I had fun working on this painting. A classic rotary dial phone! Who grew up with one of these? I love the feel of these phones – the weight of the handset, the twirling of the cord, the sound and feel of the dialing.
I definitely was happy when we got a push button phone – it seemed so advanced! It was much easier to make a call that would not ruin newly manicured nails!
For me, this is how it typically starts when doing a still life. I like to make sure that the background color feels right. This is a classic case of using the complimentary color (red and green). It is also the time when I step back and make sure that I like the positioning/composition of the objects. I will add more details as I go!
If you are in the Tri-valley Area, please consider visiting the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. You will see a lovely art show, including my piece, Long Way Home, which received an honorable mention!
I am planning on posting some inspiration and ideas to help me (and possibly others) on my creative journey. I envision this as a quick list of ideas that I have tried or plan to do that is supporting any part of getting into a creative space. There are many ideas swimming in my head; some get jotted down in a notebook, some I apply and get to do and some get lost in the wind. Perhaps this space will help me stay focused, celebrate the successes and acknowledge the realities. I also hope that this helps remind that I am doing many things – both conscious and intentional and those less clear cut.
I am hoping to be kind to myself – I know that perfectionism, distractions, second guessing and life events will seep in. I am almost hesitant to do this declaring my creative journey in the first place – I just got a promotion at work and will be starting a new mental health program at my agency. I fear that this stress will pull me away from my artwork. It is not the “perfect” time to add this to my plate, yet at the same time, is the right time. I know me well enough to know that having a creative space is so critical for my well being.
Have a small stash of art supplies ready to go. Get a bin and load it up with supplies that you can easily access. I have gouache, palette, brushes, pens, pencils, charcoal, watercolors and paper in there. I hope to be better at putting things away!
wake up early. This is easy for me – I am a morning person, like crazy early – a 3 or 4 am wake up is not that uncommon for me. I like working on some art while it is quiet. For me, this is when I am the most productive.
What are your art supply must haves? When do you prefer to work?
Some examples of paintings that will be at the ArtWalk festival in Livermore – October 13
Prints will be available soon!
These paintings were inspired by a visit this summer to the Buffalo Botanical Garden. We were lucky to be there at the time when “Morty,” the corpse plant, was in bloom. He wasn’t that stinky when we visited.
I am painting one of the banners that will be auctioned off at the Livermore ArtWalk. Each color of the rainbow will be represented plus the addition of a neon orange color. I am on an orange kick, so I will see how that looks. This is the largest canvas that I’ve ever worked on. It’s fun so far!