Thursday, September 18, 2014

a most unusual day

When All is Said and Done, oil, 16x20 inches
Farewell to Summer, oil, 16 x 20 inches

Yesterdays, oil, 16 x 20 inches
Today was framing day for the three oil paintings for my upcoming show at The State of the Arts Gallery. When I got all three framed, I realized I had failed to photograph them first.

And, when photographing them and naming the files, I realized I had failed to ponder their titles - something that usually happens during the painting process.  So, one by one I named them.

And, now as I post them here, I am surprised that all together, they tell today's story: When all is said and done, farewell to summer yesterdays. I am amused and awed by this message that has come to me in this surprising way. I'm thinking about that message and will write about it on my life blog.

Note: several hours after I posted the images and text above, we learned that the building permit we have waited for all summer is ready to issue. Yay!

Monday, September 15, 2014

september song progression

September Song plein air study and beginning of studio piece

September Song, pastel, 16 x 20 inches
I have a prospectus for an interesting exhibition. Each artist may submit a plein study and its corresponding studio painting. The theme is water so the obvious choice for me is our garden pond. It was recently restocked with gold fish after the Great Blue Heron ate all the previous ones. On a sunny day the orange/red fish are a spectacular color combination against the sun-drenched green/gold pond water. Our pond is rimmed on the shady backside with bamboo, bending and swaying in September breezes.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

etsy store update

I'm catching up on a few things. Today's project was updating my etsy shop. Right now it is small original art and fine art prints.

Friday, September 12, 2014

still life oil paintings

I'm finishing up the last painting for my upcoming show at The State of the Arts Gallery, Olympia, WA. All oil paintings, still life scenes, 6 x 6 inches to 16 x 20 inches. Opening reception is Friday, Oct 3. If you are in the area, please stop by.

This blog focuses on my art but lately most of my time has been spent on other things. Not everyone wants to read about that but if you do, here is a link to my Artist's Life Journal blog.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

good news for fond memories

"Fond Memories," pastel, 7.5 x 7.5 inches
Today I received the good news that my painting, "Fond Memories" received the HK Holbein Award from juror Diana Sanford in the Northwest Pastel Society 2014 NPS Members' Exhibition at the Allied Arts Association, Richland, WA.

Last February, this painting was offered on Daily Paintworks but it didn't sell. Now, of course I'm very glad it didn't.

Monday, September 1, 2014

a turning point?

"Turning Point: Color Study for Pond Painting"
painted August 29, 2014
Each painting we create is a separate experience but together all our paintings make us the painters we are at the moment.

I wondered what would happen when I went back to pastel after the series of small still life oil paintings I began last spring. I painted orange cups, red cherries, and most of the small paintings had a lot of saturated color.  This is a pastel plein air study of our garden pond, a subject I have painted many times before but never quite as brightly as this one.

A long title for a small painting (6 x 7.25 inches), "Turning Point: Color Study for Pond Painting," is available for purchase on Daily Paintworks.

Friday, August 29, 2014

back to work with Pastel Porter

Back to "work" after no painting for many weeks. Here I am painting our pond using the Pastel Porter I received as an award last year. I have to say I love it! Mine is sparsely populated with a variety of pastel brands - this is the Jumbo Jr. model with 360 pastel slots. It can attach to a tripod but here it is sitting atop my Soltek easel.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

forgotten path was really forgotten

Forgotten Path, oil, 14 x 10 inches
Today I found this oil painting in my studio. That makes it sound like my studio is really isn't. I carefully put things away and then can't find them or forget about them. I honestly don't know when I painted this one. It must have been earlier this year. Anyway, I found it and it is definitely dry and ready to move to a new home, hopefully not mine. It is on the eBay auction for the next 7 days.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

pastel packaging for shipment

Summer's End II, Protective packaging, Auction
Three days to go on the auction for Summer's End II. I am packaging it for shipping by USPS Medium Flat Rate Box.

Your pastel painting
Crystal Clear bag
double sided adhesive tape
removable "Scotch" tape
Archival (or not) foam core 3/8"
craft knife
Artist's tape

1. Measure your painting and cut two pieces of 3/8"  thick foam core 1" larger on all sides. Set one piece of foam aside - this will your cover. For the base piece of foam core, apply a small piece of dbl sided tape where each of the corners of your painting will be. Carefully center your painting and gently press each corner to attach it to the base foam. (Use a slip-sheet between your fingers and the pastel surface when pressing.)

