This is for Dana Cooper's book. I have been on a roll painting beach scenes, so here is one for Dana. This is my last posting for The Flying Moleskins.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
I chose to draw this time because I've had a lot of "hurry up and wait" moments lately that are better for drawing. I drew the initial sketch while I was sitting in the waiting room at Jiffy Lube while my car got serviced!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
8 x 10 Acrylic
This is for Camille' moleskin- her theme is Peace or anything we wanted.
So I wanted something that brings me the "hope of peace" and a sunrise is what did it for me.
For with each new day is a fresh start.
I worked on those clouds a while, you would think they're easy but I had a dickens of a time with them.
As surely as the sun rises, he will appear. Hosea 6:3
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I finally got a bit of time to finish Dana Cooper's moleskin painting. It's Remembrance Day in Canada, and here in Manitoba it's a day off which I am very thankful for, in that we have time to reflect upon, and remember our soldiers who have, and so bravely now serve our country. Dana's son as I recall is in their armed forces, so I did think about her and her family's contribution as I worked on this piece. The freedom to enjoy a beautiful, peaceful summer afternoon is one of the things our countries have always fought for, so it is my honor to try and depict this privilege which we enjoy on this amazing continent. To all of our servicemen and women, thank you.
oil on paper 16" x 5 1/2"
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Earlier this year, Dean lost his sweet little Dolly, a tiny poodle who brought him unconditional love for 17 years. I attempted to work from the photo Dean posted of her on his blog, but it was too difficult to see the necessary detail. Dean, I hope this happy girl brings you fond memories of your Dolly.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I'm sorry....I found both Ed and Vern's Journal staring at me, and woke up and started in motion again. Ed's theme is music...artists, images, ...anything to do with music. Going back a few eons, I have depicted the birth of "rock"music with the band "The Rolling Fossils" performing "The Wooly Mammoth Stomp". This was illustrated just moments before a real wooly mammoth came along and did, indeed, stomp them into fossils.
On the second page of Ed's Journal I did crude attempts at three of my favorite artists, The Moody Blues, Yanni, and Enya. And my apologies to all three of them.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
This is Devlin and Callie for Liz Holm moleskins . Her theme is portraits and the one done by Dana of her mom is so beautiful..... so mine went to the dogs !!!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I greatly admire Adebanji's drawing skill so I was inspired to draw this time. All too often, I have (mistakenly) seen drawing as a chore that is necessary to get past so I can get to the fun of painting. I had forgotten the pleasure of drawing itself and really enjoyed this using this medium again.
Thank you, Adebanji for this thoughtful theme.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I'm not sure I completely captured her likeness, but the whole painting was fun from start to finish. I would like to really know the girl behind the paintings!
Sorry for the glare, I varnished it before I photographed it...oops!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wishing you a bountiful new season. xo
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
My contribution to Irit Bourla's moleskin book is a response to her shoe problem...ha! Irit seems to love shoes, so I thought I'd indulge her with this painting. One of the figures in this painting is Rose, who also loves shoes, and here she is "sight seeing" in Germany. (Hint, she's the granny on the left). They do have some amazing shoes there. Rose bought those spikey red ones.
oil on paper 11 1/2" x 8"
Saturday, September 25, 2010
7 x 9 Acrylics
This is for Angela's moleskins it seems that I reverted to what I like to paint, roads, trees and such with shadows. ( I guess it's my theme in your book Angela) Sorry !
May the road ahead for you be always filled with laughter, mercy, grace, but especially love dear Angela. Hope you like it.
It's coming your way Michelle
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Ed, I'll mail this to you next week after it dries. Sorry that I'm holding up the show here everyone.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
8x10 oil on watercolor paper
Actually this painting is incorrectly titled, it should read: Henry, My Nemesis! I met Henry while painting plein air a while ago. He walked up to me wearing a blue on blue polka dot choker collar, he had a sleek short hair cut, and the wildest pompadour, complete with a topknot. His owners graciously allowed me to photograph him; Henry was obviously comfortable in front of the camera as every shot of him was perfect, all ready for a painting.
Now, for the nemesis part. Henry has been the most difficult dog I have ever painted, I should know, this is my 4th painting of him. My other 3 Henry paintings...ready for a bonfire come winter...include his full body. Something about that wild hair-do with the sleek body did not make a lovely painting, too much of a textural weird contrast or at least that's how I've justified those 3 bonfire failures. My husband (thanks, honey) has assured me "not all dogs are supposed to be painted and this one is just ugly".
I still don't know why I selected Henry for Vern's book, I just felt compelled to paint this dog and succeed for once. Cropping that wild pompadour with the topknot and focusing on Henry's face was a huge help, I am pleased with my 4th and I guess final painting of Henry.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
First of all, I need to apologize to everyone for being so tardy with painting these days. And I won't get a lot of opportunity in the next couple of weeks...WORK...UGH! Hopefully, this will be dry enough to send along to Ed at the end of the week. With that out of the way, this is a portrait of Tracy Grant, one of Michelle's painting buddies who just happened to be attending Doug's workshop with me in Helper. She was a lot of fun to hang with, and graciously allowed me to snap off a few photos to aid in surprising Michelle.
oil on paper 16" x 8"
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Irit chose local places as her theme. I must confess my favorite local places are my back yard and my house. There I feel most comfortable and connected to art work.
