Wednesday, January 30, 2008

January is almost out

Emily, this is mostly for you. I have been waiting for the incessant snow to stop falling long enough to take this painting outside and take some shots of it. And as the sun happened to crack through for about 10 minutes before it set this evening, voila. This is an oil on luan mahogany 28"x28". I love a square format, it forces design scrutiny.

Monday, January 21, 2008

three views from my chair this afternoon

This is my little girl, Mallie, on the floor beside me. She fell asleep while watching me paint and sucking on her daddy's green t-shirt.

It snowed about 12 inches today. Our windows go from floor to ceiling and the studio window faces north...PERFECT.

Big Week

I had a big week of painting last week, although I fear my children were a little more neglected than usual. I did get up every morning around 4:30 or 5:00 though, so I could paint while they were all still asleep. When the day got going however, I had to fight the desire to plop the children infront of a movie (or seven) and get back in the studio. As the week developed, I lost more of those internal fights than I won and that is when the children began their tranformation from people into potatoes. This week will be better I hope.

I know I said I was going to post a picture progression of the Chicken Yard. I haven't forgotten. It is coming.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I love my mailman

The postcards I ordered through came today. I was extremely pleased with their product and service and would recommend them to all my artist friends. I will be using them again this year to have some promotional material made.

I am anxious to mail/pass these out to all my friends, but I know it is a bit soon for that. Anyone who would be reading this should look forward to getting one from me soon though.
I think I am finally getting where I need to be with Chicken Yard (not sure that will be the title- I have been calling about six different things lately). I think my next post will show a small photo journal of the progression of that painting. A few days ago my little 5 year old daughter came in and said, "Mom, you have been painting that for years!" Not exactly true, I started it nearly one year ago. I heard someone say once that if you couldn't get a painting done in a year, it wasn't worth painting, and since I subscribe to that philosophy, I have set the goal to finish it by this coming Saturday.

I did a quick sketch yesterday of a scene I photographed several years ago. I was horseback riding up a place called Skull Canyon in Idaho . Oil. 8"x8". I realized just now as I have posted this, that the image I made of the painting isn't great. I will have to take another tomorrow when the sun is up.

Friday, January 4, 2008

getting ready

Currently, I am preparing for my first ever solo exhibit. Here is a piece I finished two days ago. The title: Haystacks. Oil on luan mahogany- 14"x14". The exhibit will run from March 1st to April 19th, 2008 in Salt Lake City. There will be an opening reception on March 6th.

I painted some tonight but had a hard time getting into it...probably all the talk radio. I think I am going to have to go back to classical.

These next ones I thought I'd post too. Oh, the name of the exhibit is ruralscapes.