This little pewter creamer was another wonderful garage sale find. The reflections in it are so fun. The oranges are from our tree right outside the window, so as I work at the computer I can see how pretty it is. When they are cut they are so beautiful.
I really like this group of paintings. I got some good news. My journal and 2 plein air landscapes were chosen for the 1st judging session for the Academy of Art's Spring Show. I may not make the final cut but even being in the 1st set is progress. This is an 9" X 12", 30 minute oil sketch.
These three 60 minute quick studies are of Catherine. The couple is Catherine snuggling with my son Will(also known as Matthew to his Mom), her husband. The one where she is reading, I will go back in and define the face more later. Isn't Catherine beautiful in the shawl? I knew she would be. Well I am going to veg for a while. I have been painting since about 8:30 this A.M. and believe it or not...it is hard work. Also rewarding and satisfying. Later! Enjoy the moment you are in.
This one is 40 minutes. Sorry I have not been posting. I am painting but I have not had the blog at the top of my urgent, to do list. I have do about 60 of the 90 paintings required for the Quick Studies Class. I feel good about my progress and I do feel that I am putting paint down in a more confident and painterly way.
Here is the 31st quick study. Sorry about the glare. I am on the run. Teachers in Lodi Unified are really not very appreciated by the district. They want us to take a 2% pay cut, freeze our wages for 3 years and have us take 5 furlough days this year, 7.5 next year and the same for 3 years. It is a very big pay cut and even if we accept this they will STILL LAY OFF TEACHERS!!!!! As many as 246 teachers for the next school year. That could mean classes with 44 students or more. Our President says we are not doing a good enough job so will we do better with EVEN MORE students in our classes. Instead of 160 students a day it could be 210. Are teachers really going to be able to do a better job with that many more students and LESS teaching time???????? Sorry, I had to get it out of my system!
Here is a painting of my grand daughter Clarene. I figure on Easter Sunday I can post a finished painting. She is so precious...don't you think???? This is an 18" X 24 " oil painting. I finished it yesterday. Have a great day!
If you are in the Lodi area check out a new gallery in town. It is called STUDIO 20 and is on Elm I think. It is a block from the new movie complex and around the corner from Angelina's Mexican Food. Check it out!!
I love painting and the world around me is amazing. Life is to short and I want to see the best in people. I am putting a few drawings on eBay, as I have time. My Etsy store is empty for now, maybe when I retire or finish my M.F.A. or just find some extra time, I may try again. My Blog is more a forum to share what I am painting, my growth, both failures and successes. I am also working on my M.F.A. in painting and working full time as a high school art teacher. I am an 10 year cancer survivor so I have been given a special gift of life and want to enjoy it to it's fullest.