This spring I bought a camera with a great zoom capability. Birds , unsuspecting people and their pets are all fair game to the lens. This fella was walking his mini pinscher across the street outside my kitchen window.
I hope you like it, Irit!
Get ready for some moleskins, Vern, my friend.
Monday, August 30, 2010
This is my submission for Angela Elledge's Flying Moleskin book. Angela is a gifted fellow artist/blogger who works at the West Dallas Community School. Angela's art is often of pets as well as children from the school.
The title suggests that though the portrait is a work in progress, so is the child.
It was a delight to create this piece for Angela, one who understands that we are all works in progress!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This is acrylic on gessoed paper in moleskin book...5 1/2 x 16 in. Also used a bit of ink work plus color pencil...Mixed media.
This is my contribution to Dana's book. She selected a dream theme. For a long while, I had no idea what to paint...until I slept on it, that is...Lol.
I don't know exactly what led me to think of "Starry Night" but as I read up on it, and Van Gogh, I knew this was a great solution to the dream theme.
The following is some interesting information and quotes that tie it all together...
Van Gogh painted Starry Night while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889.
During Van Gogh's younger years (1876-1880) he wanted to dedicate his life to evangelization of those in poverty. Many believe that this religious endeavor may be reflected in the eleven stars of the painting. In Genesis 37:9 the following statement is made:
"And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me."
from Van Gogh Library
"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream."
Vincent Van Gogh
"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars."
Vincent Van Gogh
I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
Vincent Van Gogh
Within a cropped version of "Starry Night" I superimposed a Van Gogh self portrait. The original portrait had anguished eyes and a down turned mouth. I modified it by closing his eyes and giving him a little smile...as in peaceful sleep...the land of a genius' dreams...
I hope you like it Dana!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Her Mom is sick, Liz gave up on her carrier just to be able to take care of her. Her Mom blessed having such a great daughter. My Mom also having the same illness and my brother is taking care of her.
Liz is dealing with a very difficult situation but hanging on.
"Momma Was Pretty" is for you Liz with love, always remember the good things about your Mom..
Oil on paper.
Please visit her Blog : Liz Holm
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I have done this piece in gouache on mount-board.
I have done this piece in gouache on mount-board.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
In this house all I remember is lots of red in the kitchen. Red is my favorite color.
This painting was almost finished when my grandkids were visiting us and one of them ,by mistake, put a book on the fresh paint.
I tried my best to save this painting but unfortunately the result was not exactly what I was hoping for.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
8x11 oil on moleskine sketchbook
Until I read Edward's introduction in his book, I had no idea what I was going to paint for his music theme. When I read "people dancing", I knew immediately I would attempt this painting.
At my school, after studying Pioneer times, 2nd grade has a day where they celebrate the Pioneer life of long ago. The children are dressed in period costumes and have fun experiencing Pioneer times. One of our grandmothers dresses the part and tells "stories" of her travels West. After her stories, she plays her autoharp and the children dance. This is Jules dancing with one of our parent volunteers. I don't have favorite students, instead I have a whole school (250 students) of favorites. Jules is special, she loves art and I love her!
Here is a short video of my school, click here, you can see a real quick shot of Jules drinking milk in the dining hall and then later eating a sandwich. As sad I as I am for my summer vacation to end, after watching this video again, I cannot wait to see my students!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
|my front porch|
mixed media sketch
Irit's journal theme is local places. Since my travels are more restricted these days, I figured just out the front door would qualify. Our home was built in 1920, and has a long, covered porch with a swing at one end. When the weather's not too hot, it's a (relatively) quiet place to relax. So relaxing, in fact, that it wasn't until I'd finished this piece that I realized I'd done it upside down in the book. My apologies, Irit, but I've cut it out, and glued it in right side up.
Monday, August 2, 2010
This is acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper approx 9.75 x 6.5 in.
Here is my entry for Dominique's moleskin. Her theme is gates...pathways...passages.
I thought this fit her theme perfectly...with the mission and illuminated cross symbolizing the most wonderful journey of all.
Hope you like this one, Dominique, and thank you for inviting me into this wonderful group of the Flying Moleskins.
Adebanji sent both Michelle's and Dominique's books to me in one package. So that is how both of these will be sent to you, Vern. They will be on their way today.
The image for this painting comes from the A Day Not Wasted painting challenge for July.
It's hosted by a great photographer and artist, Lee Brown...check it out.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
This is for Michelle's book. The theme being favorite things...places...memories.
I used to spend more time than any human being should, trying to figure out and many times catching the great large mouth bass. Doing this painting revived many pleasant memories of being wrapped in nature-studying all her many moods and creatures. I feel the experience works it's way into my paintings.
Hope you like it, Michelle.
This and Dominique's book will be headed your way Vern!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
8 x 10 Oil
Well first off I have to admit I'm not very good with my own deadlines combined with my job makes for delays, so sorry for the late entry. It's on it's way-> to you Michelle.
This is for Dean's moleskins. I knew what I wanted to paint but to do it with out fear in someone else's book and in oil, yikes !!
Hope you like Dean.
Isaiah 6:3 The whole earth is full of his glory