Sunday, April 19, 2015

now I want to see the painting


We went to see this movie last night and really enjoyed it.
Helen Mirren is, as usual, just wonderful in the part of  Maria Altmann,
a Jewish woman trying to recover art stolen from her family by the Nazis during WWII.


Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I  1907
The artist Gustav Klimt painted the portrait during his "Golden Phase" when he applied gold leaf to his work.  It was eventually purchased by Ronald Lauder for $135 million.

The portrait is stunning and the movie is a gem.

Now I'm looking forward to a trip to the Neue Galerie in NYC to see the art in person.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

white dahlia


white dahlia

This is my donation to this year's
Pine Shores Art Association Patron Show.

.... and what was I thinking?
A zillion petals to paint!
I worked from the outside in and got lost several times.
The original photo was a bright pink dahlia, but I 
changed the image to black and white to see the values.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

finished the hydrangea bouquet


In a previous post, I said this was a new (old ) painting.
(In person, the background is lighter.  I always have that problem on the blog)

I had painted this bouquet from a photo back in 2001.

When I was updated the living room, I was going to 
re-frame my painting until I looked at it very closely.
It had hung there for years and I had been so proud of it.
Now I wanted to paint it all over again and make improvements.
The format was changed to portrait and the flowers changed to blue.
Much more attention was given to the glass, leaves and blossoms.

Interesting to look at old work and see the path I have taken.
I'm proud of the new painting and it's perfect for my room.
It was a joy to paint, just as it was 14 years ago

Monday, March 2, 2015

hydrangea bouquet progress

(I figured out how to make a circular watermark!)

slow progress on my newest painting.
That's just the way I paint.

I photographed it against the wall that it's going on in my living room.
The blossoms are all in cobalt, cerulean & a mix of the two.
I think I'm going to be happy with the finished painting.  Still a way to go, though.

 I never paint on an easel, always flat or on a slight incline on my table. 
This is a full sheet of watercolor paper stapled onto Gatorboard...bulky to deal with.
I was tired of wrestling with it on my painting table so I brought 
everything into the sun room to work on the bigger table.
Still not right until I propped it on the cat tower.

Perfect.

Jack meowed at me several times but then settled into a chair.

I still don't like standing up to paint.
Maybe this will hurry me along.

Monday, February 23, 2015

hydrangea bouquet


Started a new (old) painting.  I'll explain later.

Friday, February 13, 2015

African violets print

in the shop

The original sold very quickly!
This is a much better photo than the last post.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

African violets on blue and white plate




I'll make prints for the shop.

All finished and onto a vase of hydrangeas for my living room.