Friday, June 27, 2008
Starlings wait in the cherry tree for a chance to swoop down and steal food from the stray cat's bowl. They briefly land on the wooden post to make sure the coast is clear before they snatch a piece and fly away.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My studio is finally clean and ready for me to go into and make art. I have never seen it so messy as it has been and I was a little overwhelmed when I first walked in. I have an oil painting to finish and a canvas to begin. So looking forward to it.
Summer has finally arrived and with it the warm temperatures and blue skies. Up until Saturday the weather has been quite dismal and depressing with only a scattered nice day. We have had a barbecue every night this week and nothing says Summer like the wonderful smell of barbecue. The black flies have voracious appetites and attack viciously as soon as we step outside the door which can be quite a shock if you're not used to it, but we've learned to live with it over the years.
I have been blogging two years today! :)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I woke up this morning and did not want to get out of bed. Don't you find that bed is the most comfortable when you have to get out of it. One cat was asleep at the end of the bed, and the other on my pillow. I love waking up like that. The other two cats were up already and downstairs sitting on the back of the couch staring out at the birds.
I have lots to do to get ready for the art retreat -- make a frame to stretch the canvas over and make sure I have all the paint and brushes I will need and other things. Fun, fun, fun.....
Images above are: outside my living room window, apple blossoms, mixed media/collage with beeswax and lazy Cleveland having a snooze.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Above images are of the crescent moon I took the other night and of Roman and Cleveland, who love each other very much. Roman has his arm around Cleveland, his father.
I'm very excited about an artist retreat I'm going on this weekend with my favorite local artist. It's from Friday to Sunday and I can't wait. It's practically in the wilderness, so lots of peace and quiet and lots of nature shots. I rarely go to art workshops, preferring to learn on my own, but I couldn't pass this one up.
Friday, June 06, 2008
A few years ago I painted my daughter, Rebecca, using the grisaille method of painting. This established the values before I actually put down any color. I had a lot of fun doing this and I did several other oil paintings using this technique.
My daughter was watching snowflakes falling one day and she had her mouth open in wonder, I snapped the photo and created the painting from the image.