Fig Love

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I saw figs in Trader Joe’s this weekend and just had to get them. Luckily, I am the only one in my home who loves this kick ass fruit. (all for me!) As I painted them, I was struck by the many subtle colors and tones in there. I’ll keep doing research on these yummy subjects – ah, the sacrifices of an artist!

Ligature

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Did a quick painting for day 17 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. “Ligature” is a 8×8 acrylic painting on wood panel. The ligature is an important part of the clarinet – it holds the reed in place on the mouthpiece.

I remember declaring to my painting teacher that I will not paint a reflective surface because I just did not want to deal with the thousands of subtle colors. My teacher was wise and encouraged me to do just that. Face the things that are a challenge – purposely embrace it – stick with it. Great life lessons.

 

 

clarinet

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Day 15 (which happens to be my anniversary) of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. Another examination of the clarinet. I worked off a photo found here – I loved the yellow background and the orientation to the left. From looking at my own instrument, I see some areas that I might switch around.

The clarinet has always been my baby. I just didn’t know that for a while.” –  Anat Cohen

Record Player

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This is day 12 and getting to the halfway point of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. This is a watercolor painting. I got the Miles Davis album for Christmas/Hanukkah and just adore listing to it. I have to keep remembering to take action when the record ends on a side (otherwise, I face nasty looks and lectures on record needles from Derek). I’m so out of practice listening to actual vinyl!

We are setting up our turntable  in our family room. I love the pops and the feeling of satisfaction of lining the needle up just right! Sure wish I was at home right now, listening to “Kind of Blue,” and snuggling with the kitties.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!

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I want to take the time to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. I do hope that 2017 will be fulfilling. Take risks, learn from mistakes, be kind, stay present, breathe, laugh more, question authority (much needed this year), get out of my comfort zone, turn off electronic devices, accept myself, and allow more space for getting organized. These are my intentions for the coming year.

This January, I am planning on participating in the 30 in 30 project. (30 paintings in 30 days). I hope that it will kick off my art into the new year (and I will be using my above mentioned intentions often!)

This piece is part of my experimenting with poured paint medium. I opted to use colors inspired by the New York Mets – my favorite baseball team. Hoping this year will be a good one for them too!