"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Hodge Podge of Updates

                                As I prepare to write this post I am painfully aware that it is after an almost two month absence.  I find myself asking - where have I been?  It is not that I haven't been busy with art projects.  
                                In November I hung paintings at the Des Moines Botanical Center.  It has been a great show, by the way.  I met wonderful people at the artists reception, sold three of my larger paintings and have already taken a trip back to Des Moines with new paintings to replace those sold.  My work will continue to hang there until January 8th.

                             I have been working on a hodge podge of painting projects.  Some that were studies for learning purpose and some that are currently works in progress.  I thought I would give you all some snippets of what I have been up to as of late.

                          I enjoyed a little dabble into a new subject in early November.  I have always been fascinated with the design and beauty of sea shells.  I thought I might like to try my hand at one.  Since I was trying a new subject, also decided to try some new techniques for the background - heading in a more abstract direction with what I guess I would compare to a "wash".  

                        Two things I walked away with from this project: one, a desire to explore the background technique further - it ended up being my favorite part of the painting.  Secondly, an awareness of my need to study, practice, and study some more various seashells. The seashell itself was a lot more challenging than I expected.
                     This is a sneak peak into a garden scene that I have been working on off and on.  It is at the "off" stage right now.  Sometimes when I reach a point where I get frustrated with the direction a painting is headed, if I just let it sit for a month or so I have a whole new perspective and zeal when I return to it.  

                       This is  little study I did for an idea I have for a future project.  I am exploring the concept of "home" and what it means to different people.  My  nest contains all five of my little eggs - even though in reality I have three out of the nest.  I would love to hear from my readers as to your ideas of "objects" that might represent "home" to you.  It might just end up in the final still life.  Email me with you ideas!

                  Finally, a sneak peek into the canvas currently sitting on my easel.  It's a big one (4ft.x 4ft.).  I only began it this last week, but got lots of progress made in throughout the past few days waiting out a snow storm.  I will keep you posted.

                  Okay. that about catches things up.  Hopefully I can stay a little more on track from this point.  Sometime next week I will be taking a look back at the ups and downs of 2012. Until then, enjoy your family and have a Merry Christmas!


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