Saturday, October 09, 2010

Sweet dumpling

This summer was good for growing squash and one of my favourite is Sweet Dumpling.  These are small, portion sized squash with sweet flesh and beautiful green and white skin.

I had a handful of them on the kitchen counter and decided to paint one.  I also created an 8 minute video showing some of the painting process, which was then modified to a brief one minute clip.  The final painting is 5" x 7" and I used acrylic paints.  I usually don't use acrylics but they are quick drying and I like experimenting.  Once I get myself together, i will try for a video that shows progression from start to finish.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Playing dress up huh?

This isn't Tripod's buddy because Tripod has no animal friends.  In fact, he really, really, really dislikes all other animals and usually tries to attack them, especially dogs.  He's not too fond of other cats either.  Or rabbits.  Or mice.  Or squirrels. I saw him sizing up a horse and looking a little perplexed the other day, no doubt wondering what the best angle of attack would be.

No, this cat is a study for another piece that may turn into a Christmas card or something seasonal.  The cat has been dressed up and has that look that says 'Take this off me now or something unusual will happen to your shoes while you are sleeping tonight.'  You know the look if you have a cat.  Dogs tolerate humanizing much more than cats do.  Dogs usually associate dressing up with going out or food or fun.

Cats take it all very personally and plot your downfall while you think they are just lounging.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Something long and slinky

No, nothing exotic.  Well, I guess it would depend on your definition of exotic.  This is the start of an oil painting of a jelly fish.  The piece is on gallery canvas 12 x 36 using oils.  Suitably long and slinky for the subject matter.

I love seeing jelly fish in the ocean as they bob along next to the boat or drift past as you sit on a rock at the ocean's edge.  Sometimes I find them on the beach, a shining, transparent blob that is transformed into light, elegance and lace in the water.  I'm still wary of them however, as their sting can be quite painful and long lasting.

One of the jelly fish found in Newfoundland waters is the Moon jelly fish.  They look as if someone has drawn them in the water a bit like wonky space craft. I have another painting in my head for the moon jellyfish, but that will have to wait awhile.  This jelly fish?  Well I'm not sure of its species or origins quite yet.  Perhaps a cross between a Lion's Mane and my imagination.  Time will tell.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Catching up

Its been a crazy busy few days and only now do I have time to grab a few minutes and catch up on some art.  I had some long days at work that stretched into the weekend which is usually my time to get some serious art done.  Then a farmer's market on Sunday took up the rest of my weekend and time just slips away.

Its so easy to get behind when you have a schedule laid out.  And at the moment when it is laid out with precision is the exact moment when everything else goes crazy.  Life does it to test my stamina limits I'm sure!

When I have little time, sketches keep me going and these quick ones of Tripod are little thumbnails for potential paintings in the future.  Now if someone can help me understand why Blogger keeps flipping my images...sigh.

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