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Every once in awhile I look in the mirror and determine that it’s “Time to paint a self-portrait, kiddo.”  I did my first selfie in high school…I drew myself as Medusa because the snaky hair thing intrigued me.  At some point I did a drawing of me pregnant, and another painting of me as a Madonna…little escaped my pencil or paintbrush when I had the urge to Paint Me.. Most of these selfies no longer exist, and for good reason…some discarded because I was moving (and I moved a lot!) but most because they were embarrassingly bad drawings/paintings/ prints.  I wish now that I’d saved a few more of them because they are both more interesting to look at, and a better reminder of where I was at in my life, than old photos.

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I painted this one when the Always Pleasant Mr. T and I were dating.   He was living in Oklahoma; I was living just outside of Chicago.   We spent an inordinate amount of time and money on phone calls and flying back and forth.   I worried that given the distance he might wander off with a more economical and available local lass.  Clever girl that I was,  I mailed him a good-sized, wistful painting of me to hang in his apartment.

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By the time I got to these two dry points, the Always Pleasant Mr. T and I were long married and living in S. Carolina.  I don’t remember that I felt all that miserable, but looking at these two prints it is apparent that  I did.  After a long and happy love affair with clay,  I’d gone back to school for an art degree, where I felt frustrated and invisible.  Plus it was hot.   Plus there huge flying cockroaches about the size of hummingbirds that could sneak into the house with the groceries.  The move to Seattle was one that filled me with joy!

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There has been a long hiatus between self-portraits, but last week I grabbed a mirror and some oil pastels and, woops, I did it again.

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Someday, I’ll try smiling….

 

 

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December

Annual December madness is upon me…I’m not spending enough time at the studio and too much time at the post office…not memorizing the wanted posters as you might think, but mailing packages and buying stamps just in case I manage to get out holiday cards this year.   I didn’t manage to do that last year or the year before and I’m pretty sure not the year before that, so the perfect, carefully chosen cards will soon be candidates for the Antiques Road Show.

Star Dust & Cookie Crumbs

Star Dust & Cookie Crumbs

When I do go to the studio I pack a little, then paint a little, and then pack a little more.  These two paintings are both acrylic on canvas.  Winter Bouquet is a small painting ( 20″ x 16″)  and obviously (although not so obvious to me when I was painting it) influenced by the twinkling  Christmas lights… or perhaps the twinkling sugar on Christmas cookies… or perhaps the twinkling in the always pleasant Mr. T’s eyes as he happily plans my Christmas morning surprise.

Winter Bouquet

Winter Bouquet

Wishing joyous twinkling to you all this holiday season!

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Woke up yesterday morning to rain…at last!  It has been dry and sunny for so long in Seattle that I’ve been feeling like a broken potato chip.  Maddie, the pretty good Airedale, has totally forgotten rain and staggered through her morning walk as though it were her final mile.  Enzo, the tiny terror from L.A. who remembers everything he’s ever seen or smelled,  was thoroughly disgusted with the whole wet thing and did some serious canine grumbling, and the always pleasant Mr. T and I both got our socks wet dragging the beasties through the puddles (hot damn, puddles!)  It was a very good morning, indeed.

I love this time of year…this break between summer and winter.   In the studio this is that special time between running the fans and running the space heaters, and that means I can happy dance without the fear of a broken body part from a cord trip.  As the days get shorter and darker, I find my work becoming lighter and more serene…when I look at old paintings I might not remember what year I painted them but I can immediately tell you the time of year…dark and intense…had to be July.

 

Superman Picks Flowers For Lois Lane

Superman Picks Flowers For Lois Lane

 

Above is an acrylic painting from awhile back…it was lost in my computer for awhile and I finally found it again…must have been a summer painting.

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