Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One Rose ~ (6x6 inches acrylics on stretched canvas) To save the whole world....this idea came from the novels in Stephen King's Dark Tower series (pictured below). The one rose grows in a weedy vacant lot in the center of New York City and seems to be a key, door or portal to the Dark Tower itself. The Dark Tower series is mesmerizing and I felt inspired by the magic of that one special rose. I knew I had to try and paint my idea of what it would look like. Here's a wikipedia article link which explains more about the rose and the mission to save it. My dear friend Babs has been traveling through the Dark Tower novels too and she painted a fantastic work which depicts 'The Song of Susannah' in her blog 'Off the Wall'. Check it out!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Post Full 'o Colors ~ I have several photos of colorful things to share in this post. I have a small painting going on, but it's still in the 'doodoo' stage right now, so I'd rather just share these photos. :)

I had to really zoom in to get this picture of the bright yellow finch out in the backyard. He was sitting in our tulip poplar tree, as bright yellow as a canary.

Big blue sky with a jet stitching up the clouds. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago.

I took this picture yesterday right before it got dark. This pink rainbow (yes, it was really pink, this photo is unretouched) was to the south and the whole western sky was a bright hot pink! The awful weather we've had the last couple days have created some awesome looking skies this week!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Three Little Kittens ~ who lost their mittens and then began to cry... This was one of my daughter's favorite bedtime stories when she was a little girl and I read it to her countless times. She would always get so happy and relieved when the kittens finally found their mittens and Mama cat gave them some pie. :) I couldn't resist painting this when I saw the Ebay NFAC theme this month was favorite childhood stories. This is 6 x 6 inches, acrylics on a stretched canvas.

Thunderstorms! ~ We have had severe thunderstorm watches, warnings, tornado watches and warnings, and large hail warnings pretty much all day long. I took these pictures of the sky this evening. In one of these, the clouds separated and I could see what looked like a big star shape! We didn't get the tornadoes or hail, only threatening skies and a couple of heavy rains today.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ooops, I should have mentioned, the barn above is a close-up
detail from the picture below. The pearl paint was reflective and shiny in the light
in this picture.

Spring in the Country ~ I built a country barn and planted a blooming tree in the landscape I posted in my last post. I also trimmed it down to 5 x 7 inches. Today I realized I needed a roof on the barn so I painted it in pearl irridescent acrylics.

The pollen here is so heavy that my green car had turned powdery yellow today! Yes, I'm still aaachooing with allergies too. I hope everyone has a fun and creative weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Some new little paintings and an apple tree dressed in blooms~
I've been finding it hard to get inspired to paint until recently and I think it may be the miserable allergies I've had the last few weeks. It's funny how someone can go for most of their lives through the spring season with not a single allergy symptom...when...'wham' all of a sudden one year you find you are allergic to the pollen, flowers, etc. Thank goodness for the over counter medicines, they really do seem to help. Sneeze, cough, blow nose, take out eyeballs and scratch them, arrgh! :) That's what I feel like doing anyways!

The painting above left is one I'm working on but it's still a wip. I'm thinking about trying to paint a country barn and cows in there, but I'm still thinking about that one. Also, I've been painting some ACEOs (above right). All of these are acrylics on watercolor paper.

Our two old apple trees at the back of the yard have outdone theirselves in blooms this year, so hopefully we'll be having some apple pies later this year!

Friday, April 10, 2009

HAPPY EASTER ~ I took this picture of my daughter nineteen years ago at Grandma's house for the annual Easter egg hunt. Where do the years go? That year she discovered you were supposed to find the hidden colored eggs and place them in your basket, not step on them and crunch them, although that was fun too. :) Some of the eggs were special, made of plastic and had hidden candy treasures inside. I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Easter!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Untitled so far ~ This painting is acrylics on an 8 x 10 inch stretched canvas. I don't know where in the world I'm going with this one yet but I can see a big window with lots of glass panes. Do you ever feel like you have to paint something and just grab a blank canvas late at night and start painting something... anything at all? That's how this one started and I'm not sure where to go with it yet, lots more studying and looking at it might do the trick though.