Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ms Gabbie Hoot

Ms Gabbie Hoot
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum Olive Green

Meet Ms Gabie. Apparently, she is very talkative, or so says her human chicken mamma up in the Dallas area. I really enjoyed painting Gabie and she came to be rather easily. We danced and it was very nice. I'm also quite fascinated with the eggs these girls lay - so pretty and nice odd sizes.

I was reviewing my inventory on line earlier this week and realized that in order of best sales, the genre are from most sold to least - Animals (63% sold), Botanicals (59% sold), Landscape (57% sold), Still Life (46% sold), Architecture (0!). So, the moral of the story is no more architecture or put those on sale! I also know I just recently did a lot of still life and botanicals that haven't been out on the road yet. I seem to do well with animals but I haven't done any in awhile...and I do like to paint birds/chickens. So I've got some road trips to make for photo ops! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kiwi on Orange

Kiwi on Orange
9 x 6
Pastel on UArt 500

As I continue with the Tropical Trio, I'm disappointed to say I still haven't found a Dragonfruit. So, it was back to Kiwi. Instead of peeling this one before photos, I chose to just cut it and leave it round. 

When one thinks of Kiwi, well - me anyway - I think of a bright chartreuse green. Well, in actuality, Kiwi are kind of olive green and pale seafoam green. I don't like that color with orange, so I kicked these up a bit in intensity. I'm not a tonal painter, I'm a colorist. It's true. Hello, my name is Anna Lisa and I'm a color addict.





My still life as I worked


The Tropical Trio for now will have to consist of two cuts of Kiwi on varied backgrounds and one Papaya - until I find a dragonfruit.


The Tropical Trio
(L to R - Kiwi on Strawberry, Papaya on Grape, Kiwi on Orange)
Framed as 12 x 9 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Papaya on Grape

Papaya on Grape
9 x 6
Pastel on UArt 500

Continuing on in the Tropical Trio group, we proceed with a papaya. Kind of a tasteless fruit, at least the ones we get here in grocery stores are tasteless. I remember them at breakfast in Mexico with lime squeezed on top - YUM! 

What is interesting to me about the papaya and the kiwi is the blackness of the seeds. Such a contrast with the fruit. In the papaya, the seeds are as beautiful as caviar. In this case, the seeds are so strong, I left out the knife that I've been putting in my compositions of other fruit on various bright colors.

I also have to admit I felt a bit like Georgia and her art in the symbology. I did it completely unconsciously. But, as I was painting, I am reminded that a fruit is the result of plant reproduction, so I suppose it's only natural that this fruit likened to lady parts. So, that may or may not gross you out, but it's the reality of it. As with many of Georgia's flowers, those are reproductive parts of plants - so there you have it.



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Mother of Hundreds

Mother of Hundreds
11 x 11
Pastel on Matboard
Textured with Art Spectrum Terra Cotta, Aubergine and Clear

Here's a new direction - pastel on a piece of matboard textured with various Art Spectrum colored pastel textures. The painting is of a cute little cactus that's called Mammillaria Compressa or "Mother of Hundreds". 

When I went to my framer's earlier this week to pick up some glass, she had wrapped the pieces of glass in unused "knock outs". The knock outs are the inside pieces of matboard that are knocked out once the mat is cut. It reminded me that I wanted to try painting on those. I'm a big fan of making maximum use of tools and paper. I asked her if she had more, and low and behold, she had just put a big box outside for folks to pick up for arts and crafts. I went through and picked a few - some neutrals, some terra cotta, and even some that were black core mats - so one side is black. 

I'm also reading a book called "Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go" by Shaun McNiff. I'm still in the early chapters, but one of the things that spoke to me was using fully body movement in painting. As an former dancer (many many years of ballet, flamenco, jazz, and modern dance), it intrigued me to bring another of the arts into my process. I usually paint accompanied by music and incense. In today's case, I used Sandalwood and Champa incense by Fred Soll, and listened to 80's music on my Duran Duran station on Pandora. But today, I used the expressiveness of my own textures and really moved into this painting. I'm thinking maybe, this painting may be the beginning of hundreds more paintings in this new movement.





