Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dec 9, 2008

This is a picture that a friend put up on face book of the witch tree. I tried to capture the awe, but I didn't do it justice. However, I was really in the zone and loved doing it-it is in acrylics on canvas. I am starting to look at shape and color more than figure and making sense of things. It is a really interesting way of looking at the world-how all the parts come together to make a whole. How each part is complete in itself.

Christmas is coming and that brings up so many things. Not the least of it is how lucky I am...just to be able to express myself the way I want and to choose how and where I live. There is so much that I stop myself from doing over fear...but in this new year I will forge ahead with that which makes me happy....what makes me feel that I am fulfilling my purpose.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

I may go in and do more shadow but this makes me smile. Went back to gouache on big paper--LOVED it. Next I will work on my Christmas card. I really got inspired this morning as I went to the book fair at school with my son and not only did they have books(Oh, how I love books)-but they had COFFEE-GOOD CARIBOU COFFEE-and there was this incredible book edited by Cooper Eden who I have always loved since I was very small...and it was all about the fairy tale and the golden age of illustrators. I could have died right then and there and been happy...but I didn't. It just reminded me of how I always wanted to write and illustrate books and now through the tech we have you can do it nicely on your own!!!!!!!! I can have my own library of me...what a thought.....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday November

What would it be like to have no place to go or no one who wanted you? Would there be a kind of freedom. Would your definition of self be completely different. Would the attempt to make do outside of the norm be hideous or would it be surprising?? Is the way we live dictated by some silently agreed on norms that really have nothing to do with or spirit...who are we really

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 4th 2008

Well, time certainly does fly- in an effort to get ready for this art fair and sew impossible Halloween costumes I have neglected my site. But since I feel I have accomplished a lot I don't feel all that guilty. I wouldn't be me if I didn't feel a little bit of it creeping in. But I had a grand time today painting this...Depression anyone? Hmmm..why are my thoughts turning towards those times......its not all bad-its my belief in the human spirit to move onwards and upwards in spite of everything. I wanted to do it in gouache but fate stepped in-or should I say careless capping of my paints..and I had to turn to acrylic because I have dried up tubes of gouache littering my house. I discovered that I now feel I have a command of both mediums , and am comfortable in handling them both!!! YEA!!!! Hope everyone voted today and got their free Starbucks coffee!!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September 20, 2008

My little brothers birthday! HOORAY!!!! I am the smarter funnier one.

My friends and I are having a
Christmas boutique so I am busy thinking about cars and stuff so here is Santa-what I really wanted to do is scrooge but I realized I don't think I have EVER READ the book-just seen the millions of movies and I need to see what parts and descriptions hit me. That would be a great Christmas book for this year but it is awfully long which would be expensive to copy with picks and covers and all.....and this is what I think of while the stock market slips silently into the ether

Monday, September 29, 2008

September 29 2008
Does any one else feel unsafe?? I want to run back into old stories and dreams and stay there for awhile-it is no wonder I have been re-reading-for the 30th time-this old series of books that I loved when I was a child. They were written in the late 40's and are about this wonderful,loving family. It didn't even occur to me until this moment why I fled into the pages of my beloved comfort....so on I will go into the world of old Christmas..This is small and I think I need to do a big one so the details are easier to get at. Perhaps tomorrow I will attempt Scrooge-it is safe there, it is a comfort.

and Paul Newman dying as if the world wasn't upsetting enough!! Who is left to be the strong, determined male-someone we can look up to and emulate..horror of horrors --will I have to be one of those people now???

PS can you tell the difference??????

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sept 23, 2008

Is it Halloween or have they just heard about the financial crisis?? I don't ever remember feeling this unsafe in my life..and I have a total lack of faith in the leaders we have. It makes me sad. Today I got up and ran and did the things one does to get two kids and an absent minded husband (honey...have you seen my-insert anything you wear upon your body here-)to school and driving home I got this really icky feeling -as if nothing I do means anything.....it was just one of those things...I had an audition earlier and every one was talking about what they were in.......made me feel like I miss out-anyway I carried that gloom right with me and wouldn't you know it- couldn't find a parking spot,the cashier was a complainer and a gloom monger (apparently we should watch our kids because there are perverts and gangs and bad schools everywhere) Oh my GOD!!!! I know you attract what you think about but what if you are feeling bad about what you are thinking about and don't know how to change it. Maybe it was the angels telling me that the good news is I wasn't HER!!!! Came home and ate a salad-cause of course I also feel I am way to huge to live..but when I sat down to paint it felt so much better.......and even though I felt I had to paint SERIOUSLY today I really loved this little guy!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

