Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All in the Family

I love my brother's art.  He just launched a facebook page.  Hop on over and give it a "like"
He and his talented wife got his website all spruced up too.
And check out my Mom getting her creative on!  This bunny cake is the second creative cake she has made lately.  Go Mom!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Eggs

Going through boxes of my grandmother's things, my mother found this "birth" day egg.  It was given to my grandmother in the hospital after my mother was born - which was the day after Easter that year. (1940 )
Probably it was dyed pink and has turned brown over the years. I imagine the nurses dyed blue and pink eggs for all the babies born then and gave them to the new moms.
 Cool or weird?  I'm on the fence.  Have to respect the writing on the egg with marker pen though!!  Did they have Sharpies back then?

                                Looking for more current egg decorating inspiration?  take a look:

1. onion skin eggs , 2.white sharpie eggs, sharpie eggs, 4. paint and sharpie eggs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teach Art Tuesdays -Painting School Play Scenery with kids

Back when my boys were in elementary school I was the go-to artist/mom for school play scenery.
Once "they" know you are an artist, you get asked to do all sorts of school projects.  Sound familiar fellow artist/moms?

 I have 9 years of school play backdrops with my sons classes and now 6 years of kindergarten play scenery as an art teacher....that is 15 painted backdrops under my belt !  *phew*

My philosophy on this project has always been - the kids will paint it. 
Based on the play and what the teachers want, I come up with a drawing and guide groups of kids to paint the backdrop...each and every kid.  They love painting BIG and are so proud of the results.  It is A LOT of work keeping things and the kids from going crazy but so worth it. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Swimmer with Circles 5 - taking flight

20"x20" oil on panel.
I painted this girl years ago and have repainted her many times.  This time, she is larger.  I like the idea of taking some of my older small paintings and blowing them up and painting them in a new way. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swimmers with Circles 4 -Secrets

36x36" oil on canvas
bigger canvas, smaller circles.  Actually this came before the others - this may be the first appearance of the circles.  You can see more of my swimmer paintings here

Monday, April 7, 2014

Orange Tulips

I have a "thing" for orange tulips.  Especially masses of big ones crammed in clay pots like British garden queen Carol Kline pots them up. Naturally I never got around to planting any last fall so I've settled for some from the farm stand
 I was going to put them on my table in a big white pitcher but my mantle was looking a little bare.  It is a narrow mantle, too skinny for my pitcher so I took my old bottles out and put one tulip in each.

BTW - I think tulips are the hardest flower to paint.  I may have a go later this week at painting some just for the challenge of it.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daily Rituals

nfdp - I've been thinking about daily rituals and habits lately. Particularly how I can adjust mine at the studio to help me get into the task at hand - painting.
Right now my routine is pretty much : unlock the door, sign-in (I keep a sign-in sheet by the door and keep track of my hours) and turn on the light by the tea kettle.
I flick on the tea kettle then go light a candle on my table -
then I go over to plug in my twinkle lights around the window
then I go grab the tea and put on my painting shirt.  I do this every time I come in the studio.
It is my little routine or habit or whatever you want to call it (neurosis?)  What are your daily habits that you do when you hit the studio or need to start a creative process?
I found this page of Ben Franklin's routine - so interesting!