Tuesday, August 24, 2010

slight change of direction

I mentioned in my last post that I'd been feeling very French. This is still true, but as my printer has been broken, I have been unable to get any reference photos for what I'd like to paint. I really would like to do a piece or two on the Moulin Rouge, but that is going to have to wait.
In the mean time, I've been painting on recycled wood to sell on Etsy, and I finished a crab that I had been working on.
The crab is oils on canvas. I think I love him.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paris, part deux.

Lately, I've had wanderlust. I want to travel, I want to see new places, meet new people. I want to visit friends, family, eat local food, and drink local wine.
My heart, however, tells me I should go back to Paris. I feel a pull, and maybe it's just in my blood, my heritage. Some people claim that Paris is dirty...I have not found that at all. I love the cobblestone streets, the street performers, the sound of an accordion in the metro. I love paying with coins, eating crepes, and living in the Latin Quarter at Hotel Eugenie. I could spend weeks in Montmartre, wandering around the streets and talking with artists.
As I'm so drawn to this area, I've decided I should incorporate that into my paintings. So here it is, painting number two in my Paris series. This is called "Paris at Night"
Oils on Canvas.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More new art :)

So since we've talked last, I've done quite a few new pieces...mostly in oil paints.
I've been working in oils a lot lately. I'm creating art that lends itself to hanging in a gallery. I've been really enjoying the texture of palette knife work.

This piece was inspired by my father, and may or may not be hanging in his office by now. It is my first exploration back into oil paints. I received a present from my mother...a travel paint box that was custom made for her. When I got it, I found there was still quite a bit of paint in it. I decided to try them out, see if they were still usable.
The answer is "yes." I have been painting with 30 year old oil paints. This is back when Cadmium Red was $2.77 for a tube. I love it.