Saturday, February 25, 2012

Artist Residence Day 3

My oil  paint palette
The darks are in!

     On the left is my palette with starting at the bottom: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cad orange, Alizarin Crimson, Platinum Violet, Ultramarine Blue, and Phthalo Green. I added 3 more colors as an after thought that I thought I might use for this Water Lilies Series.  Galkid Lite is used for the medium as I don't want to wait forever to continue painting on these. So the darks are in and I can't wait to pick up the palette knife to paint again!
     What have I been listening to as I paint?  Eat Pray Love  by Elizabeth Gilbert
 Here is a link to the official trailer to the movie 
 May you have peace and serenity  this coming week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artist Residence Day 2

Can you guess what my series is going to be about? I have dearly loved water gardens ever since I was 8 years old, when my family moved to Hawaii, for my father's new job at the University of Hawaii. There is a Japanese water garden there on campus in Honolulu, that we visited every Friday afternoon to meet my father for dinner in the college cafeteria. Here is a video that I found  of the place-- such memories feeding the Japanese Carp Koi fish :) 
When I was a little girl we hand fed these fish and there was at the time water lilies there. I apologize the colors are a bit odd in the beginning of the video. Here is a short clip that is not in stereoscopic :)

Of course the artist Monet is probably the most famous for painting waterlily gardens and part of my research for these paintings has included looking up and studying what magic he painted!
Video of Monet Water Lilies at MoMA
Monet Information at the Web Museum
When I owned a house with a pool I had big daydreams of converting it into a giant waterlily garden yet somehow still being able to swim in it LOL!
 I invite you to sign up over there on the right side of my blog if you want to keep up with this series. Maybe you know something about making  and maintaining these wonderful gardens... I understand they are a lot of work!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Artist Residence Day 1

George tried to distract  me but I could not be led astray from my task at hand for today: wire, and under paint / prime 5 paintings.
(the other 3 look just like these LOL!)

 Now they need to dry and while waiting... I have updated my website at
with an event that is coming up in March... check it out! I will blog about it when the time gets a little closer. If you just cant wait to buy a painting I have added Paypal buttons to my available works on my website! You don't even need a Paypal account to buy- just plug your credit card in on the secure website and soon a new piece of art will be traveling to you!  Free Shipping!
Meanwhile back to making art.... I have some unfinished paintings that are dry  that need some attention...
 Blessings to you! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Own Artist In Residence

      My friend and mentor Linda Blondheim has a blog  where she writes about her Artists in Residence Project. She is lucky to have the freedom and the "where with all" to be able to do this project and I enjoy her posts on the places she has been and the paintings she has completed.
   I have so many distractions that I sometimes put these above my art business and painting. This is a discipline that I have decided to attack and embrace as one of my goals this year.
     My artist in residence will be in my own studio. I am declaring it to start Monday February 20, 2012 and end Friday February 24, 2012. I am going to treat this time as if I am in residence or on a week long workshop.
 My goals are:
  1. I will  be in my studio or outside at a place in the Orlando area painting everyday 9AM-5PM.
  2. I will NOT be using the computer or my smart phone to cruise the internet or post etc... until after 5PM.
  3. I will not have the TV on from 9-5PM.
  4. I will start a series of new paintings and finish them -goal 5 new paintings
  5. I will post on my blog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, in the evening- the updates to my endeavors
  Between now and  Monday AM I will be in the planing stages: selecting and getting photographs to work from, deciding on compositions, drawing,  Notan , selecting the color palette I will be using, doing a few color charts and preparing the canvases.
    I am going to treat this time as if I paid over a thousand dollars for a workshop and therefore nothing else is more important! (barring real emergencies) :) 
    Wish me luck! 

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Dark Night of the Artistic Soul | Lynne Hurd Bryant - Blog

    "Golgotha"- Mixed Media-Artist Collection
     Lynne Hurd Bryant blogged recently on a subject that I find intriguing both for spiritual / religious purposes as well as in my art world: Dark Night of the Artistic Soul | Lynne Hurd Bryant - Blog
      The phrase "Dark Night of the Soul" originally comes from  the name of a poem called  Dark Night of the Soul written by a Catholic Carmelite  mystic named St. John of the Cross. I am a member of  the Lay Carmelites in my church and we study this subject extensively. I had a rather long spiritual "Dark Night of the Soul" before my  profession and it also included my whole art business,... indeed my whole life as well! If you are curious as to what this state is you may want to check out  the Wikipedia explanation here:

     And here is a translation of the poem to read if you are interested:

