Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Ursula", Life and an Art Exhibit

A quick post to say hello.  It has been crazy around here lately.  Just the usual things breaking in threes with repairs to be made. (I will spare the boring details.)  Lots of wonderful time with family going on. Went to a surprise 85th birthday party for my aunt. My youngest daughter starts high school tomorrow! Baptism for my Grandson (oldest daughter) on Sunday. My second youngest daughter getting married in Nov. so we helped her pick out her beautiful dress.  Small anniversary party for my parents in the works.  A beautiful full moon on the rise.  What more could I ask for?

I had 3 paintings chosen this year for the Epilepsy Foundation 2016 Hidden Truths, The Mind Unraveled Art Show in California.  I was honored that my work was chosen.  They are wonderful people to work with.  The show is Sat. Oct 8 at the Gray Matter Museum of Art in Costa Mesa.

Here is my newest painting.  I am still using oil paint and this one is done on a 12 x 12 x 1 wood panel.  I named her Ursula (favorite Little Mermaid character) and she is available on my website.


Here is an in situ shot


Thanks for visiting.  Until the next time...

Peace to you!

~Donna~


Friday, August 5, 2016

Mad Painters and "Sisters"

I have lately been spending a lot of my time painting my carport.  It is a solid structure that was built right onto the house in the mid 50's.  I love everything about it except for THE LATTICE!!!!  There is a 4 ft. x 8 ft.(-6 inches) section of lattice attached to each section of the frame around the structure for a total of 8 pieces. They are being painted front and back.  It come out to roughly 500 square feet!  I swear I have more hours invested in painting this lattice than the rest of the house.  I go out in the morning while it is still cool outside.  I do not think about it or I might talk myself out of it.  I just grab my brush & little roller and go to it.  Painting and rolling and painting and rolling, drop on the chair for H20 and rest then painting and rolling again. I can go about 3 hours before I have to quit for the day. Yesterday morning I was back at my painting ritual.  It was quite warm out (painting and rolling) and as I was getting close to quitting time I could see how close I am coming (painting and rolling) to finishing this tedious job.  I thought to myself how I hate painting and rolling this lattice and have earned some relaxation time.  The next thought was "I can't wait to go to my studio and paint!  I think we painters are a mad lot!

Here is a new piece that I have been working on for a while.  It is oil and collage on canvas.  I just finished it today.  It is titled "Sisters" and it is available on my website.  12 X 24 X 1.5.
Until the next time.....


~Donna~

Monday, July 11, 2016

Painting "London"

I don't know about you but when I paint faces or figures I like to have a reference photo.  I usually use my own photos but I found an image on line that I saved to my computer.  I love shadow and light and this photographer is a master at capturing it.  I painted this portrait using the reference photo with intentions of abstracting it to really make it my own.  I love this painting but even with my changes I think it looked a bit too much like the photographers work.  I even taped the photo next to the painting on my wall to observe it from my coffee chair.  My daughters confirmed that the two pieces side by side were very similar but mine looked more like Robbie Kay. (It's not him:)  I could not in good conscience claim the image as my own.  What to do?

After some deliberation I e-mailed the photographer to get his permission to use the image.  He got back to me almost immediately with his blessings to use the photo. The photographer is Seth London and his work is so artistic and beautiful.  I encourage everyone to check out his images when you can.  Thank you Seth London!  I named this piece after you!

"London"
oil on 12 x 12 x 1 wood panel

Until the next time...

~Donna~