So ……. here is the latest watercolor and ink work – not overly complicated but lots of fun and very colorful. Inspired by the incipit cold / hot / cold / freezing weather – there is actually a pretty big collection of these now. You would have thought that “birds” would have been the first, given my commitment to myself to finish a collection, but you can guess that the need for color invaded the plans.
They are going to Whimsical Women in Chapel Hill in May – so either I see you there and you can pick one up or for those of you who live far, far away – the US Mail can bring one to you.
I truly believe this – especially where art is concerned. I don’t really distinguish between last year and this year by ‘marking it’ with a number – it is all part of the same life and I don’t feel a need to ‘clean slate it’ every 365 days. To me it is like saying good or bad, that everything that came before is unimportant and that is Not true. You need the good and the bad to get the BEST 🙂 You are the summation of all of the days.
When an artist seeks to grow – its really important to look backwards.
I make art every day – some good some not so good and there are many times when I look at something and say ‘I could do this for the rest of my life’ – this is evidenced in the past by the number of “FreshFish”, “Beach works” and “Petworks” that I have posted. There are hundreds more in each of those themes that are not posted and or sold.
For 2013 it will be this:
On a whim – and I know ya’ll are tired of seeing the damn dog portraits- but this was done sitting in front of the TV on a lap board with a water brush. I had just finished reading something somewhere on the inter-webs and the thought about painting the light and shadows in contrasting colors (orange and red here) popped into my head. I am sure some one taught this to me at some point in the past 50 years, but that single ‘ding’ has grown into a least one or two commissions a week. It’s funny how, in not even trying, the results are WAY better than anything other form I have slaved over. The Fish and the Beach Huts were the same way. Maybe its a ‘calling’ of sorts?
Heres to your ‘new’ start and the continuation of my regular life days in sequence- which are sometimes very special. May we all find our best. Love, Ann
Karl the Contractor is busy in the basement adding a bathroom on the same floor as the studio – (there goes my art exercise – that is running upstairs to use the bathroom) and, god forbid, a ‘kitchen’ . It seems to me that this space is becoming a ‘man cave’ – complete with spear throwing range and beer refrigerator and I saw a HUGE tv (nobody needs a tv this size its more like a score board) peeking out from between the bikes stored in the basement.
This ‘space’ was claimed 13 years ago by me – the painter and my husband – the wood worker. Tons of painting, two books and several hundred experiments have occurred on the ‘art’ side. The woodworking side remains a pile of things that need to be repaired and or replaced with the exception of the infamous ‘eagle project’ which was done mostly in the middle of the driveway, not in the wood working shop.
There are of course no ‘cars’ in the two car garage. There are kayaks, camping equipment, a really big lawnmower (but some dude cuts our grass?), boxes of things from DH’s ‘side of the family’ – I just stay out of those all together…
So for the next few months, I will be resigned to sitting in my ‘upstairs art space – a chair with nine cubby holes placed next to it- holding markers, pencils and various art books – for creating ‘new works’.
Here was last nights finished PetWork – his name is Raleigh. He is just about the happiest dog I have ever seen. I am sure it will make his owner smile.
I also delivered the black lab PetWork yesterday and the collector that purchased it told me she cried when she saw it. I have mixed emotions about a sad reaction to my art – you know my tag line is , “happy art for happy people”…. but it was a memorial picture – the doggy had passed away two months ago.
So heres to a the smell of freshly cut lumber, the on-going he wants / she wants space discussion and more happy art collectors . Have an awesome weekend .