Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Wait For Me" update

I started laying in the paint on the little boy today... I have never had the interest or the desire to do portraiture.. I know many artist love to paint people but that has never been something I am drawn to. Maybe because his back is to me I don't think of this as painting a person.. but as I worked on the shirt today I couldn't help but think about the little guy under that red shirt.. and as darling as I am sure he is... I do not want to paint people... I had much rather paint a marble or a landscape. I am pleased with how this is coming along... and will do more on it tomorrow.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Wait For Me"

Some times I will see an image that touches me and I know I will love painting it... this is one of those paintings. I have a friend that shared pictures of her grandson with me and immediately I knew this was something special. There were two photo's of he and his little dog walking down a path... in one picture the dog was in perfect form and in the other the little boy's body posture was perfect.... soooo I took the best of both photo's and came up with this...
I am experimenting with this painting... wanting to accomplish a more painterly .. looser style... I plan to make the boy and dog more detailed than the rest of the painting and hope to get the feel that I am striving for.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Do Me Any Favors

So here is what happened.... I have a credit card that I have used exclusively for years... I am a good customer. This is my personal card... for my personal purchases and payments... I open the bill.. I pay the bill ... this is MY card. This is also the only number I can recite by heart.... I know the number... I do not know my social security number or my drivers license number... or even my cell phone number... but this number I can rattle off at will. So what do they do? They change my number.... arhhhhh. It seems I am such an outstanding customer they have upgraded me and that means a new number. I now have LOT's of changes to make with account's that have my old number.... what a royal pain in the ass! I did not ask for, nor did I want an upgraded card... I was content and happy and in charge of my old number... so next time... don't do me any favors!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dream Walk

This is a painting I just finished this morning. My thoughts when I started this was to try and accomplish a little looser style. I tend to get caught up in details if I allow myself so I wanted to be a little less tight and I think I was successful. It is 12 x 12 oil on canvas.
I chose the title because this is a beach I would like to walk... I painted it from several photo's I have of places I have been to in Pebble Beach , Ca. but it could be almost anywhere.... a beach in your dreams.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So Here It Begins

I have fought doing this .. and now here I am doing this... blogging. UGh ... don't get me wrong I love to read other people's blogs and see what they have been up to. I am just not so sure I have the passion to keep one going myself. Then I thought well, if it revolves around something I really enjoy.. like painting or playing Mahjong.... then perhaps I will keep it alive. So here it begins.
When I was back in Tn. visiting family.. I was going through photo album's of Betty's and found a wonderful picture she had taken while visiting Turkey a few years ago.
So I decided to paint it... I will post what I call a wip... or work in progress.
I started with a white canvas and stained it kind of a tan color... this allows me to see true colors and avoid glare. Then I sketch the outline of what I want to paint... sometimes I get very detailed in the sketch but for this one I just need a general idea of where things go.
I mix my colors for the palette and I am off and running. I get lost while painting .. my mind shuts off and I think only of the moment at hand and what I am striving to accomplish with the paint brush...