I've been reading, well, listening, to a lot of audiobooks while painting recently and have really, really enjoyed some I want to share. So, if you like "sci-fi/fantasy" like I do put these on your list:
Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde -A good one for artists as it's all about color. There are good reviews on Goodreads. I'm going to start his Thursday Next series soon. He writes somewhat akin to Terry Pratchett if your familiar with Terry's work with that same sort of funny quirkiness.
The Scorpion Rules and its follow up The Swan Riders by Erin Bow. I enjoyed these books so much I read them twice in a row.
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. This one blindsided me and had me laughing and crying at the same time. I also read his Grasshopper Jungle which was weirdly different but enjoyable.
White Cat by Holly Black from her Curse Workers series. I want to see this series turned into a television show! What fun that would be! I suggest listening to the audiobooks as they are read by Jesse Eisenberg and he just makes the characters come alive!
Ok. Back to painting and listening! Cheers!
Sometime ago, we went up to the Sierra mountains, which we do frequently. You grow to know the sites along the route and one of these was the battered Eat sign in the "town" of Pearsonville (believe me, it is not a town. More of a place for tumbleweeds to grow, rather than people) On the way home, my husband decided to stop to take a photo of the Eat sign, sure that someone was going to take it someday. He was right. It is gone. There was nothing in its place for a while and then a new Eat sign was put up that is sadly lacking in the battered charm of the original. So I painted a portrait of the dilapidated old sign as I last saw it and remembered it. Farewell Eat sign. I hope someone is happily fed while gazing at your rusted words of encouragement.
Oil on canvas, 48x24", landscape. For sale (20% of the sale will be donated to lsscommunitycare.org)
My mother in law had a "fondness" for blue (everything!!!!! was blue)
I had to paint this vase that she had at her house.
Oil on hardwood panel, 12x12" still life
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So I went to a beautiful November wedding. They had something most weddings seem to have nowadays - a candy bar - seems that's something more suited to a child's party to me, but they did have these beautiful candy apples. I grabbed one knowing I'd paint its portrait. (Don't feel the photo shows the subjects darker qualities. I recently upgraded to OS El Capitan on my Mac and it has made doing anything in iPhoto or even my blog soooooo difficult!!!! Not happy with that upgrade!)
My Halloween mask
made a Halloween mask.
out of paper mache
Built a bird feeder. Painted and built a few bird houses.
Now I'm making some Christmas textile art - velvet pumpkins, a clingy mushroom and plans for a strawberry or two (look up Mister Finch on Pinterest to see some really fabulous textile art!)
And I just finished up that class I was taking with Lynn Gertenbach. She's a peach! She's a lovely, lovely person. We even went out plein air painting. Here she is on a beautiful California winter day.
Boy, trying to post something on this blog now is like trying to wrestle a bar of soap in the shower! It just keeps slipping out of my hands!!!! I'm stopping now while I can. Cheers to all and happy holidays. God's blessings on you and yours.
Phew. What a long hot summer.
We worked so hard cleaning out my mother in laws house, getting it ready to sell. We really busted our chops. And then we finished up a front yard improvement. I'm glad to be done with both of those things.
So in order to reinvigorate myself back to painting, I took out something I had signed as completed back in 2007 and touched up some things that had long bothered me. I do remember I was inspired by the painter Andy Thomas who does really fun western scenes in his paintings. Bucking broncos, saloon fights, dangerous card games, that sort of thing. And when I revisited this, I thought of the Marty Robbins song, El Paso, thus the title.
Also I signed up for a class with Lynn Gertenbach over at LAAFA. She is very sweet and loves her grays. I always have to remind myself to mix up purplish grays, so it will be good for me.
Looking forward to catching up with this end of the world.
16x20", oil on canvas, figurative Available