Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brun's Rose

acrylic on gessobord

This is from the reference I took about a month ago in the garden of the hospice facility I work at. This will be my last weekend at my side job. I will really miss working with such wonderful people. I always tell family members that it has been a privilege to work with them and their loved ones. It really has been that!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pink with Green

acrylic on cradled panel
Roses are really hard! I think I am done but I have to say this has been a true exercise in subtlety. Getting colors and values in this was particularly challenging. I will be submitting this to the Valley Art Gallery holiday show.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World and the Umbrella Ladies

acrylic on cradled panel
Margaret Sheldon was nice enough to invite me to post to Blog Hop Around the World. Thank you Margaret!! You can see her wonderful paintings by clicking here. 

A little bit about me. I have always loved art and my kindergarten teacher was the first to announce that I had some talent. I started painting when I was 16. At that time I took from Hawaiian artist Joe Dowson. He is a beautiful person and kumu (teacher). I am an Army brat and grew up on Oahu. I left home to marry a mainland hauli and now reside in California.
 I never thought I could make a living  as an artist and along the way I fell into my other passion...social work. I now divide my time as a medical social worker and an artist.

I study with Stanley Goldstein, Tim Horn and Peggi Kroll Roberts. Thanks to them and other art instructors, I have had, for helping me to develop my work!

Now to the questions...
1. What am I working on?
Right now I am finishing up on a 6x6 cat portrait for a commission.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I have never really thought about that. I can only say that I paint what excites me. Light and shadow, shapes and color get me going.

3. Why do I create what I do?
I think the world can be filled with a lot of ugliness. I hope that what I paint can capture the positiveness I look for out there, humor, serenity and connection.
4. How does my creative process work? 
I am always thinking about my next painting. No matter where I am at, I look around me and see if there is something that would make a good composition or if I were to paint it, could I get that color, shape or value. When I paint, I lose all track of time except when the light changes, then I realize, I am at the end of the day. 

Thanks for visiting! I have invited 2 of my artist friends ....

Nancy Roberts

Jo Mackenzie

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Shoppers

oil on cradled wood panel

It has been awhile since I last posted. I did get busy with work and finishing up on the children's book my niece and her husband are making. I will soon have more time for painting as I am leaving my weekend job in November. Its a mixed thing, I love the people and I love the work. There is just never enough time for painting though!

This painting is from a reference I took when taking a workshop with carol Marine in April 2013. I worked on it in Stan's class. This fits with my love of back lit things! Its currently showing at the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek.

This painting is for sale on the Daily Paintworks site as well. The Valley Art Gallery will receive their commission however it is purchased.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#18: School Girl

acrylic on cradled panel
This is my grand niece Sage. Yup. I am old enough to say grand niece. This is another illustration for Aimee's book "FIFO Daddy". Thank you for those who are looking at the Facebook page!

Monday, September 22, 2014

#17 for day 22: FIFO Dad

acrylic on cradled panel
This is going to be the cover of my niece's book. I know the photo could be better but the circumstances today did not lend itself to good photographic conditions. FIFO stands for Fly in Fly Out. There are many families in Western Australia who have dad's go off to work in isolated outposts for weeks at a time. This is Rory who is doing just that to support his family of 4, soon to be 5. The book will support suicide prevention.

You can like us on Facebook...My FIFO Daddy: a children's book.

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