September 19, 2008

That time of year...

Well we're back to pumpkins... I can hardly believe we'll be heading in to October soon. We've had two weeks of glorious late summer weather, now the clouds are rolling in. I have this incredible urge to redecorate! One of the fringe benefits of being a painter is there's always something new on your walls. My latest grand idea is to sew a slip cover for my living room sofa, inspired by the sewing gurus on Project Runway. So now my living room has fabric scraps tossed all over and a cover is slowly emerging.

September 18, 2008

Bailey Farm Wetlands

Just got back from a five day painting retreat with my critique buddies. All I can say is HEAVEN!!!
Working from photo and plein air studies to create a studio painting is very challenging. There is a tendency to rely on the photo too much so I try to look at the photo for a while then put it away and work from memory and the study.

September 7, 2008

Lura's Pin Cushion

Painting is extremely satisfying these days. It's been around four years since I started oil painting in earnest. I look back at the earliest attempts and cringe; but it is a wonderful record of progression. There is still a long way to go. My technique is acceptable but now I need to concentrate on composition and meaning.

September 6, 2008

Painting the Seasons

This time of year I am usually busy working on still life of pumpkins and gourds, all things fall. Unfortunately we had such a mild and somewhat wet summer things we'd normally see at the farmers market are almost a month behind. So... I've been working on my timeless subjects and looking for decent imitation decorative fruits and vegies for subject matter, not an easy task!

September 2, 2008

It's September!

Wow, first day back to school. I always love September. It's my birthday month, evenings are cool and crisp, days are bright and colorful, new school supplies are in all of the stores and there's a flury of activity.