Tag: “Bob”

New work

“Bob” is complete and I have posted an image.  The image is not of high quality, but nonetheless representational of the piece.  I will contact a photographer friend soon to take some decent photos for better website results and archival material.

I have picked up where I left off on my encaustic work, as well as an abstracted, scenic triptych.  Studio time has become more accessible this week, as my garden is growing and nourishing itself, taking up less of my time.  Research time has also doubled and project ideas are scattered about my workspace.  Coffee is brewing nearly around the clock and my coffeemaker threatens to quit amidst the chaos – although Starbuck’s is close to home and has those wonderful cinnamon scones….  mmmm.

Bob

“Bob” is finally finished and I’m very pleased with the final results.  I will post an image tomorrow of this latest piece.  It is complete a little later than I was hoping, as life seems to be determined to get in the way of my plans every chance it gets.  Even so… I am done and moving on to my next project.  I am working on my encaustic piece this next week with hopes to finish it and post images mid-month.  I am in the studio for the remainder of the evening, with windows open wide and the wind ushering in to me the sweetness of jasmine wrapped up in each balmy gust.

Spring Celebration

Beltane, May Day – whatever you want to call it…  motivated a planting last week of sunflowers, poppies, marigolds and lavender.  Unfortunately, “Bob” was delayed a couple of days for the spring planting.  I have excused myself, though, as Grandma would always prioritize these things as well.  The Maypole was tethered in colorful, spring-hued ribbons every year, while the Madonna was crowned in fresh-cut flowers with blooms strewn all about her.  It was spring.  It was always a celebration.

I have no Maypole or Madonna, and the celebration is seemingly uneventful – but not forgotten or celebrated with a planting of SOMEthing.  It is the spirit of Grandma that reminds me and keeps it special, even in the busiest of times.  The urge to sow springs to the surface and inspires a planting before all other projects, cleaning or dinner plans.  It will be done before May 1st to ensure blooms, sprouts and regeneration begins on time.

“Bob” is coming along and should be complete this evening.  I did not rush through to finish it by the months end, as planned.  The importance of the deadline was overshadowed by Beltane planting.   Without the rush, when “Bob” is complete I will be able to post a painting I am proud of.  As for my garden – Grandma would be proud.

Good Day

I planted my sunflowers today and I must say, gardening is hard work… Seems as though everywhere I dug, there was a giant root trying to prevent my beautification plans.  The rewards will be great and well worth the back strain, so I persisted and won the competition for the perfect spot for the huge summer blooms.  This summer I will really love sitting on my back porch watching them sway in the wind, their giant, brightness smiling at me.  I sowed in a spot that is also visible from the front so I will see them welcoming me home every day, making me even more glad to be back from wherever I go.

Working on “Bob” today with good results.  Happy.  Using my new Kolinsky sable brushes, so it is more enjoyable than it has been with my worn out ones.  I lost all my old good brushes during one of our moves a couple of years ago and have been making due with cheaper, less durable ones.  I must be rough on them because I lose a few heads in the mineral spirits on occasion… not good for keeping up with momentum.

I will post “Bob” soon to show you, seeing as the end of the month is growing near.  I will be done.  More rewards for me 🙂   It is raining outside and the wind is talking to me… no need for music in the studio today.  I will listen and just paint.

The Southern Atelier

Today I took a drive down to Sarasota to visit the Southern Atelier studios.  It was an inspirational visit, as I was really blown away by the art the students were producing under the instruction of the teachers there.  Very impressive, traditional style portraiture covered the walls, making it easy to see the studios success inevitable.  The owner and main instructor is from New York and very talented.  It most definitely will be worth the drive to pursue a workshop or classes in the future.

As far as my work is going – it is coming along slower than I had anticipated, but I am crawling out of the muck that had muddled my brain, sucking the inspiration out of me lately.  I have but a few short weeks to go on my quest to complete “Bob” and with some extra hours put in this weekend I will prevail.  This visit to Sarasota has inspired me to work.  I must stop making the mistake of feeling fatigue and allowing it to conquer my work schedule, which has vanished over these past few weeks.

I have a painting up for auction in October, benefiting breast cancer research – I will give details as soon as I get them in.  Until then – happy painting 🙂

Espresso it is!

A friend gave me information on a studio in Sarasota that looks incredible – a bit of a drive for me here in Largo, but worth the travel.   The Southern Atelier has workshops, sessions, classes and open studios at a variety of times during the week.  They teach the classical style of portraiture, figure painting and landscape as well as plein air painting.  I plan to make the drive next week to check out the facility and see how I can put some open studio time there on my regular schedule.   http://thesouthernatelier.org/

My new painting, “Bob”  is coming into its own and I am excited with its progress.  I will need to put in some serious studio time this week to complete it and get it posted on my website and blog – hopefully within the next two weeks.  I have cluttered my workspace with dead dolls and I will be finding new homes for them tomorrow with any luck.  Anyone interested in Living Dead Dolls is welcome to inquire about what I have left that I can part with.

My husband and I took my parents out to dinner for their March birthdays tonight so we are all overstuffed and have a nice wine buzz happening… I will probably head off to slumber sooner than my body is used to.  An espresso may be in order to finish my tasks tonight… This is a choice of two best friends, here – coffee or Temperpedic… tough one, as they both give me such pleasure…  Espresso it is!