Monday, March 31, 2008

Cats and Party Hats

Maybe it's the seemingly never ending winter that's getting to snowed again this morning and now it's raining...I start to paint party girls in sparkly party hats and somehow they end up looking alot more forlorn than I had intended...Ah, maybe April showers will bring the smiles back to these girls...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Feathers and Glitter

For the next couple of weeks, it's all about getting ready for Originals Spring Show. I'm still working on the collection of small format paintings on 5 x 7 inch canvas board. Here are a couple more I've finished this week.

This one is called Arianna. She's got dramatic blue eyeshadow with all kinds of sparkly glitter.

This one is called Alina, yes I'm working my way through the "A"s. She's very glittery and is topped off with a Swarovski crystal and real feather on her head band. And I discovered today that even all cleaned and dyed these feathers are irresistible to both the dog and the cat!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Forgotten Keys and Understated Sparkle

Today I experienced one of those random acts of kindness that are just so special. It was small in the grand scheme of things, but a perfect gesture. I am a "multi tasker". Most of the time I'm pretty accomplished, particularly when it comes to combining dog walking, grooming, exercise getting and postal pickup and delivery. Doggie knows at a fairly predictable time in the day, I will wash my brushes and exchange my slippers for boots and get her leash from the closet. It is naturally her favourite time of the day, so there is much Malamute howling and general excitement. It has been a snowy winter but finally, mercifully, the snow is beginning to melt. As welcome as this sign of spring is, it is undoubtedly the dirtiest time of year for the big dog owner. After much trial and error, I've discovered that the mush and slush that accumulates on her long coat, brushes out nicely if first rubbed with snow followed by a brisk raking.

So today was really no different as I struggled to grip the leash, the letters and the dog brush while I locked the door and get going. But, twenty minutes later, I realized that my hands seemed much too free and it was my keys that were missing. Yep, I had locked the door and left them in the lock! As I hurried home, it was easy to imagine a stolen car, ransacked all the embarrassment knowing that I had done a really dumb thing. And this is where I get to the random act of kindness. While I was out, I had received a postal delivery and there tucked safely and discretely behind the packages were the house keys. Thank you kind postal employee! You made my day!

And oh yeah, this is what I was painting today before I headed out on my little adventure.

It's called "Understated Sparkle" and is another in my growing collection of party girls. And she has lots of sparkle, glitter on her eyelids and little swarovski crystals on her ear rings and necklace.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring Easter Christmas...where do the hours go?

With my first show, Originals Spring Show , just around the corner I'm spending even longer hours than usual in my studio. Once the huge snow drift in front of my window has melted, my little room will be flooded with light, especially in the afternoon. But for now, I'm still in the shadow of the snow mountain. I'm using it again tonight as a backdrop for my latest collection of little paintings. These little guys are painted on 4 x 6 in canvas panels and have little embellishments like glitter or Swarovksi crystals. Hmm...they'll make great stocking stuffers...what am I doing??? - still not dug out from the winter of 2007/2008 and already thinking about next Christmas!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Infinite Variety

Yes, it's already 7:00 pm and no I didn't jot anything down for my blog before this moment...but I did tidy up my studio a wee bit, and I did paint today. I started a new angel and a Madonna on this Palm Sunday and I finished a Frida. I haven't painted many Frida pieces yet this year. This one is very folky, very sweet.

I called this one "Infinite Variety", a coupling of words I found in the introduction by Carlos Fuentes to "The Diary of Frida Kahlo". It's a marvelous introduction to her journal.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Bit of A Vixen, A bit of a Vamp

Every day I promise myself that I'm going to set aside a few minutes early in the day, at an hour that I'm more likely to be able to put two words together to write in my blog. And here it is again, the sun in low in the sky; I'm tired and ready for the couch and, yep, I haven't written a thing in my blog. But as I've said before, I'm much more a painter than a writer, so I'll at least post a couple of new pieces. And don't forget, you can find lots more of my work, new and old at my website.

The first piece started out as another in my series of Flapper girls. As I worked, she became a bit more goth, a little bit scary. I used acrylics and gold leaf on wood. I like the texture of the wood. I called her "Vara (the Vixen)".

This one is also painted on wood, and is definitely a vamp! I called her Astrid...I love that name.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Angels and Snow

Can you believe it? The city just got the sidewalks cleared yesterday and it's snowing AGAIN! And it's still cold, but spring will come. With snow in the air and spring on my mind, it seemed like a good day to pare things down and paint some good old fashioned folk angels. As much as I love detail in a piece, there's something so sweet about country inspired figures. They're rustic and look simple, but sometimes it takes me longer "not to paint" things than to paint them...if you know what I mean.

