I didn't work on any art last week. Just one of those weeks with lots of other things happening. Teaching has been very busy, we're wrapping up 3rd qtr. Yikes! Where does the time go? This week, the studio and paintings get a visit.
In lieu of no art pics, nature pics, cat pics or other I thought I'd share a few shots of a different genre. We had a get together this weekend to honor the first day of spring and by the way Bob turned 50! Getting out of the house after a long, cooped-in winter. Necessary Ahhh, fantastic fun was had by all!
The birthday boy up front, me and our 3 kids.
Me and my sisters. There are eight siblings, 4 boys 4 girls. Boy-girl repeated all the way down. I'm number 6 in the lineup pictured here w/ number 8 and number 4.
My daughter made the cake for Bob. (he's the gardener of the family) I ate too much of the cake, every bite was sooo good!
My son's friend/roommate(they're making a movie, more on that in future postings) and my daughter.
These paintings were entered in the BayArts Inspired by Nature Art Show and both were accepted. Late Glow received a Juror's Award! I went to the opening last night, it was jam packed with both people and lots of great paintings.
The funny thing about Late Glow is that I had difficulty with the bottom right corner of the painting. Couldn't resolve it to my satisfaction; which interestingly is the spot from my photo reference that was blurred by my finger. When I dropped off the painting, I discussed this with one of the employees at BayArts (who is also a painter). Last night she told me that during the judging, the juror's discussed the painting. They felt the painting was strong especially the area where the light comes through, but they felt there was something missing or unfinished or not right with the bottom right corner. Hmmmm. There are times we don't see what's going on with our own work..and times we do.
This sketchbook drawing was a precursor to this painting. In real life (not virtual life) the sky is more of a purple in the painting. The house image is a shape I've been toying with for a few years. (One of the shapes that emerge from within when I sketch and play, (along with the triangle)) I've posted other images of the house/moon connection. (When I figure out how to post a link to previous posts, I'll connect you) There are more percolating in my sketchbooks. Future episodes will tell as to whether or not they become paintings.
The moon was rising one late summer night, it was misty. It emerged from behind a barn. Captivating. Two weeks or so ago, the moon was setting behind my neighbors house off to the right, attached to the house. Just like the sketch, which had been drawn already.
This cell phone pic was used as a reference photo for this painting. I'm in a big old hurry right now; places to go, myriad of things to do, so this'll be quick. I wanted to post this before I take it to a show this weekend. Hopefully it gets in. It was fun to paint it. I was a bit reigned in with my brush work, but I really enjoyed playing w/ the shapes of the trees and the light. Not sure how I feel about it overall. I'm sure I don't love it, but I do like it.