When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Archive for May, 2009

What Big-Leaf Maples Do At Night

Monday, May 25th, 2009

 What Big-Leaf Maples Do At Night - Day look -20 x 57 x 4 inches Muslin, white glue, acrylics on canvas, 30 LED lights system   What Big-Leaf Maples Do At Night - Night -20 x 57 x 4 inches Muslin, white glue, acrylics on canvas, 30 LED lights system

What Big-Leaf Maples Do At Night, 20 x 57 x 4 inches muslin, glue, acrylics on  canvas  wrapped over custom-built stretcher frame LED light system in back.

Alain (my husband) signed his name on this also, because he spent the entire week designing, soldering and wiring a system of 30 LED lights for the back. He was not impressed with the eight inadequate push-lights I was initially going to use to create this Day- Night  Art. The electric source is a rechargeable 12 volt battery placed neatly in the back, with an easily accessible on-off switch in the lower left corner. He’s not thrilled to ever create another, so it looks like I’ll be learning a little about soldering and electronics, because there are plans to transform the other two canvases exactly the same size as this one. Originally l hoped it could hang in any of four orientations, but that was revised due the battery pack in the back. Thank you Alain for making this piece what it is!

 High intensity LED light system on the back by Alain Coulombe

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Kookaburrahs

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

 Kookaburrahs, 11 x 11 x 3 acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted

Kookaburrahs, 11 x11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted – finished today

 Kookaburrahs, 11 x11 x 3 inches, phase 1 work in progress.Kookaburrahs, 11 x11 x 3inches, phase 2 work in progress.

March 13th, 2009 Blog post: Kookaburrahs, work in progress.  This painting could have been left at phase 3, but the decision to give the birds more definition and sense of realism created a whole new set of problems. For example, the composition which was unbalanced from the start, is now exaggerated and more noticable, so a third element needs to be added in the upper left corner..not necessarily another object but color or shape that would shift the weight and attention away from the lower left areas.

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A New Solar System

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

 Caterpillar munchings, Canna Lily leaf

Not much artwork to be posted this past week or for the next two weeks because of all the printing and finalizing details for The Majesty of Trees, so I might as well post another link to the website and promote the show one more time.

Meanwhile, taking photos is still a daily activity because there’s always something beautiful somewhere, and it sure is a nice way to take a break..

Zen Garden 02

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

 Zen Garden #2, 48 x 24 x 1 inches texture medium, sand, white glue, modelling paste, kitty litter (new of course!)

Zen Garden 02, 48 x 24 x 1 inches  Mixed media: texture medium, sand, white glue, modelling paste, kitty litter (new of course!), drywall plaster

This painting, just sold, won the Visual Art Society of Texas title of Artist of the Year (2009) for me at Thursday night’s meeting. This piece hangs vertically, horizontally or can be flipped upside down 2 ways; four different orientation hanging-options. Most of the Zen Garden series are experimental, seeking various ways to obtain the raked sand look without having to pay high prices for the ready-made texturized mediums that don’t cover much surface. Zen Garden #2 uses kitty litter bought at the dollar store mixed in varying portions with the above fillers, scooped into a large ziploc bag that was cut in the corner and squeezed out like cake icing onto the canvas. I still had to maneuver the medium into place with fingers because it was so thick coming out of the bag, due to the new absorption factors of new brands of kitty litter. I’ll experiment with aquarium sand and pebbles, or any number of other pet products that are far less expensive than art supplies.

While titles and awards can help refuel encouragement, finding our own source of motivation keeps us working and growing continually, regardless.  Robert Genn in The Painter’s Keys has some interesting words about the subject of jurying and acceptance or non-acceptance, quoting Jung, Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Sumac Bushes Chair finished

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Sumac Bushes, front and back details, acrylics on canvas; functionalSumac Bushes, refurbished directors chair, acrylics on canvas; functional

Sumac Bushes  47H x 22W x 16D inches refurbished directors chair, acrylics on canvas

Four cropped pieces of the 1999 painting that inspired this chair hang above it, framed red; the chair and small paintings are a set.

One of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chairOne of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chairOne of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chairOne of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chair

Click here to view the previous post  January 6th.

The Dryer Elf

Friday, May 1st, 2009

  The Dryer Elf

Alright, I try to work every single day, but there are days when work just has to be play for a while. This morning my husband and I had a little argument over who it was that dumped all the clean clothes that were in the laundry basket onto the floor.

 In Dryer Elf world, one sock is the new black

(Alain, they take our socks too)