Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tough Times and Tears

Man, I've hit the wall (for the time being) with "Stuffed 3". Working on a 5" x 7" panel doesn't give you much room to move around when you start to get bored! I wiped her face off this morning so I've got to allow the new paint to dry enough to work on. Besides, I've got another project that's got to be moved to the front burner of my brain.

I have to do a portrait of a miniature schnauzer that's not doing so well these days, she's twelve and a half and in renal failure. When I went to her house to take photos of her, she was not feeling "perky" as she once was. It was evident in the way she was holding her ears, rather than being upright, she had them kind of flattened out. I took a bunch of photos, but I didn't want to stress her out under the circumstances, so I'll do what I can with what I have and then just "correct" the ear position in the drawing. The "mom" said Rosie hasn't eaten since Tuesday so things are not looking very good. Poor little thing. It's a heartbreak that every pet owner faces at some point - the loss of their beloved pet. I don't want to imagine the day my Bailey and I have to say good-bye... it will break my heart in a way that will never be repaired. Bailey is and will be my one and only.

Addendum: I just opened an email from Rosie's "mom"... Rosie passed away this afternoon. A little bit of my heart broke... R.I.P. Rosie.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stuffed One and Two, FINALLY!

Well, waddayaknow! Finally!! It took all day but I was finally able to add the images. Yay!

Stuffed One: U Talkin' To Me?, oil on panel, 5" x 7"

Stuffed Two: Going Up?, oil on panel, 5" x 7"

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I was just finishing up a different post and was about to post it when I realized unless you are a Facebook friend/fan, you would have no idea what I was talking about when I referenced "Stuffed". (All this social networking can get confusing trying to remember and keep everything current on all sites!) So, here's the low down, if you've never heard of "Stuffed".

I have a small cigar box, it is 5" x 7" and about 4" deep. It's a great little box for keeping thing in. I had used it in a small painting - same size a 5" x 7", Ampersand panel - where I placed two small pots with frogs on them inside it. It was kind of a tongue in cheek sort of painting - two frogs... get it? Okay, okay... I know! Anyway, it turned out well and I wanted to do another something with the box, so I put a couple little vases I had in the box and painted that set-up. Then it got to be an idea for a series: what can I put in the box? What will fit within the box's 2-D, 5" x 7" image? It can protrude beyond the depth of the box, but it cannot break the "frame". And that is how the series got started. I have completed two pieces and started a third one - today, which is what the next post is about.

Well now, isn't that just jim-dandy... once again, Blogger isn't letting me download images. Did I miss a memo somewhere? Bear with me, I may not post the photos tonight, but I'll post photos of the first two "Stuffed" the next time. Sorry, 'bout that...


I started a new "Stuffed" piece today. It's my little Chinese doll that I got in Los Angeles' Chinatown, when I was thirteen. She's one of my few childhood possessions and is dear to me. She's so old that all her stringing has long since rotted limp and her head hangs down to her chest while her little arms flop, unattached inside her silk kimono and her little legs sit akimbo as they try to support her chubby torso. Her hair is an odd shade of red due to sitting too near a sunny window, but her sweet face is still the same with it's smooth almost white "skin" and little red lips slightly parted and her almond eyes that gaze downward. It just occurred to me - I never named her! For forty-four years she has been nameless... I guess I never gave it any thought that I should name her. Tonight I change that. Her name shall be 珍贵, Zhēnguì which mean "Precious".

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

And So it Begins

Untitled, 8" X 10", oil on canvas
I've done a few paintings here and there since last spring. So, where shall I start? I guess I'll start with the latest, hot off the easel, painting. It was inspired by my brother's photography. Since it's a painting, I could make my own final composition. It's 8" x 10", oil on canvas. It doesn't have a title yet. One that has come to mind is, "Showoff...", but one needs to be able to have a little sneer in one's voice when saying it so I don't know how effective that works as a title. Any suggestions? I'm open...

Friday, October 15, 2010

MEtamorphosis in Progress

I've been (to use a phrase my father used to say) pussy-footin' around living the artist's life for way too long. I've finally reached a point in my life where I am able to focus completely on developing myself as a fine artist. WOO HOO! I'm no longer bound by being "the mom" or "the daughter/caretaker". I don't have to think about being "Two Frogs". I'm not restoring and painting the house's exterior. I can solely focus on "being an artist". I can focus on "me". Okay, yeah, I still have to take the dog out or face the consequences, but still...

It is weird to know that when I get up each morning all I have to do is work on becoming a fine artist and I can paint every day, if I so desire, without distractions. I've finally gotten all my "stuff" in one space - no separated studio from the office. One large space - okay, I wish it was larger, but this will do for now and it feels good. I still need to sort out lighting and a few minor details but, it's working! And speaking of work, I'm going to share a couple things I did during this transformation. If you are a Facebook friend, you may have seen these already - or maybe you didn't. Either way, I hope you enjoy seeing them now.

This was the first thing I did in my new studio space. I just couldn't stand it anymore. All the moving and organizing - I just had to DO something!! So why not try a new technique, gouache ink resist? This was something I'd learned from Lauren Everett Finn, a fantastic artist with more creative energy than anyone I've ever met!

I got such a big kick out of the first one turning out, I did another!

This is the other gouache ink resist piece I wanted to post the other day. Both pieces are of my wheaten, Bailey. He's such a good boy...

I'm enjoying this new life: All art, all the time! It's a foreign feeling, to say the least, for me and I'm still trying to get comfortable in my new role, but wait...!

Hark! Is that a butterfly wing I see?