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Monday, March 1, 2021

A new month to create art :) (and my 28 in 28 collage)

 It is always a shock when the month has ended and you realize the challenge is over... I'm telling you, there is a little bit of sadness along with the afterglow from the experience.  Immersing yourself in your artwork for the month is like being in an incubator and to emerge the first day of the new month can be kind of hard. Making a collage of all the work I created helps put things into perspective.. It is always wonderful to see it all together.. and a bit amazing too! This collage was a challenge in itself due to there being 28 paintings and a few that are odd sizes.. Here is what I came up with.. :)

That being said, I had such a wonderful time this past month, exploring some ideas and trying out a new one with my snail series.  Some things I'll keep and explore more!  I am always so thankful for the feedback on my work every day.. it is so valuable.. My most commented on and liked painting was "Moove Over Andy" which was a huge surprise! (See below collage) I love this one too, but just didn't expect it to be such a hit!  It will continue to have a life as I plan to use the image in some marketing for an upcoming show.  Another great thing is I sold 5 of the paintings!  Doing challenges like this are beneficial in so many ways and ultimately I'm always thankful I did them!  

Moove Over Andy, oil on panel, 9"x12"

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Day 28 - Colorful Broo

 Well, it is the end of another daily painting challenge and I will be sad to see this one pass.   I have enjoyed this one so much for a few reasons, one of which is that I got to do it with many of my artist friends from Art Plus Gallery in West Reading.  This month's paintings were an eclectic mix of animals and fantastic subject matter, and I thought that this painting was a good one to post on the last day.. Teacups often make it into the mix and so do cows and umbrellas... I thought that this bright rainbow umbrella pretty much sums up the brew and crew of imagery I painted, plus it just makes me happy.  I hope it makes you happy too. :) I love the black and white cow.. just something about the angles and contrasts, and letting her soak in some tea seemed right. Add in a tasty cookie and a corvidae and well... Mooahh ♥ ♥ ♥

 If you are one of the kind folks who has come to read my blog throughout the month, I want to extend a huge thank you for taking the time out of your day to check out some of the thoughts that run through my head on any given day.  It means the world to me!


"Colorful Brooo", oil on panel, 10"x10"
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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Day 27 of the 28 in 28... Snail-Karoo Bonsai

 So, growing up in the 80's, I of course knew of the iconic movie, "The adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th dimension".  It was one of my Dad's favorites, for reasons then unknown to me.  I still have not watched the movie  (I know, shame on me!), but as I was painting this one, the title Buckaroo Banzai was all I could think of.  So, that is how the title was born.  I did a little digging on the subject and found out two interesting facts.  

1. The word in the title of the movie is Banzai.  According to Wikipedia, Banzai is "a traditional Japanese exclamation meaning "ten thousand years" of long life." It was apparently also tied up with Japanese kamakaze battle techniques, which I have no interest in.. so I didn't read any further about that.  

Now, the other word which is phonetically identical is Bonsai... This is a Chinese word that literally means "Tree in a pot".  Why does that make me smile?  Dunno.. but, I'm ok with that, and, since Miss Snail Hawkings is sporting a Bonsai tree, I decided to keep with this spelling.  All the same, I like the meaning of the other word, Banzai, so.. take from that what you will... and here is the painting :)

"Snail-Karoo Bonsai", oil on panel, 8"x8"
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Day 26 of the 28 in 28.. a few teeny days left, and enter - Cocktail Snail...

A close friend of Hawking's snail, Miss Darling, an albino snail is feeling a little frisky.. She's sporting a Mai Tai cocktail as her shell nouveau..

The past 2 days have brought images of tea, a drink associated with a warm hug. Miss Darling needed a little bit more than a warm hug and thought a Mai Tai would fit the bill.. complete with umbrella and pineapple slice, this solar energy beverage will warm you up from your toes to your nose..

Cocktail Snail, oil on panel, 8"x8"
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Oh.. and something's not right here... do you know what it is?

The drink should be spilling out of the glass, right?  I didn't catch my design mistake until after I painted it... and when I finally did, I just stood there for about 5 minutes staring at it...annoyed.  But then I decided "I'm fine with it." ..."maybe it's jello mai tai...?" It just means I have to paint another one!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

DAy 25 of the 28 in 28 - Moove over Andy.. and what keeps me coming back...

I know this is a pretentious title, but it is what came to me.  I would never deign to say that my paintings could come close to replacing Andy Warhol's iconic work.. but.. there's a cow in the teacup, man...  I had to!

In addition to exploring my foray into painting Tea Cup Critters, I continue to consider the balloon motif.  In my RhinOlive post the other day, I mentioned how much I love color and brush work.. and that is what keeps me coming back.  Well, I also love that I can just take motifs and follow them wherever my brain wants to take them... I've now paired the balloon with birds, a fish, a cat, a rabbit.. some ducks, and now a cow.. and each iteration carries with it completely different connotations, feelings and if nothing else, visual interest.  So, THAT... that keeps me coming back for more too.. :)

"Moove Over Andy", oil on panel, 9"x12"
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Day 24 of the 28 in the 28 - Slow Down and Drink Tea

And now for another edition of Hawking's snail for today's painting.. This time, she is trying on one of her favorite teacups as a potential new style :)  Yes, it's cute, and yes it's sweet, but, since tea is one of the simplest yet most satisfying pleasures in life, it might make good sense that a cup of tea could make for a great house.  Just by the look on her face, I can tell she thinks its pretty hot.. 

Slow Down and Drink Tea, oil on panel, 8"x8"
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Day 23 of the 28 in 28 - RhinOlive

 Ok, so this is not the smartest title in the world... I am typing this one at around 11 p.m. and my title brain is not functioning at optimal levels.. Be that as it may, I do love painting jars of olives. The muted greens and pops of red are saweet and painting them all squashed into a glass jar is even better. Add to the mix the fact that this was my first foray into painting Rhinos and this proved to be an all around fun painting to do :)  I can't say why jars of olives call for an animal atop, but I've painted them before with zebras, horses and even ducks, and it just makes sense to may aesthetic.  I'm not going to question this one.  Just let it be.

Check out the detail below for one of my favorite parts of the painting.

RhinOlive, oil on panel, 10"x10"
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One of the reasons I love painting is my ongoing love affair with color and brush stroke.  Sometimes magic happens and the color just zings and the juicy brushwork sings.. and that is what keeps me coming back for more.. ♥

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