Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best Wishes for Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!

Best wishes to all for the most wonderful holiday! This year my Christmas present came early! Brian came home from the hospital Monday night. Thankfully, he is now almost back to his normal self. All is well.

Thank goodness! My Christmas dreams have come true!

May this be your best Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years ever!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Side by Side, Version Two

Here are the persimmons, again, this time with the turquoise background. I love the orange with this color. I was hoping to do more with the persimmons. After sitting in the sunny window, they now look like giant orange raisins. Oh, well. Perhaps this is the final persimmon painting for now. This painting was done last week and am just now posting it.
Things have been very uncertain around here. Brian has now been in the hospital for three nights and we are still waiting for the final word on what is wrong with him. He was finally admitted after two trips to ER last week. Christmas has been put on hold for the moment, until we know more. Working on this blog has been a short escape in the midst of chaos!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Side by Side, One More Time

Here is a better photo of yesterday's painting. Kelley left a comment that yesterday's photo was not very clear. We now have a better version, taken yesterday when it was not raining. If at first you don't succeed, try, and try, again, or something like that.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Side by Side

I love the color of the persimmons. That, and the glossy surface are what I was trying to capture. I will work with these persimmons some more and see if I can do a little better. I'm not completely happy with the outcome. As they say, tomorrow is another day!! Onward!
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Friday, December 19, 2008

In the Spotlight

This painting was done of the squash before taking the knife to it. I painted it, and was not that happy with how it turned out. I decided the squash might be more interesting if it was cut in half. I put this painting aside and posted two paintings of the cut squash. After several days, I decided that this painting wasn't so terrible after all, and decided to post it. So , here we are, prior to surgery!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Place to Dream

This is a simple dry point etching that was done last year. It was hanging in the The Lafayette Gallery and was just sold a few weeks ago. For some mysterious reason, this is a popular image. Two other etchings have been sold from this same edition. I guess the idea of retreating to a cozy bed sounds like a good idea in the middle of a cold winter!
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Monday, December 15, 2008

One More Time

Happy to be back, after a short, but fun, three night getaway to Santa Fe, complete with snow. This small painting of the cut squash was finished quickly, right before we left. I loved using the greens and yellows. The fact that there is very little in the way of highlights was a bit challenging. Excited to get back to painting after the four day break!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Portrait by Susan Carlin

Another beautiful portrait, based on the great photo from Carol Marine's blog. This one was painted by Susan Carlin. Carol emailed me, telling me that 2 artist's had asked for her OK to use her photo as a reference for a future painting. I emailed Carol back, saying that I'd probably want to buy any potential portraits and to let me know if she heard of any actually being completed. Carol told me to get in touch with Susan. Susan Carlin is a fabulous artist, specializing in portraits. To see more of her wonderful work, go to her blog, susansartjournal.blogspot.com.

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Half and Half

More of the 6x6 still life concept, which is truly addictive. These small paintings are so much fun to paint. I think that it has to do with immediate gratification. The whole painting, from start to finish is done so quickly, and right away there is another fresh canvas to get started on. A finished painting, and a new opportunity, all at once! I just love doing this!!

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Portrait by Pat Hayashi

Kelley MacDonald, a wonderful artist, friend, and classmate from Carol Marine's workshop suggested that I post this portrait that was mentioned in my very first post on this blog.
This beautiful oil portrait of me was done by Pat Hayashi, my friend and gallery mate. Pat did this portrait based on a terrific photograph of me that Carol Marine took during her fantastic "Daily Painting Workshop" in Santa Fe this past Sept. Pat, also a Carol Marine admirer, saw this photo on her blog and decided to use it as a reference for this portrait. To see the original photo, please go to carolmarine.blogspot.com. The photo is shown on the Sept. 22, 2008 post. Along the way, you will really enjoy seeing Carol's beautiful small daily paintings. To see more of Pat's beautiful work, go to lafayettegallery.net, the website for "The Lafayette Gallery" that Pat and I are members of. To see more of Kelley's beautiful work, go to a kelleymacdonaldsdailypaint.blogspot.com. I am so lucky to have so many talented and fabulous artist friends !!!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Follow the Leader

Here is yet another small painting, using what I learned in Carol's class. Painting the 6x6 still lifes can be addictive. It is very hard to stop. Maybe if I do this enough, I will get bored... it's hard to imagine. There is always more fruit and more colors to try. It seems endless, and so much fun! I only wish that I had more time !

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Two is Company, Three is a Crowd

Finally back, after being out of town and coming home to the holiday whirlwind. It is great to get back to painting. Here is another small still life, still using the ideas that I learned in Carol's workshop. I enjoy starting and completing a painting in a short time period. It is so motivating! I guess it is the sense of accomplishment, versus a large piece, that you wonder if it will ever get done.

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