Friday, February 18, 2011

Is it spring yet?

Molly can hardly wait to get rid of her cabin fever!

Today's snowstorm will put on another layer to work off.

Mother Nature's Glass Window

The goose tub produced this beautifully textured sheet of ice that seemed too pretty to not enjoy.  I set it up in the snow where it lasted..... not too long! The past few days in the 40's were so welcome! Lots of large skating rinks have been formed overnight and will be with us for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Portrait of a Laddee

I think I have finally gotten this to a good stopping point. It took a few days of living with the original version to decide on what the background should be.

Whether to have a background or not was the first question and secondly was how to render it. The great part of making art is the magic..... starting with a nub of an idea and finding it takes you some place you didn't know was going to exist as the outcome. My solid blue background suddenly didn't seem as exciting as her aura! After days of "thinking" about what to do, it took just minutes to let the real solution present itself.

Sandy Gilbert and I have had emails back and forth as we have discussed Laddee, her voice, and how she was influencing how this was going to turn out. With Sandy's knowledge and input of the fine Laddee, there was some tweaking so I could get it! We finally arrived on the notion that this version is her "other side" portrait where she is restored, happy and healthy.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Creative Process at Work - part 2

                   The abstract version of M'Laddee is nearing completion. This piece is one of my "stained glass" paintings. It's part pastel portrait, fantasy art, and study for a stained glass pattern.  

The second version is a more impressionistic portrait, also in pastel.