Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Geranium

Last Wednesday afternoon I sat on the studio floor in a big pool of warm sunlight and painted the geranium on the windowsill. I need to do things like this more often--I never paint from life and I have this voice in my head saying I need to. At least every once in a great while. So I knocked out this still life in a half hour and it felt really good. I'm not especially happy with the painting, but the act of painting it was cathartic and I could move on to paint the stuff I REALLY need to finish.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A little vignette from my "dressing table", i.e. the place where things go to gather dust. It has occurred to me that I have rather a lot of bangles and bracelets.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Some Tiny Paintings and Drawings

This is just a handful of pieces that I've done over the last month or so. Why these in particular? Dunno, I just kinda like them.

"Unafraid" 4 x 6 inches, oil on illo board. Sold.

"Mischief Managed" ink and watercolor aceo, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Sold.

"The Happy Place" pen and ink and watercolor, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Sold.

"Libertine" 4x6 inch ink drawing. Sold.

"The Sky Maiden" 2.5 x 3.5 inches, oil on illo board. Sold.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Progress (For the Sake of Progress...)

These are some paintings that I'm currently slogging away at:

No title yet, oil on canvas.

This one is a fictional narrative about a plague of madness that affects the aristocracy of Europe in the 1880's. I don't think I have a good title for it yet.

This is another fictional narrative about women on the east coast that strip shipwrecks of anything valuable. They swoop down like flocks of unkempt, dark birds. The tentative title is "An Unkindness of Ravens".

The Studio

My studio is a real mess--always has been, probably always will be. It's situated at the top of our house, on the third story; a fairly cozy space tucked up under the roof. I paint there, sew there, store the bulk of my art and reference books, photographs, fabric, ephemera, etc. It gives my husband the heebie jeebies to go up there. He's a minimalist, bless his baby heart.

Sewing center (Ophelia's just hanging out until I get her framed). And I have a lot of buttons, too. LOTS. I may have to put some photos of my favorites--some are really amazing.

Sometimes I think I must be part magpie--I love glittery and sparkly stuff.

Overwintering the delicates.

A little horrifying, isn't it? But completely functional, I swear!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Some Paintings to Start Things Off

Here's a couple of new paintings---well, "Ophelia" is new, "You've Stopped" is a few months old:

"You've Stopped Paying Attention to the Things that Used to Make You Shine" triptych, oil on masonite and canvas.

"East Texas Ophelia", oil on masonite, 24 x 36 inches.

And I have to say I must be crazy to start up another blog--I'll try to make regular posts, really!