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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Not What You Would Expect

Some of you who check into my blog or Facebook page every so often to see what the "flower of the hour" is that I am painting, might be thinking right about now that you have gotten onto the wrong blog.  My subject matter this week is not what you probably expect from me - although I did manage to get some flowers in there - ha!  Not to worry, I am not entering a mid life goth period in which I am suddenly fascinated with death.  But you might see a few more tombstones pop up on my site over the next few months.  Let me explain.
  I belong to an incredible group of artists in the Cedar Rapids area called Creative Artists.  One of the awesome things we do is to hold an annual show called "Repeat, Repeat, Repeat", in which we are all given a black and white 8 1/2x11 photo and are given the opportunity to interpret it in our own way, in our own medium.  It is a fantastic show with approximately thirty very different interpretations of the same subject.  
   This year the photo is of a graveyard.  At first I wasn't quite sure how I felt about that.  Not really my cup of tea, if you will.  But then I started mulling over some ideas of how I would interpret it.  I firmly believe every artist paints from their own unique perspective on the world. I am trying to take this topic, that I would usually not be inclined to paint, and apply my perspective on it.  The show will be in May - more details on that as the time gets closer, for those of you living in my area.  Until then I will be doing  quite a few of these small studies to get ready for the final painting.  
  I would love to hear from some of my readers - when you see this subject in a painting, what is a phrase that comes to your mind, or even better yet, a title?  Email me or leave a comment. Looking forward to hearing your input.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Basket Case

    Here is another little study I did with Hydrangeas.  I am well on my way to overcoming my fear of painting this tricky little flower.  I really liked the color scheme for this one...it just might end up hanging in my light blue bedroom.
    For those of you in the Cedar Rapids area, I have a couple of paintings hanging at the Lowes Art Center in Marion, along with about twenty other artists from the Creative Artists of Cedar Rapids.  It is going to be a great show that runs from February 9th through March 30th.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Funny Valentine

  Nothing says Valentine's Day like a rose, so yesterday I thought this would make a nice afternoon, alla prima project.  Once again, I was on a quest to paint looser, paint looser, paint looser.    Painting looser in my home doesn't just involve brush strokes.  It means so much more.   It often means trying to enjoy the process of creating in the midst of a lot of interruptions and sometimes a little bit of chaos.

   Today's chaos involved the antics of a five year old in need of snacks, a game break of Shoots and Ladders with mom, one "Mom, can you get me some toilet paper?" moment, and of course good stories she needed to share.   But how could I possibly resist this cute little face....

Adding to the chaos is one shaggy creature we like to call Einstein (named so out of irony, not because of his amazing I.Q.)  

Einstein (with my daughter, Tori)
    Einstein likes to interrupt my painting time with the need to go out (often), the need to chew on pillows, the stealing of Sophie's toys and the occasional big, wet nose stuffed under my arm in an attempt to get my attention.  Oh, and his favorite sport - counter surfing (for any food we may have left sitting on the counter).

    After about two hours of painting, with twenty or so interruptions, I looked at the clock and realized it was time to get dinner on for my family.  The painting had to wait until evening,  after everyone has gone to bed.
    Don't get me wrong, this isn't a rant or a complaint.  I have learned (and am continuing to learn) to stay loose - not to let the small stuff stress me out.  (okay, in case any of my children read this I will clarify - I choose to not be stressed more often than I allow myself to be stressed).  More often than not, I consider even the interruptions to be tolerable because of the overall reward of having these amazing people in my life....

I often say they are the flowers that grow in my garden (and every garden needs tending to) and the jewels on my crown.  I am honored to have this crazy, sometimes chaotic, always entertaining , crew for my very funny valentines.
Post script:  I was interrupted seven, count them seven times, while writing this post...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


       Hydrangeas scare me.  Not the plant themselves - I love them.  But painting them seems over whelming and daunting.   Don't ask me why - it's just something I have had stuck in my head.  So I thought I would overcome my fears a little and take one on.  Literally, one.  More than one just seemed too overwhelming.  It was the perfect flower to do to help me in my ever constant striving to paint loser.    If you try and paint to tight and detailed it will only end in disaster.

    I am no longer afraid of them - at least not as much.  I just might take them on again.
   Until then....

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Poppies in a Vase - Study

A study that I did one afternoon last week.  Nothing like classical music in the background, a beautiful still life before you and a blank canvas.  Again, working on a smaller scale and striving for loose brushwork.  I love cobalt blue glass and I think the deep blue with the orange is meant to be together.


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