September 22, 2008

Halloween is coming up !! this is my favorite holiday so I just whipped up a card-I don't know if I like it....but I was determined to finish something today as I feel I have sooooo many irons in the fire and none of them are going anywhere. I feel kind of achy and I am doing laundry and it is gray out and I feeling weird..wonder why....could Bill have possibly made decaf again this morning?? I just had a funny idea for a new card although I have an old one that is so cute I can't believe I did it. I am rambling a bit here but that's life-sometimes one just has to ramble..

better go up and finish laundry and then finish sewing Halloween costumes...........

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sept 18, 2008

This is an old one as I am working on getting a fellowship application in by 2:00 and as you can see I am avoiding..why am I avoiding I ask myself??? I Think its because I have to write an artist statement and I have read alot of them and they go into the breakdown of men and culture, the psychological ramifications of taking a breath on the polluted orb we call Earth, how can I compete with I am really starting to value and love the spirit I see in everyones eyes-the things we try to hide because we don't understand that we all carry it. The lines and wear in a face that such beauty pours forth it makes one want to cry-the sheer pleasure of squeezing out a tube of paint,,of being carried off into someone Else's story for a while and loving them even more because you have felt with them-the tears in someones eyes who sees your work because they understand they have been there that is their grandmother their aunt who they lost and hold in their memories--sappy huh?? How to put that in words so that the leather clad, highly fashionable committee who came out to see My work a couple years ago when I was a finalist would actually pay attention to it-instead of asking me if I ever thought about doing abstracts (?-refer to the work around Mr I have cool glasses and a leather pant suit) Oh well-perhaps I WILL just pour out my heart

PS Finished and sent-do I really need the recognition to feel good about myself-well, it would be Really really NICE-AND i COULD FINALLY BUY SOME NEW GOUACHE INSTEAD IF DIPPING MY BRUSH INTO A DRIED UP TUBE

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

September 17, 2008

Gouache on canvas board-what a great combination-I thought it wouldn't work but I think it did!!! I am calling it "Third Shift". Speaking of shifts, I feel like I am going through a major one-I love what I am doing- i feel like I am gettin better at it and I keep getting more ideas-only I have to re-haul my ways-I have to clean up the sty I call my studio and quit working on the kitchen table-what I really need is a huge barn with three different areas to work in. I am truly indifferent to the cooking eating cleaning of life that must go on - it keeps getting in my way!!! It is a beautiful day, it smells like possibilities and wonder-breath it in!!!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sept 15, 2008

I went to an art fair yesterday to scope it out for next year. It was in a really ideal location-very mellow and pretty with lots of places to sit..really swell. I talked to a few of the artists and got some great info from some of them. ' And I learned something today' (shades of South Park) 300. to 650. paintings really don't sell at an outdoor art fair. Perhaps these people gather fans who will follow and then buy later but it was a bit confusing..things that I loved I couldn't afford and I would have liked to have some of it surrounding me. There fore I think the idea of small affordable 'tastes' of art are really worthy. There was the COOLEST sculpture that was also a pot holder of a lady laying down and the potted plant would be like a hat-it was totally groovy and at 150. not a bad price, but who brought the truck to haul it out????? Really made me do some thinking and I had booth envy-these are really MY people-I like to hang out in a tent and talk..why haven't i DONE IT ALL SUMMER...PONDER THAT..so today i had to paint a lady..just for fun-I am gonna have a whole wall full of fake ancestors at this rate

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sept 11 ,2008

This day always makes me a little sad and worn. At the same time I am so grateful for every breath I take and all the joys of my life. I will never be able to see any of the films they made about this day. It is too real too tragic and too...what is the word I want..sacred to me to see it depicted..it feels wrong.

Here is what has happened top my life so slowly I didn't even realize it. Instead of doing all the should chores that I MUST do-and paint if I have time I have completely flipped the formula and I LIKE it. Scrubbing a toilet than becomes something to do and get over with instead of something dreaded that keeps me away from my love. On a sad note, the little gallery I had stuff in for months is closing. I really liked knowing my stuff was out there-even if I only made a pittance-it was MY pittance.......well, when a door closes.....

