Sense of Wonder

•January 17, 2012 • 4 Comments

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!

Sunny Pumpkin

•October 13, 2011 • 7 Comments

A new painting has been born!! Not only did I paint the picture; I picked the pumpkin and the sunflower from my garden! Talk about “Homemade”:)  I am very pleased with this painting and love the colors of fall that show. This was the only pumpkin that had the little knobs on it and of course I had to pick that one to paint.  I know that I could have made it easier on myself by picking a smooth one out of the bunch, but for some reason my brain always wants to challenge me! It seems to happen a lot, but personally I don’t like taking the easy road all the time. Things like this painting help me to think outside of the box. I learned to make little knobs better (there was enough of them!) and I learned what other colors to use other than orange and black. It is neat to see the end result. Enjoy the weekend and Happy Fall!

The Finished Product, “Sea Trinkets”

•August 15, 2011 • 13 Comments

As promised, and a little behind in getting this out, is my finished painting  “Sea Trinkets”! I am so excited to have finished this.  The ocean is my inspiration, but it is also my favorite place to hang no matter what! If you ask me how often I’m at the beach my response would be, ” Count my sea glass, sand dollars and more importantly, my happiness! ” Have a great day everyone! 🙂

A Unique Geranium View

•August 10, 2011 • 8 Comments

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 Energy

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

Brody Beach Moment

•July 23, 2011 • 10 Comments

Another reason to love the beach!  I smile every time I see a child building a sandcastle, using a plastic shovel to fill their buckets with sand, or picking up shells and live creatures from the tides and in between the rocks.  Just the expressions on their faces when they play or find an exciting treasure in the sand fills my heart.  I have to admit; I’m that way as well.

A dear friend from school posted this picture and I could not go without painting it! I hope she enjoys this as much as I had painting it. Enjoy the sunshine everyone! 😉

Bones of my painting #2

•April 20, 2011 • 4 Comments

This is the second picture taken of my beach painting.  I really love everything about it; the background, the shape of the sea life and the full bottle of sea glass.  I am trying to get the colors as real as I can.  I don’t work on my paintings as often as I would like to, but it gives me great therapy to figure out the color theory of  any paintings I do. I also take my time because my heart is into it.  I want people to feel this. I will show another view as soon as my pastels come out again.  Tell me what you think! 🙂

Bones of a Painting

Field of Warmth

•April 11, 2011 • 5 Comments

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. 🙂