Good Sunday Morning. As this week begins, I am posting Day 8 of the 30 in 30 with another garden painting. My family decided we were going to have a garden this year, after 4-5 years letting our garden plot go fallow.. It has been an enormous amount of work, but has given us an enormous amount of satisfaction and of course produce. And a wonderful result has also been the time I've gotten to spend with my husband and children as we work in the garden A few months ago, I found an old but very pretty chair sitting out for the garbage, and immediately knew it would find a home in my garden. This vintage beauty may not be needed anymore as an inside chair, but I had a need to sit and rest after harvesting and a pot of very prolific portulacas were in need of a perch. We also installed a few bird feeders near the garden and I always see all manner of little feathered friends perching on the fence and this chair. I have been enamored with this chair and finally had to paint it. I hope I've done this old girl justice!
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
It feels good and kind of homey now that I'm a week into this 30 in 30. And following suit, Brother Bjorn came to visit me in my studio, as a companion painting to yesterday's Uncle Urso. This guy doesn't have a story yet, other than it feels like he should live in the Swiss Alps for some reason... Mostly though, he was an experiment of white on white, and a trial of a hat on a polar bear. I do like, however, that Polar bears symbolize endurance and black eyed Susans symbolize motivation. Feeling like both of these attributes are so needed exactly right now, as we slog through this new world of cataclysmic change...endurance to keep on going and motivation to try even harder.
I wanted to achieve a soft and subtle feel and kept my tints all close in value.. also a challenge for me. I am always tempted to go bold and striking in my paintings, but have recently been striving to go subtle and whispering. I'll strike a balance eventually!
Brother Bjorn, Oil, 10"x10", to purchase click here
Friday, August 7, 2020
Uncle Urso has had this hat ever since I was a little girl. He sometimes takes it off and pulls special treats out of it for his nieces and nephews, and even once pulled out a rabbit! It is made of silk felt that is worn through in places and he always tucks a flower under the ribbon. No one knows how old it is (or how old Uncle Urso is for that matter) but he wouldn't be Uncle Urso without that hat. ♥
I've painted a few bears in the past year and it all started when I had a reoccurring dream about bears that would suddenly appear wherever I happened to be in my dream. Once down at my Grandmother's (who doesn't live there anymore), once in an office building roaming around the cubicles... then in a park that is near my childhood home.. They were trying to tell me something, obviously, and the only thing I knew to do was to paint them. I had the hankering to paint another bear (or 2..). After I painted this guy, the snippet of a story I wrote above started to take shape.. I wonder who the little girl is, and why is his hat so special...