Thursday, April 26, 2007
Well, all the paintings are packed and I am on the road to California for the San Dimas Western Festival and the Fallbrook Wildlife Show. I am not going to be able to post for a while, but when I get back I will post pictures and stories from the trip. See you soon!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
I guess in every profession there are deadlines at some time. Never a truer word is spoken for the artist. We have show deadlines, submission deadlines, application deadlines, etc... And most of us never get them done in time! Luckily, the people waiting on us know that we are chronically late and unorganized. Thank goodness. I have a deadline four days over due...case and point. I appreciate all your emails asking me where I have been. I am constantly amazed that anyone would even be interested in this blog at all! So, when I have not written in a while, know that it is not because I am goofing off, I am usually painting like mad to make a deadline. (Which I always seem to miss!)
This is my newest pastel 'horses running through water'. Seems to be a theme with me lately. I am hoping to get it done by the deadline...oops.
Monday, April 02, 2007
I hesitated calling this painting, Looking Back, as it can have a negative connotation. But I realize that sometimes looking back is not necessarily a bad thing, we learn from looking behind ourselves. And sometimes, we are just looking behind us to know what to expect in the future....
I have finally finished this painting. It has taken a lot of work, but I think I am finally pleased with the final product. This is one of those classic paintings that all of us artists encounter...you love it one day, hate it the next. I am finally happy with it and finally decided that it was finished. I did have to go into photo shop and eliminate the shine I got from the surface of the painting when I photographed it, so that is the dull side that you see on the left side. I still have not figured out how to eliminate the shine I get when photographing my oils when finished. I use a lot of glazing techniques when finishing a painting and it reflects a good amount of light.