Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
1. I am the oldest of 5 children and was born while my dad was in the army waiting for things to wind down at the end of WWII.
2. I spent 12 years in Catholic school.
3. My first job was as a dictaphone typist for the U.S. Civil Service Commission. If you were investigated for a job in any government agency between 1962 and 1965 I may have typed up the results of your investigation.
4. I have three grown children and will soon be a grandmother of 10 - yes ten!!!
5. My happiest memories from childhood involve being with my family at the beach - usually Jones Beach on Long Island, NY. I can still smell the salt water, feel the sand between my toes, and I loved jumping off the wall at the far end of the beach.
The people I will tag this time are:
http://www.ginahallstudios.blogspot.com/ - Gina is in the process of painting a bazillion dog portraits for Christmas gifts but I hope she will have time to respond.
http://www.maineart.blogspot.com/ - I've loved Laura's work ever since I found her on Ebay a number of years ago. She paints watercolors and oils of Maine - one of my favorite places.
http://www.watercolorist.blogspot.com/ - you may have seen Jane Freeman's work in the Splash books. She has recently published an instructional book of her own through North Light, and is working on an amazing painting of glass crystal and peppers. Hope you have time to play too, Janie.
http://www.onewingoriginalwatercolors.blogspot.com - Tracy just started her blog a few days ago, so I'm pretty sure she hasn't been tagged yet.
http://stopanddrawtheroses.blogspot.com/ - I met Stacy (Fireman's Kid) while participating in the Drawing 101 class on WetCanvas.
If anyone is interested, check the archives for my May post, or just scroll down a little ways, and you can see the stuff I posted and the people I tagged last time.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I painted this "negatively" by painting around each leaf and then blending it out, putting one leaf behind another until the paper was filled. Some of these are from stencils that I made a few years back to paint t-shirts, and some of them are from new leaves I found in the driveway.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
This painting was posted here previously but today I found out that it won an award at the North East Watercolor Society Members Show. It was a surprise, as they evidently do not let the award winners know ahead of time, and there were no awards attached to the paintings or listed in the catalog. I found out with everyone else when they announced the winners at the awards ceremony. Quite exciting!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Recently I sold a small palm tree painting and wanted to do another a little larger. This is a half sheet watercolor (15 x 22) of some trees I saw while taking a workshop in Myrtle Beach last spring. I focused in close and left out the large hotel in the background.
This little painting travelled to India last week as part of a swap with an international group of watercolor artists. I have previously sent paintings to the Philippines and to England, as well as several states in the USA, and have received paintings from some interesting places as well. My latest swap painting came to me from Steve Sorrell in Tasmania.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
If I understand the rules correctly, I now have to tell 7 things about myself that no one knows (well, my sis probably knows all of them), and then tag 7 other people. Let's see if I can find 7 people I know who haven't been tagged before.
1. I was named Michelle after my father, Michael, and got the nickname "Mickey" from one of my father's boyhood friends. My brother Joe was named after my Mom. We sometimes do things a little backwards in my family.
2. I was exposed to art at a young age when my aunt took me to the art museums in NYC on my birthday outings. I knew right away that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.
3. When I was about 10, I accidentally stuck my hand into a wet oil painting belonging to an artist who was next to me on the Fire Island ferry. I was trying to keep from falling when the ferry lurched.
4. I wanted to play for the Yankees when I grew up (in addition to being an artist, of course). The closest I came was a mom's softball team when my kids were little.
5. My favorite foods are lobster and ice cream (not together).
6. I met my husband on a trip to a dude ranch with a church youth group. I was from New York and he was from Pennsylvania, and we met in Massachusetts.
7. A couple of years ago I joined a beginners senior tap dance class and have performed in two of their annual shows.
The 7 people I tagged are:
Rhonda Carpenter - http://rhcarpenter.blogspot.com
Susan Roper - http://wcbysusanroper.blogspot.com
Cia Price - http://artmaker-cecilia-price.blogspot.com
Jane James - http://janefranart.blogspot.com
Dabs - http://artbydabs.blogspot.com
Marilyn Fuerstenberg - http://marilynfuerstenberg.blogspot.com
Elizabeth McRorie - http://emcrorie.blogspot.com
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
On the 4th and 5th days of the workshop we did landscapes. As I watched Jerry do his demo, I decided on a photo I had of the gazebo at Laguna Beach, California. There were no flowers on the hill in the photo, but I knew that flowers grew there in the spring, so I put a lot of color into my collage. Jerry said it looked more like Tahiti, so I guess I will have to call it something like "Tropical Surprise". On Friday after our last class we had a "gallery night" where all the classes displayed their work for the week. I truly enjoyed this workshop, or as I call it - my trip to art camp.
Last week my sister and I took a "Stained Paper Collage" workshop with Gerald Brommer. I have been a fan of his work with both watercolor and collage for many years. During the 5 day workshop we learned to stain paper - lots and lots of paper. And we learned about several different designs and how to utilize them in both abstract and representational work. These three small abstracts were done on 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 Arches rough with watercolor stained washi. The designs used were a "bridge", a "T" and a "cruciform".
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I took the reference photo for this painting a year ago at Ramapo Reservation, near my home. It was still snowing slightly and it was sort of foggy and soft. I loved the way the distant trees and mountains looked, and I think I nailed them pretty well in my watercolor. The foreground evergreens gave me a little trouble, since I found it difficult to put the snow on the branches without making it look too sharp and defined. I originally masked it, which was a mistake, and so I had to scrub them to soften, and then add some midtones and darks trying to keep it somewhat indistinct. I think I succeeded somewhat - not what I originally had in mind, but not bad.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
A few weeks ago I painted a smaller version of this scene from Pemaquid Point, Maine on yupo. This one is on Arches 140 lb. rough, and is a half sheet. Pemaquid Lighthouse and the rocks that surround it are my favorite landscape subjects. I was probably standing with my back to the lighthouse looking down to the left when I took the reference photo for this painting. I also love to climb down on the rocks, find a comfy place to sit, and do a watercolor sketch in my journal. It's getting harder and harder for this out-of-shape, almost 62 year old to get down there and back up again though.
Monday, January 29, 2007
This is a "posterized" portrait of my grandson David, which I did by following a tutorial on the WetCanvas website. I had been admiring the posterized portraits done by a couple of WetCanvas regulars, and when the tutorial was posted, I decided to follow along. It was interesting to see how getting the shapes and values right made an accurate likeness.