Sunday, February 27, 2011

An Indie Short

I just viewed a lovely little short video that is actually nominated for an award. It’s based on a children's story – The Lost Thing

To view it go here:


I think you will enjoy it – I sure did.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

This is a first!


We went car shopping today. Rick just touched the latch on the back window of this Honda Pilot and the window absolutely exploded! Rick got a few little glass slivers in his hand – but he was uninjured. We were just shocked and it scared us a bit – it sounded quite loud – just like an explosion would.

Never have seen this happen before – it was a shocker – that’s for sure.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pretty good day

Today I played with the portrait I started yesterday. It went from this:


To this:


And ended like this:


Not sure it is finished, but I kind of like it so far.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

An end and a beginning

Here is the end…another just finished painting – I am glad this one is over. For some reason this one just did not go smoothly.


And here is the beginning – just barely a beginning. A nice break from the still life paintings -


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On the easel

This is very nearly done. Either it's drying unevenly or needs some fixing in the background. I should know tomorrow. Good day in the studio today.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


This is the finished grisaille portrait if Zara

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mobile blogging

The Grisaille of Zara in progress  posted but not the text-
I am trying to learn how to blog from my phone. I think I have finally gotten it- if this shows up then I will know for sure. 

Sent from my iPhone

Learning mobile blogger

Cutie Pie

Another Still Life

Another untitled painting on the easel. About 18" x 22" again
. I think this one is actually finished - again this is an iPhone pic and there is quite a bit of glare - especially in the upper left corner, which is actually quite dark.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

