Friday, March 28, 2008

Whydah and Plague Continue!

I didn't have much time to paint this week--we were busy at work and busy at home, too, for that matter. But here's the progress I made this week.

"Whydah" is nearly done--I need to fix her hair and do a smidge of touch-up work, but this is pretty much what you'll see when she's done:

"Plague" is starting to make me kookoo. There's a ton of detail work to do in the background and I HATE that type of stuff. YAWN. But I know how I want it to look, so I'm sticking to it. The fireplace mantel is supposed to be a red marble, but I think it's too similar to the color of the couch and weighs down that side of the painting. Hmmmm. I will ponder this.

And in garden news, my daffodils are about to bust wide open and there's crocuses and cute little dwarf irises blooming. I'll post some pics. My tulips are being awfully shy--it'll be weeks before they're ready to bloom.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Libertine and the Naturalist's Wife

Here's two pieces that were completed earlier this year for the upcoming Blue show. I think I need to start shooting these with my film cameras again--my digital is whack.
But this'll give y'all an idea, anyway.

"The Libertine" oil on canvas, 16x20 inches.

"The Naturalist's Wife" oil on masonite, 19.5x26.
"Naturalist" disappoints me a bit--and I probably shouldn't be posting this confession. I just had such grandiose ideas when the sketches and underpainting began. I should have done this painting the right way, and this only means that in the far-off future I'll have to paint another.

It's hard to paint what's in my head--so many tiny details and motes of dust and cobwebs in the corners.

But enough of that! Yesterday we went to the zoo because the weather was sort of warm (but VERY windy).

One of my very favorite animals at our zoo is the red panda--they're wonderful no matter what part of them you're looking at.

And Esther rode a river otter. It was her first carousel ride--hard to believe.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Aaaaand It's Another Dreary Weekend Spent Indoors!

Bleagh, meh. Yup. Cold and gray and damp. We had more snow yesterday and so went to the library and stocked up on books. I've just started Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs". It's a bit fitting, because I've been working on my east coast shipwreck painting all week.
Still so much to be done and June is looming ever nearer!

Esther and I have been reading Pippi Longstocking and I'm so excited about introducing her to these wonderful books. Pippi is so punk rock and fabulous--she's a perfect foil to all the princess crap!

Oooh, and we watched "No Country For Old Men". Very, very good. And I had scary dreams about it later that night, so it's got the Amy Seal of Approval.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sketches and Weather

It was so wonderful yesterday--sunny and 50 degrees! Esther and I played on the front porch and just sat in the sun, basking like lizards. Or lazy kitties.
I brought my sketchbook out and scribbled while she made "dinner" with the sand in her sandbox. She said it was rice dumplings. Looked an awful lot like sand with little pebbles to me.

AND! I have green things coming out of the ground! Every year I plant more bulbs, just because they're such a sanity preserver come spring. I'll post pics when they start blooming (which was this time last year--HUMPH--awful winter).

New sketches!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Tekkon Kinkreet

Last night I watched "Tekkon Kinkreet" and am still reeling. I loved it--it was so beautifully done. It's violent and definitely not for kids, though, if you're thinking of seeing it. But I'd recommend it for anime fans, definitely.

White was my favorite, but my husband laughed and said I was more like Black. *sticks out tongue*

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I Am Lazy In Spite of Myself

Well, I can blame the fact that we all had the flu, or that I'm busy with work and my other work, or being a mom, or whatever... But I'm pretty much just lazy, as much as I hate to admit it*. So on a day where I actually get have a moment to update on creative goings-on (or is that going-ons? Grammar, sheesh), I'd much rather continue painting.

Enough of this silliness--here's some stuff to look at!

Plague House continues--I roughed in the other girls' faces yesterday...

And here's a new one I started for my June show: "The Winkle Picker" (very much in progress) oil, 8x10 inches.

And here's that still-untitled piece, with the progress I made today: It's giving me fits, and I think I'm overworking the hands, but I guess I have to let it take the direction it's going. It's so hard to control paintings--they wander where they will.

And here's two little pieces I started for Etsy--they aren't done yet, so it'll be awhile before they're listed.

*Lazy about updating blogs and photos (and housekeeping, and domesticating) and such, I'm not much of a lazy painter, though. Thank heavens.