Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Beautiful Fall

Jean's Jamaican background is showing...the perfect hat for this unusually cold autumn. My daughter came up with the today's title: Beautiful Fall and she's absolutely right. It is beautiful...from inside the warm house especially! Time for roasted marshmallows and lots of candy tomorrow! Aloha!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Here and Now

Here and Now  is a pastel painting which I just completed for the already sold out 21st Annual March of Dimes Chefs Auction.  Many talented Greensboro chefs celebrate local foods and we are fortunate in the Triad to have some wonderful restaurants and food sources (a shout-out to Maxie B's too, with their dedication to local ingredients...just a personal favorite). With that inspiration, I rounded up some Restless Soul Red Table Wine from Old North State Winery and My Three Sons gourmet Pimento Cheese from right here in Greensboro and displayed them in another local favorite of mine (my Sweetheart's back yard). By the way, quite a delicious set-up!

The tradition of "nature mort" (or still life) is often a reminder of the transitory nature of things. Picture my little table full of goodies precariously balanced on the grass. Then picture me picking it all up and moving it between photos as I chased the setting sun across the yard. Yes, we really are moving over 1,000 miles/hour as our planet spins...and that's not counting the orbit around the sun. So, all the more reason to enjoy our fleeting, flying moments. Here and Now is an elusive concept. Aloha!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Karen today

This go-round produced a much better likeness and a more satisfactory painting for me. I think Karen liked the previous painting I did of her (May, 2012), which had a green background and showed blonder hair, but I wasn't pleased with the lack of finish at the time, after only two sessions. She's a great and very generous model, so I hope we'll be painting her again.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Karen Take 2

So great to be back in the studio today! This painting is really requiring me to look and study, then look and study some more. It's moving in the right direction, but really can't wait to work on it some more!

Also in progress on a larger still life...just in the drawing stage yet. But I need a 28 hour day or two. Aloha!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Let's try that again

My previous painting with this model never really "clicked"...I just didn't do her justice. Happy to have another try and I think at least it's a better beginning. Had to leave this at a rather awkward stage, though, which brings me to the consideration that some artists would never consider posting anything on "The Internet" that isn't finished or perfect. Hmmm, not me! Sin on boldly, I say. But that's just me...