I completed another small painting, another study of the Candy Corn Rocks, this one with a bit more detail because the canvas is 10 x 8 rather than 8 x 6. I am building my inventory of these small Tahoe Rock paintings because Spirit Gallery, in Truckee, CA, sold four of them last week. They can sit in an easel or fit nicely into a standard size frame. It is a great and inexpensive way to own original art, as my daily paintings are priced from $50 to $150. I have them sitting on a ledge in my studio and it is wonderful to be surrounded by these small rock groupings, especially since the weather has turned fall like and I am not out on the water among the massive boulders currently. The forecast predicts warmer, summer like temps returning later this week which means I will be visiting the rocks soon.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Painting on a Daily Basis
It turns out that Daily Painters are actually creating a painting every day. I still think there must be a day now and then when it just doesn't happen. I thought I would try to paint every day and missed the third day because I was making a driving trip from one place to another which didn't leave time to paint. Above is the painting from the first day....a study for a larger painting called Candy Corn Rocks. This particular rock formation has always reminded me of that orange and white, Halloween candy....it's the shape of the rocks.
Above is the painting from the second day, a small diptych which is a study for a painting that will be 10' x 4' overall, composed of two canvases. Though this shows the canvases butted together, the big works will actually hang with a space between.
Check back to see what I might paint today....
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Life is about Attitude, Desire
Tahoe Below The Surface - Deep
24" x 36"
(not a Daily Painting)
Last Sunday night, a friend swam the length of Lake Tahoe. He was the fifth swimmer to accomplish this without a wet suit. He was the first to do so from north to south; first to do so at night; first to do so in the windy, wavy conditions he had. He spent 13 grueling hours in 61 degree water...in the dark. I was there. I saw it all. The sun went down, the moon came up, the moon went down, and the sun came up. It was all about his desire to accomplish the swim, his attitude about completing what he trained for and started.
Tahoe Below The Surface - Mini I
(A Daily Painting)
Recently I was made aware that there is a group called The Daily Painters. I am still not exactly clear about the daily part. Is it that they paint daily or is it that they complete their paintings in a day? It would be almost impossible to paint every single day, 365 days a year, no break, nothing to take you away from the task (however if you have the attitude and desire....), so I am guessing that designation means they start and complete a painting in a day. The paintings I have seen are small: 5x7, 6x8, 8x10 which makes the task a bit easier, but this is an effort.
Tahoe Below The Surface - Mini II
(A Daily Painting)
And while this isn't a gutsy effort like Clark's swim, it would also require the right attitude and the desire to do all the things that need to be done to create a painting. I applaud these Daily Painters (OK, I have done it a few times myself, but not on a regular basis).
Tahoe Below The Surface - Deeper
30" x 48"
(not a Daily Painting)
Clark's attitude and desire as it applies to his swimming accomplishment will be written about (already has been). http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2010/08/24/1540790/bird-swims-into-tahoe-record-book.html?storylink=addthis His attitude and desire is something that carries into the rest of his life. It is what makes him who he is. Attitude and desire define us. It's what life is all about.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I Am A Painter
Portal I 60" x 48"
And though most of my recent posts have talked and shown my jewelry designs, I want you to remember I am a painter. Painting is my passion. Jewelry is my addiction. And I sometimes work with additional materials added to the canvas.
Portal II 48" x 30"
These paintings were a result of hiking in the Southern California desert, finding a fallen date palm tree, and discovering the fabulous 'fabric' that grows between the trunk and the palm frond.
Portal III 30" x 12"
The fabric is washed, painted, and then attached to the canvas in folds to give the work a three dimensional effect. These paintings are all about texture, line, and color.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It's Time for Some R & R
And whether it is lake time in my rowing shell or spending time in the garden, it is needed after preparation and exhibiting at several summer shows.
Art in the Tahoe Garden was a great success. Is it ok to 'toot' my own horn and tell you of my sales? Maybe not, but it was a very worthwhile day. Besides the sales, I met lovely people who adored my designs and not only purchased, but put them on immediately and wore them for the remainder of the day. Yesterday I had one buyer call to purchase a third necklace, and a few women came to my studio as a result of AITTG to order and purchase. It is very rewarding to me to have others love my work enough to buy. So now I will take a few days to relax, be away from my studio, and then dive back in, letting the creative juices flow.
You can still read the Desert Sun article about my jewelry:
Monday, August 9, 2010
Follow the above link to read last Thursday's article in the La Quinta issue of The Desert Sun.
It's all about my jewelry and gives you a peek into how it all started.
I also give my forecast for Fall 2010 jewelry trends.
But now I must return to the work table since I am preparing for another show this coming Saturday.
I will be showing jewelry and small paintings
Hope to see you there!
And remember to follow this link to the Desert Sun article:
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Working at the Jewelry Table
Who doesn't love to wear Lapis?
How about Golden Pearls with Jade?
Or a mix of Turquoise, Aquamarines, and Druzy Quartz....
Or Turquoise, Amazonite, and Aquamarines???
All of these are bold, statement bracelets that will be available at
Art In The Tahoe Garden
Saturday, August 14
Or you may contact me for additional information and pricing.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Break Time Over
And Back to Creating Jewelry
Lapis, Coral, Cinnabar, Turquoise, Chinese Coin, Jade, Shell, Sterling Silver
Did you know the popularity of bracelets dates back to Roman times?
Stones and glass were often used in Roman bracelets. Gemstones were commonly found set in eyes. Open bands were cut to represent a row of ivy and entwined with pearls. Many of the leaf and berry bracelets were heavily adorned with decorative glass. The wealthier women could be seen wearing bracelets layered in bezel set emeralds.
Check back for more information about bracelets....more photos too.