Tag Archives | floral

13
Apr

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Monotype: Keyhole to Springtime (& finishing what you started)

Staggered Beginnings I started this monotype in my previous studio about three years ago.  Yep, that’s a thousand days, people. I’m predictable in my art-making process; I get *so* excited to start! The early stages of making put me in a fevered flow state.  While happily playing with color and shape, I don’t feel hunger, fatigue, or distraction. I’m a comic book superhero art-making machine. And then, I stall. After all the excited beginnings, I eventually get to a place where I have to make big decisions that will either kill or strengthen the art. I’ve written about the trouble with Pride and Ego in art making, and I …[Continue reading]

30
Nov

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Watercolor: Amber Candle, Kitchen Counter and Should you Start an Art Blog?

Why You Should Start an Art Blog If you’ve wondered about starting an art blog, and backed away from the idea frantically waving the bold lettered banner “I have nothing to say” or “I hate to write” – consider this: I used to hate writing, until I started to write about ART. And I used to think I had nothing to say, but my friends reminded me that – in person – I talk all-the-time. (Hand rubbing chin, thinking…  Hmmm, Oh yeahhh… I’m talky!) I had only focused on the knocking-knees and chattering-teeth fear associated with the obligation of writing regularly, and the intimidation of posting my work online …[Continue reading]

9
Nov

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Etching: Lilacs in an Amber Vase (& an inking and wiping video)

This etching is from an artist’s proof in an unprinted edition. (An Artists’ Proof is a test print, and they’re used as a reference to make adjustments to the plate, so that subsequent proofs will be printed, till the final print matches what the artist had in mind for the etching.)  The zinc plate for this etching (see the photo below) needs a few more dips in an acid bath to darken areas on the print. I don’t use acid in my studio, so the remaining work will require borrowed time in a fully equipped print studio. Etching can be a process-intensive rotation of successions, particularly if you …[Continue reading]

27
Oct

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Watercolor: Opuntia (& art show photos from last weekend)

I went scouting for painting references at the Los Angeles Arboretum a few weeks ago, with an upcoming fund raising exhibit at the Arboretum in mind.  This watercolor of a prickly pear cactus in the sun (Opuntia) was one of the results of my wanderings in the garden. The gala event was this past Sunday, and even though it rained on an outdoor gourmet dinner & art exhibit, everyone in attendance remained enthused, engaged and complimentary of the evening’s festivities. When it rains on an art exhibit outdoors, and your work doesn’t have a canopy for cover, it’s wise to carry plastic tarps in your …[Continue reading]

28
Sep

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Watercolor: Belladonna (& the magic of Gustav Klimt’s drawings)

I’ll be participating in a one-evening fund raising dinner and exhibit honoring Peggy Dark at the Los Angeles Arboretum on October 23rd. Five artists will exhibit paintings inspired by the garden, on site, tucked into little alcoves on the grounds around the arboretum, which will benefit the Children’s Learning Patio. I love supporting local venues in my own city, especially when they have a steadfast charter to introduce the tranquility of gardens, and whole food growing via hands-on learning to urban kids.  It’s very rewarding to jump in, and ‘make a difference’. Do you look for regional shows to participate in with your art? This week’s #linklove post is about …[Continue reading]

8
Sep

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Watercolor: Yellow Roses (& sharing your art online)

Are you sharing the fruit of your artistic efforts with us online? With Facebook, blogs, digitized museum collections and gallery previews, the entire global art world is in your studio.  Every single one of us has a shiny, gold All Access Pass. Before social media and blogging, I had no idea there is so much talent out there, right now. Living Artists, doing amazing work, today. I meet or discover 10 or 15 artists posting their work on Facebook alone every week. As testimonials spread about the benefits of Social Media as a Community, and a Marketing tool, more and more artists are jumping on the train. Do …[Continue reading]

3
Jun

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Watercolor: Hope’s Freesia (& art festivals this & next weekend)

This watercolor is fresh off the art-table and I’m in the process of framing it now. It was my demo painting at the San Diego Artwalk a few weeks ago, and I finished it here in the studio this week, just in time for the next two festivals. The reference photo was snapped with a cell phone in my kitchen, after a lovely friend gave me a handful of fragrant freesia from her garden (thank you, Hope!) The sunlight here by the sea looks so different draped over the same objects I had at my previous home in the desert. The light is shining from the same big yellow ball in …[Continue reading]

5
May

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Talking About Your Art at an Exhibit & a Watercolor: Ranunculus

This weekend, May 7&8 I’ll be at the Sierra Madre Art Fair from 9:30-6:00 on Saturday and 9:30-5:00 on Sunday. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. 🙂 How do you talk to Patrons? How often do you show your work where you’re present at the exhibit? How comfortable are you when patrons ask you about your work? How do you discuss your art with non-artist attendees at an exhibit? When someone says “I love your paintings. They’re just beautiful!” or “What made you paint this subject?”,  how do you respond in a way that generates two-way conversation? I was thinking …[Continue reading]

4
Apr

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Floral Watercolor Still Life – and why we paint what we paint

Surfing the internet entices surreptitious visits to other artists’ studios. The subject of each artists’ work varies; we’ve all seen magnificently executed art featuring everything from a bucket of fish heads to an artfully arranged pile of tangled nude figures. Why an artist choses to paint or draw a particular subject is their secret, but I presume (I know, that’s a dangerous practice) that what we find enticing to render in the studio has something to do with our personal histories. This is my grandmother Margery and one of her dogs (I think this was Gigi, or maybe Buttons, but it was before my time). My maternal …[Continue reading]

13
Jul

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Watercolor: Garden Harvest

I went to a memorial for my lovely, kind-hearted, great uncle Bob yesterday.  He was the last of nine siblings – my paternal grandfather was the eldest and Bob was the youngest. Sad memorials are also splendid family gatherings. My sweet husband sat with me at a big, round table squished against a gaggle of my  gesturing Italian cousins, aged 65 to 9.  Part of the magic of a family tree is that it grows invisible, subterranean roots that keep our hearts connected over continents and decades.  I can spot a cousin across the room, smile, embrace, and pick up where we left off the last time we saw each other, even if it was 6 years ago.  We cousins …[Continue reading]

16
Apr

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Drypoint: Bring the Garden Inside

Spring roses are blooming in the garden, so I’m bringing them inside to edit my sphere of chaos with episodes of pretty. I’m moving my studio in a few weeks, so growing box-towers occupy every corner like sit-in protestors. Little bud vases of roses (see below) here and there help diminish the box-fort decor. Amidst the packing, I leave for San Diego next Friday to show my wares at the Artwalk (April 25 & 26) in Little Italy. If you’re in the area, please stop by to say hello. I’ll be on Beech Street, in booth #192. My goal is to lighten the load I still have to box & move, so …[Continue reading]

5
Apr

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Watercolor: House Finch & Freesia

Reference Photos for Artists Several times a year, I set up still life vignettes to use as reference material in watercolor paintings. This watercolor is from one of those sessions. If you’ve never created a catalog of scenes to paint, give it a try.  Gather things around your home that might be fun to paint, and pick up some flowers at the grocery store, or grab a bouquet from your garden (even better). You can use sheets, fabric swatches, wrapping paper or table cloths to cover a flat surface, and arrange your collected items on the cloth near a window to get beautiful …[Continue reading]

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