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sept 10, 2008

Am I getting redundant?? I think I had better change subject matter-but that warm fall feeling makes me so happy. On the other hand, it is kind of gray today and I feel achy-like flu-ey achy. I could have crawled back into bed happily and slept the day away..but i didn't. Maybe I should have cause I feel a great wave of tiredness hanging over me.....and I have to go pick up the kid. See thats why I paint vast fields in the sun-the illusion of peace as I do it...peace....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

September 9th 2008

Wonderful, beautiful day. The leaves are not quite turning but I feel it in my heart!!! I should be getting in the car to pick up my daughter but I wanted to get this up cause i just finished it and I really like it (shades of Sally Field) It is sooo peaceful to me I want to go walk around the grounds and hear the birds and smell the trees. Sometimes-when I get off my own case- I think about how truly wonderfully lucky I am and it just amazes me...what I miss each day but not just stopping for a second taking a breath and looking around...and on that note I must dash for the car eeekkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sept 5 2008

Had an interesting talk last night about what we do to let ourselves 'deserve' to do what we love. That somehow we all felt there must be an element of sweat or payment or sacrifice before we get to do/buy/get what we want. Does it feel wasteful to go to a museum do my art see a movie? I used to feel it was, or that it must be a 'special' occasion. I even feel guilty when I read because aren't I just wasting time. Then the other night I was loading the dish washer and feeling harried and harassed and that I had to get this done to get on to.....what..it stopped me dead. Get on to what...to where..where did I think I had to Is there someplace I feel that I am SUPPOSED to be something somewhere I am suppose to land and then I am done, I have won the game. I think I am going to take my toys and play in another game for awhile-just a place where I do what I and when I want be who I am and not care. What a release-what if I just had to be here now.......and the next second...and the next....

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September 4th 2008

What Doesn't Count...

I have been working on this little book project which follows the fairy godmother character and a friend of mine on a little journey. I made the fairy godmother all be hand-no machine for me...I had so much fun-such sheer joy doing this . One reason because I hope it will bring a little smile to someone who needs it but the other was the sheer fun of doing something for fun-not for wondering how I can profit from it or could I market it or am I good enough just for the joy of making things. In fact I think I will have a business that says just that-Melinda Kordich:
I make things. At the same time I just finished a landscape that I really like and since I was on a self imposed time frame to get this done it just flew out of me.......meaning I didn't agonize over it. I just painted. The only complaint I have is there just isn't enough time-and really isn't that the BEST thing you could imagine from your work.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sept 2, 2008

Oh blessed routine!!! Up at 530-work out,get kids up, make breakfast, drive to school and back home to paint. Man that feels good. Whipped out this little 6x6 this morning.
I don't let myself think because I am working on this other really involved project so I just forge ahead and paint. I also actually used some paint instead of being cheap and trying to save by using just a bit....and it works-boy, using a glob is really great, it really makes a difference-who knew?? I love not agonizing over a painting but just throwing it out there. That seems to be the most magic way to do it-talk about living in the moment....if we could do that with everything in life we would be so rich and content!!! I may even go back to putting things on ebay-its fun when they sell and who cares if they don't?? (Well, yes I do but since I don't have to see the peoples faces or hear their comments it is almost painless)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

August 27th 2008

I have spent all day in a little bit of heaven because I am creating a book for a friend and it is so much fun-I have also made a stuffed fairy godmother for her-it is featured in the book. So surrounded by every messy thing you can think of glue gun, sequins, glitter, paints ,paper, pens, color pencils, glitter glue I am happy happy happy!!! The only thing I have to do now is figure how to get text onto a picture, doesn't that SOUND easy?? It seems to me that all you would do is photo shop the art and start writing in the spaces you would like to write. Apparently, however it is easier to win eight gold medals in the Olympics than it is for the computer to work in the most logical way one can think of. What the heck????????????? Oh, this little guy I did yesterday and I learned a new lesson-I am so cheap I paint with as little paint as possible and it never works-when will I learn to squeeze out paint as though I were a millionaire?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

