Monday, May 28, 2012

"Paint Two Images..."

Earlier this year as I was waking one morning, to my amazement a voice said "paint two images for over the bed". No matter how mysterious or mundane it seemed, it did not seem like my own voice or my own idea. It was very odd like a direct order, and there was and is no doubt it is something I'd better do.

Since then, the many small images I have been selling on-line were in part intended to get control of my materials in preparation to begin the project. Every time I felt doubt creep in I'd get a little reminder so as not to forget about the project.

I've thought about content - subject matter, composition, and color. Searched for visual inspiration and discovered many possibilities. Oh yes, I have done some praying about this project and expect more answers as I begin to work and make it tangible.

For the next few weeks I'll be painting less for on-line sales while I work on this unexpected  'commissioned work' and will post my progress. I have selected some source materials to start my studies.

Now I am ready to begin...

Friday, May 25, 2012

What is a weed?

There isn't anything about painting here nor a profound reason for this post except to share some quotes I found rather interesting related to plants.

I've been painting mostly blossoms of various plants that we normally think of as beautiful and desirable for our gardens, but here are quotes that caught my attention.

"What is a weed? Any plant that is found in a place it doesn't belong."
~Geoff Reed

This definition would mean a weed might be a rose bush if it is growing in a cornfield!

“What is a weed?  A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This definition would mean those plants we think of as a nuisance in our gardens may have amazing properties that could help us in some way, or something to write about, or perhaps simply view in an interesting way.

My mind rather enjoys this kind of thought; in someways the above could be a metaphor for experiences in life.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Two Plus One Pink Tulips

Well I did it! I managed to get another tulips painting done before they had to be thrown away... I like the way this one turned out even thought the flowers were not as fresh.


Two Plus One Pink Tulips
6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Three Pink Tulips

These are my daughter's favorite flowers. They are a lot of fun to paint too!!! It will be posted for sale on ebay next week... maybe I'll get another one done before the bouquet is ready for compost.


Hot Pink Tulips
6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Christmas Camellia - Still Life

I have mentioned before that I walk my dogs - everyday morning, noonish (when I am home), and evening. I notice so many beautiful blooms in the neighbors' gardens that just seem irresistible. 

There are many varieties of camellia and can be challenging to paint because of their perfect symmetry; I think this one lends itself to a less rigid style.

The Yuletide Camellias are not in bloom right now - not until later in the year. The leaves are used to make tea, and this plant also provides oil for many uses.

Hope you enjoy it.

Christmas Camellia - SOLD
6 x 6 oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Pink Tea Roses - Still Life

Such a little painting could have been inspired by my granddaughter. She loves pink and tea parties!

Pink Tea Roses - SOLD
6 x 8 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

White Rhodie in Warm Light

Found this beautiful Rhodie Bush while walking the dogs. Just had to paint it. Lots of small shapes to discern in the process and wasn't sure it would turn out. Used a warm light and thought it set off the cool shadows very nicely.

Painted mostly with a mongoose angle brush... using a brush shape that resonates with the subject helps get the feel of it. What do you think?

White Rhodie in Warm Light
6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The most compelling thing in my life...

This is something only a few have known about me. In this one small mental universe among many - the biggest concern on my mind is finding an understanding of God that makes sense. 

One of the reasons I paint, as I see creation all around me and inside me, is just to create something beautiful and tangible, and not have just a lot of crazy ideas floating around in my mind that often result in false connections for my understanding to reach goals, or  having a spiritual philosophy to live by. I feel at 'home' when I am painting, so I paint.

Baptized Catholic and yet really never quite grasped the whole concept of God and what that means except that he was scary. Even with an almost unwavering faith that God exists, I couldn't quite get it.

Die for me? Why isn't there another way for me to be better at life? There has to be a better way! Father? Son? Holy Spirit? What about Creator? This curiosity took me many directions with visits to many organized religions including Judaism, Buddhism, and forms of Christianity. Seems all good, but missing something I couldn't identify. I was even married to an atheist for awhile and that didn't work very well spiritually.

Now, after all those years of searching, while watching an art video about painting, a book by Helen Keller - The Light in My Darkness is mentioned in passing, and for some inexplicable reason I decide I must read this book. She writes about Emanuel Swedenborg and the True Christian Religion. A blind, deaf woman who is more clearly able to see the spiritual world better than I with healthy eyes and ears. So I began to read small bits about this Swedenborg teaching.

I have only begun to learn about this philosophy, but I'm hooked on some fascinating reading with ideas and concepts that calm my scattered mind. A way to understand the Bible that will make it relevant to me. I can't say for sure if anything will stick, but I look forward to the discovery.

In the future, I'm likely to make a few more entries on this topic and see how it might connect to my love of painting since the painting directed my discovery to the Swedenborg writings.