So after a long day in the studio, there's a host of angels growing on my window sill.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Collection Grows

The collection of girls continues to grow.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Party Girls

Women, women and more women! I started out this week painting a couple of Flappers and it was just so much fun, the crowd of gals is growing! Some of them are flirty, some are winsome and every one is just a little bit different. I've been posting them on my website almost before the paint is dry!

Speaking of paint drying...I have another one on my easel I'd like to finish tonight so better get at it!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Snow and Flappers!

The Toronto Star is reporting that 52 centimetres of snow fell yesterday here in Ottawa. It just fell and fell and this is how it looked when we woke up this morning.

And finally, the sun shone and I was able to get some decent shots of my recent paintings. So, here's Adelaide, the first in a series of funky fun, party girls.

She's a bit of a flapper I think, with her black bobbed hair and long red beads.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Ribbons, Pearls and More Snow

Earlier this week, in the midst of snow, snow and more snow, I decided it was time to take a few chances. Over the past few years my work has become more serious, more spiritual. Maybe it’s this endless winter, but it seems time to have a bit more fun with my art. So, I got to work with crystals, ribbons and pearls. I think it may even be time for feathers, fabric and more glitter…but we’ll see. These creative leaps are not always as easy on the canvas as they are in words.

Although it’s snowing much too hard to take a shot of these latest paintings outside, I’ve lined a few new pieces on the window sill. (And yes, that is a giant snow drift behind.) These little ladies were great fun to paint. And I'm not sure if you can see in the shot, but I've incorporated a bit of glitter, some ribbons and pearls.

And yes, we're in the midst of yet another storm...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

How ManyMore Days Until Spring?

Last night I realized that I have paintings hung on just about every bit of wall space; they're tucked behind every door in our house, upstairs and downstairs. Even though I need plenty of inventory for Originals Spring Show and the shows that follow, I decided to spend a few hours listing these finished pieced on my various gallery sites. You can link to my galleries on the side bar on the right to get an idea of prices and sizes of my available pieces.

So, I had a few less hours available to paint today. I did finish a commission for a truly lovely collector. But since the piece is a surprise for a loved one, I won't be posting it for a while. I will share a spring inspired work in progess...perfect therapy on a day when another 27 centimetres of snow fell...and only weeks until it is officially spring!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Lady Bugs and Hearts On A String

As I sat at the computer this morning, wishing for the promise of spring instead of the threat of yet another snowstorm a ladybug shot over my head and landed amongst my paints and brushes! Where did this little miracle of nature come from on a cold and wintry day? I couldn’t send her outside, like I do in summer, so I just had to hope that she’ll find a way to survive until spring…

I spent most of the day on a commission. It’s not quite ready, but maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s here’s another little romantic folk girl.
Even if Valentines Day is past,hearts never really go out of style. These hearts are on a string held by a sweet faced girl. Perfect for a romantic girl of any age!

Title: On A String
Size: 12 x 36 x 1 1/2 in
30 x 92 x 4 cm
Medium: Acrylic, wood, beeswax
Date: 2008

*All Image Rights Reserved © Wendy Ryan*

Monday, March 03, 2008

Good Night Jeff

I often think about the miraculous gift of the much I love good food, how smell is so tangled up with taste, how touch informs our every move, without sight, I couldn't be an artist...but hearing, how I would miss the music that fills my days as I paint if I lost the gift of hearing.

So today has been a sad day, the news that jazz blues guitarist Jeff Healy had passed away at just 41. As I spoke with a friend and fellow fan tonight she said how it seemed like his music had just always been there. He was respected not only as one of the greatest blues guitarists, but also for his wonderful spirit. He will be missed by so many...Good Night Jeff.

But before I turn out the lights, I will share a new piece, a sort of medieval princess...pale and romantic.

Title: Mysterious Magic
Size: 12 x 24 x 1 1/2 in
Medium: Acrylic, Wood, Liquid Gold

*All image rights reserved © Wendy Ryan*

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Winter Snow and Easter Promise

As I look over the drift of snow before my window, it's hard to believe that both Easter and spring are around the corner! Perhaps in response, I've painted a sweet angel and her little bunny to bring us all the heavenly promise of renewal.

I've used a box frame again, so it really doesn't need to be framed. It's a bit of a rustic look but nicely suits the subject. I've used a traditional folk pairing of deep wine and blue and I've finished it off with a light beeswax finish, giving it a vintage look and feel.

Title: Heavenly Hoppy
Size: 16 x 20 x 1 1/2 in
40 x 50 x 4 cm
Medium: Acrylic, wood, beeswax
Date: 2008
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