2. Cut four  3/4" wide foam core strips (one for each side of the painting). I cut the side pieces slightly shorter than the length of the side to leave a "gutter" for any pastel dust or expansion. Now  cut additional 3/4" inch wide strips to stack the strips so they are a minimum of 1/4" higher than the painting surface all the way around. In this case I needed only two 3/8" thick pieces on each side because the painting is Wallis Belgium Mist on 4-ply board.

3. With dbl sided tape, attach 4 of the strips snug against the painting edges.

4. With dbl sided tape, attach another foam core strip on top of the existing strip on each of the two sides of the painting.

5. With dbl sided tape, attach another foam core strip on top of the existing foam core strips at the top and bottom of the painting carefully overlapping the edge of the painting by 1/16". This will hold the painting in place if your small adhesive tabs in each corner fail.

6. To apply the Crystal Clear Bag: Apply small tabs of dbl sided tape to top and bottom foam core strips to attach a Crystal Clear bag stretched taunt over the painting. The bad does not touch the painting surface. Apply removable "Scotch" tape courtesy tabs to each side to hold the taunt bag in place.

7. To ship, cover with the other piece of foam core, tape with courtesy tabs on each side, wrap in bubble wrap, then into a box containing additional cushioning (foam, packing peanuts, etc.). Voila! Pastel is packaged for safe shipment.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

wild meadow

Wild Meadow, pastel, 10 x 8 inches
Another Studio clean-up sale painting.  Purchase

To read yesterday's thoughts about retirement and hobbies, and a link to a wonderful clay artist, click here.

Click here to see one of my favorite things. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

summer's end II

Summer's End II, pastel, 11 x 8.5 inches

This painting is a result of my Studio clean-up. I love the colors but I didn't make the best choice of a frame for it. Today, my intent was to re-frame it but once I got it out of the frame I began playing with textures on the right side of the painting. I used "spattering" as described in my book, "Art Answers: Pastels" and suddenly I had a new, smaller (after I cut it in half and saved the right side), more intimate painting. As summer ends, a rain storm approaches threatening dry golden grasses and late blooming blue flowers. 

I've been posting miscellaneous studio items on eBay so I thought I'd try this one there too. "Summer's End II"  is pastel on Wallis Belgium Mist archival sanded paper. Ready to frame in a frame of your choice.  Purchase

Saturday, August 16, 2014

two trees for someone

Two Trees, pastel, 6.5 x 4.5 inches Purchase

As you can tell by recent posts, I am being ruthless about getting rid of stuff in my studio in preparation for moving. I have sold books, vintage pens, a camera lens, a new set of watercolors, PanPastels, a big stack of Canson Mi-Teintes paper, colored pencils, etc. Some items have been sold on eBay and that has been fun. I will have a sale here at my Studio in Renton September 10th for larger items like frames.

I came across this little demo on Ersta 500. Actually, there were four paintings of the same two trees on different kinds of paper. The one on Ersta was my favorite so I ripped the other three.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Studio Moving Sale - Free Art or Free Books

I have two original colored pencil drawings from our Colored Pencil Solution Book and I have two new paperback copies of the book. I am going to sell each drawing with a free book OR, it is a book purchase and the drawing is free. Whichever way you want to look at it, I don't mind. I just know I want them to go to a good home because I don't want to move them to my new studio. The drawings are matted and ready to frame. Above is "Basket" and below is my example of fabric in "Shirt Sleeve." Such original titles, I know! To purchase click on the title of the drawing.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Studio Moving Sale - Colored Pencil Workbooks by Bernard Poulin

For my colored pencil friends - My rare Colored Pencil Techniques Workbooks by Bernard Poulin. For additional photos and purchase info, click here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sept. 10th Studio Moving Sale - Art Books

My Studio Sale will be September 10th, Renton, WA beginning at 9:00 AM. Click to enlarge these photos to see art books for sale, $5 each.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sept. 10th Studio Moving Sale - Velour Paper

My Studio Sale will be September 10th, Renton, WA. I have scheduled it for that day for the Women Painters of Washington who will be meeting about 5 minutes away. The sale will open at 9:00 AM. My husband will be the sales person while I'm at the WPW meeting.

