Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ballerina! Ballerinas!!

The small paintings is 6x12 and the large painting is 16x20.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Painting by Sally Rosenbaum and Myra 'the week' . . .


What a beautiful painting by Sally Rosenbaum. Like many other artists she is truly as they say 'one of the hardest working people in the business'. Her paintings really tell a story. I would call her a modern day Cassatt with her 'women reading' series. Also, this was a pretty good week for me. I truly enjoyed discovering watercolor board and experimenting with watercolor and pastel. I received wonderful encouragement and enlightenment this week - especially from PM and MP (who turns out to also live in Texas). Now, I won't lie to you . . . I wish that I had done this painting by Sally Rosenbaum. Well, I always have a goal for the Spring and Summer. I was surprised by the sense of joy and satisfaction I felt in using pastel and watercolor. This summer my goal is to teach myself more about these mediums. I want to do beautiful paintings that tell a story. And, I want to follow MP's advice who said 'don't be afraid to 'attack the canvas' with bold, beautiful, color'. And I will . . . right after my prune juice vodka-tini and a nap . . . see you next week . .

Friday, March 6, 2009

In a pastel garden . . .

I heard someone screaming 'not another ballerina today' and it was me. So I thought I would do a little self portrait. This is me - if I were 20 years younger, 100 lbs lighter and had long brown hair. Otherwise it's me. (Pastel on heavy cardboard). PS This is an actual scene I saw one summer. I would like to do several versions of this composition with different figures and with flowers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Comfort . . .

Someone mentioned on their blog that every once in a while artists need to come out of their 'comfort zone'. I am not very comfortable out of my comfort zone but here is a painting I did to remind me to do so.