Here is my demo painting from class today. The lesson was about the horizon line, and how you can alter a viewer's whole experience of your painting by shifting it. In this piece I used a very low horizon line to create a feeling of looking up. We don't often see flowers from underneath, do we?
I recently got an email from a local art collector who made me an offer I absolutely couldn't refuse: borrow a bunch of items from their amazing ceramics collection, and use them in some of my daily paintings, with an eye towards completing a larger commission in the future. I did something similar once before, with produce from a patron's garden, and it was a great experience. So happy to have the chance again!
These bulbs were a Christmas present, and they have just burst into full bloom. Their scent is a little overwhelming, but the flowers are gorgeous to look at. I'm thinking of planting them outside for next year.
It's my honor to set the challenge this week for the artists of DPW, and here's my choice: raw meat! It's really no wonder - being on the Paleo Diet now, our fridge is jammed with it! Now that I've begun, I think I'll be doing a few more meat paintings - you know, just to get it out of my system.
I liked painting this spaghetti squash so much the other day that I launched right into a second, bigger version. Luckily I had rubbed the cut apple with lemon - it wasn't even brown by the next morning!
This is how I spent Valentine's evening, and it was time well spent, although some in my figure painting group (who shall remain nameless) chose to spend it with their sweeties. If my husband had any thoughts of objecting, well, they were forgotten when he saw what I brought home!
If these peppers are in a boat, then the others must be swimming - or else they've been decapitated by sharks...it's macabre, but it's coming to mind because I saw that very scene in a children's Lego diorama at the library today. A man getting his head bitten off by a shark.
Here is my demo from class this morning. There's something about teaching that just puts me in a good mood! I'd like to remind you that all email and Facebook subscribers are automatically entered to win the painting in the right hand sidebar - so, tell your friends! The prize will be drawn during the first week of March.
I really like this one. I've been looking at a variation of this arrangement on my kitchen counter all week, and it's been saying "paint me!" very softly. Who says it's bad to hear voices in your head?
This has become a familiar sight around my house lately! Jesse and I have been trying out the Paleo diet for about a week now, and we have eaten a lot of eggs. I'm not complaining, but I am starting to wonder what I'll do when I just cannot possibly handle eating any more of them!
My still life painting workshop started this morning. It's a great group, and I really had a good time painting with them. That, combined with this incredibly unseasonable weather have me in the mood to give something away! (the painting at right, that is). To enter, subscribe via email or "Like" me on Facebook. Extra entries if you do both! (Already subscribed? You're automatically entered.)
Sorry for the long absence! We were in Mexico with Ellie's grandparents all last week. I am happy to report that I did nothing but laze by the pool, and think not at all about real life! I went to figure painting night soon after getting home, hoping to ease back into the groove - and while I got plenty warmed up, I ended up wiping the painting I did! I try to think of it not as a waste of paint, but as a learning experience....