Last night was the first in a year when I didn’t post. I actually took a day off, and you know what? It was sooo hard. To begin with I started to feel guilty, like I wasn’t doing something that I was supposed to do. (It’s the whole Catholic thing, its ingrained in my brain) I was working on something creative, all day in fact, but it wasn’t something I can share as of yet. It’s a gift for someone, a very involved gift, and its a surprise. Late in the afternoon I began to feel the pull of the blog. Feeling the need to produce a piece of art to put up, and then I realized I didn’t have to. I’m dead serious, I was feeling like a bad person because I hadn’t produced anything. It may be time for an intervention. I’m still in the middle of my very involved gift, so for tonight more of my retrospective of a year’s worth of art. Paintings in oil and acrylic, and one pastel. Tomorrow the last of the retrospective and new art!
This is an oil done entirely with palette knife. It was a first for me. It’s based on the view from my studio window.
Acrylic, based on a vintage Japanese mirror from the Forties.
Pear pastel. My dear friend loves pears.
Oil. This is the door to a garden in Santa Barbara. I call it “My Secret Garden”
The Kitchen Worker. Oil, inspired by a photo in Gourmet magazine.
Oil on board. Inspired by a vintage illustration.
Waterlily’s, because every artist needs at least one right?
For Dan. His Dad’s watch, penknife and martini glass, oil.
Acrylic on canvas. I was imaging an old Polaroid.
Acrylic garden shovel. Inspired by a photo in Country Living.
Oil on piece of old wood. For my Mom who loved Lilac.
Oil. Painted this in roughly two hours, right out of my head.
My first abstract.
Oil. Palette knife and thirty minutes.
Another Waterlily in oil.
Oil. Painted on a day when I wasn’t feeling great and my wonderful husband painted a version of his own alongside me to help me get past my artistic block.
Acrylic. An attempt to capture the colors of Maxfield Parrish.
Old work, oil on canvas with a great story to go with it. (If you are interested, “A Little Tale”, posted 12/11/13)
Brian, my son in oil. An “orphaned” painting from many years ago that I finally rescued.
Acrylic. Palette knife once again.
Oil. La Jolla, California, from a photo I took. My favorite piece from the entire year.
Oil. From a photo I took in California Central Coast farm territory.
Oil. A really old one, but a favorite.
An abstract in Acrylic.