Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Asian Pear

Last week, the sun came out for a few days.  It was lovely.  I was able to work on my kitchen table series, which you can see here and here.   I just bought three Asian pears, which were a beautiful orange gold and called out to me.   This painting is a very limited palatte:  aliziron crimson, ultramarine blue, hansa yellow medium, and quinacradone gold.  It's in a very loose style.  Some day, I aspire to be as good as Charles Reid.

The sun's back out again today, after several days of snow and gray.  I think I'll paint.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pears x3

I still paint on my kitchen table.  And, I continue to build my still life series from things I find around my house.  Frequently, I just pull things out of my fruit bowl, since we all love fruit--bosc pears, especially.

This series of paintings was done in natural light.  I find the mood of the painting is determined by the condition of the light, and it was a gray day, so the light is very indistinct from overhead.    (Frankly, it's been a cold, gray, depressing spring.) 

It's the same pear done in three color sets.  The linking color is phthalo blue gs (Daniel Smith).  The paintings are all approximately 6x8 inches, and they reflect my thoughts on this spring.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Donation for Creative Solutions

If you've met Maggie Barnes, you know that she's a whirlwind of positive energy and has a very generous spirt.  She is in the process of planning a fundraiser called Creative Solutions to help establish a chapter of ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, which is part of the I'm Still Here Foundation.  Maggie's fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th, at 5:00 pm at the Centennial Barn here in Cincinnati.  As part of the fundraiser, Maggie's also got a  call for artists out to donate, and part of that is very specific--she would like for artists to use a piece of song or poetry or whatever, and incorporate the wording into the art.

I told her I'd donate, and I based my piece around one of my favorite songs:  If I Were Made of Metal by Patty Larkin--you can listen to a sample of the MP3 here.  It's an old song, originally, released in 1985.  It starts, "If I were made of metal, if I were made of stone, my love it would move mountains, and I'd follow you home...."  The painting that goes with the lyrics is here, and you can see the lyrics through the blue.  I think I'll title it Metal, with apologies to Patty Larkin.