Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #71

I have a stack of various shaped canvases that are partially painted, primed or finished and not quite right or I've lost inspiration, momentum, who knows. Last night, I took a stack of these abandoned little guys and painted over them to give them new life. So much fun!!! Painting over a canvas has always felt a little "uh-oh" to me, but I'm learning from several artists, that it is fact, liberating, and one of the best ways to start a new direction. So, here's the first re-paint--not sure what lived under it but one of my favorite icons, vintage Royal typewriters decided to pay a visit. Here's to recycling. "Aqua Royal", 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #70

Home with that cold-flu-whatever-you-have-thing, & posting the rest of my still-life series from the weekend painting class. Botanicals #3, 8x10. I think I'll make these into cards, a Floral Four Pack perhaps? xo

Monday, January 21, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #69

The second of a series of four still life florals. Not sure what I enjoyed painting more, the odd & perfectly mis-matched vases or the sweet groups of flowers. I feel a floral phase coming on....or not. But for now, Botanicals's siblings, #3 and #4,  this week. xo

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #68

Today I painted still-life florals from a selection of perfectly mis-matched charming vases and quirky containers Suzanne set up for us. Turns out I enjoy this process a lot! Not sure if it's the speed in which I could do 3-4 small pieces in an afternoon, or the lush colors i could create with my new liquid acrylics (where have you been all my life???) or painting from something live in front of me. This is the first of four: Botanicals #1, 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #67

Stripes, patterns, pillows One more for the collection of comfy chairs. Introducing "Stripes", 16x20" acrylic on canvas.  xoxo

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #66

Some days of painting are easier than others...this was the other. As in, ouch, uncomfortable, start over, why-did-i-pick-this-image, I-didn't-know-bodies-lying-down-were-so-hard-paint-kind-of-day. Thank goodness for Harney & Sons tea and shortbread cookies from Harrod's offered up by patient saint of a teacher Suzanne, or there might have been a melodramatic hand to the forehead. But I persevered on this big canvas, big for me, 24x20", and feel amazing, relieved, spent and exhausted having finished in one afternoon. 

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.--Martha Graham

Ain't that the truth, Ruth?

Welcome to the club, "Girl on Dock", 24x30", acrylic on canvas. xoxo