Although I've used acrylic paint longer than I can remember, it was rarely for fine art and usually for decorative purposes. I decided to paint this image from photos I had taken at the end of summer 2016 using acrylics instead of oils. The lighting was adding quite a bit of interest to this arrangement. I enjoy painting white flowers in particular and petunias have such a flare and flounce that make them fun to paint.
Since I had not been posting regularly toward the end of 2016, I thought I would post some of the paintings done towards the end of the year now.
I painted this teacup twice. Once as a profile (not a very dynamic image) and from this angle which turned out to be much more interesting. Painting the golden highlights in this shadowy lighting was a bit of a challenge but I quite like how this turned out.
I can't believe I skipped over the entire Christmas season 2016 and am well into 2017. It didn't feel right not being here so here I am jumping back in again. Probably the main reason I haven't been here is that I've been using Instagram a lot more and October through to the end of the year is always so busy preparing for shows and exhibits and finally family time.
January of any year means to me a time to indulge in new pursuits and do tutorials and experiments with new media. I'd have to say needlework was probably what I spent time with this year and I want to get comfortable with some of these new approaches so I can easily transition between textile work and painting.
So here is what I did a little bit of last month....some wet felting and wool embroidery.
Color, no matter what format, is so enticing whether it comes out of a tube or from a spool....I love it.
Oh how I've missed my blog. I have been using Instagram a lot more lately and that is probably why I've been remiss in posting here. But here I am with the final version of my nasturtiums. I am playing catchup so on to the next painting.
Summer is traditionally wedding season and illustrating for everything from the invitations to the reception tables can keep me pretty busy. There are the place cards, seating charts, menus and beautiful quotes to design for.
This is a re-visit of a painting I did maybe 3-4 years ago. You can see the original in my banner at the top of the page. This time on a collaged background with my calligraphy of a quote that I like a lot..."Fill your heart with what's important and be done with all the rest". I decided to re-do this image because I wanted to see how I might have evolved after a dedicated effort to improve my brush strokes. I like this one as much as the first but I have to say it