Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Watercolor by Lucile Geiser

Not only do I paint but I own a lot of work by other artists. I have decided to post some photos of these paintings on my blog. This first one is a seascape by Lucile Geiser. Lucile was a very well known artist here at the NJ shore and in Naples Maine. When I first started painting I did realistic watercolors and studied with Lucile for a lot of years. I owe so much to Lucile - she gave me a great foundation in watercolor, composition, color and art theory. She was happy when I moved on to painting abstract and considered it a good move for me. This photo is not that great as the painting is framed under glass. Lucile was a prolific painter and to see her paint was inspiring - she was a wonderful teacher. I wish I owned more of her paintings!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Year End - Abstract

This could be my final painting for 2010 or maybe not ; ) It is called Year End - 36X36 - acrylic on canvas. I repainted this one 3 or 4 times and I am still not sure I am happy with it or if it is really finished - but for now it is. I am back to the neutral colors - I think it is the winter and the light. I want to do some beading - I have a collar I started in PA that needs finishing and I just bought a new tarot book that needs reading. Year end (not this painting) for me is a time of reflection on the past and a time for setting goals for the coming year. 2011 should be an interesting year - especially if I sell this house and buy a new house - just the move alone is going to be a huge task. I also need to make some artistic decisions about going forward and just where forward is. I better get to reading that tarot book!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vision of the West - Abstract

Well 2010 is winding down and so is my painting for this year. This is one I finished on Sunday 30X24 - Vision of the West - acrylic on canvas - and I finished one last night that I will post tomorrow. I am already planning my alphabet series for 2011 - not that the look of the art will change at all - just the titles. I wasn't sure about this one but now that I look at it I really like the subdued coloring and the overall calm feeling. This is a very different color pallet for me as I seem to be painting in neutrals this winter. Maybe I will brighten up for 2011 - that would be a nice change.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Two New Abstract Paintings

These are two new abstracts - the top image is called Standing in the West - acrylic on canvas 22X28. The bottom image is called Dreaming Pool - acrylic on canvas - 24X20. I painted these 2 the other night and am just getting around to posting the photos on my blog. Well they are very different in color and feeling - good thing because sometimes abstracts can all start to look the same. Did some painting today but I am not happy with the painting so far - it is kind of stringy and unorganized - I will work more on it tomorrow it is rather large 36X36 but still needs a lot of work.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Horsing Around - Abstract

This is the painting I did at my Monday night art group - after I finished it and we all were looking at and discussing our work this painting had a very distinct horse shape in it. It was the type of horse you see in the cave paintings. At first I kind of liked it and thought it was interesting and it could stay but after further thought all I could see was the horse - so needless to say the horsey had to go. I painted it out but decided a great name for this painting would be Horsing Around - 30X24 - acrylic on canvas. Monday was the last session for our group for 2010 - I will take off from the group until some time in March - when it is less cold - I am a wintertime sissy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Silver Lining - Abstract

Another new abstract - this one is called "Silver Lining" - acrylic on canvas 30X30. I cannot believe how many paintings I have completed this year. I went to my Monday night art group last night and I painted a really great abstract. I took some photos but they are still in the camera until later today. I have a name for the painting and an interesting story about the name. I will probably post tomorrow.

So 2010 is coming to an end and I have a great idea for a series for 2011. Since I always have a hard time picking names for my abstracts I am going to start at A and try to go through to Z - picking the names - if I happen to make it to Z I will start back from A again. I am thinking of going to the dictionary and picking one word titles. I think this will be an interesting experiment ; )

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gray Day Atlantic - Abstract

It is a gray damp day here in NJ - I live about 15 minutes or so from the ocean and I love gray foggy days. I love the color of the water and the flatness of the light. I didn't go have a look at the water today, no time - but this painting reminds me of a gray day at the ocean - it feels cool and damp to me. It does have some strange shapes in it but I can live with that - makes it interesting. It is even cool and damp in the house - I would love a nice fire but all the wood is too wet ; (

Friday, December 10, 2010

Common Threads - Abstract

I painted this smaller abstract yesterday. It is called Common Threads 22X28 acrylic on canvas. I especially like this painting and I painted it in under an hour. Sometimes the best are created quickly. I have painted a lot of canvases this year - I need to see what the actual number is but it has been a productive year - well not so much the summer but since I have come home from PA. My problem is storing all the canvas - when I used to paint on paper this wasn't as much of a problem BUT I love painting on canvas so I can live with the storage problem for now. Need to start selling ; ) I am not a happy camper today - bad case of the blues.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Slipstream - Abstract

This is another new abstract - a bit smaller - Slipstream 24X20 acrylic on canvas. I think it is about time to squeeze out some new colors - I am getting sick of painting in the neutrals of winter. Maybe some nice hot sunny colors is what I need - it sure has been cold here in NJ this past week and next week more of the same. I think it is going to be a long cold winter - great name for a painting.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Winter Approaches - New Abstract Painting

I have been sick with a cold for the past few days but still managing to paint. This is one of three new abstracts called "Winter Approaches". It is 30X30 acrylic on canvas. I may hate winter and cold but I love the color or should I say lack of color this time of year - I love the cool and warm grays and I especially love the quality of light. I seem to respond to the colors around me and right now I am loving painting in neutrals especially mixing the grays and using the cool white and off whites. I will be posting the other two paintings soon I like all three.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

360 Tour Of My Studio

So I decided to try my hand at making a video - I thought a good start might be my studio. So you would think if I am going to make a video tour of my studio I would clean it up a bit - no such luck. The video idea was pretty impulsive today and it is not so good, but it is my first try. I think I could have fun doing this with my art work and even the cats - I just hope I get better at it ; ) I have a cold so I sound more nasally than usual - if that is a word??

Friday, December 03, 2010

Holiday Image

So I was thinking of sending out a year end e-newsletter - but I really don't have much news to report and I don't know if that is good or bad. Anyway I am thinking more of an e-holiday/year end greeting. This is the image I created last night. I tested it by sending it to a few friends and am awaiting feedback. The image I am sending is smaller than this one and I may swap out different paintings - not sure yet - but I better decide soon before it is 2011.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

New Abstract

Actually I guess I should say reworked abstract - acrylic on canvas 36X36. This was a painting that was just not working - something about it bothered me, so yesterday I attacked it and the painting above is the result. I am much happier with it now. I felt the original was spotty and this new version holds together so much better - in person it is awesome - it is on the wall of my studio now and looking good. I am painting with some new color combinations - more neutral I guess and I like the results. I think this may be because of the winter and lack of color and the grey days. I love the quality of the light in the winter months and the lack of green - which is not one of my favorite colors to work with. Think I am going to paint today - I am inspired.