I returned from two weeks in Iceland on 8-6-18. There were so many visual delights…waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava rock formations, hump back whales, porpoises, seals, and birds, including a large colony of Puffins. We enjoyed Norse sagas and stories about the “little people” and trolls. The trolls I am standing with in this photo were street art. I am looking at photos and thinking about how I might represent my memories of this wonderful country.
Below: The Blue Lagoon, Lava rocks, a Puffin Bird
4th of July parade painting
4th of July Parade was jury-selected for the July/August 2018 “Celebrating UA” show at the Concourse Gallery honoring the l00th anniversary of the founding of Upper Arlington, a Columbus, Ohio suburb. The inspiration for my painting was a memory of a 4th of July Parade in Upper Arlington in 2010. I was sitting on a lawn along the parade route with several people including a man and his young son. As the parade began led by U.S.A. flags, the man got up, held his son’s hand and said, “Let’s stand up son, the flag is passing by.” A tear ran down my check. I felt pride in my heritage and community. As a former teacher and a school psychologist, I delight in seeing how children learn. The little boy proudly modeled his father. It was a Norman Rockwell scene. He was my muse in painting this memory.
Gala is an acrylic painting of a formal event which focuses on a well-dressed older couple with background ball participants dancing or strolling about. The painting was selected for an August 2018 show at the Riffe Tower, an Ohio State Government Building where the House of Representatives meet. I did the painting from a photograph of my husband and me attending a 100th celebration of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Studio Model #3 was selected for the annual show of student work at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center in July 2018. I have been taking three studio hours weekly of life painting and drawing at the Center for over four years. Studio models pose for us allowing us to gain skill in drawing and painting human forms. We work so intensely for three hours trying to paint with acrylics, water colors, pastels, or oil or draw human figures with charcoal or pencil to express the form and spirit of the model. Since we had only one session with this model, I kept my design simple using white, grey and black oil paint on a black/purple background to paint a portrait of this lovely model. The painting sold!
Red is my favorite color. Red or orange usually appear somewhere in every painting and in every room of my house. Travel continues to be my muse. I am beginning to do abstract painting
My Garden Plan
. My Abstract Blooms Series is helping me segue from structural realistic paintings to abstract ones. I have been taking 6-9 studio hours a week of classes in drawing and painting at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus and with local artists. My goal is to develop a strong color vision, the language to describe it and the skill to implement it.
See below Abstract Blooms paintings in my Gallery
“Fall Blooms,” oil painting from Abstract Blooms series 2017
I am so happy to be one of ten local juried artists whose works are being used in wrapping utility boxes in Upper Arlington. All over the world this project is taking place to reduce graffiti and bring art to neighborhoods. My oil painting “Fall Blooms” is displayed as a cling art poster on a utility box on Tremont Road on the North corner of Tremont Elementary School. The original painting is displayed with the works of other artists in the Municipal Services Center Concourse Gallery at 3600 Tremont Road.
Since I started painting almost 4 years ago, I have wanted to take classes from Joe Lombardo. I love his landscape paintings which are beautifully constructed and warmly-colored. He has a reputation as a great teacher. I was particularly interested in his use of color and looked forward to hearing his ideas. How lucky I was to have a week watching him paint and getting his landscape painting instruction and guidance in the beautiful Mexican City of San Miguel where there is something beautiful to paint in every direction. It is an art lover’s city with many art galleries, majestic churches, noisy festivals, rooftop bars (saw a few) and colorful old buildings.
Truthfully, I am not fond of painting outdoors which requires schlepping a lot of equipment; where it is usually too hot or too cold, or even worse…windy, with paints and canvasses ending up on the ground and my sun hat sailing off in the distance. The panels are small – like 8×10”. I paint on as big a canvas as will fit in my car. I had only done landscape painting twice before and gave away my equipment. It wasn’t any easier in San Miguel. Real landscape painters know how to position themselves so they are always in the shade. Not I. I ended up in the sun every time. While it was cold at night in this mountain desert climate, the noon sun was hot. The last few warm drops of water in my water bottle were not satisfying. Real landscape painters have lightweight equipment. Not I. I hoisted almost 20 pounds of my new foolishly bought equipment to walk up and down narrow hilly cobblestone streets. I sometimes took a cab. At 2-3$ a ride, I didn’t feel guilty.
Joe Lombardo talks as he paints. I loved to hear him think through his painting. His explanations of color harmony and working with a limited palette are helpful. I finally understood working with a limited tetrad palette. We did our own paintings using that palette. He talked about value studies, perspective, and painting architecture. He gave us a variety of environments besides the city to paint like a cactus park, El Charco, and La Gruta Hot Springs. This past year I changed from painting exclusively in acrylics to painting in oils. Still learning. I struggled to paint without medium, using quick strokes and leaving spaces rather than my usual process of drawing, value study, toning, underpainting and blending paint. I came to struggle and I did. But it was a useful and enlightening struggle. I told Joe, “You can teach an old dog new tricks. It takes a little longer.”