Monday, February 19, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Kitty Mug - 2007.02
Creative Mom Podcast Mug - 2007.02
This is my latest mug...I don't know if you'll be able to read the caption, but I will post it to the flickr site as well so you can look at it closely. This is the first time I drew on both pages of my sketchbook at once.
I'm almost done with this sketchbook and anxiously awaiting the start of the new watercolor sketchbook Moleskine.
I'm starting to enjoy exercise for the first time. Yes, it is true, hard to believe I know. However I've finally started to realize I have to mix up the exercise with a variety of ways and people that I do it with. I'm the first to admit I am a social exerciser! In a typical week for me I walk at least an hour one or two times a week. Usually with a good friend and we get a lot covered by sharing our lives and sharing in the time it takes to exercise. Once a week I work out at the gym with my friend where we work with a personal trainer. We do a Tandem Session where he kicks both our buts at the same time. I actually said the other day as I was laughing at myself, "This is fun!" Those are words I never thought I'd hear from myself about exercise. Once a week Dale and I have been working out together at either the gym or Saratoga High School's track. We run for 20 minutes (all I can handle at one time...he does zig zags behind me to get more time in), then 20 minutes of running the stairs on the bleachers (he does two up downs to my one), and finally we end with sprints or bleacher push ups for me. And when I'm really good, I go by myself to the gym and get my required time for 35 minutes of high intensity cardio work out.
Well why did I combine this with art? Good question, I like art. I have fun at it and always WANT to be doing some art. The problem is....I don't always devote my time to it. Things and life gets in the way. So I'm always saying, "Oooh, I wish I could take some time to go out in the art cottage and paint. I wish I could go out and sketch. I wish, I wish, I wish." What is up with that? I go to school for art two days a week, I have a student who comes over once a week, and I have been pretty productive for the past 6 years while being a major participant in my kid's life. Isn't that enough? I guess it is never enough and I like to create on a daily basis. So this is where I feel it is connected to exercise.
You have to take time to practice both of these to get any better!
If you stop making it a daily part of your life, you get sloppy!
The more you work at it the more you want to accomplish!
I have to create time for each on a daily basis....
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This has to be my first original oil painting I did all by myself. I had started oil painting classes, but had decided to do this from a photograph of my husband and our nephew. I remember having fun painting this and was pleased with the likeness of the people I painted to the real ones!
This is the second painting I had done on location. The barn is a bit wobbly, but I'm still pleased with the result. I don't think I have a picture of my first outdoor painting, but I had done a piece from the Carmel Mission.
Camellia - 2003
It's funny at the time I didn't like how the flower turned out. It wasn't the right color I was going for. Now that I look back, it doesn't bother me any more. I like the composition and the leaves just as much.
This is my friend's son. He has been so exciting to watch him as he has developed in music...I'm glad I decided to capture him at this time, just before High School. This was my first "portrait" from a picture. I had fun and was pleased with the skin tone, the saxophone and the background. Never quite got the nose right.
My attempt at making a collage type of painting. It was harder than I thought, but at the time I didn't plan it out like I would probably do now and decide on colors before hand and design and space. However, I was always pleased with the keyboard.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Well besides having a 24 hour birthday party for my 13 year old son and his 5 friends this weekend, I managed to work on some art projects as well. I was able to complete the assignment given to us from beginning painting. We were to do 3 paintings from a still life the teacher set up in class, but it was not supposed to be recognizable objects - a bit more abstract or close in view.
- The first was to be color and volume (that is the orange and blue). I used varying shade of color to create volume in the electrical cord.
- The second was to be flat colors but use colors to create space. (the green and raspberry). Hopefully you can see that the space is caused by the lighter colors make the cords come forward in the painting.
- Finally the third painting (yellow and violet) was to have color and texture. This is harder to see in this photo. The texture is on the cords itself with thicker paint in c-strokes, and also in the lines created on the plug.
We'll just have to see what she thinks tomorrow....I'll let you know if I did it correctly or not.
Happy Birthday dear Nick!
(Is this enough color for yah?)
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Pastel and Colored Pencil
This was a final project for my Representational Drawing class. It seems so appropriate for this first blog entry. There I am at The Art Institute of Chicago Museum gazing into the painting Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877
I've been moving towards being an artist for a long time. Until recently I have looked at what I'm doing as a hobby or past time, but lately I've decided to take it a step further. As I've been telling myself (yes I speak to myself -no I don't answer out loud :) ) whenever I'm starting a new art project, "Okay, go ahead and Jump In". I'm never sure if I'll like what I make, but I've realized if I don't just jump in and try, I'll never know what I can do.
So there you go....I've jumped in again. I've started a BLOG about my art. I can't wait to post some of my art, journal entries, sketches, and thoughts. My goal is to move forward as an ARTIST!