Sunday, June 28, 2009

Untitled 43

A mini-pastel...these minis are fun.

Lynx: sneak attack on the couch!

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fruit and feline

Three cherries in oil...and a backlit kitten. His name is Lynx, but he mostly goes by Lynxmuffin.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Back at the easel

New large abstract.

And then there's Mr. Don't mind me I'm just asleep here between the couch cushions with my adorable short stubby little kitten legs sticking out.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I promise

...that regularly scheduled blogging will resume shortly. Sorry. You know what it's like when you first fall in love.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Blogging interference

Something is interfering with my blogging! Could it possibly be this little fluffinmuffin, newest member of our menagerie?

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Untitled 7

The rain has finally stopped, surely due to the combined efforts of all your well-wishing. Thanks!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Wild strawberries

...from the farmers' market. So tiny, so sweet. An expensive little treat.


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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shot glass daisy

These are a really funny little perennial we have growing in the front yard--a sort of daisy but with stubby little short petals.

It was a profound learning experience this time with the glass--three or four times I went too far with the details of it, to the point where I'd realize that the attention had focused to the glass and not the flower. So I'd knock back the glass again, then bring it back up was a dance that went on for a long time. It's fascinating how fine that line is between too much and not enough. It's one of the most interesting concepts for me in art.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Untitled 6

Still raining...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Untitled 5

Okay, I'm off to walk the dogs now while we're having a break between downpours.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Untitled 4

The rain has not abated. Isn't anyone out there doing that anti-rain dance? Let's see, what kind of an ark do you think I can build in my studio out of paintbrushes and canvas?

I'm beginning to get more intuitive with my color in these abstracts--not giving any conscious thought at all to the color wheel during the often fast-and-furious painting process--and I'm really liking the result.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009


From our front garden.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Untitled 42

Another abstract mini. These small ones look great with a big mat.

What's the opposite of a rain dance? Whatever it is, we need someone to perform it here. Perhaps it's time to go to Seattle or Portland or somewhere like that for some dry weather?

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Mock orange

A little thrift-store jug and a spray of mock-orange blossoms from our yard.


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Untitled 41


As CCR sang, "Who'll stop the rain?" We are supposedly overdue in this area for the "hundred-year flood." I'm beginning to suspect it's going to happen.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Cove / Finger of God

Abstract pastel mini.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Yellow pear 5

Yes, I know, it's more green than yellow...just not ripe yet. But the title stands.

Husband buys pear, Wife paints pear, Husband eats pear. Symbiosis.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009


The endless possibilities of color combination...ahhh. I just love it. And pastels are the best for just that kind of inexhaustible exploration.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Untitled 3

Last night in the studio, I was a wild woman, grabbing old, smaller canvases right and left and throwing a new paint layer on top. I hadn't done much painting in the last few days and it felt like it was all saved up as potential energy, ready to be unleashed kinetically in the studio. I'm happy with all three of them I did, and will post the next two soon. Here's the first.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Circles diptych

The latest diptych...had a lot of fun painting this one. One of the more rare times (for me) when I had an image in mind first for an abstract and the end product didn't deviate much from the original idea. This was approximately four layers, painting knife, no brushes. 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

African dance

Posting this one just for fun, as it's no longer available. It had a mishap, might have been the time-before-last that the art studio roof leaked in the rain...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Flanders poppy in pastel / Search for a white sphere

Yesterday's poppy did double duty before it deceased.


Unrelatedly: it's been rather amusing here over the last couple of days searching for an item that can be used tomorrow in the beginning drawing class I teach, on how to shade a sphere. Knowing that ideally I need a perfectly smooth white ball, the search began. An orange? Nope, too nobbly nubbly and too dark a value. Billiard ball? Don't know anyone who has one. A baseball that Mojito, one of our dogs, brought home from the park? Nope, the stitching is too distracting. Ditto the grooves in the volleyball that the neighbor brought over in hopes of relieving my dilemma. Then the neighbor's wife dug up a ping-pong ball from some basement stash, but alas, it has a very distracting seal-line all the way around it. (Plus, as she pointed out, "It's awfully small!") "An egg?" she offered. Not round enough for Lesson 1.

Things were beginning to get desperate as I contemplated showing up to class empty-handed on sphere-shading day. I started to gaze at the filthy dog-tennis-balls in the yard and wondered just how gross it would be to try to cover one of them in acrylic gesso. I almost tried it out of desperation, until I started visualizing how I would go about that--specifically, how would I cover it completely while it had to rest somewhere to dry? So then I thought, well, I guess I could sort of spear it onto a sharp stick like someone getting ready to toast a marshmallow, and gesso everything but that part...and fortunately, that's when I gave up on that whole idea.

I went grocery shopping tonight and found a couple of quite round, light-value smooth-skinned grapefruits. Voila! Good enough. Now please don't remind me how I have to lug a big ol' spotlight from my home studio to the class tomorrow along with a grapefruit and all the other stuff the rain.

Moral of this story: It's a lot harder than you'd think to find a smooth white ball in your house. 

"The Search for a White Sphere" sounds like a good title for something...perhaps a Damien Hirst piece?

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