Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Hop

I've been invited by Nancy Goldman to participate in a "Blog Hop".   This is a way for artists to find other artists with blogs that they may otherwise never have seen.  I will introduce you to Nancy, answer four specific questions about my work and then introduce you to two artists whose blogs I follow and whose work I admire.

I honestly do not remember when I first found Nancy's blog, but it was quite a long time ago. I noticed her silk paintings on another artists blog, I believe, and was captivated by the vivid blues & greens I saw. I followed the link to her blog & was amazed. I've been a fan of her work ever since.

Nancy Goldman
Soft Yellow Clivia 
"I love to experiment with most mediums & styles of art. I get bored easily and can't imagine painting in just one style or medium. My favorite is watercolor and I enjoy glazing multiple layers of color to create the finished painting. 
Watercolor paintings have a luminosity that can't be achieved with any other medium. The transparency of the paints, along with the sedimentary qualities of some of the paint colors allow for a feeling of texture and light. There are many techniques possible with watercolor, from loose and watery to tightly rendered paintings, which makes each new painting a wonderful adventure."

Here is Nancy's blog:

Here are the questions I need to answer about my own work:

1) What am I working on?
Right now I am trying to organize my work that is going into an annual art show I am in. Last year I participated for the first time in the Art in the Park show in my home area. It's an outdoor show that is very well known in the area, and is open to only 100 artists. Last year was a learning experience for me and I walked around and absorbed all I could from the day. This year, I am planning to focus on my architectural drawings only, rather than mixing genre's. So I'm matting & framing some existing pieces, and painting a few new pieces. The new pieces are larger than my usual 9x12 sizes (which have been my preferred sizes of late). I just finished a 16x20 barn which I love, and will be a part of the show.  

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I work full-time in the graphic arts industry and I think that has a strong influence on my style. I also have a love for architecture, so I combine the details from the graphic industry with the angles and lines of architecture. I love to paint houses and have done quite a few commissioned pieces of peoples homes. It's really about capturing the feeling that is projected by the home. I believe a persons home is a reflection of themselves, so I call these paintings Home Portraits.   

3) Why do I create what I do?
My father first got me interested in art. We would watch artists on television and he taught me perspective drawing at a young age. He would take a piece of white paper, put a dot in the center somewhere & then tell me to draw the interior of the room we were in. I learned about vanishing points, lines & angles. I paint because I love to create, but there is a part of me that fondly remembers those times with my dad every time I do a piece. 

4) How does my creative process work?
I would love to say I have a disciplined or a sophisticated approach to painting, but quite honestly, my method is quite different. I am inspired by a thought or image. I decide what size I would like it to be - often selecting a canvas size that fits the idea in my mind. I photograph often - everything - everywhere I am. And I use those photos, or parts of them, to create my paintings from. I will do a quick sketch of the scene & then dive right in with paint. I don't do under paintings, but rather paint direct on the canvas. Often, while I am doing one painting, I will get an idea for another one. But I won't start the second one until I'm done (or close to done) on the first one.

Now for the artist that I want to introduce you to:

Sea Dean is an artist I met through a Facebook group that she administers called: Get Your Art Out There. From the group, I found her blog & her gallery on Daily Paint Works. She's a wonderful acrylic artist who does many genres - may favorite are her sea paintings (of which I own 2!)

Sea Dean

"I believe that all human beings have the ability to create awesome art but most lack the encouragement or opportunity to do so. Late in life, some take it up as a form of therapy and others to fulfill a lifelong dream. I fit into both those categories.

When I completed Art School I always intended to pursue a career in art and literature, but I had migrated to small town Canada, where there was little opportunity in my chosen field. I allowed life to get in the way, until a series of catastrophic events brought me back into alignment. Since then I’ve approached my art with the same passion and determination that I have applied to all my past achievements.

Art is not easy; it takes a special type of courage to make it your profession, but I’m no stranger to that. For me, it is important, to keep growing as an artist, keep pushing the boundaries and discovering new techniques. And paramount to my experience is the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others, which I do in my PAINT A MASTERPIECE classes and through my Facebook group GET YOUR ART OUT THERE.

If in my journey, I create something which brings joy to another human being, or if I help a person rediscover their passion, I have truly achieved."

Sea's Blog:

Sea's Website:

I hope you've enjoyed meeting this artist & learning a little more about me. Due to scheduling problems, one of my featured artists had to drop out at the last minute, so I only have 1 featured artist on my post. She will be continuing the "blog hop" in her own blog & will feature her favorite artists as well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Venice Restaurant

Acrylic on 12x16 stretched canvas
Email me if interested in this painting

This was quite a challenge for me. All those bricks! I didn't want to totally ignore them, but I didn't want to paint each individual one complete with mortar & highlights! The trick was to do a solid background that was lighter, then use a small, square brush in various shades of the background to create the "blocks." The lower portions of the bricks have been near the water so long, they have moss growing on them and are discolored. 

But I think it was the blue of the doors and on the windows, along with all the greenery, that caught my eye. This was a google street view that I had once found while exploring Venice Italy. I have to go back & try and find the link to the original view (I have it filed away I believe). This is a restaurant that is alone one of the numerous canals of Venice. Can you just image pulling up by boat to that doorway, stepping out & then going in for dinner? Such a life in Venice!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Listing to One Side

Acrylic on 16x20 stretched canvas
Email me if interested in this painting

I finally finished a larger painting! This is an old barn that I've been meaning to paint for quite some time. And 16x20 use to be my favorite size for painting. But once I go into the daily painting routine, the larger size did not work. It feels great to go back to this size for a painting again. Almost like visiting an old friend!

But I had forgotten how to work larger! Larger brushes, bolder strokes, less details - oh, how I struggled at first. And I almost shelved this saying "not working" - but I kept at it. This morning I noticed it was starting to look "better" - and I started working it with the final look in mind (instead of the what-is-wrong-with-this look). I might tweak it more - little light here, little shadow there - but I've stepped away and put down the brushes. A sign I am basically happy with it. My husband just looked at it & asked if the barn is suppose to be listing to one side - hence the name on this! (the answer is yes)

This may go into the Oct art show (probably will), but I have to put it together with the rest of my work. I figure I will paint, paint, paint until a week or so before -- then decide what goes in & what stays out. Until then, email me if you are interested in any of my current new work, as I am not putting them up for auction until after the show.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

3 Arches

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas panel
Email me if interested in this painting

This is another home from 1934 - look at those arches on that porch! The details on some of these homes is outstanding - the cut arches, the lattice on the windows - they don't build them like this anymore. I just love the feeling that these older homes have. The original photo can be seen here.

This home painting is also going to be part of the Art in the Park show this October 11th. It will be matted & framed, along with some of it's neighborhood buildings. 


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