings going forward.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fund for Women Donation 2018

16x20" Make-up Painting
AVAILABLE to buy to support the Fund for Women

This year I am donating one of my Make-Up Paintings to the Fund for Women 2018 Fundraiser.  They are now in the 10th year and I was/am a charter member.  They give grants to women in our area.  Here the link if you would like to see what they do:  http://www.ffwst.org/history/

Here is the blurb I gave them to go with it:

"Layers" painting is 16 x 20 inches framed, and is a painting of the atmospheric layers we often see around here when the fog is lifting over the hills and the lakes, as happened one morning when I was driving back from Keuka Lake to Corning in the summer a few years ago.  

The painting is done with eye make-up, Bobbi Brown, to be specific.  I have been making "Make-Up" paintings now for about 5 years.  They started one day when I was supposed to throw away my old Bobbi Brown make-up and decided to "play" with it instead.  I apply the warms and cool eye shadows with water using brushes on watercolor paper.  The result is a soft monochromatic painting, somewhat reminiscent of old engravings. (Which doesn't fade, and is archival, in case people are wondering.  I think it is because Bobbi Brown uses pretty much all natural products, like clays, for her eye make-up. )

If you would like to buy this painting to support the Fund for Women, it will be at their June event or you can email me and I will put you in touch with them.