Congratulation flowers from Cathy Johnson. Thank you Cathy you are a wonderful woman too. The flowers are beautiful, I love them. Cathy Johnson is my sister's' Mother-in-Law who has been part of my support team. I can't Thank you enough for all your kind words and encouragement.
Cathy's Lilies These would be great in a watercolor painting. Reserved for future reference I received them on my lunch hour today with a beautiful note congratulating me for finishing as my sister Patty put it, "quite an undertaking".
Collection of the Artist #50 My legs and the dogie, haven't had a chance to name this one. This is the final painting of the set and my flag on top of Mt. Everest. In a few days I will take a much needed vacation to see the Grand Canyon and I'm really excited.
Les Bottes Rouges #48 This is a pair of red velvet boots. Hideous background, I might change it if I have time. I found this boot style interesting and wondered who would wear a pair of these? Probably someone who wants to get a lot of attention if worn with a mini skirt.
Blushing Cowgirl #46 I bet you thought I fell off the horse and couldn't get back on. Really busy with many details that must be completed before the deadline. Tonight or tomorrow morning or afternoon I will post the final pieces and then it will be over.
The countdown begins, five more to go and I should have 47 today. If my sister Patricia hadn't sent in the little wonders (baby shoes) I would not have been so inspired and caught up as fast as I did last weekend. Thanks to Patricia, Happy Saint Patrick's day and thanks for the art supplies you shipped via express mail.
One of my favorite artists and teacher, Betty Billups, once said, "It's a miracle these little paintings turn out at all" it's almost as if by chance.
Betty Billups, Plain Air painters of America; Winter Park; Grandby, Colorado, sundown paint out class. That's where these boots went on my first plein air painting trip. I bought a book by Frank LaLumia Plein Air Painting in Oils and Watercolors fell in love with the idea, looked him up on the Internet and the next thing I knew I was on a plane to to a class in Colorado. I got off the plane got my rental car took a wrong turn and ended up in Estes National Park (what a sight) I was two hours late to the teachers reception. 20 teachers from the group teaching at the YMCA in Winter Park. I had never painted in oils or plein air, my first teacher for the week was Linda Tippets, "You jumped into it with both feet" my answer: I parachuted in.
A confused pair of shoes, the confusing detail of the shoe laces drove me crazy. These are my old and favorite pair of boots, they have gone with me to so many places and perhaps it's time for them to go, but they are memorialized in this little painting.
Athena's white lady bug baby shoes # 44 I have to go back and read that book, "How to photograph your art work", definitely a skill necessary to the artist. I love these shoes and I remember her wearing them five and half years ago, I can still see her in them.
Athena's white shoes #42 My teacher Peggy Kroll-Roberts taught me how to paint whites in oil, she's a great coach and teacher in Angels Camp. The picture doesn't do this little painting of my nieces shoes justice. I worked on them last night till 2:00 a.m. it took me four hours to complete, but had difficulty getting the picture right.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy # 41 I botched the top right leg as I was fixing the reflection and I think I made reflection worse. Really difficult to photograph the black background, there was glare so I had to fix it in the photo software program. Nine more to go, what was I thinking? Check out the 20Th Street Art Gallery blog at 50 50 2009 blog, there are some real professional artists that are just popping out these little paintings in a half hour to an hour or so. I didn't dance my way through this project, if I did I was dancing with the devil. This is more like climbing Mt. Everest, I'm so tired and I can see the peak, but it's getting colder and I'm running out of daylight. Thank you for looking, for your comments and your support.
Day number 42 and I wish I could go home. The pressure is on and I'm at my Witt's end, now I really have to hurry this weekend. There are corrections to be made and signatures, good thing I got Sharpie oil based pens.
Wild Tiger # 38 It's getting harder to complete these little paintings because I'm getting tired and bored, but there are only 12 to go and the deadline is the 20th of this month, nine days. I can see the finish line even though I'm behind by three if I don't finish one tonight. I haven't let myself get further behind by keeping up this week, tomorrow I will be out of town so it might cause a problem. If I can do three on one of the weekend days I won't be so worried.
The Crown Jewel # 36 Not quite finished, the background needs to be the color and value of the left side, in the real painting the discrepancy in the background is not so noticeable. I almost finished one last night that I will be working on during my lunch hour, I should have 40 by tonight, Ha! there are only 10 days left until I'm "supposed" to be done and I'm to turn in all fifty dry by the 25 so you have a couple of days of a grace period, still I have to sign them and tape the sides.
I wish I had these pair of shoes to wear the day of the opening reception.
I corrected this painting, if you look below you can see the original plus three other paintings I completed last night. I'm not sure if the direction of the shadow is working for me. I expect to do at least one today and hopefully two, I should have 38 by tonight. It doesn't take much to get behind and get overwhelmed, you can't take your eye off the bull's eye.
Black Tie affair #35 My record in one day, three and now 15 more to go (75% completed). I would have done for had it not been for the pink petal shoe, also I went to a presentation at the Knowlton Gallery on the Sierra Mountains and plein air painting, very impressive. Sixteen more to go. I need to go back and start making corrections and adjustments, taping the sides for a finished look and placing labels and number on the back, my plate is full.
Alejandra and Grant's baby boots #34 Not much more to go, I can almost see the finish line. I've learned a lot, even though I figured out after the gallery splits the commission minus my costs I will end up with about three dollars an hour. The education I received: Priceless.
Pink Whisper #33 Difficult to say the least, due to the white transparent fabric, far more beautiful in the picture. I think I would have finished four had it not been for this practically all white shoe.
What can I say? I have lived on a whim all my life. When I was six years old my mother put me on a float in a parade dressed as a Gypsy. It was to set the stage for my transient ways, my love for new and interesting experiences and my search to avoid the boredom of everyday life. In a nutshell I seek the unusual, but my art subject is solid and conventional, in that respect I enjoy common subjects and the beauty they hold. I will try to post as many of the paintings that I have completed and my progress in this challenging hobby. I'm inspired each day I wake up, enjoy!