Sunday, February 24, 2013

"The Ladies Garden Club"

8" x 10"
acrylic on hardboard

I usually get really intimidated when I have to paint more than one person in a single scene. I am becoming better at this though, it's something I can't keep dancing around so I am meeting this challenge head on. I had a relative that I always thought of as very classy and worldly. She and her husband did things I could only dream of as a little girl growing up in a trailer park.  Things like going on vacations, traveling to California to visit relatives, and going on cruises. They were also members of several popular clubs and organizations. One such club was the Ladies Garden Club.  They took turns hosting the garden club at their houses monthly. I think this is one of the images from the ladies garden club, or at least that's what was on the back of the photograph. I guess I would consider myself an anti club person, but I was quite happy to find out that I received the dishes that she used when hosting her garden club members. She used these dishes on rare occasions. I use them as part of our everyday dishes. I'm just not that formal of a person, but I am very sentimental.   I think she would get a kick out of knowing that I painted this lovely painting of several of her garden club members. While she was living she was an admirer of my artwork and I always appreciated her for that.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Back Light"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard

I'm still enjoying my masks.  It took me awhile to post this one.  I finished painting it some time ago.  A friend described it as intimate and moody.  It sounds good to me.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Feather Dancer"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
 I was so proud of myself after I completed this painting.  I was able to recreate the left hand hitting light just right, making that entire area glow.  I had seen so many painters get it right with little or no effort, but I had never been bold or skilled enough to paint what I was seeing instead of what I thought I was seeing. When I finished I left the painting out so I could admire it every time I passed it on the table.  A few days later my brother stopped by and began admiring several paintings I also had out in various stages of completion.  He even commented on how nice my work was, then he holds one up and says, "When are you gonna finish this one?" I looked up to see him holding this painting. 
"That one is already finished," I replied. 
He goes on to say, "Your NOT going to paint the hand?"
"What, that's the best part!" I explain to him.
"I don't get it....your really not going to paint the hand in?" He finished a little bewildered.  
As you can see I still didn't paint the hand in.  I guess I'll let the comments page decide if I made the right decision.