Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 30

Well I did it!  For thirty straight days I showed up in my studio and worked.  It was difficult in many ways but I learned a lot about myself and my process over the course of the month.  I hope to continue daily but begin to work on larger things at my pace which is not necessarily a painting a day.  I still get hung up on subject matter and that is OK.  For now as I am in the transitioning phase of my life and all I want to do is paint or draw my husband in some form.  It is all I have of him though I know I really don't 'have' him but it works for now.  I also know my work and I as an artist is still developing.  I saw that the more invested emotionally with the subject matter the more involved I became in the work.  Took my time and made it to that place where nothing matters but what is in front of me.  Although in some of the work I did very quickly but also was invested in the subject.  It has been very interesting.  I saw the difference in the different pieces.  So it has been a profitable month for me in what I have learned.

I will post both of today' s work on here.  The painting, another non-representational one, will go to Leslie's website for the challenge.  I feel like I blended my grief and my work this month so I drew Richard today and I will post it here.  I hope this daily posting will continue as I have enjoyed writing on my blog again.  Some of my gadgets are missing and not sure why but didn't want to fool around with the blog mechanics until the challenge was finished for fear that I would loose everything.  Feel like I am writing to myself here but I am getting use to that...a solitary figure.  Not liking it either.  Miss my husband every minute of the day.  There is little rest from it.

                                                                The Veil Between Us
                                                                oil, 6"x6" Masonite

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 29

I really enjoy abstract or non-representational art.  It is an area of painting I am interested in exploring, learning the language if you will,  and experimenting more with.  So today as I prepped a small board I started to just paint with no objective other than paint, step back,  and go back in to either scrape paint off or add more.  I like where it was starting to go.

                                                                          Just Paint...
                                                                          oil,6"x6" Masonite

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 28

I take a lot of photos for different reasons but as I wrote earlier this week my dog, Maggie has been diagnosed with Horner's Syndrome and not much for me to do but pay the vet bill that is now on my credit card and watch her.  But the eye seemingly looking smaller and peering in the opposite direction from her other eye is beginning to grow on me.  She has this endearing look now that I can not resist.  She is twelve and has some arthritis issues which just adds to her look and posture.  This drawing and some studio cleaning was in order.  Drawing is right up there with painting for me.  I can easily get lost for hours in either.

                                                                          charcoal, 11"x14"  paper

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 27

Three to go...I am not counting or anything.  I liked this better when I had less on the canvas but the gesture is there, the essence of what attracted me to this photo of Richard and I.  I will probably go back into this one or start over but of course for the challenge I do not have the time.  So this is it.

Much was unspoken at this point.  So much left unsaid.  So much I wish I could tell him today, face to face.
                                                                    oil, 8"x10" stretched canvas

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 26

Today a simple ordinary fall pumpkin.  No explanation other than maybe I use to love fall and pumpkins but since Richard died on the cusp of Fall I now have an aversion to it.  But for todays purposes...

                                                                          oil,6"x6", Masonite board     


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 25

Found a photo of one of my favorite spots here in Rhode Island, on the island of Jamestown.  A spot at the southern tip of Jamestown called Beavertail.  I believe it is named so because of the outcropping of rock which kind of reminds one of flattened tails of the beaver.  At least it does me.  The sunsets are spectacular from Beavertail because one looks west across the bay.  The sunsets  leave beautiful reflections on the water, so a double treat if you will.

Another hard day of grief...waves after wave plus a sick dog which required an expensive vet visit which just produced more tears.  She is twelve and psychologically, my last link to my husband.  As I wrote earlier this month she was with me that morning he died.  I am so not ready to loose her.  It appears she has Horner's Syndrome.

                                                                   Sunset With You
                                                                   oil, 8"x8" Masonite

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thirty Paintings-Day 24

Just a little study today focus on the curvilinear shapes of the Snake plant leaves. Done in oil on 8"x8" canvas board.

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