Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

I was invited to participate in this blog hop by artist and painter Arlene Holtz.
Arlene and I met several years ago when we were taking a class together and from that class a small private yahoo group was formed and we have all become fast friends even though we have never met. I have watched Arlene bloom and grow into the wonderful painter she is today. The most amazing thing she did this year was to challenge herself to paint 100 paintings in 100 days and she did it!! What an accomplishment! Here is an example of her work:

If you would like to see more of her paintings go to Arlenes website

And now to answer some questions about my own work:

1.  What am I working on? Currently I am finishing up Jeanne Oliver's class "Studying Under the Masters: Portraits and Self Portraits". I have really enjoyed these series of classes and have learned a lot in them. I never know from one day to the next what might strike my fancy to work on--I like to try a lot of different things. I am retired, so I don't take myself too seriously. I had a very successful run making art quilts for about 10 years-was an artist in several galleries and was featured in Cloth, Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines. About 8 years ago, I woke up one day and was ready to try my hand at something else so now I putter and play and make art for myself and others-occasionally sell a few pieces but am no longer actively pursuing galleries and exhibits.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? I love ethnic arts and color and I often draw from these sources for inspiration.

3. Why do I create? It's what I do. I work in my studio everyday. If I go to more than a couple of days without making something I get restless and grumpy. It's who I am.

4. How does my creating process work? It really depends on what I am making--sometimes I usually have a general idea of what I want to make--sometimes I have a photo--but I usually just sit down and start splashing paint or start drawing--I don't fuss about it too much--I work pretty quickly--and I don't worry about it too much.

Here are some examples of recent work:

And now I would like to introduce to you an artist I admire: Roberta Schmidt. I started following Roberta's blog several years ago. She has always done studies of different artists. One of the first ones I remember is a study she was doing of Vincent Van Goghs sunflowers. She painted numerous paintings of sunflowers in his style-with her own style also and they were wonderful! She also paints portraits of women and has recently started making abstract landscapes. She thoroughly immerses herself in whatever subject she is interested in and her paintings reflect this. Here are some examples of her art.

You can see more of her wonderful paintings at Roberts's blog. Roberta's post will be December 29th.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Contemporary Still Lifes or is it Lives?

I recently took a class called Table Top Still Lifes taught by Diane Culhane on Carla Sonheim's site. It was so much fun. The one above is colored pencil on black cardstock. And another colored pencil
I loved doing these. Next up is learning about glazing and working on vellum paper. Not so happy with the vellum paper.
And finally my finished painting. I love how this turned out although if I had it to do over I would leave out the smaller pot.
I plan to do more still lifes. So much fun!