Sunday, October 9, 2016
The other day I looked out my window and saw a sky that could have been painted by Rene Magritte. I looked for the large green apple but didn't see one :)
Magritte seemed to love painting skies - and then putting something surreal into the painting, making us think about what, exactly, he was trying to say or do.
Many of us are familiar with one of his most famous painting, Son of Man, whether we know the name of it, or not.
I'm not sure surrealists want you to figure out what they are saying - if anything. Magritte said he covered the man's face so we think about how we always want to see something behind what we actually see. The bowler, which he wore, could be a self-portrait aspect or not. The sea, the stormy sky, who knows??
Hoping your day is NOT surreal. And hoping all along the eastern coast of the US can rebuild and gather their lives back together after Hurricane Matthew. So sad to see the news reports from Haiti where almost 300 died turn into 800+ recorded dead there.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Just another quick one done on TerraSkin paper using watercolors and watercolor ink. Trying to keep my brushes wet in between migraines...
18 x 8.5 inches on TerraSkin paper
Blue Tree, Yellow Sky
Hope your month is going well - for me, the weather has turned to cool mornings and nights, misty daybreaks, dew on the grass, the crows have returned and are calling, some weekend hours spent watching the grandkids play soccer, long-sleeved shirts and jackets coming out of the closet, leaves just beginning to tease us with changing colors. I love autumn.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
For the entire month of September, I was fighting migraines - 8 total, which means 16 days in pain. Not plesant. During this month, I learned that I am not capable of dealing with chronic pain without becoming a wimpy woman who cries when she sees puppies, little piglets, sad dogs and cats, kittens, even while watching a program about a wonderful woman who quilted 100 original (no pattern, free style) quilts in her life who was a sharecropper's wife. Yep, made me cry. So my emotions have been put into some kind of blender and are just raw - because of the pain.
In between migraines, I painted this. 15 x 5 inches, watercolor and watercolor ink on TerraSkin paper.
Migraines September 2016
I am hoping October is a better month. Until then...
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Another in the Bee Series paintings. Haven't used the painted rice paper yet but thinking about how to incorporate that into another painting...
For this one, I copied some materials I got through the mail and then collaged the copied paper onto the watercolor paper around the painted bee.
Not sure what to name it - so the working title is just Pesticides Kill.
If I am going to have a show using these, I need to start making some in other sizes. Right now, the majority of paintings are fourth sheet (11 x 15 inches). Maybe next one will be a full sheet or half sheet again.
I haven't had a migraine in 4 days. For every day of migraine, the next day is also bad - I feel drugged (whether I took anything for the migraine or not) and achy from the tense muscles. So 14 days so far this month and I am hoping October is better.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Added some rice paper (white) to the edges of the "quilt" pieces and then added white gouache to that to make it stand out more. A bit of texture to add interest. All done.
Fourth sheet (11 x 15") Fabriano coldpress watercolor paper.
I stained some of the white rice paper with Quinacridone Gold to use in the next painting...
Not sure how it's going to be used, but I like the organic look of it...we'll see...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Started another in the Bee Series paintings. This one, called Bee Quilt and I haven't decided yet what to add to it within the "squares" but I'll come up with some collage or something...perhaps add some texture with string? Ideas will be percolating for a while.
I haven't been painting much at all this month - migraines coming 1-2 times a week have kept me off kilter. Because of that, I'm limiting my time on the computer down to just a couple times a week for short periods of time.
I'm trying many things to help get rid of these blue meanie migraines, and hoping they go away soon.
Hope you all are enjoying your September, and are being creative this month.