My Tale of Woe

Learning – I love learning things, but is it really learning when you can’t remember what it is that you’ve learned? Hmmm –  Pardon me while I whine and whimper just a little, and tell my tale of woe.
First – I didn’t even check the date yesterday and totally missed my brothers birthday! My wonderful big brother whom I love and admire and I can’t even remember his birthday? – bad sister! Bad! Oh, I have alerts set everywhere for these things – but it’s like living next to a railroad track – after a while you don’t even hear the trains go by – I don’t even notice the alerts. And I often don’t pay attention to little things like dates and the time…and the phone…and…that’s beside the point.
I had such high hopes for this month, but so far a lot has not been going so well – and I mean a lot. Let me unload about my most recent fiasco.
In addition to fighting migraines daily for the past week or two, I’ve tweaked my back and wrenched my knee. I am a mess, a big hurting mess.  So last night I asked Rick if he had any icy-hot to rub on my knee. No, but he found this:
OK – that’ll work. So I started rubbing it on my knee. It felt good to massage my knee but I couldn’t feel anything happening – it’s probably old and lost it “power” – so I rubbed more on. Still nothing, so I rubbed even more on. Now I just want to go to bed- I’ll get some new stuff at the store tomorrow. I washed my hands real good like the instructions said, crawled in bed and dozed off. But woke right up with my knee and leg really hot. Oh good, I think – this stuff does still work a bit, it’ll probably feel better in the morning. Good. Back to sleep – only to awake with the bed on FIRE!! Oh My Gosh!!! – not just my knee and leg- but my face, my eyes, and a number of spots on my arms and neck. Everywhere I touched my skin  - it lit up like an inferno. This was a surprise! And a VERY painful one – Like a hot iron on my skin - I’ll take the sore wrenched knee over this burning fire any day! Where the heck is Smokey the Bear when you need him? Am I turning into Pyro?? I washed my hands! What the heck? So I washed my hands again, took some Advil (which did seem to dull the pain a little) did my best to ignore it and repeated it all night long – doze a little, awake burning, doze a little, burn, repeat. By morning it was a bit better – but I had still rubbed my eyes and they weren’t happy with me, as well as touched my face and neck a lot, yikes.
Great, crappy night, but at least it was over. I jumped in the shower and Oh My Gosh! FIRE!! Apparently mixing water and Capsaicin is like throwing water on a grease fire. The whole thing started all over again!
Doing my best to ignore this crazy burning pain, I began getting ready to head to the studio. I needed a little tool I use on occasion – it’s only about 1-2 inches big, and I don’t use it often – but I wanted it today to help me check the colors in my painting. It’s a helpful little thing, but it is small and easily misplaced and overlooked. I can’t find it. Since I have moved stuff around and moved my studios – I can’t find a lot of things. So, tears are running down my face from my eyes burning – various parts of my body are on fire – my head is starting to get the best of me, my knee and back still hurt, I am frustrated as all get out when I run across this:
Yep. Three empty Coke cans that I brought back from Cairo a year or so ago. Who lugs garbage home from Egypt? I just started laughing, remembering Rick’s dismay at my packing them to bring home. I thought the Arabic on them was interesting and I know a woman who does recycled art. She might like them. Souvenirs for the kids or family? not so much – But I just gotta bring that trash home for an artist acquaintance. I had forgotten all about these.
My laughter took my mind off all of my pain and discomfort for a minute. In my laughter – and a moment of clarity - it began to dawn on me – Oh yeah, among all of the oddities and “-isms” I have – I totally forgot about my having “hypersensitivity syndrome.” It kind of comes and goes, and is usually worse when I am under stress.  Like when I am facing deadlines and things aren’t going smoothly and I feel like I am running out of money and time – you know, stuff like that. That is when my skin gets super sensitive and I have to wear my socks and underwear inside out because the seams irritate my skin so bad, and I can’t sleep if the sheets have wrinkles because the wrinkles hurt my skin…Oh yeah. That.
So what have I learned- if anything?
I learned a little about poetic justice. That fire and my brother kind of go together – my shirt caught on fire as a young girl and he put me out. So is there some poetic justice in the fact that I forgot his birthday and then “burned” all night? I kind of think so….
I learned that a little tiny bit of Capsaicin cream might be wiser than half a tube – or maybe none at all would be good, especially when I tend to have very sensitive skin. And I ought to think first – before I slather fire inducing ointment on my hypersensitive skin.
I learned that I rub my eyes in my sleep and touch my face and neck a lot too.
I learned that I forget a lot of important stuff – so did I ever really learn it? Really?
And now back to hunting for my little tool…and taking the Cairo coke cans to see if I can even find the person  I brought them back for (whom I don’t even know well – only met a time or two), then to the studio to see if I can paint through these burning, blurry, teary eyes.
And yes – it is OK to laugh at me – I am still laughing myself -

Monday, February 07, 2011

Sneak Peek: What’s in the Works


Untitled as of yet

18” x 22” oil on canvas

Not such a good iphone pic today – but it’s what I am working on. I like it. Needs a few tweaks .yet – but it’s almost finished

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What’s on the Easel

Zara – oil on canvas – about 12” x 24”
February is off to a raggedy start. It is the 2nd and I am already behind schedule! I set my goals high for this month – Oh heck. I set my goals high all the time – only this time I may have gone over board! I wanted to have 15 paintings finished this month – and not little 6” x 6” ones this time. So far my back is acting up and hurting like crazy, I am not sleeping, my allergies are about as bad as they ever get and I have been fighting a migraine for about 3 days. I’ve been trying to set up a still life and light it in my studio and I can’t find the props I want, nor can I get the light right! Aarrrghhh!!!!
On the brighter side, I stopped by a camera store and got some advice, which saved myself some money. and the best part? It can only get better from here! I dropped in to Studio 2nd Street and started this portrait of Zara in Vanessa’s class. Wow, that felt so good – I haven’t seen Vanessa for probably a year! I can’t believe it’s been that long. Felt good to be back there. So, I hope to get this portrait finished this week. Tomorrow I am heading up to Laguna Beach with my daughter to see a show called “Painterly Painters” – with paintings by Linda Christensen at Sue Greenwood Fine Art.  Linda Christensen is my favorite artist ever! That should be a nice break, I am excited about seeing this show!
And now I am headed off to see if I can get some sleep – I am exhausted!