Lots of layers that are difficult to see. The glitter and shiny stuff is really hard to photograph. So you are missing out on some of the best stuff on this piece of mixed media art on board. Maybe if you click on the image to enlarge you'll see it all.
Sometimes it can be difficult because I still have a day job.
I come home around 5pm and enjoy the garden for about 30 minutes. Then dinner is ready. After that I have a couple of hours for studio time. If I don't get into bed by 8:30 I'll be in a comma the whole next day.....head bobbing at my desk.
Generally when I have lunch (still at my desk) I surf blogs and other art related sites.
But the remainder of my day here at the "Job" is spent really thinking to myself about ART.
This balancing act of art and the day job is difficult.
Today I came across Jesse Reno, this guy is refreshing, and I so want to be in that space of making art......I loved his video.
Treat yourself and visit Jesse Reno, see the video. Be inspired.
FRECKLES ~ ACRYLIC AND PEN ON 4X6 POSTCARD PAULA ~ 2007
And finally, the last but most certainly not the least !!
This is Freckles, her given name is Francine but everyone in the coop prefers "Freckles". She's kind of shy, she has a bit of a skin issue, all those freckles have brought her a lot of good hearted teasing, alas she is a tender and demure little chick and her feelings get hurt easily.
I had a difficult time getting her to agree to sit for the portrait, and even then I had to keep getting up from the easel to urge her back into the room.........little sweetie that she is....
Anyone out there have advice for boosting a chicks tender ego????
She's a sweet Chick-A-Babe, posted here today as my tribute to Chewy
I don't know where Chewy got that name "Chick-A-Babe" but I just adore it and her art is something to admire as well.
Today is Friday ! I hope to eat well, drink in moderation, have a kittie-nap, and paint up a storm this weekend !!!
P.S. I nearly forgot! I've been joking about seeing the lizards in my yard having sex. I really do have better things to do, but I've been thinking a lot about Kim's writing on the "slow life" so I sit on my patio where life goes slooooow, which means I see lizards having sex ~ I kid you not! Well this morning there was a little baby lizard and I'm betting there are more !! I hope to get a photo.......isn't that too cool !
His work is so full of joy and life. I studied a very small corner of one of his paintings and made this postcard painting from what I saw. It was a fun process and I learned a lot about my own style. Obviously I would NEVER copy someone's work to sell .......
As I worked away on my little experiment, I thought about Pierre and what he might have been thinking as he created his paintings, where his inspiration came from, how he arrives at his choices for color, is his life as joy-filled as his paintings, does he only dream of such relationship or is his life really like his work, ........good questions I will certainly ask him the next time I'm in Taos !!!!
I encourage you to really look at those master's works and attempt to learn from them.
These Gayfeathers were planted last year and they looked just horrible.....on death's door, so to speak.
I'm sure glad I didn't dig them up as my husband suggested because this year they are just simply beautiful ! And to think this is just their first full season in my garden. Imagine how they'll look when they are established and BIGGER !!!!!!
I'd been working on both of these for some time now and finally had an extended period of time to finish up. I've used Golden Matte Acrylic, and just love it. This paint provides a beautiful Matte Finish....... It reminds me a lot of gouache and egg tempera. Lovely finish.
That yellow really photographed kind 0f harsh it is really more of a soft Yellow Ocher
I had a great 4th of July holiday here in the Great American Southwest
Every now and then I come across someone who talks about slowing down.
Slower food, slower fun, slower life in general.
My recent fun with acrylic glazes really illuminated that "slow" concept for me.
When using such a thick glaze, getting impatient and quickly stirring the mixture creates air bubbles.
Then the pouring is slow, slowly spreading, tilting, waiting for gravity to work it's magic.
Back to those air bubbles, figuring out how to eliminate them during the pour requires some patience but I've found that if you use a pallet knife you can scoop up a bit that has dripped off and deposit it back on the surface and actually drag the air bubbles off the surface. It takes patience.
Then there is the drying time.
So after all this, I still have to sit back and look at what I've created, not satisfied and trying to decide what should happen next and whether I'll like the out come.
I'm not a time waster so I want to be sure before I go to all the trouble to repeat the previous process !
And there is more about this SLOOOOOOOWWWWWWW concept ~
The other day I was laying in the grass looking up into the trees while I talked to my daughter-in-law on the phone. Looking up, looking up, more looking up........ looking up for quite a while when suddenly I realize what I'm seeing. A pair of hummingbirds and their nest !!!! Oh my god, I was astounded !!!!
Hummingbird Mommy !
(bad photo but the best I could do on a windy day with my little camera) Paula - 2008
What do we miss when we are in an everyday sort of rush to get there, get it done, move on to the next thing on our to-do list?
Just something to think about on these warm, lazy, summer afternoons.
Is there a tree nearby? Can you take some time to stretch out and just watch ????
TO GLAZE OR NOT TO GLAZE (click for a larger image) PAULA - 2008
Top photo - nearly no glaze at all
Bottom photo - super thick, poured on glaze made from soft gloss gel, matte gel, water, fine gold and interference blue (a la Nancy Reyner).
Aside from the fact that the bottom one was a bear to photograph, I *think* I like it.
I'm not so sure how a person would take adequate photos to represent and sell online, this seems to be a more in-person presentation.
I've been having lots of fun with glazes and playing with some small 4 x 4 canvas covered boards. They do have a faux encaustic look without having to run out and stock a whole studio wtih encaustic supplies, not to mention the durability factor increases dramatically with the acrylic glazes.
Kim uses a lot of glazes in her work and so is the main inspiration for me trying out this process.
So I'm wandering around Santa Fe. Just a couple of blocks off the plaza, taking photos. There is so much to see - a visual paradise.
When I stop dead in my tracks
This just can't be.........
I see a sign posted over a shop door that says "No Photographs"
Too bad, beautiful building.
Are they just being cranky? Too many tourists? Maybe it is time to get out of the business. I sure hope these folks don't track me down for taking this photo, I did it before I saw the sign.......(I'm sorry)
Santa Fe Eggplants - Violet 14 x 18 gallery wrap canvas Paula ~ 2008 (click image to enlarge)
I like showing you my art with photos from my studio - it just seems more natural and creative to display them on the easel
I'm on a bit of a roll here with these acrylic on canvas abstracts
The blue one in the background was my first installment in this series
What do you think?
What feelings arise in you when you view this art?
Am I out to lunch?
Have I tilted in the wind just a bit too far?
For some reason these paintings help me to relax and just let my creativity flow.
And, on the topic of creativity.......
Just yesterday Kim over at Creating Space were exchanging emails and she really got me to thinking about creativity - a lot of questions came up for me
Where does creativity originate? What is creativity? Just art, or maybe also cooking, science, music, mowing your lawn? Who epitomizes creativity for you? Jackson Pollack, Salvadore Dali, Tiger Woods, Bill Gates?
I can't begin to know the answers but I'd sure love to know what your thoughts are on the subject of creativity !!!
Maybe it is the idea of so few rules, maybe it is the idea of "fun"...........