Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's almost Christmas!

The Colors of Christmas

I hope you are having a happy holiday season.
As usual, I have too much to do (just like everyone else),
but I'm noticing when the activity dies down for a moment
life is pretty good. Add a hot cup of coffee, and what more can you ask for!

The challenge at Inspiration Avenue this week is
The Colors of Christmas

I've seen some stunning holiday palettes that vary from the traditional,
but my favorite holiday colors are always red and green...the old standbys.
Add some white, gold, or silver and I'm thinking 
sleighbells, Santa, goodwill to all, and Silent Night!

What are your favorite colors for Christmas or any 
of the holidays we celebrate this time of year?

Visit Inspiration Avenue to see the favorite 
holiday colors of some very creative people!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Journal page...

It's not the road you walk...'s in the walking.

                                                ~ Vatsyayana

The theme is “Words” at Inspiration Avenue this week.
Go check it out!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Getting in the Spirit . . .

Are you in the holiday spirit ... 
or do you say “Bah, humbug”?

I admit, I go back and forth. Today I finished this painting and
put up the Christmas tree, so I'm feeling a bit more festive.

The painting is available in my shop HERE

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly Challenge at IA

Is it still Autumn?

Deer Frida,
I couldn't portray you as a wounded deer...
I would rather see you running through a happy place
with no arrows.

Frida painted many self portraits. Wounded-ness and pain is a common
theme in her paintings of herself, and for good reason.

Frida's Wounded Deer painting

It's hard to believe it is still autumn, when the morning temperatures
are in the teens and hardly go up much farther during the day. Br-r-r-r.
But the calendar says yeah it is.

It's a Seasons challenge again at Inspiration Avenue.
Funny that I have another Autumn painting.
When I really don't like Autumn. 
But I like Autumn colors.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Seasons challenge at IA

It’s Autumn

The challenge theme at Inspiration Avenue this week is Seasons.

Here is my (undoubtedly) unpopular view on Autumn.

The Autumn always gets me badly, as it breaks into colors.
I want to go south, where there is no autumn, 
where the cold doesn't crouch over one 
like a snow leopard waiting to pounce.

~ D. H. Lawrence

Me, thinking about winter.

I hope you're enjoying the weekend, and if you love autumn
like everyone else I know, may you have plenty of colorful leaves,
apple cider, pumpkin carving, and brisk walks through the fallen leaves :-)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Studying Modigliani

The Magical Journals have traveled the full circle.

Here is the last journal that I will do (until next time).
It belongs to Priti Lisa and went off in the mail to her today.
Her artist is Amedeo Modigliani, and as I thought,
he was not easy! But every one of the artists chosen 
were or are masters of their techniques, 
so how could they not be difficult to emulate?!

This is a photo transfer of a portrait of Modigliani.
He was a handsome man with very regular features,
so other than the part of his hair being on the wrong side, 
I don't think it's too obvious that the picture is reversed.
I like this quote, although it could be interpreted 
as being rather self indulgent. But maybe a lot of artists'
self indulgence allows them to do their best work.

Who was Modigliani speaking of when he said this?
Was it Jeanne Hébuterne, his lover and mother of his child?
Or the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova who influenced the course of his art? 
Anna outlived him by many years and died an old woman.
Jeanne Hébuterne, pregnant with their second child,
stepped out of a fifth floor window a day after the death 
of Modigliani from tuberculosis at the age of 35. 
Jeanne was only 20 years old and died along with her unborn child.

Lisa's book is square (or almost square?). I don't know why I chose to
use the full length of the folded pages, except that Modigliani's
figures are always elongated, especially the faces.
Somehow it seemed like the thing to do.

I hate it when I make stupid mistakes.
I'm so irritated that the words,
"Never stop dreaming" are facing the wrong way.
They should have faced the same way as the quote
under the portrait since they are partially visible
when the pages are folded.

The fact that the pages were all unbound this time
has thrown me off again. Maybe I have some
syndrome like dyslexia that doesn't allow me to 
visualize how the pages will appear in a bound book.
I'm always putting the fold on the wrong side.
Or something like these flipped letters.
I hope Lisa can make the best of it when she binds the book!

I'm so looking forward to seeing my own journal,
filled with art in the style of José Manuel Merello.
Blog post coming on that, for sure!