Friday, September 13, 2013

The Naked and The Dressed

"Lilly Pads Jammin", 11 x 14, pastel on Pastelbord.
I've been very busy getting ready for Sierra Art Trails  open studio event here in the foothills of Yosemite National Park. It opens three weeks from today.  Holly moley! That's not a long time when you consider all the things that must take place for example, cleanings one's studio and home, curating and hanging, making title and price cards, marketing, sending out post cards, telephone calls, food, and what ever else comes up during the countdown time. What makes it all worth it? For me it's an opportunity to share my passion and my creative process. It's the culmination of a years creativity. I created my last two paintings "Lilly Pads Jammin" and  "High Country Lilly Pond" (see my last blog)  too late to go to the framer but I will include them in my show naked so should anyone be interested in buying, they will have the pleasure of dressing them up anyway they want.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

From Smart Phone to Smart Art

High Country Lilly Pond, 11 x 14, pastel on Pastelbord.
Wow, I've really gotten away from blogging. Maybe it was the heat or vacations or a setback with a blood disorder I have or maybe I lost my incentive or motivation. Whatever! I took a leave of absence which artist's too have a right to do. In my absence I traded in my three year old smart phone (which wasn't so smart anymore) for a new one. It's been an adventure for me . I don't have a grand kid living nearby to help me with it so I've been hounding the customer support folks. It's a good thing a new person comes on every time so they can't say "Oh No! It's her again". Glad of that. But it's been good for me going through the growing pains. I was reminded that I love learning whether it's a smart phone or in my art. I can and have put myself into my own box when it comes to art but like the cell phone it becomes not so smart anymore. With this painting, I went back once again to my old subject of lily ponds. It's been around five years since I last painted one. I discovered in the process some new thought processes,and some newer freedoms of expression that have taken place since I last journeyed there. I've also rediscovered my love for this subject matter. More to come.... Here are some older paintings I've done on the subject.
Purple Lillies, Yellow Pads, 18 x 24.
"Lilly Pond, Statue and Gardens", 18 x 24.
"Koi and Lilly Pond", 18 x 24.