Now I'm trying to organize my flat files. This is Hahnemühle velour pastel paper. Hahnemühle applies velour generously and consistently to a smooth acid-free paper. Individual sheets are approximatley19 x 27 inches. 260 gsm. I have 12 sheets, selling as a lot for $35. If you are interested in this paper and need it shipped to you, send me an email and I'll try to figure out cost of shipping.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ripping it up in the studio

Lily, colored pencil, 11.5x8 inches
I'm cleaning out old artwork and can hardly believe it but I just ripped up three old colored pencil drawings. The frames are on their way to the Goodwill. I saved the mats for possible future art.  When I came to "Lilies and Dahlias" I fell in love (again) with the lower left corner. I will cut it away from the rest of the painting. If anyone is interested in owning the bottom left corner (renamed "Lily"), let me know.

Monday, July 14, 2014

the way things happen short story

I'm scheduled to be the featured artist for October at The State of The Arts Gallery, Olympia, WA. In addition to a dozen small still-life oils, they have also asked for a couple larger paintings. I thought I'd get around to that over the summer. It would be a new experience I wanted to think about it awhile.

Then, last week, online artist/friend Mike emailed me asking to purchase "A Glad Heart," one of the paintings set aside for the gallery. I said yes IF I could paint another similar piece to replace it.

So, this morning I put "A Glad Heart" on the side of the easel and for some reason, I put a 16 x 20 canvas in position to paint. I can't really say what happened next but it was so much fun! In about 20 minutes I had another, much larger "Glad Heart" roughed in.

If I had not taken Qiang Huang's workshop in April, I wouldn't be painting still life again. If State of the Arts Gallery had not asked for a large still life, I wouldn't have painted one. If Mike had not asked to purchase "A Glad Heart," I would not have painted it larger.

It seems my art evolves in steps.

1. The desire to try a new subject or medium.
2. The challenge of making it look the way I want.
3. The comfort zone of producing paintings in that genre (usually until I'm bored and the cycle starts over again).

Staying in one's "comfort zone" too long for optimum physical or mental health has been a family topic of late so it is interesting that I was sort of ejected from my comfort zone today into such a fun place! Now, I don't want to go back to 6 x 6 inches, they seem tedious in comparison.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

favorite things

I've mentioned searching garage sales for reference objects for my paintings but some of my favorite props are items I use every day. Here is an example: my empty Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer jar. I love this stuff, use it every day, and when the moisturizer is gone I remove the pump-insert jar from inside and save the blue/green translucent outer jar.  The image below shows how I used the empty jar in a painting.

Favorite Things, oil, 6x6 inches

Friday, July 11, 2014

too hot

The coming week will be spent with family instead of painting and blogging. Time for a break; it is too hot in Washington State! I'm ending the week with the posting of a new print, "Gift Box," on my Studio Sales page. Purchase

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

a bright tomorrow

A Bright Tomorrow, oil, 6 x 6 inches
Last month all the small still-life oil paintings I had were sold online. New 6 x 6 inch paintings will be framed for galleries but I am offering the images as same-size Fine Art Prints through my Studio Sales. If you missed the opportunity to purchase one of the originals last month, consider a print. They look amazing - if I do say so myself. :) A Bright Tomorrow is my first print offering. Purchase

Friday, July 4, 2014

a glad heart

A Glad Heart, oil, 6x6 inches   Sold
See the steps below.
A Glad Heart Step 1
Step 1: The Ampersand Gessbord panel is toned, marked for the center and paint is removed from the marble with a cloth and Gamsol.

A Glad Heart Step 2
Step 2: Transparent Oxide Red + Ultramarine Blue applied with a palette knife to layout the composition.

A Glad Heart Step 3

Step3: Still working with TOR + UB in various values from light to dark. From this step on, local color is added for the finished painting shown above.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

wisdom and folly

Wisdom and Folly Step 1
Wisdom and Folly Step 2
Wisdom and Folly Step 3
Wisdom and Folly Step 4
Wisdom and Folly, oil, 6x6 inches

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

signs and wonders

Signs and Wonders, step 1
Signs and Wonders, step 2 artist meltdown and wipe-off

Signs and Wonders, oil, 6x6 inches
Signs and wonders. It's a sign to walk away and take a break when you have muddy-mess of flowers. It's a wonder what a good wipe-off with a cloth, right down to the Ampersand surface, will do for a good night's sleep. Objects: dried Statice, my gift-box, a gift-cherry and Saturday's garage sale find of a shiny salt shaker (which was really fun to paint)!  The Yellow Ochre + Cad Lemon palette was a nice change.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

waiting again

Last week I posted the top photo, the value stage of three little paintings. I thought you might like to see how they look finished. Now they will wait for their frames and gallery delivery.