Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Book Mobile Fairies

24 x 30 oil on canvas
"Pipers Posing"

painting in progress

Last weekend I took a two day painting workshop called Painting Large at Austin Museum of Art.  I wanted to stretch myself since lately I've been painting pretty small pieces. The intention I had going into the weekend was: the class is for learning, check all judgements at the door.  Sounds good right?  Well try to tell my little gremlins that, ha! So instead of relaxing and being filled with excitement the voices started, you know the voices, right?  There is no need to go into  the rubbish that they were babbling about, is there?  But then I  thought about the book mobile.

When I was a little girl there was a mobile library that would be parked every Thursday near our home.  I would go home loaded up with books from the book mobile.  The stories I was always attracted to included fairies and brownies and all things magical.  I loved to immerse myself into the fantasies; my imagination would go wild.  (My Dad still tells me to this day I have an active imagination)(don't think he means it as a compliment, LOL)

Anyhoo, on the way to the Painting Large class I pretended in my mind I was really good at painting big paintings just like I pretended I was in the fairy tales.  I arrived with quite the positive attitude and the class went swimmingly.  I liked what I ended up with and finished the painting in one day.  What a difference a little imagination does for the Psychie.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Orange A'peel

12 x 12 oil on canvas

I have something exciting to share with you...can you guess?  No it's not about my art reception last Sunday,
 no it's not about my art workshop that I had on Saturday (will post pictures soon) and no it's not about the art reception at Max's Wine Bar.  I'm moving to Bora Bora, I'll be living in a hut over the water, painting island flip flops, just kidding, ha, did I get you?

My exciting news is that my blog is moving to a new home, yep it's moving to Bora Bora or I guess I mean Wordpress. Yep, you heard it here first. I love all of you following me, it is so wonderful to get comments (you know us bloggers, we live for comments) thank you, thank you very much.   I wanted to give you a heads up because I would love for you to come over and sign up to receive my post in your email box or google reader or rss feed or you get the picture.  It will be soon so stay tuned...

Monday, July 12, 2010

When it rains it pours, isn't that always the way?  I have so many fun things to post, but today the post is about tonight.  Two of my shoe paintings were accepted into a local show at a fun downtown Austin hot spot.  To kick off the exhibit (no pun intended, you know, shoes) the organizer organized (don't you love organized organizer) a fashion show to not only show off the 2D art but also highlight some of the great Austin clothes designers. If you live local please come and play and if you live far far away send some happy vibes.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Spot On

8 x 10 oil on canvas

When to wipe and when to not wipe, that is the question.  Even though this painting looks pretty straight forward it was a bear, the spots really gave me fits. I so wanted to do the ole' wipe-a-roo after about 2 hours.  I remembered the advice my mother used to give me when I was little and I couldn't figure out my homework, she'd say, "just let it be and come back later and try again".  I stopped for the day and revisited it the next. Isn't it amazing how spot on Mom's are?

  These delightful flats are another pair from the collection of my neighbor, Jill Stachura.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Point of View

16 x 20 oil on canvas

Have you seen or heard of the TV show Work of Art-The Next Great Artist? I hadn't, but my helpful husband found it for me and started recording it for me. Wasn't that nice, now getting him to watch with me is another story.  It is on Wednesday nights on the Bravo channel. Okay first, an interesting little tid-bit the Executive Producer is Sarah Jessica Parker. It follows the next greatest _______ (you can fill in blank, model, singer, comedian, design star etc.) format. The contestants are given a task with a short little time to complete it in.

As an artist, the interesting factors for me are: 1) how each artist interpreted the assignment and 2) what the judges say about the finished pieces.  On the episode I watched they were given the assignment of creating a portrait of one of their fellow artists. A few of the artist produced a total abstract painting of their subject; stating that they were capturing the essence of the person.  I was so interested how these highly esteemed New York City judges would critique these portraits.  So often I have my self-doubts, feeling I am so conventional, lacking an semblance, of avante'gardness in my creative bones.

The judges final assessment of the artist's work singled out these artists that created the abstracts (versus a true portrait) and scored them lowest in the group and in fact eliminated one of them. Wow, I actually agreed with the judges, hmmm. Looking forward to the next episodes. Would love to hear what you think...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shoes Get Religion

This is an invite to a current show my good friend Debbi  and I have going on right now.  I love the name we came up with if I do say so myself.  I have many of my inside subjects like shoes and chairs and Debbi has her outside subject matter of luscious landscapes and also some inside juicy still lifes. As you can see there is a reception on the 11th of July, please come by if you live 'round these parts. The church is located in northwest Austin, 8001 Mesa Drive.

And...I am so excited to tell you I sold three shoe paintings the day the exhibit was installed.