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Monday, January 31, 2011

Change of Plans


It's Good to be Flexible




Isn't it interesting how a small comment or question can change your thoughts and plans.




The other day one of my customers asked me about flower paintings, which is not what they have purchased, however she was interested to know if I ever painted just flowers, because she adores the small flowers in one of my paintings she owns.   I do, I have, and I include them in my Desert Plant paintings.




But now, since hearing that comment, all I can focus on is flowers!  They are becoming more prominent in my compositions, in my sketch book and on the canvas.  



So instead of working on the planned painting, I am working on the barrel cactus you see here with a voluptuous flower growing out of the top of the plant.




This is not truly the flower that grows out of a barrel, but artistic license is key here.  It is in all of my paintings.






So my easel is wearing a different canvas than I thought it would be right now, but I love it;  change is good;  it's good to be flexible.


This painting is not finished.  You are seeing just the beginning.  Come back to see how it progresses.  And remember to embrace change.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sketching


Preparing for another Painting



Wandering the desert with eyes open, sketch book and pencil in hand, to look and actually see what surrounds us.


  A prickly Euphorbia has captured my attention.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Completed Painting



The Completed Painting


While it isn't titled , it is complete.



Time to prep another canvas for another desert plant painting.  

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Inspiration of Ginny Ruffner


It's Great to Have Brush In Hand Again

Small sketch of my next painting

Last night I attended a film that was shown as part of the Palm Spring International Film Festival.  The film:  A Not So Still Life which is a documentary about the artist Ginny Ruffner. It was a great film.  She and the producers of the film were there for a Q&A that took place after the film.  What an inspirational woman!

Under painting on the canvas

The final question came, not from the audience, but from Ginny:  What do you want to do with your life?

More under painting

I had set up my studio in an outdoor courtyard, had sketched and decided on a new painting, and had started the under painting.

After hours of painting today

After watching the film and listening to Ginny speak I was inspired to spend several hours in front of my easel today.  The painting is not complete, but close.

I will paint again tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Flying South for the Winter


Warmer Climes

Barrels, Fenceposts and Agave
48" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas

If you have been following my blog for a year or so, you know my subject matter changes with the change in seasons.

Family of Five
24" x 8"
Acrylic on Canvas

During the winter months I visit the desert and am inspired by the sculptural beauty of desert plants.

Opetunia Burbanki
36" x 48"
        Acrylic on Canvas

However it takes time to pack, make the move, and set up a new studio area, which has not quite happened, the studio set up that is.

Seven Barrels
10" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas

Then I must wander through desert gardens, visually absorbing what grows, begin sketching and allow what I see to be processed by my creative spirit.  Only then do I take up the brushes and begin a new canvas, well the studio needs to be set up too.  

Check back to see what happens with this process.

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