Friday, February 18, 2011

the kiss revisited

3" x 3" acrylic on wood panel x 6  sold

Four of the six needed a little tlc touch-up before delivery.
A nice perk of drawing chocolate is justifying the buying and indulging.
muy yum.
More chocolate please.

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Study of a Kiss...or kiss off!

3" x 3" acrylic on wood panel x 12

Some may know what this series is all about while others will be utterly confused and unimpressed at the incomplete work.

This is The Daily Paintworks' Challenge #2 and this time Carol Marine was the culprit. The idea was to pick one object to paint for eight or so 10 minute studies...and not a second more, brushes down. I found this challenge to be an incredibly frustrating dance of two steps forward and three steps back. But I did have my moments. I learned a lot...I discovered that I do not like to be rushed - lol!

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Seriously, the objective was for us to become more efficient, to simplify and not get snagged in the in the first study in Round 1. All issues worthy of addressing, no doubt. This may become a ritual with future paintings.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

for the love of art

'I Hear You', 26.5" x 34.5" framed charcoal on Rives

Last Saturday night was the opening reception of 'For the Love of Art 6th Annual Juried Exhibit' at Austin Art Space. Diamond may look familiar to you, I posted this drawing last September and it was juried into the show which runs through 5 March. Gallery hours are 11a - 6p Friday and Saturday and by appointment.

What a memorable, friends, art and beautiful flowers:

 "A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses."
                                                                     - Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

present and accounted for

mosh pit


Tru blue

puppy love

Karen Appleton, a Chicago-based artist, had an idea which has inspired a movement. Check this: Present And Accounted For.

Her thought was to send out symbolic gifts to all who wished to participate. Documented photographs were sent back to Karen and those of us participating would relay the gift to a friend and so on. It's all about reminding us that "the spirit of generosity is alive and well." I believe it also triggers the awareness of the many blessings in our lives.

At this moment, dozens - maybe hundreds - of these 'presents' are circling the planet. How cool is that?

When I received mine, I put it on one of the layout tables in my studio like a bouquet of flowers. A week or so passed and I wondered how I'd know when to contribute to her project. When I awoke to a sparkling blanket of snow a few mornings later, I knew it was going to be picture day! Great fun. Thanks for letting us play, Karen.

She and her husband recently adopted a Great Dane puppy - all 5mo and 70+ lbs! The last photo celebrates their blessing, the joyful new addition to their family.

It was only fitting that I share this story on this special day, my mother's birthday. She's the most incredible, loving and generous person I know. Have a wonderful day Jeannie!

Monday, February 14, 2011

love and chocolate

3" x 3" acrylic on wood panel  sold

This 'kiss' is one in a series of twelve celebrating love, joy and freedom...potent and contagious.

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