August 26, 2008

How often do I censor myself in my life, in my work, in my wants?? It has been an interesting question for me because it is what I feel needs to change and grow-that honoring that part of me that seems foolish or irrelevant, the art projects that seem crafty and there fore not as valuable must be addressed and looked at. There is so much I feel I want to do but somehow I have taken another(or should I say another s) path. I overheard a conversation today that made me want to rush over and put in my two cents-a young girl was questioning her right to pursue what her career dream was because of " all the competition out there" and "who am I to think I can do that" "how can I apply for that job-there are so many others with more credits on their resume". Yes it may be true but there is only one YOU-one way YOU see it-one way YOU experience it. Just because you have a peice of paper saying you have gradutated from whatever does not mean you have made it-and just because you don't doesn't mean you can't. It appalls me how brainwahed I am with all this. It is hard to seperate the beliefs and creedo of the tribe from what you actually believe. I so blindly follow those rules and regulations that somehow we all agreed to. I want to break those rules and not worry about it. I want my instincts of what is right for ME to over ride what I think I SHOULD do or be.....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

August19 2008

I should stop listening to Leonard Cohen. His music overtakes me and sends me on little side tours. So this is yet another rendition of Dance Me to the end of Love-which is an incredibly beautiful song with so many images, incredible poetry..and such richness that you tend to drift into the words and stay there for awhile. What is the difference between illustration and art? So many of the artists I adore were labeled illustrators, as if there were a whole different island that those people had to live on -which island would I choose? Do I have to choose an island? Do I have to choose a label? What if in trying to cultivate a voice I find I am Sybil..and I like it...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

August 16, 2008

Okay it has been a million and five years and I have missed this. Not only because it allows me to dump some of my thoughts but the whole process is very satisfying. I have long, long been an admirerer of Arthur Rackman's art-just one of the great old illustrators who I thought I would grow up to be-oh, let's face it I STILL think I am going to grow up to be one. Dreams don't die, even though at times we shove them down, trample on them and carry the broken sharp edges around with us for years. I have come to think that instead of that, perhaps it is just time to take them out and play. there comes a time whien you are just so damn sick of the nos and the you aren't good enoughs that you just start thinking--why the hell not?? What is the measure of success-doing what you love or having it all-well, it would be nice if one creates the other but why stop if all it does is fill you with joy????? Aren't we all Frank Sinatra (or insert you fav singer) in the shower??

Watercolor 8 x 10

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 28th 2008
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut thinking what am I trying to accomplish-and there's the rub-doing something for the sheer sake of doing something seems so undervalued. I am always looking for the profit-for the payoff. What if , in life ,we could just BE without weighing where it is going to get us. Food for thought. I wish I could retrain my thoughts in this direction. I saw my art thru another,s eyes and my mind started asking me why I even tried. It looked so amateurish-so well, simple and silly. Could I settle for the pay off of the love I feel while i do this. If I could would that bleed over into my life and suddenly every moment would be bliss because there would be no expectations and therefore no disappointments. What is it we are all striving for if not to feel content with where we are. And why is it so hard to do that? What forces us to try and value everything we do...maybe it is just me..why do I feel so guilty then for indulging in this and why is hobby such a bad word? Why do we search for someone else to put value on us instead of valuing ourselves.....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

July 22,2008
I love painting. I love it. Nothing in the world compares to being in the zone . I could spend just hours doing my thing, but the family the dog the laundry keep piling up. Well, they all add to my dreams and my visions so I can't complain. Its all one.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

July 14, 2008

I have just figured out why people pay to have a studio-so that when there pencil is poised above the page and the music is playing and the mind and hand are wandering into that wonderful zen like place and all creation is swirling around you ready to channel-your beloved family won't come home from Burger King announcing they have the new apple fries and isn't that cool and turn off the music and procede as if no great worldly epic masterpeices were about to be made. JEEESH!!!
And that is how reality smacks you upside the head...........

