“The Golden Egg”, in Portsmouth NH, was an inspiration for this painting. It has inspired me to paint other comfort foods that will add to the collection of my “Coffee Talk” series. This restaurant always has several delectable desserts, sitting underneath glass pedestals, at their counters. The staff is always friendly and very accommodating to their patrons.
My husband and I will always stop at this restaurant after a morning of walking along the beach picking up sand dollars, searching for sea glass, or just to take in the salty air from the ocean. It has been a habit of ours, after we’ve eaten a great breakfast, to order these coffee rolls to go. What caught my eye for such a tasty treat? Well, I scanned the menu and saw “Big Coffee Roll”, I believe. I thought, “I haven’t had one of them in a while!”, so I ordered one for each my husband and I. The next morning as we were getting ready for the day, I heated the coffee rolls and set them on the table for us to eat, but before we ate them, I had to do one last thing…take a picture of the coffee roll so I could paint it. (It isn’t uncommon for me to take pictures of everything, especially food! My family would agree.) 😉 THEY WERE HEAVENLY!, better than I have ever tasted! To this day, we always order coffee rolls to go and we always enjoy these treats as if it were our last. It’s great to have special treat made with TLC and I consider it a great gift for them to share.
I had such a great time creating this piece for a gentleman that wanted to give this to his wife for Christmas. The personality of this painting matched up to the happiness of the dog in real life. I am very content with the outcome of this creation. This is a 11 x 14 pastel painting
Happy New Year (2013) to Family and Friends!
I wrote an acrostic of what I thought this coming year should be like for me. Although I haven’t been active in writing on my blog this year; it is my hope to challenge myself to write and create more. Both mediums are very therapeutic to me and balance my life out.
This painting “Weathered” was created a few months ago. The idea was taken at an antique show in Massachusetts. I was drawn to this setup because of my love for the garden, the ocean and antique accents. The colors that attracted me to this picture gave me a sense of what has been used in the past, but is very welcomed, for some, in our lives today. Most of us cherish aged pieces from the past; it gives us comfort and can remind us of situations or people who were once in our lives, (warm fuzzies). In most instances I can’t agree with the saying “Out with the Old and In with the New”. Some things have emotional ties, maybe an attachment to the past, or just a warm memory you’ve created yourself. It is all in the hands of the individual. So, I will end this with my creative writing piece, enjoy the New Year with lots of love, health and happiness!
Happy, Healthy, and Heartfelt
Attitude is everything
Prosper with my creativity
“Yes” to a brand new year!
New Beginnings with family and Friends
Every day will be a new gift
Work to make a difference with everyone I see
“You”, my family friends & students, are my sunshine
Energetic for health
Artistic license renewal
Risk taking is a must!
Happy New Year Everyone! I know it has been a while since I posted something, but I had to start some of those resolutions, you know, organizing, catching up with friends, more organizing and so on. 🙂 One of the things that I haven’t been able to achieve, for myself, in years, was to finish projects in which I started. My mind goes into overdrive when I see any new project. I feel I have to take part in a project just to feel complete. But, this year, I think things will be different. For the first time this week I actually turned down a chance to learn a little about painting with oils. Now, I would love for the chance to experience it, but that means I have to get all the supplies and actually do something with them. Now add that to my love of pastels, watercolor, photography and creating silver jewelry AND what do you get? “Jack of all trades and master of none!!” It sounds cliché, but I find it to be a very true statement in my art world.
Above is a picture that someone took of my brother Mike. Yes, I actually created another picture in watercolor, but I was not happy with the outcome, so I felt the need to do it over in pastels. I absolutely love this picture. I feel it has a sense of depth with a lot of vibrancy. I also feel that I captured his “sense of wonder” in this picture…a thought provoking action I always see in my brother. To me, this picture by far shows some warmth and true emotion. Enjoy 2012 everyone!
I had to look at this geranium differently. I took this picture standing on the top rung of a ladder, then looked down and snapped this shot. I couldn’t see painting the same old Geranium pot and leaves, so I ventured to a new plateau! I’ll be sure to paste the finished product along with the seaside painting as well. I love different and unique views 🙂
Here is some interesting insights on the color red…
Red is associated with fiery heat and warmth. It can also mean danger (burning).
Red is the color of blood, and as such has strong symbolism as life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival. Red is also the color of passion and lust.
Put some red in your life when you want:
- increased enthusiasm and interest
- more energy
- action and confidence to go after your dreams
- protection from fears and anxieties
Funny story. I was looking for some spare pastel paper to draw on and couldn’t seem to find what I wanted. Of course, you know how that goes…you start looking at everything you have in the closet and before you know it a few hours have lapsed. I found things I forgot I had! There were things I treasured so much to the point where I carefully wrapped them and tucked them away. I found pictures I wanted to draw and thought I had lost them! It was an early holiday for me! The picture above was tucked in a pad of pastel paper. It was between two pieces of tracing paper so that the pastel wouldn’t rub off. I remember doing all that prep work, but do you think I could remember? Oh no! The memories flooded the minute I opened the pad of paper. At the time, I wasn’t fond of the way it looked, but today after about 6 or 7 years, I don’t think it’s bad at all. Working with art is a “Love and Hate relationship”, some days I’m glowing about the work I completed and other days I feel like crumpling it up and throwing it away. At the time I must have thought that it wasn’t ready for the trash and that there would be some hope. Well, here I sit admiring something I forgot about, but reminiscing about the time I created it. It’s a good feeling. On another note, I have learned to keep things within eyes length. Life is too short to tuck things away for preservation. Life is a show, it brings happiness not only to you, but to others that enjoy creativity and the emotions the artist portrays in his/her creations. 🙂