Saturday, February 16, 2008

beloved backyard

My very good friends, Jeffrey and Kathleen Nye, have inspired (in a roundabout way) this next painting. I was visiting them over Christmas and they showed me a georgeous gift that Jeffrey's brother had built them: a picure frame. Of course this cought my attention, as I have gotten into the backwards habit of making paintings for the frames and not buying frames for the paintings. They have loaned me that frame for the show, and I painted this to go in it. Since then I have customed ordered a few more frames from Jeffrey's brother. They will go on paintings I have actually already finished (with no frame to put them in--rare.)

About this painting: I grew up here. Candler, North Carolina. This is the side back yard of the house where my grandfather and great aunts were born. They were raised here, my father was raised here, and until I was eight, my brother and sisters were raised here too. My oldest sister Katie, lives there now, raising her children and husband.
Oil on paper. 14" x 16"

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

as promised, here it is.

For whatever it's worth or for whatever interest it may hold for those few readers out there, I have finally finished the chicken painting. And no, I still don't know what I will name it. I signed it earlier this morning and thought I had better grab a picture of it before it started snowing (which it has.) The pictures go in decending order from the beginning stages to it's completed state. Over the year it took me to finish this piece (which was ENTIRELY too long) I realized the importance of having a good design first. Wow, did I ever realize this. Design, design, design, and then paint. Luckily, I am pleased with the outcome, but I know if I were to paint it again I would pay more attention to those precious and few princilpes of design: balance, gradation, repetition, contrast, harmony, dominance, unity.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

go to the matresses... I wish...

These days I am to going to bed early (between 9 and 10 pm) and getting up early (between 4 and 5am.) So I expect in the next little while to be experiencing more health, wealth and wisdom. That will be a nice change. Mostly the wisdom part. I decided that spending time "around" my children during the day (hidden in the studio) is not enough. They need, want and deserve more from me than that, so I am sacrificing some sleep to paint. I feel confident that I will have the show I want ready before the deadline to turn all my work in (February 26th) .

Goodnight all.