Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm still here!

 I haven't been able to post for a couple of weeks. I only got a small amount of art time and I was very busy helping to get my grandson's new Montessori charter school ready for opening day. It opened this past Monday and it's a wonderful place.  Very thankful that he is able to get this free Montessori education.

My last post was of the cityscape I had done-but it was brought to my attention that it was missing an entry or focal point into the painting.  I so very rarely paint scenes that I had forgotten about that. So I painted over and many layers and sandings later I ended up with this painting. It's called "City View".  Originally I was going to paint streets, but they turned into a corner window.  It felt very free to paint this way - it's a big painting (for me) on a piece of wood that's 2' x 3'.  I have learned to paint for myself - I can't  paint for anyone else.  That gives me the freedom to accept constructive critiques without flinching.  If no one else wants to hang it on their wall - I have just the spot on mine!

I am linking to Paint Party Friday - go and visit there.  You will be very glad you did.  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed and creative day.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Something different and a lovely mail surprise!

Still working on my jaguar at the scratching post - accidentally smeared dark paint on the poor kitty so had to repaint and make his spots all over again.  In the meantime - decided to go a bit looser and more abstract - and do something I've wanted to try for a while - a cityscape.  It's also a bit larger than I usually work -  I think about 18" x 24".  I need some more brightness but it is more bright than the photo. Now to finish it without overworking the poor thing. I have been very inspired by Nat Kalbach and her building paintings - I have a ways to go before I paint anything as colorful and wonderful as her buildings. You can see her work here.

On the right is a beautiful, hand painted card from Faye Holland - She was sweet enough to send it even though I didn't win her give away.  I will definitely find a small frame and a perfect spot for it.  I love to fill my home with art of all kinds!  Didn't make it to Paint Party Friday this week - but that doesn't mean I won't go and visit to see some gorgeous and inspiring art.  You can visit too-right here.  Thanks so much for stopping by - have a blessed and creative day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

2 wild beasts and a lovely birthday card

Endangered Series - Jaguar WIP

Birthday Card
 My "baby" brother asked if I would paint a jaguar as part of my "endangered" series and I started it this week.  I love that he is at a giant scratching post - kitties big and small, domesticated and wild share so many characteristics.  On the right is a lovely birthday card - sorry I took so long to post this - from my friend and former recruit for Stampin' UP!  Former in that I am no longer a demonstrator.  You can see her beautiful work here.  The last image below is of my dangerous cranky diva - our Boston Terrier.  We rescued her 3.5 years ago and she is a pip!  A definite personality and keeps me laughing with her craziness!  And she is fierce - if anything bigger than her approaches when we are walking - she is a beast to be contended with.  In the house - not so much!  Thanks for visiting me today - I am linking to Paint Party Friday.  Go over and visit this fabulous collection of artists from around the world. Have a blessed and creative day.

Wild and dangerous Boston Terrier