Archive for January 2012
I have been working on a series of paintings–informal portraits of fictional characters who live in my world–a slightly weird but very creative place. Intrigued, my students have tried their hands at painting informal portraits as well. We have come to refer to them as the “big heads”. Here is an example, “Wearing a Rose”.
I am thinking of creating one, 8″ x 8″, “big head” a week for all of 2012. Just so we’re clear,”Wearing a Rose” is 14″ x 14″. My imaginary world is quite vast so I know I will not deplete my cast of characters. I’ll let you know if I decide to follow through. I may require a pep team at some point.
Here is a bit of information that you may have missed. The Scotts Valley Artisans has moved to 230-D Mount Herman Road–still in the Kings Village Shopping Center but now in the former Scotts Valley Library location, next to the Cineplex theater and Bruno’s BBQ. Over 160 artists, all residents of Santa Cruz county, are displaying handmade gifts, furniture, pottery and fine art. I hope you will think of them first when you need a special gift. Supporting local artists is a smart way to support the community.
Until the next time,
Pick Up a Brush and have Fun!
Best Painting and Business Year Ever
Here it is–a new year—a fresh beginning. I intend to make 2012 my best painting and business year ever.
2011 was such a busy year and the holiday season was a whirlwind of activities with friends and family. Look at the fabulous painting project my grandson—he’s two–and I have been working on throughout this season.
With the holidays a pleasant memory, I’m enjoying the quieter process of preparing for the year ahead. I like planning, looking forward, organizing, tidying, tossing. Notice I’m not using the “R” (resolution) word. I’m not focusing on singular goals, but taking a more comprehensive approach. I know the direction I want to take and I’m making note of those action steps that will guarantee achieving my painting and business goals. Small, individual action-steps are so much easier than big, Paul Bunyan steps. So, being the list maker/planner that I am, I am happy to be preparing for the new year—which I am officially labeling as “My Best Painting and Business Year Ever!”
Where are the Men?
It is frequently brought to my attention by my viewers that my paintings rarely include male figures. “What’ up with that,” they want to know. Rest assured I know many remarkable men whom I respect and enjoy. It’s a simple explanation—I know women better. Being female, how could it be any other way? Please take a look at a recent painting in which a male figure takes center stage. Could there by more male figures in my future? I love this painting and I hope you enjoy it as well.
Would you like to share your preparations for the coming year? Respond to this post and let me know how you plan to make it the best year ever. In 2012, I encourage you to . . . .
Pick up a Brush and Have Fun!