A friend has given me access to her ceramic mermaid collection... I find these little figurines irresistable. I must say.... they are more challenging to paint then I expected! Almost like life drawing class. A really fun subject never the less.
This little figure is in with my Christmas stuff...I think she must be Asian. Anway I did this version of her several days ago, but it's been very stormy here in the northeast and she definitely needed natural light to be photographed.
So far I have not yet had a killing frost in my yard...highly unusual. Most of my neighbors have, but for some reason just my yard has been spared, perhaps because I am on a hill covered with Oak Trees. These roses are still blooming. Every day I see them is like one more gift of twenty four hours. All the leaves have fallen and the temperature is in the thirties at night, yet still they hang on...I love that.
I've been letting "busy" take over. I thought about it today and figured I would stop the daily paintings until I do my cards, shows, seasonal crunch at the day job and other "busy" things ....then I thought about it again. I don't want to loose the momentum, so I'll allow busy as I must, but I'm still going to try and paint as many of these per week as I can.
*Frogs have several personal meanings to me...all of which shall remain personal. On this post anyway!
Most days for the last month I've looked out the window as the sun sets and been facinated by the light on the flag peeking through my old garage, Today I set up the paints on the bathroom sink and set to it...here's the result. I didn't realize until someone pointed it out later that this is a rather appropriate subject for Veterans Day....Although I'd rather see the flag flying high in honor of the men and women who have served ( and died) for this country ( and others).
My lines are rarely straight in my attempts at architecture and the photo set things on a further tilt, but the feeling is there I think. This would probably make a good larger piece with more time and attention. 8x10 oil/panel
A few years ago my mother asked me if I wanted some of the old Christmas balls she bought when our family lived in France in the early sixties. I was thrilled to get them ...and realized for the first time that they were in fact "Made in America" ...Nice old ornaments just the same. Filled with nice old memories as they should be.
6x8 oil panel Always fun to slip in the subtle self portrait in reflective subjects!
I have two holday shows coming up. Man this time of year comes on like gangbusters. It's a very busy time in the flower shop as well. As usual in life...everything always happens at once. A good time of year to make money, but I can't wait for January when I can devote the month to painting. Winter is a time when I can do larger paintings. These small ( almost) daily pieces are wonderful practice, but I really like working large as well.
SOLD I brought my hibiscus inside for the winter, it's covered with buds. here is the first of the "Indoor Season". I realize after looking at the photo of this that the elipse is off on the bottom of the inkwell. Will fix that this afternoon. With daylight savings I'm now recording the artwork in the morning when it's light so the posts will be a day behind.
I've painted on the side all my life. In March of 2005 I started painting full time. This internet diary keeps track of my progress, particularly with the smaller paintings from life I do each week. Unless noted, all the paintings posted on this blog are for Sale. You can contact me at CLAW4JC@aol.com for pricing and billing information.