This is the first stage of a new painting, I thought I would document its stages....remember... "A painting is never finished-it just stops in interesting places" -Paul Gardner. I like the color the greens need to be moved around a bit and the darker blue needs to be incorporated more. And I like the way the lighter greens sit on the darker green. But there is a whole lot more that I don't enjoy right now. Please no harsh judgments yet.... it's a beginning.
Its the same painting from yesterday, it just stopped a little further down the road.
Today was a great day in my world an old friend from years ago called last night saw my painting at another friends house and made an appointment for first thing this morning. She took home three originals and one print. We caught up on what all the kids are doing chatted about our love for Italy and had a great time. What a wonderful Friday!
Husband is an engineer. Its wonderful to have his analytical mind to lean on. Especially when I'm matting and framing. Or, Or Or, trying to figure out the Metro in Paris, or trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B in Rome when you have two $#%^# maps. And streets that make NO sense. But I digress,,,,,
It amuses my when he'll ask matter of factly for me to paint another painting just like "x". In his mind its simple, like in a math or science equation plug in the exact colors and proportions ect... you will have an exact match.
It does not work that way. I set out trying to have a match of the painting I finished yesterday. I like making paintings in pairs, I like the way they look together. As much as I tried to stay on point with the color I just couldn't. This painting was at a similar point the same background the same colors as Promises in Every Star. But it's on the way to being so different. Good or bad I don't know yet. I do know when he gets home he'll scratch his head and wonder why can't she just plug in the same colors and get the same answer every time.
I think I will make a series of these. Painting on the front porch today. Temp in the 70's low humidity. A perfect day.
In a few minutes I'll be shipping off a few paintings to a new gallery Artemis in Northeast Harbor Me.http://artemisgallerybh.com/ I am thrilled to have my work there. Acadia , Bar Harbor and that beautiful region of Maine screams of birch trees and night sky's. I am so very happy to be added to their gallery.
And one of my paintings is the Facebook cover page for Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mill-Brook-Gallery-Sculpture-Garden/377508476470?sk=info&tab=overview
Today I'm channeling Monet's water lilies. Can you tell? At 7:30 this morning this was actually a birch tree painting. Green, blue and white trees they are all gone now and waterlilies have taken over. I love the colors!
I obviously need to spend more time in the Musee d'Orsey since it has had a profound impact on my work. Wonder how Husband and Sam will feel about me moving to Tuscany so I can visit the museums in Paris on a regular basis ?
I look at paintings all the time on my IPAD. And I thought I was influenced by some of them. Spending a few hours in the d'Orsey was stunning. It sounds a bit trite but it awoke my love of color. These are three I've been working on over the past few days. It bothered me for awhile this afternoon that I was starting in another direction. But I'm not, color has always been the driving force in my work. Even before I set foot in the Musee de l'Orangerie I was driven by Monet's water lilies. Aww I love my job.
Tuscany was by far our favorite, WE are already planning our trip back. These are just a few pictures of our trip. Our hotel in Tuscany, the l'Orangerie museum in Paris my favorite where Monet's water lilies stand, The trek across Cinque Terre and the bridge across the Tiber river crossing over to Traveston, the Vatican is in the background.
I got lost in Oxford, my Iphone was run over in Paris, I twisted my angle on the trek on Cinque Terre, Rohinton kept leaving the back pack on trains and and people would run and catch us and say very kindly you forgot this... Sam and I bought a slew of hand bags in Florence. WE saw I don"t know maybe 500 or so paintings of Madonna and child. And we had a blast. To everyone who bought my paintings last year. THANK YOU ! We're already planning the return trip.