Monday, December 3, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #65

When I'm stuck or feeling slow with my paintings, I always go back to my collection of nautical images: rowboats, sailboats, buoys, oars, flags, all things ocean. They anchor me, remind me where I came from, where I'm going, and who I am in my heart. I've always lived on or around the ocean and this period of living in the Rogue Valley, land-locked amidst beautiful mountains has triggered a geographic homesick I've never experienced. Not knocking the river, the lakes, the stunning beauty around me, but do miss the sound of a seagull & the clinking of masts like I never knew I would. xo

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #64

Every year after I buy my beautiful collection of Christmas cards, I think, "definitely next year i will make & paint my own, yes, year." Well, next year is here & if I do a rush order with, I think I really will have my own holiday cards to send & share! Coming soon to a mailbox near you. Promise.

Merry Christmas, My Dear. xo

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #63

This was inspired by a variety of my favourite artists, morphed into my own pink chair coziness on a Sunday afternoon. "Moo", the rather large, fluffy ragdoll fur person gracing the chair was my real life muse this afternoon...he is the newest resident at Suzanne's studio & he is large & in charge...and demanded a cameo. Introducing "Sunday Afternoon", a mix of a colour palette,  images & sweet things that make me happy. 20x 28", acrylic on canvas. xoxo

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #62

It's no secret that one of my not so secret goals is to write & illustrate children's books...or big kid books...or just because books that make you smile. So there you have it, cats in pearls, reading in bed, propped up on down pillows, surrounded by paintings & tea cups. Another normal day in Mindy's Imagination of the Weirdly Wonderful. "Bedtime", acrylic on canvas, 9x12". xo

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #61

It is autumn in Ashland. Change is in the air, leaves are on the ground, the valley is a sea of orange, red and yellow and coats, winter coats, fur collars a bonus, are suddenly necessary. I am writing these days. And painting...but writing more & deeply appreciating it, loving how hard it is but doing it anyway, loving having finished a timed writing and feeling like I've crossed a finish line. Loving that something profound is telling me painting & writing will go together for me, the results still revealing themselves.

My favourite poet says it better than I ever could.

"I write to find out what I didn't know I knew". Robert Frost

This and a variety of his poems are painted under the blue sky, painted over, re-worked & tucked in tightly for me to draw inspiration from.  As always, trying to let go of results & stay focused on the act of creating with so much love. xo

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #60

This portrait is bittersweet, sad & poignant because dear friend Lorilee unexpectedly lost her beloved Fannie just a couple of weeks ago but then helped deliver eleven (11!!!!!) new Rhodesian Ridgeback pups from new mama, Pi. Losing a pet is a heartbreaker--this little painting is in memory of this perfect girl & all the little fur angels we have loved. xo

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #59

Rowboats are poetic little objects in the water. First time to paint one, I'm  inspired by both a wonderful book I'm reading & a California artist who I've always admired. "Into the Mystic", 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo

“hark, now hear the sailors cry, 
smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...” 
 Van Morrison

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #58

Sunday afternoon painting has recommenced with wonderful teacher-mentor, Suzanne Etienne. Her Ashland studio is an oasis for me, calm & inspiring all at once. Today I was overwhelmed with ideas, colors, snippets of photos, memories, and sacred objects I wanted to capture...and none of them alone took hold, so slowly, I wove some of these patchwork squares and sewed them together. Welcome "Pieces of Me", 24 x 24", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Painted with so much love. xo

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #57

I have lots of half finished doodles, sketches and journal entries in my journal...and only a few finished petite paintings...this one, "Le Cafe", is in gouache and white pen in a Moleskine sketchbook, reminding me of a very perfect trip to Paris. xo

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #56

Bonjour! This petit chien captured my heart in Paris--the list of beautiful things to paint and remember are endless, but for some reason, this little guy made it to the top of the list. Painted at Jardin de Luxembourg, I will love that day & moment, and because of that, this petite peinture, forever. Wonderful to be away and so very good to be home. xoxo

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #55

Cake is Good!!! More sweet treats, more white on black, cake stands & my favorite stash of vintage wallpaper. After a series of big pieces, I'm having fun doing fast, small ones: "Cake is Good", 5x7", mixed media on canvas. xo

