Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We're jonesing for jamrock.......

Soon come........seriously.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

One Love

Rasta Heart 4"x6" ink, watercolor and gouache on paper

"You're truly The Queen, Victoria," said Jackson when he saw the dozen
long-stemmed roses on the dining table. Yep, the King had them waiting for
me when I came downstairs this morning.

I had to laugh because they weren't exactly a surprise. While curled up under the covers this morning, enjoying a lazy morning, he'd suddenly tossed back the blanket and said, "me haffi go dungstairs and get yuh flowers." I said that
would be lovely but he wasn't supposed to give me an advanced
notice. There's something to be said for the element of surprise.

He looked puzzled. "What I difference?" He had a point.

But he did surprise me with these......not your typical V-Day
box o' chocolates but equally welcome:

My gift to him is the "Rasta Heart" portrait........

And this hand-made valentine which quotes Sartre:
"In love, one and one are one."

Happy Valentine's Day everyone...........!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

In case you missed it --

One of my paintings was selected for a Front Page collection on Etsy earlier this week. These are highly-coveted placements and the inclusion of my portrait of a subway rider caused the daily views to my shop to skyrocket: they increased 10 fold.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Change is Good......isn't it?

She's been hanging over my head for quite some time. She has literally been hanging over BOTH of OUR heads.

Yes, she's been hanging on our bedroom wall, imploring me to pay attention to her. She's just one of MANY, looking down on us, since my studio walls have become so crowded with works in progress. Our bedroom has become a de facto gallery of waiting faces.......

Sorry, Tasha. Been kinda busy, sweetheart. But now it's your turn.

I was happy with much of the structure of this painting but not so crazy about the cool green undertones. So I've decided to warm her up, fix the weird blobs of ears I'd slapped on either side of her head but keep her intense gaze.

So I've made some changes but I'm just getting started. It's pretty saturated color-wise, excessive chroma all around, and I'll knock it back a bit when ti dries. Lots to do, but the change is indeed good.











Saturday, February 06, 2010

Getting more right

After a few days have passed, allowing the paint to dry somewhat, I've returned to "Something Was Not Right". I had to widen the cheeks a bit, worked on the hair and the ground.

Put it aside for the day.......

Friday, February 05, 2010

Did I tell you Something Was STILL Not Right?

So I'm ready to scrape down and cast out the painting of my husband. Don't ask.....

I've turned my attention to another work in progress, a little boy from Cave Mountain. I shared the first sketches on the canvas in this previous post.

I can't capture a full shot of the 24"x36" canvas without it getting distorted, which is just as well. The hair and ground area is not moving along as quickly as the face and it's very wet and glistening. I'll just stick with the face for now......

So far so good......