Thursday, September 30, 2010
This grouping of my little paintings is on display at a local chiropractor's office. They recently moved into a new space and painted their walls with bright colors and wanted some bright paintings to grace them.
This grouping is of the floral and aquatic nature.
If you are interested in any of these paintings . . . just let me know and I can fetch them for you.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This paper collage Barnyard Dog is made in the same style as Barnyard Rooster. A lot of dog-lovers viewing my blog saw Patchwork Kitty and wanted a dog to be showcased. Everyone is not a cat-lover after all or a bird-lover. So for all you dog-lovers, this one is for you.
My mom gave me the idea of doing a series of four paper collage animals representing the Bremen Town Musicians, the folktale by the Brothers Grimm. I'm running with the idea so please stay turned for a cat and a donkey next. Below you can see the rooster and the dog together.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This is the second Blue-footed Booby image. I wanted to give this little guy more personality and character so this is my attempt. I don't think I'm finished with this yet . . . just haven't figured out what's missing. Any ideas?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Today I was practicing making buttonholes with my sewing machine. I really enjoyed the way the little patch was looking with the contrasting shades and with the bright blue string. Suddenly it came to me that the blue in the buttonholes would bring out the blue in the Booby's feet. Thus, this image now has the added element of collage. The square and circular shapes also contrast nicely on the bottom of the page, I think.
Note: I just changed the name of this painting. It started with the brilliant idea of my friend, Ariel, to include the word "buttonholes." Great idea Ariel!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Ink on translucent paper, size 4" x 5.25"
I have had the recommendation from a very smart nature-lover (thanks to Laurie:) to create a Blue-footed Booby image for a long while now. I always thought this was a fabulous idea so I painted this little guy. The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means "stupid" or "fool"/"clown". For this reason I want to work more with this image to give it more personality and this characteristic.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This Flammulated Owl ink drawing was my first in this style of drawing and painting. Yesterday's post referenced this image so I wanted to display it today. I have a feeling I may continue to explore this avenue for a bit of time now.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
This little pygmy owl is fluffying in the cold white snow. What a beautiful winter view he must have.
I really enjoyed pulling my quill pens and ink out of the closet for this piece. I had done another owl in this style in the past and wanted to create this little owl in the same manner.
This painting has an image size of 5" x 5" and is framed in a 8" x 8" frame.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Set of three Daisies and Rocks paintings shown here with the square vases and the actual daisies and rocks that acted as the visual reference. Shown in this order: Daisies and Rocks 1, 3 & 2 from left to right. The flowers have wilted some, although paintings never fade which is the benefit of them. Regardless, I thought this was a fun little photo collage of elements to make. To put the paintings together as one big "image" without the 3D crutch, I think I may need one more painting for this series. It's always endless . . . isn't it?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This is the third in a series. This little glass box full of daisies was painted with a top overlooking view of me peering right down on it. This allowed me to get a really up-close view with the flowers. I concentrated more on them this time and allowed the rocks to take on less of an influence. This is a square box surrounded by a square border (made up of a swooping blanket in red) painted on a square. I enjoyed breaking up the structured geometry with organic fluid lines.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I also wanted to take this chance to show you what the prints look like framed as shown here with Patchwork Kitty as an example. All prints are printed on watercolor paper for added texture and quality. Custom orders on alternate stocks can also be made. They are enclosed in a clear plastic display bag, unless framed.
The top image is of the 12" x 12" print inside a 12" x 12" black frame.
The below image is a matted 8" x 8" print inside a 12" x 12" black frame.
Please note that all of the images on this blog site can be made into prints. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Thank you so much for your interest!
The original painting (Acrylic and Watercolor on Canvas Panel) is also still available. See pull-down menu below:
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This is the second of a series of three, I hope to create, of daisies inside a square glass vase surrounded by river rocks. The use of watercolor in this one has allowed me to leave some areas "unfinished." The area by the rocks has the least amount of paint to let the water and rocks feel fluid and translucent.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This weekend I went to a wedding and they had all these little daisies in little square vases filled with rocks. I was instantly drawn to them and later when they were given as favors and decided to paint them. It's so lovely how the rocks manage to be just as beautiful as the flowers.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Down by the beach, I collected a little still life of poppies and crab apples. We were going on a long car ride to Leavenworth, WA so as a lucky passenger having some time to create I placed the still life in the dash board and began drawing. The top images are the shapes seen reflecting in the window. They are not as bright as the actual items but still there.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This pretty owl is based on a design I had designed for a greeting card. Painting and collage work hand and hand here, or should I say "wing" and "tail." I like how the shapes on the paper and the painting interact with each other--a happy chance!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Okay . . . okay, I know this isn’t really a painting in the traditional sense of the word. However, this is where “thinking outside of the box” took me, to literally break out of the box with a pair of scissors and paper. I have been wanting to explore paper-collage for a long time now. I think it will connect nicely with the work I have been doing for my cut-paper greeting cards seen on my company website, Baby Bird Designs. Check it out: babybirddesigns.com
This little rooster is ready to rock-n-roll.
Monday, September 6, 2010
This little guy is in keeping with the under the sea theme. I wanted to paint a nautilus seashell, but since I added the creature inside the shell with his great big blue eye, it gives a more creepy feeling. Nevertheless these under sea creatures are really fascinating and beautiful.
I don't really think the circle inside the square format is working . . . next time I'll try to think outside the BOX.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I made it through one week of a painting a day!
My paintings have always been about what is going on in my life. Now that I am a mother and painter, my paintings are shaping themselves into paintings for children. Couldn't you see this in a baby's room or in a children's book? It's my new goal to help these happy paintings find themselves homes in such places.
I will post a link soon of some of my older works so that you can see how much my style has changed. Actually, it's not so much my style as much as the subject manner and in this case size of the paintings.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I worked more on the starfish concept today. The idea behind this was to focus on shape, pattern, and texture. The natural designs on actual starfish are really quiet amazing.
I enjoy the way these starfish paintings can dance together.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have been enjoying carrying vases and vases of roses and other flowers from our garden into the house this summer. This painting is an essence of that.
The roses started out as white, but since this is a painting I took artistic liberties with the colors.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This is the opposite of the rainy owl from yesterday. It's a sunny tropical bird with a tropical flower. I must be homesick for sandy beaches and the stillness in the air that only comes from places with constant sun.
Wanting my painting to have more detail and definition, I reintroduced the use of pen and ink--an old favorite of mine. I like combining drawing and painting qualities into one composition.