Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider. (Waldo Emerson)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Garlic in 15 min. or Less.



I was going to do some of those 15 min or less paintings. So here is my first one. Its small however. Its on an art card. So I suppose that makes it an automatic ACEO. ;) 

Here is my first one - I present to you.. 
GARLIC.
Oil on Canvas Paper 2.5 X 3.5



I think my next will be done today also. They are fun and tiny and I really like to paint on the small cards because it takes a lot of pressure off of me. 




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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Now for the Pan Pastels!





I finished my commissioned painting. I focussed on it all day yesterday and I finished it up. 

My biggest lesson that came out of this painting I think was to not be afraid to ask your friends for their opinion as to what you could or should do next. I always try to just do it myself because I always felt that if I have to ask then they are all going to think that I don't know what I am doing. So I am always just struggling through on my own. Well this time I actually reached out and asked a few of my artist friends online. It really helped me out a lot! I am very glad that they told me because the things they said I was not sure about and it turns out - my instincts were right! That made me so happy. Then I realized also that you should not be afraid to ask even if you think they will think that because its YOU doing the work. I am still the artist who is doing it and if I just remember the advice and follow the steps then I will be getting asked the questions one day. I am proud of myself for what I have accomplished. I also send a huge shout out to my friends who helped me through the end of it. 

Here is the final painting -  Its a bit blurry and I think its way prettier in person. You can see the highlights better also. I will take a much better picture soon. I just wanted to get this out there so you could see it done. 






I painted this for a dear friend of mine for her mothers birthday. It is a still life celebrating the good memories that her mother has from her own mother. Every object holds a special place in her mothers heart.  The little white coffee cup is something to be shared because her mother only ever drank her coffee out of that cup. You can actually see on the cup where the coffee has stained the cup because she always put her lips in that area to take a drink (it appears she was left handed). The bonnet is her Sunday best. The McCoy Polar Bear cookie jar held the cookies that my friends mother always ways wanted. There is a shadow behind the bears head but it did not get picked up on my droid. 

Now I am going to move on and see what I can make with my new pastels! I have not opened them up yet. I am pretty excited. 



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