Sunday, April 26, 2009

Definitely not a 'painting a day'

Well, I thought I better post something so people won't think I fell off the face of the earth. I've been busy as usual with a variety of stuff and just haven't made my 'paintings a day' or any paintings a priority. Soooooo....I decided to post some of my other paintings for you to enjoy.
This is an oil portrait I painted last year of a little boy at the beach. I had to crop the photo as the painting is is actually a square painting. The photo doesn't do the painting justice, and the painting doesn't do the little boy justice - he is so incredibly cute, cute, cute. However, his mom was absolutely thrilled when his dad gave it to her for Christmas. What a great gift to give someone ...... and a terrific heirloom.
Well, I'm going to wrap it up for today. I'll be back though. Let me know if you have any questions.
"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work". Emile Zola, writer
Thanks, Helen

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Painting a Day

Yes, this was done within a day...'a painting a day'. Even if I don't have time to finish a small painting a day I do try to do at least a bit of painting daily. Sometime it doesn't happen. This is a little ginger jar I love and use occassionally for paintings although I don't paint many still lifes. I'm not sure why as I do enjoy them when I do pursue them...well, I'll save that one for another post.
I had a professor in college that required us to keep a sketch book/journal that we were to draw, paint, doodle, write in daily. That was one of our requirements for the class. She emphasized how important it was to the development of our skills, ideas and discipline. It could really be a chore, and since that time I have not been very good about keeping a sketch diary, however, my work as a full time decorative artist has, I believe, helped my art overall in a similar way. No, it is not the same as the sketch journal but it has forced me to exercise my varied artistic skills and creativity on a regular basis - even some of the less interesting projects that I have tackled. This too, I will discuss further in another post... so, stay tuned and check back again.
This is an 8" x 10" oil that is available for purchase. Please email me if you are interested ( I had to improvise on the flowers as the ones I have dried up from when I picked them last year...yes, they have been in that ginger jar for awhile. I'll have more again soon - spring flowers are blooming and trees are budding. Yea!
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival". C.S.Lewis, writer
Have a good day, Helen

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Not a Painting a Day

This is an 8" x 16" oil painting of.....the beach. I would like to be there right now, although it is kind've nice sitting here listening to the rain as it hits the roof of the house. Actually, I think it is just dripping from the trees and gutters...kind've a rhythmic/hypnotic sound...kind've like the sound of waves...and we've got the water connection...okay...the brain cells are slowing down...they're lacking sleep among other things. I just thought this would be a nice little painting to post, and of course it is available for purchase. Let me know if you have any questions. (I am also working on one that is similar to the cropped view of the boys - a close up).

"Life loves the liver of it" Maya Angelou, writer and educator

Have a great weekend, Helen