Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I like working with canvases of unusual proportion. Hollyhocks lend themselves nicely to a tall narrow shape. I also like that they thrive under extreme neglect, in fact prefer it; a good lesson for us all. This particular one is among many from the garden of the Trinidad, Colorado Historical Society Museum.
This is way more fun than when I was a kid.
Here's my list of "Seven (not so) Unusual Things About Me":
- I love a good pun and a pithy witticism.
- I alphabetize my spice rack.
- I was nine years old when I was hired for my first 'art' job. A real estate company wanted a "kid's drawing" of a house for a billboard. I got paid $35. Ultimately the illustration was never reproduced, as they thought it was "too sophisticated".
- I've been collecting cartoons for as long as I can remember, especially cartoons about art and artists.
- Others suffer from my occasional dyscalculia (like dyslexia, but only affecting numbers).
- I was so poor in art school that one morning I woke up and realized I had nothing to eat in the house except shredded wheat and red wine (the really cheap kind in a box). Which got me through the week.
- My favorite movie of all time is still Buckaroo Banzai ("Wherever You Go, There You Are"), and I've always wished they'd released a soundtrack.
And now for my seven artists picks to tag. I've tried for the most part to pick other 'untagged' artists like myself so we can join the game and play too. In no particular order:
- Tom Pohlman http://tompohlmansouthwestpaintings.blogspot.com/
- Cyndy Carstens http://cyndycarstens.blogspot.com/
- Douglas Hoover http://douglashoover.blogspot.com/
- Taryn Day http://awakeandpainting.blogspot.com/
- Steven Walker http://www.stevenwalkerstudios.blogspot.com/
- Mary Kay Wilson http://exploringwatercolors.blogspot.com/
- Duane Keiser http://duanekeiser.blogspot.com/
OOPS!!! Late breaking edit-- It seems I cannot comment to Duane Keiser through his blog, so I need to find another worthy artist to tag. Any ideas, anyone??
As much I as like breaking the rules of composition, and rendering water drops, making the realistic abstract, and juxtaposing a sharp focus foreground with a luminous, multi layered glazey, gauzey background, in many ways this painting is all about the title.
"Friend or Anemone?" oil 48" x 24"
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"Fuschia Cattleya" oil 18"x24"
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"The Red Plate" oil 9"x12"