Friday, February 26, 2010


This is a drypoint monoprint that I did about 4 years ago, before I started painting the small paintings. Several very similar monoprints were made using the same plate. Each one is slightly different. I have one hanging in our living room, and one was hanging in the Lafayette Gallery. The one in the gallery was sold this this week. This made me think about much I enjoy printmaking. It is a challenge for me to stay focused, there are so many wonderful ways to make art. It is important not to spread yourself too thin. Painting is exciting and fun , but so is printmaking!! So much to do, so little time!
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring, Almost

We arrived home from wonderful Santa Fe, on Monday, where there was snow on the ground, and temps in the 20's. In CA we've had weather in the high 60's with flowers on the fruit trees, and green everywhere. I felt like we came home to spring. Rain is expected soon, so this is temporary. It felt so good! I went for a walk, went to the store, and bought some flowers, painted, and here we are!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

One More

Still working with the lilies. The positive thing about this flower is that it lasts a long time. I usually go for the lilies when I buy fresh flowers, for that reason. Anyway, things are busy, as always. I managed to find a little bit of uninterrupted time and finished this one, yesterday, alla prima, all at once. I'm still trying to find a longer uninterrupted block of time to start and finish a larger one, but will most likely have to wait until next week. We're headed out of town for the long weekend. I'll try to get a little painting in while we're away, you never know! To all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and Presidents Day weekend!
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lessons from Laurel

The title of Laurel's workshop was, " Still Life Alla Prima". The translation of Alla Prima is "first time". The concept is to complete a painting in one sitting, or all at once. This is a valuable lesson for me, and something that I need to work on. Because of this, my new resolve is to complete a painting at once. This post is a small, 6X8, which I was able to complete fairly quickly. I did this as a warm up for a larger painting soon to follow. My goal is to complete a single larger paining in one session. I am excited about challenging myself. Stay tuned for more!
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