Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Deadlines and Angels

Well, the à la Klimt painting is still unfinished. Sometimes, I have to set these pieces aside and move on to something else for a day or two. I just couldn't bring myself to concentrate on the itty bitty details today. But of course, I painted, I always paint and I do find solace in painting angels. It's been a hectic couple of weeks, deadlines for the Originals show, tax time, family stuff...it was definitely time this week to attempt to recover with an angel or two.

The first one is still unfinished. I started it on Monday; I've used texture paint to create a raised Celtic braid on her halo and gown. I haven't quite worked out how I'm going to finish it...maybe tomorrow.

The second angel is finished. I've called it "Beautiful Pure". It's acrylic on 12 x 16 in gallery stretched canvas, and is hopefully, peaceful and calm. I've taken a chance and listed it on eBay for a pretty low opening bid...sigh...always a gamble.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Unfinished à la Klimt

I spent another long day at the easel with another in the à la Klimt series. This one is a Frida. I took this shot indoors so the quality is low but here's the latest "work in progress". It's a large canvas, 18 x 36 inches with lots of golds.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

More à la Klimt

I've been putting in long hours on this latest series of à la Klimt paintings. So far, I've done two interpretations of the Madonna and the third one is simply two women. I've done this sort of composition before...I like the impression of comfort and trust the pose seems to create. The women may represent sisters, friends, or even mother and daughter. Whatever the relationship it is one of closeness.

I call this piece "Almost Gold". I've used gold leaf and various liquid gold and metallic paints on a wood box frame. The shot below gives a bit more detail.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Another Golden Madonna

As I sit here at my window, I can just about watch the buds opening on the maple tree. This morning I watched a little scramble between a robin and a brown squirrel. I'm not sure who got there first but they both seemed to be claiming squatter's rights!
I finished the latest in my à la Klimt series. It's a Madonna, quite reflective and a little sad, more romantic than art deco. I've used a combination of metallics and gold leaf. It's a fairly large piece 16 x 20 inches on a 1.5 inch deep box frame.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day All! I hope you had a moment to think about and act upon ways to care for this beautiful island we all share.

I'm back in my little studio following the Originals Spring Show. One of the best things about getting out and participating in an art and craft show, other than the obvious advantage of making a bit of money, is the opportunity to meet wonderful new artisans. We always help each other out, and share a few much needed laughs if the hours get long and the sales are scarce. My newest craft show friend is Joanne Jones and she is amazing! She is all about strength, generousity and commitment to her fellow humans and good old mother earth. But I'm going to let Joanne's own website Minedrecreations fill you in on how she recycles cast off clothes into very cool fashion accessories. And to make this environmentally ethical adventure even better, a portion of each sale helps fund a South African girl’s university education.

And I'm back to my paints again. I'm working on another Klimt inspired piece, still just an idea. But in the meantime, here's my April Nibblefest entry on eBay. Nibblefest is a themed art contest that starts on the 20th of each month. This month the theme is reptiles. Reptiles come in many shapes and sizes but I chose a snake. the snake's eyes are little sparkly Swarovski crystals. And as usual, the auctions start at the scary low bid of $0.99!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Zen, Tape and Spirit of Macgyver

Thursday morning, and just a few minutes to spare before I blast out the door for DAY ONE of Originals Spring Craft Sale. It was the usual sprint to the finish to get as much new work ready as possible, and then the absolute bedlam of packing up the trailer and setting up the show. The display always looks pretty passable by the time it's assembled and the work hung...but I admit the process is lacking in ZEN. We never seem to do the same lay out twice. My ever loyal and suffering hubby seems to channel the spirit of MacGyver, to somehow build the display and hang as many pieces as possible. And all this without a swiss army knife! And yesterday, we had even managed to forget the duct tape!

But this is it, the show must go on and will go on!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Originals Preparations in High Gear

Here it is already Monday, and Originals Spring Craft Sale is just a few short days away! As much as I wanted to paint, I've been organizing my work all day today, making sure each new painting is completely finished, I've signed it and it's ready to be packed up. I've been busy taking photos of the new pieces and loading up the images to my website. It's always a mad dash to the finish line!

And more excellent news has arrived, it's official, I'll be at One Of A Kind Show in Toronto next November. So many things to do before that one, including transportation and accommodations. But one day at a time. In the meantime, here's one of the paintings I'll be taking to the show this week.

It's called "Promises", done on masonite in a 12 x 24 in box frame. It's soft and romantic and makes me feel like spring has finally arrived. And even though we still have gritty old snow banks, I actually spotted some beautiful little crocuses today. Made me smile.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Hillside Is A Go! Yahoo!

I love Hillside Festival. It's just one of those amazing weekends that makes a summer memorable. I'll write more about it later. But for now, I'm cheering, I got the happy news today that I've been accepted as a vendor at Hillside 2008!

As always, I spent my day with my paints. I seemed to have fallen back into that romantic mood...sweet doll faced angels...I called this one Buchanan Ballad, because I used a Buchanan Tartan paper and because I'm tired and couldn't think of anything else to call it...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Spring Cleaning Sale!

With Originals Spring Showcoming up on the 17th, you can imagine I have new work in every corner and nook and cranny! I decided I need do some spring cleaning! So, I'm running a week long 50% off sale at my eBay store. Sometimes it's just good idea to freshen things up.

This piece is not part of the sale. I just finished it today. It's a mixed media collage including vintage sheet music, an old map, Swarovski crystals gold leaf and plenty of glazing and texture...it's reminiscent of my Byzantine icons...but with a contemporary feel.

It's called "Not Impossible Things" and is done on masonite in 12 x 24 inch box frame.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Another Party

Well the party continues. By that I mean I start out to paint a party girl and somehow along the way the painting gets a little sad a little wistful. I call this one "Betty And Bea". It's painted on 8 x 10 x 3/4 in plywood.

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