Monday, June 19, 2017

Pink Cholla

Pink Cholla
9 x 12
Pastel on Art Spectrum Leaf Green

Getting ready for the Rockport Art Festival on July 1st and 2nd...in the city of, you guessed it, Rockport. As I composed my newsletter yesterday, I realized that this spring, I sold forty four (44) original paintings. So, I'm working to bring up my inventory in the small and medium sizes.

While I had the pink pastels out, I thought I'd do another pink floral with some cholla from Big Bend. What I like about cholla is the channeled segments. This is the same palette as my prior painting from my last post. 

The subject of my last blog was about the age old question "how long did it take you paint that". Since I had done the prior painting with the same palette, this one went faster. Of course, it's the warm up and the practice with the set of colors. Different flower, same colors. Only one progress photo on this one. I did take a bit of artistic license on my resource photo by adding in the full flower on the right side. My photo did not include that.







Sunday, June 18, 2017

Strawberry Hedgehogs

Strawberry Hedgehogs
9 x 12
Pastel on Art Spectrum Leaf Green
During my art shows, patrons often ask "How long does it take to paint that?" It's a very difficult question to answer. One could respond "My whole life" as that's how long we've studied and practiced and developed our skills. But the more reasonable answer is "It depends". Truly, it does. It depends on if I'm having a good painting day or a difficult painting day. It depends on if the painting flows or doesn't. I can have two paintings of the same size and one takes me an hour and the other takes me three hours. It doesn't even always have to do with the complexity of the painting. It depends on where I am emotionally and spiritually. Am I relaxed or tense? Do I have expectations or do I just go with the flow? Is it an easy color to work with or difficult? Am I distracted or focused? Yes....it's all that.

Last week was easy painting. Two paintings that I felt really good about in a short space of time. Today - a difficult painting day. The first went in the trash. The second is what you see now. I struggled with this painting. Good vibrant pinks are hard to come by. I usually go to my Richeson Pinks as they are the most vibrant - even more vibrant than some of the Ludwigs. I struggled getting the violet/blue tones in the pinks. I finally just decided to have fun, and just paint...and then it happens. Let go of expectations, let go of resentments...and then you find the gift. Painting often mimics life.

The sketch on Leaf Green Art Spectrum

The initial pallette
I later remembered my Richeson pinks
Paintings always look pretty "dressed up"

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blushing Aloe

Blushing Aloe
9 x 12
Pastel on Art Spectrum Terra Cotta

This is a painting from an older resource photo from a trip to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. What I liked about this aloe was the reddish/orange blush to the aloe. This painting just flowed nicely. All Ludwigs and a few Nu Pastels. Another Magical Copal Incense painting, the second in the session for that day. I even remembered the progress photos again! The other thing you may notice is that I'm also remembering to take a photo of the palette of colors I am using. WOW! I am totally grooving now!

Blogging about my art has become not only a way of sharing my work, but it's also my art journal. After this last hiatus from regular painting due to the high season for art festivals as well as my corporate travel, I found reading my own blog and looking at the photos helped me to remember how I paint! I know that sounds silly, but it's true. What did I do for the paintings that I felt worked? What colors did I use, what paper? It all helps to document and track. I can also look at my paintings over the years and see my growth and changes. Yes, this has been an amazing journey! Here's to trudging the road!











The likely frame


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Turquoise Sundown

Turquoise Sundown
9 x 12
Pastel on Art Spectrum Terra Cotta

Yes oh yes, Stella's got her Groove Back!!!! I think it started with doing some yard work this morning. We trimmed back some oleander that froze this winter. We initially cut them back by 1/3, but they need a full cut down. They were coming up from the bases and just skimpy up top. Then it was the crape myrtle suckers and clearing out branches that were growing into the center and crossing the main branches. Then the armadillo trapper showed up and he did his thing - now we have 3 live traps outside. Crossing fingers Mr Armadillo is trapped to be relocated. he's totally tearing up our planting beds and backyard. Finally, after a shower, I spent some time with my like minded spirit friends...then home to paint. 

I started with some "Magical Copal" incense from Fred Soll. Soll's incense is hands down - The. Best. Incense. Ever! My significant read that Rick Allen from Def Leppard was a fan, so we tried it many years ago, and continue to order. Next, I turned on my favorite music (lately it's The Neighborhood). I ignored my painting plan, and just perused my cache of photos and picked something that said "paint me". So, here she is. What drew me to this agave was the turquoise and salmon colors...perfect compliments. I actually even captured some progress photos. Thanks for reading and sharing! I appreciate every read and every comment!


The palette - all Ludwigs




This will be the frame for this beauty

Fred Soll's incense  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Voluptuous

Voluptuous
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum Terra Cotta
Although I often rave about my agave Mr Ripple, I rarely mention my other favorite agave in my yard - the Whale's Tongue or Agave Ovatifolia. This agave his big oval leaves....really plush and lush. I often take pictures of her as she sits outside my dining room window (which faces the backyard and pond). She sits to the right side of the pond in one of the gardens around the pond. She's a eye catcher for sure. As agave go, she's quite "Rubenesque" (defined as reflecting the paintings of Rubens - especially with reference to his voluptuous female nudes). This is definitely a voluptuous agave with big wide "hips". I will revisit her in a landscape format to better appreciate her width.

Feeling like I'm getting my groove back...getting closer and closer. This was an after work painting. I didn't feel like painting...but was so glad I did. Now, to get to that process with exercise....doing it even when I don't feel like it...




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Blue Twister

Blue Twister
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum Aubergine

The final painting from Sunday's session. I don't think the photo does this one justice, it's much richer in person. What was surprising about this painting was how much fun I had blending the greens and blues to come up with some different blue/greens. 

As far as the resource photo, I really liked the twists and turns of the agave leaves - hence "Twister". Feeling better and better about getting reacquainted with my pastels....I've missed them so very much!




Even the photo of the color selection looks washed out
I did end up adding a dark green, yellow green and dark purple

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sea Green Fire

Sea Green Fire
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum Raw Sienna
Second in the series of Sunday afternoon paintings. Feel like I'm still getting reacquainted with my pastels. Two months is entirely too long of a hiatus. What I liked about this agave was the yellow green glow in the sea green leaves. When I'm working on my resource photos, I pump up the color so I can imagine more possibilities in the painting. The other thing I liked about this image was the crunchy lower leaf in a rust color. 

I did remember a few progress shots this round - just one! HAH! Yep, progress....little steps.