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #54

I am on a sugar reduction kick right now (and it's working, I feel great!)...however, when I'm not combing through nautical images, I inevitably end up at the visual bakery counter...cakes, tarts, pies, cupcakes, macaroons, I'm an equal opportunist sweet tooth. "Cake Stands", 8x10", acrylic on canvas with vintage wallpaper. xo

Monday, August 27, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #53

A weekend on the water has refreshed my love for all things nautical--the lifestyle, the imagery, the piece of mind it gives me. This is a small one, 8x10", "Lifesaver", acrylic on canvas. Sailing on...xo

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #52

Lots & lots of August birthday babies but today is my dear friend JC's (aka, "Baby Bite") 40th birthday party! It's in Sonoma so I won't be there in person, but definitely in spirit. Happy Birthday JC! Love you! (And yes, this little sweet treat is on it's way to you.) xo

Friday, August 17, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #51

It's a big birthday month for many of my August friends & family: these wonderful & cool talented women in my life all celebrate this month, Stacy, Jen, Gail, Samantha, Rachael, Amy, Erin, and Joey. Happy Birthday! xoxo

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #50

It's a hot & humid summer day here in Ashland, OR but Mariette & I found a little painting oasis in my back yard, patio area & spent the afternoon talking, laughing, painting, admiring the sloth-like napping techniques of Gracie...but mostly we painted. "Homeward Bound", 24 x 24" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

"Life's a voyage that's homeward bound". Herman Melville. Love this. xo

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #49

Hello, "Tree of Life". I'm borrowing themes from a variety of favorite artists and bringing my own slant...which I suppose, lightning bolt, is the gist of all creative growth...ok, i'm a slow learner on this one. I'm really enjoying this working on this larger format, 24x24", acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. "These are the days that must happen to you." Yes, they are. xo

Monday, July 30, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #48

"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Thanks, Forrest, that's been running through my brain all evening...haha. Oh, wait, they're macaroons, not chocolates. Close enough. Back to my other favourite painting subject, sweet treats. I'm on day one of a reduced refined sugar plan so what better to paint than a box of Parisian pastries? Sugar is on the brain. "Laduree Box", 9x12", acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Bon appetit! xo

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #47

Another wonderful Sunday afternoon spent in the studio of Suzanne Etienne, local Ashland painter. I'm on an "all things nautical" theme right now with my visual journal, magazine clippings, Pinterest, doodles and paintings. I fell in love with this image from an old home decor magazine photo, of course, vintage buoys should be sherbet colored and hanging off fences....why didn't I think of that? Perhaps inspiration for my next home... The sea is calling me, to be sure. In the meantime, "Oh, Buoy", 24 x 30", acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. xo

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #46

The Toes Knows. It's warm here in Ashland, Oregon. Hot, actually. I have spent so many years living in a climate where summer is winter, winter is rainy, autumn is toasty and no matter what month the seasonal calendar you're supposed to be in, bring a sweater. Even after two years here, it is still slightly foreign and exciting that every day between June and September is an open-toed, summer-dress kind of day and I never take it for granted. xo

Painting a Day Project: #45

Done a couple of weeks ago on a business trip to Atlanta, I wanted to capture the fun essence of the Georgia Peach Pie. A few tubes of gouache, a sketchbook, and some bad hotel room TV on an evening in, a baked my own pie. Y'all come back now. xo

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #44

I love boats. And sailing. And the Ocean. Anything on, in or near the water. And stripes and flags and modern coastal imagery, too! So paying a little homage to all things nautical today. "Set Sail", 24 x 24" on canvas with acrylic. xo

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #43

One of my favourite shops & sweet treats in the world, Laduree & their famous macaroons. Fingers crossed that these cookies are the new cupcake. Ballet slipper pink is the new tiffany blue and that I won't give up painting these little cuties even though they are deceptively difficult to capture--basically sherbet colored hamburgers!!! "Laduree": acrylic on canvas, 16"x 20".

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #42

Sunday afternoon tea party here. I love finding the quirky & extraordinary in the simple things and these charming tea tins from Fortnum & Mason, Laduree and Mariage Freres scattered around  Suzanne Etienne's art studio were the perfect subject today. "Tea Tins" is acrylic on 24" x 24" gallery wrapped canvas.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #41

"Where this is great love, there are miracles." Willa Cather.

Yup. I'll wear heart-shaped sunglasses and get behind that one. "Rose Color Glasses", gouache on 8x10 canvas.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #40

It's hard to know where or when or why inspiration will strike and this was a perfect example of just going with it. My dear friends Albert Nichols and Michael Lindsay, owners of ElizabethW, make this adorable (and useful) product that has some of the best and most clever packaging I've seen--lavender dryer sachets that emulate a fresh stack of fluff & fold. Inspired also by knowing I'll see them soon for a little visit, I wanted to do something quirky and memorable with, literally, just their name on it. Gouche on 5x7" canvas, "Fluff & Fold". xo

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #39

I keep an ongoing file of images in a journal--vision board meets visual journal--and this little white settee from a Tricia Guild Gallery photo jumped out at me and said, Paint Me Please. Well, ok then. She's a wee one, just 4x6" on gallery wrapped canvas painted with  my new best friends, G O U A C H and E. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #38

This one's for you Stacy Collins, turquoise jeans and all. Inside joke but happy that it found its way in a little painting, Daniel Smith watercolors on Amalfi paper, 6x9". And if you recognize the model? Check the cover of your JCrew catalogue last week. Ha! xoxo

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Painting a "Day" Project: #37

Painting a day project. Righhhhhht. That was a really great idea. Same type of idea as signing up for Bay to Breakers, cutting out carbs, reducing sugar and caffeine, reading more instead of watching TV...well, the race is next weekend and I have trained exactly once, I ate a a fabulous blueberry-lemon loaf type-thing for breakfast with two cups of strong coffee with cream and sugar and you, guessed it, the TV is on in the background as I mull over what to do about this painting a day project. Post or not post? Cop to the fact that this was and IS a great idea. Really. The spirit lives! So here I am, doing it anyway, and I will muddle along, like we do, in life and in art. I've been reading a collection of excellent books on writing, art making and such: Natalie Goldberg's Old Friend from Far Away, If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland and Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. All different angles but in the end, the message is always the same: To Thine Own Self Be True.

And so truly, I am being myself, posting this funny pink chair that has had so many iterations of pinkness, pattern, with message, without, trying to look like another artist, realizing that's impossible, embracing the inner critic, not posting because I didn't like it, and now remembering, isn't that the whole point of this exercise, just keep going. So with that, I am donning my running shoes to start training for next week's mini marathon. Hell, at that race everyone's looking at the naked people who shouldn't be naked gimpy limpy self will be the last thing anyone cares about. And that's the truth, Ruth. To Thine Own Self be True, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 20" x 24".

To be continued. Probably. xo

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #36

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Lynda Rousseau! We haven't seen each other for years but thanks to Facebook and that rare bond that some friends have, we are still in each other's lives. Today is her birthday. (Well, technically yesterday as she lives in Singapore.)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #35

"Sit Loosely in the Saddle of Life". I love this Robert Louis Stevenson quote and it's the perfect message for me right now--for many reasons but especially with art & the inevitable self-criticism that comes along with it. I have to remember my own rules here, 100 (bad) paintings...just keep practicing, having fun, bringing images to life that make me smile. Happy Friday. xo

Monday, January 23, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #34

I've got vintage globes and travel on the brain...8x10 acrylic on canvas, "Come Fly With Me." This one makes me happy in a no reason fun kind of way! This "little" 100 painting project isn't exactly turning out to be the daily project I had intended but I'm sticking with it and loving the unexpected surprises it is bringing me. Bon Voyage!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #33

Back from a week long trade show in Atlanta and managed to find some doodling, painting, creative time in the hotel room...the result? A collection of quirky watercolor floral garlands...I think I'll add quotes in the middle. Have paints, will travel but it sure is great to be home. xo

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #32

Happy New Year and Happy Painting! I spent a week over the holidays in western New York state on my mum's farm and I definitely could have used a pair of these Hunter rain boots. Thought I would paint them instead....acrylic on 5x7 gallery format canvas, "Puddle Jumpers".