Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Sunday, December 22, 2019
|New knees, May 1|
|from Van's hospital room at Virginia Mason Hospital in September|
I managed to get outside with friends and do a few watercolors. these are three that are presentable.
|down at the beach|
|at the dock pond|
|up on the Salmon River|
Earlier in the year, I had booked a 3 week tour of China for November with a friend that I almost cancelled several times, but Van insisted that I go as he was recovering. So I went, and it was an amazing trip. Much of the trip was in cities which were huge. I loved the time cruising on the Yangtze River for 5 days, but most of all Guillin and the Li River.
Here are a few little paintings that I did.
|Channel marker on the Yangtzi River, China|
|Yangtzi river near Three River Dam, China|
|I painted this and 5 others in the evening after the cruise on the Li River, and sent as post cards and gifted|
|This one was on Nidiggen paper in my handmade travel journal|
I finally have no excuse for not getting back to work in the studio, but I've finding all kind of excuses not to. If there was a prize for procrastination, I'd be a winner. My trips downstairs to the studio are mostly followed by sorting through stuff, looking at old paintings, then piddling with my stuff some more. Joining two session of life drawing has got me at least drawing, and just writing and posting here is giving me a feeling that maybe I'm breaking through the inertia that had set in. New Years usually gets me motivated and hope springs eternal.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
It has been an eventful and busy last couple of months and I've let other things take precedence over my daily watercolors. I'm now preparing for a show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Gallery for the month of July, getting things framed and hopefully a couple more oil paintings finished.
Part of my show will be many of my watercolor postcards. Looking for some way to display them, my neighbor found nine storm window stored in her garage which make very good frames. I was able to temporarily mount about 22 of them for each frame. I would like to have done them chronologically but as they were different sizes and I wanted as many on a panel as possible, they aren't in order.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sadly, daily watercolors and posting on this blog have not been priorities lately. This first one is of an iceberg in Glacier Bay from a photo I took in 2017.
This was three nights ago from my kitchen window.
From the dock island in my car Saturday, the second.
I used Daniel Smith Lunar blue paint on these last week while it was snowing from photos taken in December.
This is my funky old stove.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
This was painted from a photo I took at the beach last Saturday and painted that afternoon.
My year of painting a little watercolor almost everyday is almost over and I've been having a hard time keeping up this last 2 months. In fact I've hardly done more than two or three a week for the last few month. I have done several sketches for a tshirt design for a fund raiser and am still struggling with that, and have made progress on a couple of large oils. January is usually a productive month, but not this one.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
These are some more cream pitchers and I have six more from friends yet to paint. This one is part of a set inherited from my husbands family. Its been in a cabinet for 40 years. I used part of the set it in at least one still life painting, previously.
This is one of my favorites, at least now.
Another find at the local second-hand store and it will go back soon.
This one is part of the set of dishes I use most days. I told my aunt many times how much I like the set and she gave them to me when she moved into a condo.
I'm in Juneau for most of a week and haven't had much chance to paint.... medical appointments, shopping and dealing with lots of snow. On the ferry ride here on Wednesday, I planned to paint and saw the most spectacular sunset, but Lynn Canal was so rough, I was close to nausea.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
I've been remiss the last couple of weeks, not doing my watercolors everyday and not even putting the dates on when I have done them. I'm pretty sure this one was on December 30th.
I think I did these two on New Years from a photo. I also did an oil from it which I wiped out.
This is Gus who is 13 years old and loved by Kathy and Cheryl. I painted him in his home a few weeks ago and made him look more like a cat more recently.....he looked like a blob before.
This was the sky one morning around New Years.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
These are some more cream pitchers that I've painted in the last month. This one was borrowed from a friend, as well as the second and forth one.
This was made by local potter, Kim Ney.
I bought this one in England many years ago at an outdoor market. It is signed with an "NC" below the handle.
This was made by the late Liz Berry who lived in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Over the years I've accumulated dozens of objects to put in still life paintings. I decided to make another accordian book with some of them. I started with this cream pitchers then started finding more around the house and have now started borrowing from friends. These are some I've done so far.
The pages are about 5x5 inches. I may add a table underneath and will write about each one