Saturday, July 12, 2008

July 11, 2008

Sometimes you have to wonder..what is the point?? and yet you still continue. I wonder if any one has the ambition and belief every morning-to spring out of bed and not question yourself or feel foolish to try what you have in your heart??? and yet i can't help feeling its in ones heart for a reason, dreams cannot be there just to cause you pain. Or is it the way we view it?? Ahh, theres the rub..why is it so easy to not believe and why are people so eager to support your fears and worries? Why are we wired that way..and how can we unwire that without moving to a cave on a desert island where no one can influence what you really feel is true.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

July 9th 2008

We had one heck of a storm today which was great. I love painting in the gloom there is something kind of magic about it. I worked on this canning lady and last night looked at it and her face was awful!!! So today I just forgot about working on a FACE and worked on the shadows and the contrasts and the shapes and it got alot better. I think the more familiar I think I am with something the less I look at the details-it can surprise you how new everything looks if you open your mind and stop assuming things.....about things..and yourself..very freeing

Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th 2008

Remember the first days of falling in love? That heady, giddy feeling that seeped into your whole self and took over any sense of sanity you may have previously had??? That is how I feel when I see a really good, lined, lived- in face. It is hard to not whip out the camera or to stare anf I want to shout your face, your face!!!!!!!! Its a loony thing but one that is a huge blessing for there is beauty in every one you meet and a huge amount of inspiration ...and a story told between you and the gorgeous face before you-silently!!!

Acrylic on 8 x 10 canvass board

Friday, June 27, 2008

June 27th, 2008
I went to an art gallery opening last night and was totally bored with my work-time to shake it up and quit thinking so much. I keep thinking about people saying you have to find your voice and I take it to mean that you should get skilled in one area-however my voice likes to sing in all different genres...so who said it can't???? Who made the rules-guess what I think we do for ourselves and to heck with the mainstream beliefs..so my carpet needs to be vacuumed- I would rather paint and paint and paint. Life is too rich to stop ourselves with illusions and our illusions are usually painful-insane isn't it. Thank the puritian ethics that still strangle our light and try to keep it form shining. Back to painting. This is called Fine Print and is 8 x 10 acrylic on paper.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

June 26th, 2008
The funny thing is I never thought I would be able to do people. Now I love it although I do go crazy getting the flesh tones-I use more colors then I care to share. the portrait pink out of the tube looks like Porky Pig so you have to add all sorts of things. All sorts of different elements to get to where you want. Kind of like life-for so long I tried to live the seperate parts of my life as if they were not connected. Now I realize aall of the weave together to make my life-it is impossible if not insane to try to seperate them into different boxes-speaking of which my child needs help baking.........

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June 25th, 2008
I could not decide what I wanted to paint today which made my mind wander all over the place-too many options sometimes stop me dead in my tracks. I guess that is better than having no ideas-although it also makes me feel as if I am ignoring other parts.....sigh.....and it always takes me longer than I think it should. But what is SHOULD -I think it the worst word in the english langauge..we all should all over ourselves.... I am tired of shoulding so I am trying to just see how things spin out if I take my hand off the tiller-as if any of us are truly capable of steering the ship anyway....

Monday, June 23, 2008

June 23, 2008

A second post on the same day. WoW!! I impress myself. Now i think I will head back to the paints and go for three..or four...eeeeeee. It is so totally beautiful out today and I believe a really cute younger man flirted with me at the coffee shop-perhaps he was just being kind to an older gal-but I prefer to to think my beauty and charm captivated me-its my story and I will stick to it. Eveyone give a moment of silence for the great George Carlin today-I will miss his biting humor.....I will recite the seven words for him everyday in honor of him (and because I really, really love to swear!)

June 23, 2008
Today I have two-count em two things to list!!! I have realized that I never sign my work and I often throw it in a drawer and forget it. I wonder what that says about me, or about how I value what I do. I love it so much that maybe I hid it so I won't think about how important it is to me. Sometimes I wish my brain would just shut off for a couple weeks and I could just do or be without having to wade through all the thoughts attached to it. EEE_EEWWW-being a human is hard wish I could perch on a branch like this little guy...

Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16, 2008
This womans pic was in the obits today. She quite took my breath away and I thought it was so interesting that they used a 65 year old pic to celebrate her. Was this her best moment-all put together seemingly assured and ready for the world? Have we lost that attitude among the so many choices we have and the labels we put on life. I feel like Carrie Bradshaw-and it made me wonder..........Anyway I came home to paint something entirely different but I had some sort of demand to get right on her and it just flowed out and it felt great. It is on 8 x 10 paper in acrylics

Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 12,2008

A card I made for a friends iaap group-her end of year celebration-they had a lion theme-it was fun to do and made me think I should forge ahead with my book ideas-why should I worry if they publish-I will just send copies to everyone for Christmas

I planted three lilacs today and my back gardens are full of color-it is almost how I pictured it in my dreams-how cool is that?

