“Coastal” comes to Summer Mosaic 2018
It’s really crazy that it’s that time of year and also that I said yes to the insanity again! I know, I know… but it was a wonderful sort of panicky busy. Almost all the work is over for the opening and if you missed any of it, you can watch it unfold on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
No flowers, this year. I went to the shore for inspiration. I’m sort of drawn toward blue right now. Okay, that makes me sound sane. It’s more like I’m obsessed with blue and I can’t get enough of the color. That – deep indigo not as deep as navy, a little greenish, but not teal – shade of blue. I also like colors that are hard to describe, apparently.
So, in April I started painting my way through 50 shells, messages in bottles and beach arrangements with the backgrounds of color you’d find from the shore to the midnight zone. I must say that I’m not tired of these colors. Not one little bit.
Summer Mosaic opens THIS WEEK, so I thought you may like to see all the paintings and information about the show. It will work just like last year with one addition. This year the show is open for only viewing for three days before the show begins to be dismantled by sales. Monday thru Wednesday anyone can come in and enjoy over 30 artist’s labor to create 50 succinct artworks. It is quite an experience. Each artist’s set of works is unique yet they beautifully work as one unit.
My unit of paintings is entitled “Coastal” and features shells and other items in various color palettes that work for any home color scheme.
You can see everything you need to know about Summer Mosaic here. View the paintings, get info on dates, sales, tickets, and links to view the journey to 50 paintings all at this little handy-dandy link!
Howdy, folks. I am back in the studio and moving slower than ever. BUT, I have a video for you. A few days ago I was asked to share how I soften my edges. So I was in the middle of a painting at that perfect moment when I could show how I do this, so I decided to put a little video together. Enjoy!
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Things are clipping along. Tonight, I plan on painting one more and when I do, I will be ON TRACK!!!! That feels so good. But, I’m learning that two very late nights (i.e. early mornings) in a row is counter productive. So we’ll see what the evening holds. The balance of getting as much done as possible without burning out is the tightrope I’m learning to walk.
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Okay, so here were yesterday’s paintings.
“Healed” • 6×6 oil
“Purpose” • 6×6 oil
I’m not sure if I can adequately express how much all of the feedback here, on Instagram and Facebook have helped. Thank you for all of the encouragement and kind words and for following along. This is getting exciting and it’s because you’re along for the journey.
Ziegler’s Florist in Horsneads, NY is amazingly wonderful to me. They let me go in the back and check out all their flowers.
Gladiola, Foxglove, Mock Orange and Daisies
Drawing simple shapes.
A strong start to this very complex still life.
My studio set up while painting “Purpose”. A late night, but it was successful!
I got a notification that my Ampersand boards were on the truck out for delivery. So I decided not to go to the store and purchase boards there at double the price, again. I used the day for blogging and other needed things around the house, and then my dog alerted me that the big scary FedEx truck was here. And further alerted me the big scary FedEx man (who, no doubt, had plans to kill us all) was walking up to the door with a box, (which was obviously a bomb). I’m so thankful I have my dog to warn me of all the dangers that are lurking in our neighborhood.
I’m so very happy to be painting on my boards. I have learned, there is no substitute for my Ampersand Gessobords. ❤
I painted, and struggled with the painting of the painting.
I somehow managed to finish Zoe’s little haircut.
And I discovered that the birdhouse I precariously placed on our deck – where I walk, and where Zoe runs by daily was surprisingly hosting baby birds. I’ve been watching some Chickadees go in and out and thought they were building a nest. Turns out they were feeding their already hatched little ones. My son was so excited, and so am I.
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The would-be assassin.
A small stack for such a large amount of work to be done.
This is the ZoeQTpie that alerts me of any potential danger within a 5 mile radius. Here this model is pictured in its stair installation, however back legs are fully functional and can be extended.
Like all the stuff on the deck? That’s a bird playground that my son made and he’s mighty proud of it.
I thought I was seeing eggs, until I increased the exposure. Little naked baby birds!!
Oh, boy, this painting was. a. struggle. I wiped it out and almost wiped it out a second time, but then, finally, it started to show….potential.
These lilies, when they do open up are yuuge! They are getting ready – you can see the colors change and the petals slowly open, but they’re not in full bloom, yet. However, when they are, look out for a grand show! There’s so much potential in these unopened petals. It’s coming but we just have to wait.
Well, last night I decided to paint again and didn’t finish until 1am. HOWEVER I’m so glad I did. I was really feeling these roses that I saw in my garden yesterday. These are the ones that are super bright red, but the underside of all the petals are white. Stunning for sure. I could see them painted already. So, I present to you painting #4, “Vibrant”.
Vibrant • 6×6 oil
15 minutes in and I knew this would be a strong painting.
I love adding those shades of olive green and the little leave flairs on the underside of roses. So FUN!!!
Good morning! I have something special for you, today. But first, a message from our sponsor….. me.
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Now, onto my surprise – which has been ruined no doubt by the title. I tried out making a time lapse video while I paint. There are some kinks to work out, but I thought I’d share some of the shots with you anyway. More videos to come this month! Enjoy!