Monday, November 23, 2009

AnnMarie Writing

Finished this one today. I will post some pictures of my set up and daily painting easel on my other blog so you can see how fortunate I am to be so portable that I can paint in such comfortable surroundings. Now that I use walnut oil, there are no fumes so no need for ventilation. For me, the walnut oil has freed me to paint almost my car, in homes without the hazards of mineral spirits. So nice!
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

AnnMarie in Prose - Underpainting

I am on vacation in Michigan with my sister, AnnMarie. She is taking a course on Writing Essentials and as she did her homework, I took the opportunity to paint her. I will tell you that I have relaxed more than I have in a long time since I have been here. Her home is peaceful and full of clocks that make all kinds of bird calls and chimes and bells! It is great! It is like stepping back in time! While I painted she also read to me some excerpts from If You Want to Write - A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland. I think any artist would love this book. It was first published in 1938 but it so current; as AnnMarie says, "It is timeless."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shades of Green

A friend told me the other day that he can't see the color red. I wondered what the world would look like with no red. There would be no brown because to make brown you would need red. There would be no violet and no pink and of course, no red. So for today's painting, I left the red paint off my palette using only blue, yellow, black and white paint. I don't know if this is how he would see the fountain lady at Buttonwood Park near the greenhouse but this is how she looks with no red.

Monday, November 9, 2009

An Award!

An Award!

Now I am asked to list 7 non-art related things about myself.

1. I love to cook, have taught cooking classes, been asked to write a cookbook and I am a foodie (will set vacation/day-trip destinations based on the food I can get there! Dungeness Crabs in San Francisco, Newport Rhode Island's Salvation Cafe's Codfish on Cilantro Mashed Potatoes with sake mushroom reduction glaze...)

2. I have my motorcycle license.

3. I am an herbalist and once owned an herb shop!

4. I am a sharp shooter with a riffle.

5. Got put in a holding cell in a police station in a suburb of Chicago for riffling through police mail!! Long story...I was innocent, honest!!

6. Set a trap to lock someone in the bathroom by forcing a scrap of my coloring book into the lock when I was about 7 and forgot I did it and locked myself in. My mother had to call the fire department to break the window to get me out. Hmmmm.

7. I have duel citizenship with Ireland!

and now for 7 of my favorite blogs to follow...the most creative...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Emily and Ruth

I said that I would use this journal to paint things from my daily life so what am I doing as a city girl painting elephants? Well, I live across the street from these two girls; Ruth and Emily. When I was in Grammar school I remember we only had Emily and we were told that we were getting a new elephant and that the children of the city were to name the new elephant by vote. That is how Ruth got her name. When my daughter was four, we moved into this house across from the zoo and she came to me saying there were elephants outside. I thought she meant in the zoo but she tugged me over to the window to show me that the elephants were walking with their trainer right across the street from our house!! It was very exciting. So yes, Ruth and Emily are part of my daily life.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Girl at Fort Phoenix

I loved the character of this girl. She gave me the impression that she was far wiser than her years. She was part of the wedding party and...(now I am just guessing at this part)... she was taking a break from it all with her Dad and sister. I really don't know if the man was her Uncle and if the girl was her cousin. It doesn't matter. It reminds me of being a girl...running around the cannons, and how good it felt on a "big" day in a fancy dress to suddenly not have to be so formal again.
5.9" x 5.9" / Oil on Panel / 15cm x 15cm

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Second Girl at Fort Phoenix

Fort Phoenix has to be one of my all time favorite places to go when I need to clear my head and have some quiet time. It has a nice beach, benches that look over the ocean and of course, the old cannons. It is a nice place to fly a kite, walk your dog or, as in this case, take wedding photos before the reception. This young lady was with a wedding party and she escaped from the photographers just in time to pose for me! I don't know your name but if you end up seeing this, thank you for being such a super model! 5.9" x 5.9" / Oil on Panel / 15cm x 15cm

Purchase of this daily painting may be done through contacting my email . Each daily painting is $150 US plus applicable tax. (Please see Terms of Sale)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009