Monday, August 8, 2016

Kiwi on Strawberry

Kiwi on Strawberry
9 x 6
Pastel on UArt 500

Back to UArt paper - definitely more toothy. Since I did citrus, and summer is drawing to a close, I felt the need for some tropical fruits to continue in my bright kitchen series. I went to the store in search of green kiwi, papaya, and dragon fruit (Pitaya). What I like about these three fruits are the pronounced black seeds. I may or may not redo this painting to exclude the knife. Since the last 3 citrus paintings became "The Tart Trio", these next three will be The Tropical Trio. Unfortunately, the store did not have any dragon fruit. I will have to go look at another store or two.

Below are the pastels I used for this painting. I also noticed that when I previewed this post, the title font was in PINK! How lovely is that?!?! (Okay - I'm easily entertained and kind of nerdy - but then again, you already know that)


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Citrus on Cerulean

Citrus on Cerulean
9 x 6
Pastel on Pastel Premier

Me and these lemons went round and round. Some days are easy, some days are just not that. I didn't sleep well last night and slept later than usual as a result. That may have something to do with it. In addition, I think the prior two paintings on this paper went better because I used mostly Nu Pastel and some softer pastels. With this one, my vibrant turquoise blues and yellows were part of my softer sets. This paper just doesn't have quite enough tooth. By the end I was just pushing pastel around. 

However, that being said, I'm pretty happy w/the trio of paintings. I was going to do a fourth painting of a grapefruit. Sadly, the one we got at the store wasn't very pretty inside. Sure, I could make it up, but....I only have 3 frames of the sort I'd like to use for these paintings - black wood to go w/the knife and set off the colors nicely. Plus, the grapefruit was going to be on yellow - which I'm not too sure of right now. So for now, we will have a citrus trio. 



Limes on Orange
Oranges on Lime

Citrus on Cerulean


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Oranges on Lime

Oranges on Lime
9 x 6
Pastel on Pastel Premier Sanded Paper

The second in the series of Citrus on Cutting Boards, Oranges on Lime. Since Limes on Orange made me happy yesterday, clearly, I had to do the reverse. I wanted to do a different slice on the fruit. This one was a real challenge for me in perspective. I also worked from life and I'm glad I did. My photos were lame.

I still have lemons and a grapefruit to go. I think the lemons will be on turquoise blue, and the grapefruit....hmm....probably a warm pale yellow. Not sure though. I'll sleep on it and see if I have any new inspirations. I think these guys will make a lovely foursome for the Corpus Christi show over Labor Day weekend. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Limes on Orange

Limes on Orange
9 x 6
Pastel on Pastel Premier Paper

It's time for some kitchen paintings. We recently bought some colorful cutting boards. Technically, I'm told they are to color code what they are used for (or at least that is what Rick would have me do). But...how can an artist limit foods to particular colors? Clearly, the limes should go on orange or red, and lemons on blue. Red tomatoes on green or turquoise. 

I sliced these limes really thin so that the orange would show through. I may have to do some different compositions. Who knows, maybe I'll even mix up the fruits and colors! Some days, it's hard to be an artist, always composing paintings in my head. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Despues de la Vida (After Life)

Despues de la Vida (After Life)
15 x 22
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper 
Art Spectrum Aubergine Texture
The second in The Tulum Series - Quetzalcoatl and Monarchs on the platform of skulls. The mayan believed that monarch butterflies represented the souls of our loved ones in the after life. So, I thought it only fitting that on the platform of skulls, we should have the juxtaposition of the symbolism of the afterlife. 

Here are a few progress shots of this painting and a close up of the butterflies. I may work on this one again to get a different effect to Quetzalcoatl.

9 x 12 Study
Prep work on the 15 x 22


Butterfly close up