Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Narrative Figure Study

Susan Ironing, Watercolor and Watercolor Crayon, 15 x 22
detail, Susan Ironing

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gesture Life Drawings

Gesture Life Drawings, Watercolor Crayons and Water on Bond Paper, 18 x 24This one is about a third of a page,

As is this one...A gesture drawing is very quick, and meant to capture the essence, especially the motion through space, of the subject. Three to five minutes were given for each of these poses. Gesture drawings are most often done as a warm up to a more lengthy study. Stay tuned for the longer pose!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Oy! I've been Tagged! Twice!

First let me say, that I understand it is considered an honor to be tagged. And since I was tagged by my dear friend and mentor, Erika Nelson, as well as my new blogger friend Irit Bourla, I will honor their (dubiously : ) ) kind acknowledgement and play the game. It's definitely not a bad game. It's just that, well, here it is, I hope you can forgive my blatant bigotry: I'm anti-game. Don't get me wrong. Game is fine for some people, just not me. Other people can have their games, as long as they don't expect me to join in that stuff! But since I also live by the "I'll try almost anything once" creedo, I'll go for it today. I'm glad I came clean - now you all know that sending me a game could land it in the "dead zone" (creepy music here, please).

The Game:
This is a fun way to get to know your blogger friends in art! The rules of this game are:
1. Put a link in your posting to the person who tagged you.
2. List 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Seven Things about Me:

1. I stopped teaching community college about 5 years ago, so I could paint, paint, paint.

2. I traveled to Iceland this summer. Here's my favorite Photo:

3. I'm a good listener.

4. I've been happily married for 26 years and have two extraordinary teenage boys.

5. I'm new to blogging, just a couple of months. Erika is responsible for bringing me into the 21st century!

6. Everyone covets my dog, Lily. See photo - who can resist?

7. Hey, six isn't bad when you're anti-game

If I've got to suffer, so do you: I am boldly tagging these fine artists, whom I hope will not shun me for putting them in the game (heck, it's hard to tell who's game and who's anti-game these days):

John Singer Sargent
Dori Dewberry
Pablo Picasso
Suzanne McDermott
Carol Feldman
Susan Abbot
Winslow Homer

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What the Hills Look Like Now

After the Fire, Watercolor, 18 x 24
After the Fire, detail

This is what the hills around us look like now. This painting, like the previous post, was painted after the last major fire here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Surrounded by Fire

Detail, Fire on the Ridge
Detail, Fire on the Ridge
Fire on the Ridge, Watercolor, 24 x 40

It's not new, but it's alarming every time. This time the notice of possible evacuation became an actual evacuation, and we were out of our canyon home for three nights. My sister in Yorba Linda barely escaped losing her home (but thank goodness she did - her neighbor behind her was not so lucky). Here in Carbon Canyon, Sleepy Hollow, no houses were lost. This painting is from a previous Carbon Canyon fire, in which we were not evacuated because a month before, a different fire had burned everything near our homes. We hiked up to the top of our hill to see the flames crowning the next hill top.

Thank you to all the well wishers who called to make sure we were safe! And a huge THANK YOU to Julie and Steve, who put us and our neighbors up at their home in grand fashion for the duration of the evacuation.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hillary, Why Do You Have TWO Email Subscription Services?

I'm glad you asked! I started with Feedburner, but it seems some people aren't receiving my posts by email, after they've subscribed. So I thought I would compare it with Feedblitz. I'm asking anyone who is willing, to subscribe to both services for a week or two, and then comment back to me here or by email, letting me know if you are receiving all of my posts, and which service you prefer.

Remember, you can unsubscribe (not that you'd want to!) at any time from either or both services - look for it at the bottom of the email posts.

Many thanks to you all for helping me!

The picture here is an illustration done for the awesome Julie Leavitt's 50th Surprise Birthday Party.

Texas Julie, Watercolor, 12 x 9

Patty II

This is the second piece from my day at Kamillia's Life Drawing Session. By this time I was warmed up, and even though this pose was only one hour, I was able to accomplish a good amount.

Patty II, watercolor crayons and watercolor, 24 x 18

Detail, Patty II

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Life Drawing

This week I joined Kamillia Hardy's Life Drawing Group for a day of sketching and painting from the model. This is something I love to do but I don't have very many opportunities. I really appreciated being able to join in, and it looks like I may be able to attend again soon! Lucky me!

Patty, Watercolor, 24 x 18

detail, Patty

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Three Purses

Watercolor, 16 x 16
This is my first submission to Karin Jurick's blog,
"Different Strokes from Different Folks."

It's a fun blog where Karin posts a photo each week and then
invites artists to send in their rendition. Check it out!

Olives I

Lucky me! This fabulous client ordered two!
Watercolor, 4 x 6

Monday, November 10, 2008

Olives II

It's so great to receive a commission where the client simply says, "please paint me a small painting with some olives," and let's me figure out the rest...Watercolor, 4 x 6

Wednesday, November 5, 2008