Monday, June 9, 2008

June something or other-

All I know is this is the official first day the kids have off for summer and I not only got this done but a hanging angel as well. Tha sounds a bit odd, butt I am working on angels-and grandmas with wings-that are wall hangings and I did a really pretty one today-so maybe those kids won;t cramp my style!!!!! Whoo-Hoo-no more driving!!!!!!! I am free

8 x 10 acrylic on canvas board

Friday, June 6, 2008

June 6, 2008

Old church-abandoned and empty- that would make a great studio!!!! Acrylic 8x10 on canvas board

The last day of school for the whole family. I love this day it is so full of joy and excitement for the kids!!! All the 5th graders are graduating and dressed in their best, most of them I have known since kindergarten-brings a little tear to my eye. On the other hand I am so tired driving everyone around and all the end of the year events that I am looking forward to turning in early and sleeping late for the next few days-ah, age.......

If anyone has any ideas on how to market art, or where to sell it or any ideas in that vein-email me. I am trying to brainstorm on getting my stuff out there, I have a small gallery and I have done ebay-which I should get back to, but I am feeling I am missing some roads I could be going down.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

June 2nd-or is it the third????

June already. Four more days of school..four more days of driving twice a day just to get the kids. WHOO_HOO!!!!!! Maybe-dare I say it -more time for painting. It has been rainy all season but that just makes days like last Saturday amazing-the whole neighborhood was out sitting and drinking up the sun-knowing the mowing and the weeding and the seeding and the laundry were waiting which made it all the sweeter.

and so with my thoughts turning towards rain and pleasure I thought of reading a lovely book as the drops trickle down on the glass and you escape to a new world....

Thursday, May 29, 2008

May 29,2008
I heard someone ask what a handsome woman meant. They couldn't describe it. I think this is a handsome woman. My mom and dad ,when they see an actor that had a long good career-like Spencer Tracy,they say hes got rights......

well, that is what I think of this gal..she's got rights. I have to run back to the easel-I am on a roll!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 22, 2008

Yesterday I did something I have been longing to do but was thinking it was so stupid to have the impulse..I layed on the grass and closed my eyes and let the sun beat down on me. Somehow I needed to just feel the earth and the sun and just be-granted I took a book with me so that anyone passing by would think I has just taken a pause in my reading to contemplate.....and I went into that half drowsy sleep state where your mind just floats.....The dog next door kept barking until I had to reassure it that I was not having a heart attack (she is very concerned about me) It was the best 15 minutes I have spent in years.....I have been busy trying to slow down-think of what that sentence implies..sometimes things seem so stirred up-so many things tugging on you draining you, and suddenly you get a little clarity and you think how foolish it is to buy into it all. It may be only an instant but you GET it...I want to GET it all the minutes of the day..all the seconds of my life. So although I have been slowing down my creativity is at full throttle-only through enjoyment not through the thought more product or what would sell. I bet this lady got it. This is an 8 x 10 acrylic on paper.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

May 21 2008

Back to the fields. It is sunny and beautiful here and easy to find inspiration for all the greens and golds and blues in this picture. I went to my daughters band concet last night and could not believe how bigt these kids are-just reminded how fast it all goes!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

May 20 2008

This is what I long to do lately-lay my burdens down and sleep in a warm field, letting mother nature soothe and heal. Except I may look a little crazy as it is planting time and the farmers might get annoyed-still the feeling is so longed for. No one around no outside noises besides nature the heat of the sun lulling me to doze..I think I better go take a nap.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

May 6th 2008

Did this for a friend of mine-it was great fun. I did it in about two and a half hours I knew I had a limited time so I just kept moving. I did it on this watercolor board stuff by Frederick's-but the water color didn't take to it. It sort of repelled instead of absorbing so I went on with acrylics and the two worked together well. I am a little disappointed in the board . I did some florals on little clay board yesterday in watercolor and that worked well-so well my husband suggested I do a ton of these little ones and use them like tiles around the kitchen, I think that's a really fun idea or coasters...of course the only time I use coasters is at someone elses house where I pretend I do it all the time..same with elbows on the table...and a few other mannerly things that fade away when I walk through my own front door.....