          My art that I am making right now has many deep sometimes religious meanings to me- Sometimes I can explain them to my collectors - some I leave the explanations  up to their own interpretation.  Coming out of the dark night of the soul state... I am more  tender, humble, grateful, loving, joyful and a whole host of other things that I wasn't before this extremely painful state.  Now I can say with confidence and joy:
      "...And thus, speaking of its higher part, the soul then says in this last line: 
    My house being now at rest."
    "Tree of Life" Mixed Media -Artist Collection

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    2012 Revising My Business Continued

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          This "little Diva" is waiting for the perfect owner... possibly a gift for Valentines Day ;)
    I have been very busy updating my website at:
    My studio never looked so good with all the cleaning I have done -- its amazing what you find that one forgets they had!
          I am involved with a few upcoming shows that I will blog about when I get all the details and I have a few bigger shows in the works for 2013! SSHHHHHH! Crossing my fingers!
          I have a new quarterly newsletter called the The Tranquil Path of Art that is available if you would like to keep up with my comings and goings in the art world and here in Central Florida. I promise never to sell or divulge your email or to abuse the privilege in anyway. It will be sent out approximately 4 times a year.
         We have had a very mild winter for Florida compared to years past, and I have enjoyed being outside poking around in the yard. Topaz my studio dog that I have affectionately dubbed "Fabio" because of his long flowing fur (he is a Pomeranian) has really liked running around back and forth and taking walks on these mild days. It is hard to believe that he is over 8 years old possibly closer to 10 in this picture (He is a rescue)! 

         Tomorrow I am heading out and up to Gainesville for my monthly artist mentor-ship with Linda Blondheim  and I am going to make  a batch of  Chipolte Kettle Corn from the recipes at Better Homes and Gardens to take up there for a snack!
     Here is the recipe below if you want to try it!
    Have a great "tranquil" weekend! 

    Chipotle Kettle Corn

    Yield: 16 cups
    Start to Finish: 15 mins
    Chipotle Kettle Corn
    • 1
      cup sugar
    • 2
      teaspoons salt
    • 2
      teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1
      teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
    • 1/3
      cup canola oil
    • 2/3
      cup popcorn kernels
    1. In a small bowl combine sugar, salt, cumin and chipotle pepper. Heat the oil in an 8-quart pan over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn and cook, shaking occasionally, 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture. Cover and cook, shaking often, until popcorn begins to pop. Once popcorn begins to pop, shake continuously until the popping slows. Immediately remove from the heat and carefully pour into a large bowl (popcorn will be very hot).
    2. Place remaining sugar mixture in a shaker jar. Sprinkle some on the popped corn and pass remaining. Makes 16 cups.
    From the Test Kitchen
    • Variation Microwave version:Prepare sugar mixture as above. One at a time, pop two 3.3-ounce bags microwave kettle corn. Immediately after popping pour into a very large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of the sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining bag of popcorn and 2 more tablespoons of sugar mixture. Pass remaining sugar mixture as above. Makes 20 (1-cup) servings.
    Nutrition Facts (Chipotle Kettle Corn)
    • Calories 111,
    • Protein (gm) 1,
    • Carbohydrate (gm) 17,
    • Fat, total (gm) 5,
    • Monosaturated fat (gm) 3,
    • Polyunsaturated fat (gm) 1,
    • Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 1,
    • Sugar, total (gm) 13,
    • Vitamin A (IU) 49,
    • Thiamin (mg) 0,
    • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
    • Folate (µg) 4,
    • Sodium (mg) 293,
    • Potassium (mg) 23,
    • Iron (DV %) 0,
    • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    January 2012- New Beginnings

    Here are a  few pictures of  the Linda Blondheim Artist Mentor-ship program  that I am a part of for this year. I am so grateful for Linda and the other artists involved--it is really going to be a great productive year! Linda Blondheim has a gorgeous studio at the Paddiwhack in Gainesville.... everywhere you look -- eye candy!
    It is challenging to get my art business back up and running since I shut down for a while because of the economy. I did not stop making art or crafting... just stopped the business end and went back to school! Well, once you have art in your blood-- it really never goes away ... being creative just gets poured out into all kinds of things like cooking, crafting, hobbies, photography and life in general. I collect other artists' works as well as produce my own art.  Collecting art and making art is  pleasure that I can't describe very well.  Art can be like a good book or movie that you keep reading or watching because you learn new things each time you view it. For me the feelings border and usually are... spiritual in nature. Just like nature which is ever changing, so is the art kaleidoscope.
    New hair for me! Just a little wacky don't you think!

    Here is a photo of an oil painting that I am revising. I have 3 that I am working on at the same time- none of them are in a series  per say. I do have a few series painting ideas  that are floating around in my head- so I need to finish what I started to make room!
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