Tuesday, January 17, 2017

All That's Left

     Remember that happiness is a way of travel ~ not a destination.
                                                            Roy M. Goodman
     Well, I am finally getting around to some of my new year's resolutions.  This poor painting has been sitting in the corner waiting some final touch-ups.  I broke out my smallest brushes and came in and did some work in the shadows.  It's always a pleasant surprise to go back and work on something that just needs an hour or so to get it finished.  There are way too many of these projects sitting around my studio ~ was so tempted to start something new this morning but now am happy to have spent the time on this one.  One down ~ ??? to go!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Blue Pot

 Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a prefect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.
                                                                         Edward de Bono

            Well, as promised here is a painting in the beginning stages.  Its a small painting ~ 8 X 10 ~ so I was able to get a lot done in just two sittings.  First I did the background and the table and today I worked on the pot.  Not quite sure where I will go from here ~ that's a no-no as supposedly it is much better to have a plan for the entire composition before setting out.  While I did have something in mind I didn't realize that the size of the canvas was going to play such a big part in the final overall look.  Because it is so small I don't want to add a lot of clutter.  The background and the pot are busy enough.  Actually, though, I'm not really sorry I am tackling this piece by piece ~ trying to be more personally creative in my work for a change.  Now I've got some homework to do.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

                         Oscar Wilde

I love this quote simply because it fits me to a T.   I procrastinate so much about putting my work on this blog.  While I have every intent of posting photos of my progress on each project I never seem to get around to it.  Anyway, this is the second in the series of six cross stitch patterns of bouquets.  The patterns don't include a border so I am having a great time designing my own ~ guess I do have a little imagination! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Beauty, the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.

                                          Leon Battista Alberti

          Well, Jennifer's neck has grown considerably.  We have spent a fair amount of time together since my return from Seattle.  I think her proportions are perfect ~ God's work, not mine.  A little more attention to some shadows and highlights will bring her forward a little.  I have been spending a bit of time studying the works of Caravaggio and realize how important subtle changes can be.  While I have left the background empty on the recent animal drawings I am seriously considering adding some foliage to this one to better accentuate her size and shape.  Maybe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another Look At Jennifer

In the creative state a man is taken out of himself.  He lets down as it were a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach.  He mixes this thing with his normal experiences and out of the mixture he makes a work of art.

                                                E. M. Forster

              Well, I have been spending some evenings with Jennifer and she seems to be coming along.  I am still surprised at how many colors I am able to see in her.  Even the smooth surface of her neck fur hide multiple colors among the light and dark browns.  E. M. Forster's quote above really spoke to me ~ putting into words what I find so frustrating (or enticing) about making art.  Most days I can't even find the bucket let alone lower it into the well.  Why is is that young children are so adept at scraping the bottom of the creative well ~ and just joyously let their findings spill out?  They don't meditate first, or feel the need to have special music or lighting or brushes or supplies or shoes.  They don't worry about critics or patrons.  They don't overdo or underdo their work.  They do, however, believe strongly in their own capabilities.  They do find a great deal of pleasure in the process.  And they do, beyond anything else, love their accomplishments.  Good things!   

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Miniature Bouquet

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
                                                     Bertrand Russell

 OK, I will admit it ~ I am a Pinterest junkie.  I can fall down one black hole after the next ~ finding new crafts and new techniques and new patterns and new tutorials and new ideas.  Well, you get the idea ~ tread into Pinterest carefully.  Anyway, I found these cross stitch patterns online for miniature bouquets and decided it would be a nice change from drawing.   Now that I have stitched this first one up I have decided it looks a little old fashioned.  But I love it.  There are five more in the series.  No rush to get them all done but they definitely moved to the top of the list (for now).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jennifer the Giraffe

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes it visible.

                                                 Paul Klee

           Since doing the drawing of the steer (see last post) I am spending a lot more time looking at my subject before I put my pencil to paper.  The one most important thing an aspiring artist should learn, in my opinion, is how to see.  We are all always in such a rush to do something that we miss countless opportunities to actually see something.  So far in Jennifer's face I have used various shades of green, orange, red, purple, blue, black, white, yellow and brown.  Who knew Jennifer was such a "painted lady?"  This time I am working from a photograph not a painting so it is a little more difficult to see all the colors ~ but they are definitely there!  I find that I am enjoying the search for them ~ delighted when I find a new one.  Try it.