Saturday, October 30, 2010

Indian Summer - Abstract

Finished this abstract today - called it Indian Summer. It is acrylic on canvas 24X36. Today was a windy day but still nice - cold front coming in tomorrow and it is suppose to get much cooler so I guess Indian Summer will be over. Lots of leaves still left to fall off our trees - Richie was on leaf blowing duty today - such a major job every year. Halloween tomorrow ; )

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Into Thin Air - Abstract

I finished this abstract painting "Into Thin Air" - acrylic on canvas 22X28 on Sunday. I actually finished 2 paintings Sunday - I was on a roll. I really like this painting and the thing that I find most striking about it is that it has an element of airiness to it. I like the open unencumbered space in this painting. I do not always achieve this feeling and I have to celebrate it when I do. I think the colors also add to the feeling of air - it reminds me of a ski lift high up above the mountains. I have been very busy these past few days and I am actually getting things done - an update to my web page, getting my art inventory updated and adding art to my Etsy Shop and oh yea - doing some great painting too - life is good.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Abstract on Canvas

This is the second painting I did at the Monday night art group. This painting is 24X30 on canvas. It is unusual colors for me - I hardly ever use purple and green and together unheard of! I am painting very well lately I hope this trend lasts. I am reading an article about Richard Diebenkorn it is very interesting - I love his work I would say he is one of my greatest influences these past 3 years or so. I find his work fascinating and could study it endlessly. I always find something new in his paintings.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Abstract - On Canvas

This is one of two paintings I did last night with the Monday night abstract group. I like this a lot - I started this painting in PA over the summer but was never satisfied with it - I am now. I took this photo outside on my deck in the sun today and it is a great photo - the colors are true and that turquoise is very hard to photo. Why have I never taken my photos outside in the sun before - I always took them in the shade - hmmmm the photos I took today are all terrific - see I can still learn something ; ) I love the color and rhythm of this painting it has a nice flow and is easy on the eyes. Some of my newest work is a little raw but not this one - I would love to do 100 more like this one.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Art Opening at the Noyes Museum

I went to the Noyes Museum of Art last night with my friend Sheila Grabarsky. We are both signature artists at the museum and last night they held a Celebrate the Fall Season Exhibition Opening - talk to exhibiting artists, view exciting new works and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibitions included: the Signature Artists Exhibition; Jacob Landau: Artist and Humanist; Suenos: Contemporary Latin American Art and Srebrenica.

It was a wonderful night - the weather was beautiful and they had a very nice crowd. The outdoor deck overlooking the lake was lit up with candles and lights and was just amazing. The top photo is me and my painting the second Sheila and her painting. I brought my camera and as usual was to busy socializing and forgot to take photos - why is that??

I thought the signature exhibition was very strong - there are some very exciting paintings included this year. I have to say how proud I am to be associated with the Noyes - it is a wonderful, professional museum - well worth the trip to Oceanville for a look. It is very close to Atlantic City for all you gamblers. The exhibit will be on display until November 28, 2010.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Art Buddy

Flying Dog 24" x 36" mixed media © 201 0 Sheila Grabarsky

I can never stress how important it is to have art buddies. I am going to an opening tonight at the Noyes Museum with one of my favorite artist Sheila Grabarsky . Sheila is one of the best painters I know and she is such an inspiration for me. I got an e-mail from her the other day and she was writing about her painting session and she mentioned how great it was going but she knew if she didn't stop that she was probably not going to get to ride her bike, which was very important to her that day. This got me thinking of priorities - something that I am very lax about doing. I think it is wonderful that riding her bike was so important to her - that she was setting time aside to do something that was enjoyable and good for her health. I constantly complain about wasting time, having no time, feeling lousy, not getting anything done - could it be that I do not set priorities and at least TRY to meet them?

Fantasy Garden Series, #5 32" x 32" mixed media © 2010 Sheila Grabarsky

The two paintings in this post are both by Sheila - just a sample of how dynamic and exciting her work is. She is truly one of the most dedicated and professional artists I know and she is also quite successful. I am so looking forward to having dinner, talking art and seeing a great show at the Noyes Museum with my art buddy. Why don't you go take a look at Sheila's web site to see a lot more of her fantastic paintings - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS by SHEILA GRABARSKY .

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New Abstract

So it's about time I started blogging here again. It seems the summer went by in a blur - a blur of not doing much. I did paint a bit in PA but now that I am home I want to work a little more seriously - and then there is the marketing - sigh!!! This is a painting I started in my Monday night group and finished the next day at home - at least I think it's finished. It is acrylic on canvas 30X40. I guess I will have to live with it for awhile. I have it hanging on my studio wall where I can study it - so far my feeling is it is a pleasant painting, not my usual color choices, not too exciting. I just do not know where the time goes every day - I have so much to do and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I had a "TO DO LIST" today with 7 items - my goal cross off 3 - well I ended up crossing off half of a line - not good progress. Sometimes I think if I didn't paint or make jewelry I would be happier - well I would be less pressured. Not sure what the answer is - not sure what the question is either ; ) Opening tomorrow night at the Noyes Museum - I am in the signature members show there.