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April 29, 2008

A little 6 x6 what fun to do!! I hadn't alot of time today but I am so on a groove with this project that I hate to give up a day. So-work small-I haven't worked this small or fast in a long time-but really I was in a zen flow and I like it!!!If I could only feel that way about cleaning the house..............the sun is out today!!!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

April 27 2008
I just read in Art Calender magazine that this women sells constantly on eBay and has to do two or three paintings a day to keep up....two or three paintings a day!!!!!!!!! Who is this woman-does she have 500 cats and never leave home..and come on ,I SAW her stuff....why can't I be doing that? What is her secret (besides apparently NEVER leaving the easel) I must find my market.......where is my market....did I miss it..... Still loving the sky....in every possible way, every moment is a new picture . Lay on your back and look up-it is an amazing show!!!! This is done in acrylic on 11 x 14 canvas board. It is up for auction on ebay at:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

April 26th, 2008
Look at that sky!!!!!!!! WoW!! Until I took the picture I didn't really see the whole-just the pieces-cool!!!! I really liked it. It is snowing here! I can't believe it. I planned to work on the lawn today but instead I had to paint. I HAD too-real big sacrifice.......I think I have put way too many exclamation points in here-that was the way my daughter wrote in first grade-everything had one. I really admire that. Can you imagine every thought of yours tumbling out of you with excitement..I remember feeling that way when I was a kid..there are still days..back to the laundry

Thursday, April 24, 2008

April 24 2008

I am back!!! After a whirlwind few weeks of birthday and bidding on a house and having it accepted and cleaning and carpeting and mending this house-only to have our bid canceled because of someone elses bid with no contingency.......................WHHOOO!!!!!!It has been a tense and huge journey but all is well. And I never, never want to stop painting again. I MISSED it ALOT!!!!!!! It is what makes me fat and happy......so these ladies are taking a little break on the park bench for me..........something I will do as soon as it decides to stop raining...we may even be getting a little end of April snow----ekkkk!!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

April 5th 2008

Something really interesting happened today-not while I was painting,but in a way the whole process of painting made me see life (with a big L) clearer...We went to an open house ..and it was truly our dreamhouse-everything we always imagined (except for Rauol my pool boy...)it was just glorious and too much-not a lot too much but just a little..and I started to wonder (now I sound like Carrie on Sex in the City) do we hold ourselves back from things in life in just how we think about ourselves...as I stood in the yard (HUGE wooded three patios and a creek-tree swing and a tree fort) I thought oh, this is so wonderful and I am not enough...for this kind of life ...if I were adventorous and brave I would start figuring it out-how much my house could sell for etc...but I run up against its not for you someone richer better prettier......its just setting you up for dissapointment, And then I thought-what if life were just like painting-If I just do it without thinking, if I attack the canvas with joy and enthusiam wonderful things happen...what if it were the same with life-what if the fear was useless not helping or protecting you but stopping you (gleefully it sometimes seems..) and then I finished these two ladies and I thought to myself...what if you take no chances at all and are left old and safe....and dull...food for thought...

This is done in acrylics on12 x 16 canvas board it will be available on ebay athttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220221375082

Saturday, April 5, 2008

April 4th

Hi!!! It is so good to be back. I have had a glitch in my life-its called spring break and it means everyone is home staring at me. It is kinda hard to get into your zen zone when people are THERE=always THERE.........
Anyway, it was great to throw them outside and paint. This is an acrylic on board and I am delving back into fairyland. I used to do that when I was a very teeny artist and I loved doing it..and then I sort of dismissed it as childish. I am learning so much lately about life and what it means and what I am doing-my head is spinning. I have a birthday this week so it always sets me off on looking deeply and wondering if I am living my true joy.
My big thought is that it is MY JOY-and I think I have been trying to appease some outside sense of who I am or what I should be doing. So just for today I am going to live my joy-back to the easel---HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

This is an acrylic on 8x8 canvas board. It will be available on ebay at:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 25,2008

Back to Italy in my mind. It is a nice little trip...there is quiet and trees and sun...and wine..and some more wine....and some cute Italian guys...and a vespa...... and a little bit of ..wine..and I am wearing sun glasses and a headscarf and I look like Audrey Hepburn. Oh what fun it would be...

I have to go clean my house now. I am having some really great ideas for paintings..and they are usually coming while I am walking the dog or working out so I have to keep reviewing in my them so I don't forget-but then I forget what I am doing standing in the middle of the kitchen half the time

This is in acrylics on

12 x 16 canvas board. It will be available on ebay at: