Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Snow Owl Prepares for Winter

It was a dreary last day of August as rain filled the NW sky and I was home with a cold. I imagine this owl to be a sort of self-portrait as she is packing nuts and leaves away in her owl den. (No mice for me, please.) The reds, yellows, rusts and oranges are to represent autumn, the season to prepare for winter. Happy September everyone!

I should add that my two-year old son was painting with me this afternoon and managed to whirl out nine beautiful paintings to my one.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Patchwork Kitty

This little Patchwork Kitty is a tribute to a kitten I used to have.

I am used to painting with oils and encaustics, but thought I would give acrylics a chance because they would be safer around my son. I imagine we will paint together on several occasions. After all, the idea behind this series is paintings for children, babies and the young at heart.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How It All Began . . .

Upon hearing about the painting a day project (based on Carol Marine’s workshop) from a friend and fellow artist, Layne Cook, I have decided to give it a go. Being an artist returning to my craft after a two year sabbatical since the birth of my son, I am both excited and challenged by this undertaking. What better way to get my hands “wet” so to speak than the constancy of creating a painting a day. I have been working as a graphic designer so shapes and designs are fresh on my palette, but there is something rich and direct about painting that my creativity has been craving. Wish me luck as I begin this journey. . . . The idea behind Dreamscapes is to create common items, animals and landscapes, as they would be in a dream with fancy colors and a wild imagination. I like to imagine my paintings are the reality a child would see in a dream.

The following painting, Cat in Magic Forest, that I created a few years back served as inspiration for Dreamscapes . . .