I missed posting last week but did finish a 16 x 20 inch painting I will show you soon.
Today I wanted to share with you my purchase of a new palette! This may not seem like a big deal, it IS just a 10 inch slab of unfinished wood… BUT this is only my second palette ever. EVER. Other than the big glass table-top I used in university. I was a bit reluctant to give up my trusty old palette, but my aversion to spending hours scraping it clean got the best of me and I decided to move on. heh.
So here is proof of new palette in front of new big canvas (don’t I look amused?):
And here is the very first stages of a new painting with my new palette. Oh so fresh!
Okay people. It’s been over a month since my last post and I sincerely do apologize. Life has been busy, life has been full, life has been beautiful.
Here are some excuses:
1) I moved to a new home and set up a new studio and am as pleased as pie in the new, well-lit space.
2) I adopted a kitten I found on the road dying in the hot desert sun. Her name is Dragon and she is very distracting with her cuteness. See?
Despite these big life events I have been painting and crafting up a storm. So sit tight and enjoy the more frequent posts for the rest of the summer!
Here is an oil painting I finished last month for my brother-in-law’s wedding. It depicts the countryside north of Bakewell, England where we all took a hike this past year. Monumental memories I tell ya.
Today’s art attack was inspired by reading the beginning chapter of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell – author of Swamplandia.
Here is an excerpt:
“…with mosquito-blackened sills; a tin roof that hums with the memory of rain. I love it here. Whenever the wind gusts in off the river, the sky rains leaves and feathers. During mating season, the bedroom window rattles with the ardor of birds.
Now the thunder makes the window glass ripple like wax paper. Summer rain is still the most comforting sound that I know… In the distance, an alligator bellows…”
There has been a painting germinating in my mind for a few weeks now that I finally began to tackle. Here are some examples of my thought process as I try to solidify my idea and my composition. If I’m lucky I can finish the painting tomorrow and post it. The canvas is 24 x 48 inches and will be the largest work in my upcoming October show. (For more details about that stay tuned!)
Here is a smudgy, fun, mess of a sketch from my sketchbook. It was drawn with a quill pen so you can see spots where I was scratching away to shade an area, or where the ink pooled suddenly. There are lots of surprises when working with a dip pen and ink so I have a lot to learn and play with!