Sunday, February 17, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #77

Last September I traveled to Paris. It was everything one hopes & dreams a "I went to Paris"sentence will entail: delicious food at Parisian cafes, world class art galleries, museums, cobble street roads with bakeries, patisseries & charcuteries, afternoons watching the world go by sipping a cappucinno and this: this little sailboat cart in front of the Jardin de Luxembourg. A cart of vintage sail boats for rent, 2 euro for an hour, wind-powered and pushed off the dock (pond) by sticks, really, a beat-up antique stick! (I'm sure there is a frenchy word for sailboat stick but I don't know it) As simple as this little event was, it was the single most memorable & sweetest memory of my trip.

I pushed that little boat out onto the water, watched it zip past the other sailboats, narrowly miss the fountain, listened to French children laugh & yell & run to the other side to push off & there was me. A 40-something woman watching the sails in her boat, looking over my shoulder at the Palace, the expansive green lawns with matching sap green chairs, the Parisians reading, writing, sleeping, taking the world in, in this magnificent outdoor living room they share with their neighbours. This was one of those moments you know is "the moment". It's that good & perfect & you take it all in one frame at a time.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” 
 Henry David Thoreau

Paris Sailboat Cart, 16x20", acrylic. xoxo

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #76

Pugs, Corgis,  Old English Sheep Dogs and Brittany Spaniels...all breeds that have played a role in my life, all quirky & lovable dogs & without a doubt, cuter in clothing because dogs in clothing, that's normal, right? Another weekend of painting, these are the peaceful & sweet hours in life. xo

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.” 
 Charles M. Schulz

"Les Chiens", 30x30", acrylic on canvas.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #75

Forest Green Hunters,  Lilac Socks, Burberry Skirt...sure, why not? Experimenting with chalk board paint as background & I like it--makes for a nice smooth background. I've had these Hunters for a while, have great aspirations of wearing them cute-like with a skirt & crazy socks but real life has decided that they look better propped up against my wall in my bedroom & immortalized in a painting. Real life on a Saturday afternoon apparently takes place in work-out clothes & neon pink Nikes. A girl's gotta move! xo

And as always: "Keep true to thy dreams of they youth." Friedrich von Shiller.

"Green Hunters", 16x20", acrylic on canvas.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #74

I'm not sure how to begin explaining this painting other, cats in clothing crack me up. It's true. And dogs. But cats especially. I was flying home from New York this week and googling "cats in berets", "cats in boots", "cats wearing clothes" (you get the gist), and the gentleman beside me was eavesdropping with his eyeballs, looking at my iPad, then at me, like the weirdo I must be, but that's ok. We all have our quirks. So here's the result of my love of tea parties, playing dress up, funny felines, Breakfast at Tiffany's,  crazy color, and most important, staying true to childlike wonder.

"In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow." Papiha Ghosh

"Tea Party", 18x24", acrylic on canvas.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #73

Yes, they do. Or I like to believe they do & that's all that matters today. I'm practicing & remembering the art of being in the moment and these little pieces, cakes, typewriters, still life collections of flowers, they are sweet reminders of the simple things, the joy in the doing, the being, the results will figure themselves out all on their own.

"So you see, imagination needs moodling--long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering." Brenda Ueland

Sign me up!

"Dreams Come True", 8x10" acrylic on canvas. xo

Friday, February 1, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #72

Before I left last week on my work trip to NYC, I was in a flurry of creativity, finding subjects that spoke to me and painting a series...and the winner this week is....vintage typewriters! I really enjoy painting in collections, it's a fun, freeing process that reminds me how fun art-making is, how color changes everything, how simple quirky gestures make an inanimate object "speak". More where these came from....but for now, "Pink & Grey Royal", 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo