1.23.2015

Football and Art? :)

My husband called me to watch a play in a football game on TV. "I want you to see this....it is the perfect tipping drill!" he said. 
It was!  
I appreciated it because I coached football with him for about 6 years. We coached the freshmen. 

The University High School Trojans football, Irvine, CA. 1986?
I am the short girl in the white shirt. :)

I would coach the corner-backs and I remember all the drills I had them do..... .doing the same thing over and over again. Why? So when you get in a game, you don't have to think about how to shift your weight, the correct tackling form, the "tipping drill" etc....you just react to the game. Prepare ahead and practice the skill until muscle memory kicks in. 

One of the good parts of me having my stroke was that I have to draw all the time to switch to my left hand, (my right hand is still not responsive yet.) doing the same thing over and over..... 
Something I should have been doing anyway!
 I always start with drawing lines to an upbeat song like this:


and then I settle down and I draw whatever is around me or go to an online figure drawing site and listen to this:

and this:


I KNOW that if I don't DRAW, PAINT, or WORKOUT everyday, I would not improve. 
At times, my recovery seems like it is taking forever,  (4 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 2 days...), but I see improvement! 
Practice, practice, practice. Improve, improve, improve. 
Never give up!

Listening to while I paint:
Audio Books:
"Creativity, Inc." by Ed Catmull, narrated by Peter Altschuler.

Podcasts: 
The Nerdist, Episode 621, with Andrea Romano (voice director), hosted by Chris                                              Hardwick
Food is the New Rock, hosted by Zach Brooks
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball

Music: 
My iPod

Really helpful!:
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check. Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)


12.19.2014

Happy Holidays, Amy Melious and Cookie Sheets!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Candy Cane
8"x 10"
oil on gessoboard
$195
Click here to purchase

I had my very talented cousin, Amy Melious, over for a visit. She is a photographic artist. (and very pretty!)
We were cooking and baking and I was trying to hide these ugly cookie sheets when she said not to hide them, got out her camera and took photos of them! 
She takes pictures of the textures to use in her photography. I really don't understand what she does, so here is her explanation:
"Annie, the first very (fabulously) rustic cookie pan is yours, followed by the two long landscape images I tested it on."
 The original....
...one with texture.
"Isn’t it great that we can make art and cookies from the very same pans? It's one instance when we get to have our cake and eat it too!
My love of photographing textures started more than a decade ago as I was ending a ten year love affair with the Polaroid transfer process in favor of expanding my horizons into digital techniques.
I was interested in the new capabilities that digital world offered, but wasn’t ready to give up the very nostalgic, personal, and imperfect qualities of the Polaroid transfer look. 
So, I tried to figure out how to apply that “look”in Photoshop, almost like you would antique a piece of furniture.  I started going around looking for textures in my immediate environment, experimenting with each of them composited over my photographs. My skills at the time were limited, but it didn’t take long to find out what worked best, and it was so much fun!
Now, I have a huge collection of textures from all over the world – among them a few faves that I use often.
I know that in recent years, several companies have appeared that sell textures. They’re also built into some apps  and are sold as plug-ins for image editing software. They can be quick and fun and so have a place for sure. However, I always encourage people to photograph their own  as well in order to give their pictures more personal meaning and uniqueness.
Texture layers is easy to use if you have basic knowledge of Photoshop. You simply open the image and the texture, then drag the texture onto the image and drop. Photoshop will automatically put the texture in it’s own new layer. Then, the really fun part is to scroll through the blend modes in the layers palette until you see a version you like. Remember that you can reduce the opacity of the layer to minimize it’s effect to any degree you want. Also, you can mask the layer and hide the effect from any area of the image (using the paintbrush tool).

And to go along with the cookie sheets, here’s my family’s very favorite holiday cookie recipe:

Molasses Spice Cookies: From “The Best Recipe” book by Cooks Illustrated.
 2 1/4 c flour
2 teasp baking soda
1/2 teasp salt
1 1/2 teasp cinnamon
1 teasp ground ginger
3/4 teasp ground cloves
1/4 teasp ground allspice
12 Tb unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened.
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1/2  white sugar, plus 1/2 cup aside for rolling balls before baking
1 large egg
1 teasp vanilla
1/3 c unsulphured molasses
 Heat oven to 375
 Mix flour, b. soda, salt and spices together.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, white sugar- mix until fluffy, then add egg, vanilla and molasses, mix just until blended.
Add the dry ingredients, mix just until combined.
 Make 2 Tb dough at a time into 1 3/4 inch balls. Roll the balls in white sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
 Bake 11-13 minutes. They should crack on top.  Cool on racks.

Best wishes to you and your readers for a happy season!
xo
Amy "

I now look for textures in everything!

She was recently published in Somerset Digital Studio, and plan ahead and take her workshop in Spain:
One day at a time, tucked away among olive groves, far
from all distraction, Gail Short and Amy Melious will
unfold the wonderful world of creative process." Read more...  Flavor of Spain

Thank you Amy!

Listening to while I paint:
Audio Books:
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, narrated by Jim Dale.

Podcasts:
Food is the New Rock, hosted by Zach Brooks
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball

Music:
My iPod: Christmas music!

Really helpful!:
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check. Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

11.23.2014

Happy Thanksgiving! and Scott Conary's Studio


Pumpkin
8"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
Click here to purchase

My husband and I went to the Sitka Art Invitational, and I was stuck by Scott Conary's work, especially by his painting, "Robert's Door".
The use of color and the paint application was stunning!
 
Roberts Door
32"x 54"
oil on canvas
Clearly, the colors, paint application, and its majesty does not show up in this photo. 
That is why it is so important to see the art work in person! 
"As my eyes came upon the worn door on the heavy old house, I saw the painting in my head. I saw generations of hands turning a now missing knob and" read more by Scott.... 

 Scott lives near my friend Mona Cordell, so she and I and my new friend, Mary Parkes, got to go by his studio.
What a kind, gracious man.
He said that he cleaned up!

He makes his own frames or orders then from Franken Frames.
Prime
26"x 38"
oil on canvas
Meat!  Isn't it beautiful? Read more about meat here.

1928 Indian 4, 52" x 42", 
Oil on Canvas
-work in progress-
"A few months back, a friend gave me a tour of some old machines in Wichita. Amongst them was this amazing bike, restored by a friend of his. The painting is very much a work in progress, but the bones are there." -Scott
Ornament
7 1/2"x 6 3/4"
oil on panel
This painting inspired my "Pumpkin" painting. 

Take some time and really look at his work and read his stories. His blog is a great place to learn about his past and present struggles and how he, his wife and his daughter, continue to deal with these challenges. 
He can write and paint beautifully.


I have paintings for sale for your holiday gifts, most for under $200. 
Click here to purchase.
Or buy prints here.

Listening to while I paint:
Audio Books:
"A Painted House" by John Grisham, narrated by David Lansbury

Podcasts: 
Food is the New Rock, hosted by Zach Brooks
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball

Music:
My iPod: Christmas music!

Really helpful!:
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)



10.26.2014

Portland State Farmers Market

6"x 6" 
oil on gessoboard
My sister-in-law and I went to the Portland Farmers Market 
at Portland State University. the first part of October.
This is the Simon Benson House , home of the Portland State Alumni Association.
It had a sign that said, "Portland State University Alumni Association Welcomes You".
What a welcome! 
The first weekend in October; Farmer's Market, food, music, 
people relaxing and enjoying themselves and each other!




For those in the Portland area, 
or any of you that want to come visit, :)
it's open March - October, 8-2; November - December, 9-2.


Listening to while I paint:
Audiobook: "A Painted House", by John Grisham, narrated by David Lansbury
Podcasts:  Sleepy Cast by Clarke Wolfe The SleepyCast is the official podcast of the hit                                                                                               FOX series Sleepy Hollow.
                   The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris 
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                   Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                   "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
                   Build Your Tribe, hosted by Chalene Johnson
Music: my iPod
            Spotify

Really helpful!: 
Because of my stroke, (at least I use that as an excuse!) I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check. Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

10.02.2014

"Golden Tulips" and Jo Reimer's Studio

"Golden Tulips"
12"x 16"
oil on canvas, 1" profile 
$425
Click here to purchase

Jo Reimer's Studio


I had the pleasure of visiting my friend, Jo Reimer's house and studio, and enjoying coffee 
in her beautiful back yard.
"Mattie's Garden" 
quilt
 Upon going to her studio, I was struck by this absolutely gorgeous quilt she had made. I had no idea that she also specialized in making quilts. I learned that she has a degree in Home Economics/Textiles and Construction, and that she taught in junior high and high school for several years as well as at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

 " ...I stuck with using the threaded needle, art quilting,...and sewing until 1998 when I turned off my sewing machine... and leapt into fine art...." - Jo 
The whole atmosphere in her studio is awe-inspiring with all those art books, 
places to draw, paint, and lots of beautiful paper!

 "My favorite way of  working is what I call collage painting. I apply dye, ink, watercolor, ...to paper...to create interesting collage papers that are uniquely mine." - Jo
" It's like my cooking...I sort of follow recipes 
but mostly I wing it!" - Jo
She takes maps and shreds them...
...and combines  them with collage and paint, to make these wonderful pieces of art.

Then...
..."I create my own sketchbook/art journals in which I make 
plans, journal about art and life..."- Jo
She also takes her sketchbook traveling. She has a fabulous sketching kit 
and a tiny watercolor set that she made herself!
She is having an Open Studio this weekend, 
October 4 and 5, 2014, 11 am to 5 pm. 
11990 NW Maple Hill Lane, Portland, OR
Jo Reimer
Thank you to Randall Tipton for introducing me to Jo 
and thank you to Jo...
I had a lovely time at your house/studio! :)


Listening to while I paint:

Podcasts: 
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball

Music: 

My iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

9.21.2014

"Peach, Pink Rose", Carol Marine, and Alyson B. Stanfield

 Peach Pink Rose
8"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
$175
Click here to purchase


I have decided to try oil painting ever since my workshop with Carol Marine and actually, like it! 
Carol's method is to paint "alla prima" or "wet onto wet"; the painting is completed while the paint is still wet. This requires you to work fast! Carol says it allows you to blend from your "islands" (main subject) into your "oceans" (background). And, when things don't work out as planned (which almost NEVER happens! ;) ), you can wipe it away! 
Carol's new book, Daily Painting, which I'm sure will be full of all of her tips and tricks, comes out November 4, 2014.
I ordered one!

Alyson B. Stanfield
Several weeks ago I met with local artist friends Brenda Boylan, Jo Reimer, and Celeste Bergin.  Joining us from Colorado, was dear friend, Art Biz Coach, Alyson B. Stanfield, for a wonderful breakfast at The Benson Hotel.
      Alyson B. Stanfield is an art business consultant and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. She helps artists gain more recognition, organize their businesses, and sell more art at ArtBizCoach.com."
I have been following her since 2008, taken her online classes, I keep reading her book (over and over), and gain insight and understanding from her weekly blog posts. I highly recommend that you check out Art Biz Coach!

Listening to while I paint:
Audiobooks:
"The Hundred-Foot Journey", by Richard C. Morais, narrated by Neil Shah

Podcasts: 
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Music: 
My iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

9.05.2014

Eric Jacobsen's Workshop

I went to Eric Jacobsen's workshop at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island,
What a beautiful place to paint!
He gave a demonstration....
in which he emphasized that his directional "lines" in the painting 
would lead you to the big oak tree... 
where the center of interest is....where you want the eye to get drawn to. 
Later on he said that the....
sky = 1st light source
ground = 2nd light source
hill = 3rd light source
upright (the tree) = 4th light source
On our second day he had us make 4 different versions of our composition.
 I decided to do two vertical.....
and two horizontal. 
Eric seemed to think that the top horizontal one was just right!
And this is what I painted.

"Sauvie Island 2"
10"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
$195
Click here to purchase

This is Eric.... 
a fabulous teacher, and very nice guy!

(photograph credit to David Burbach)



Audiobooks:
"The Hundred-Foot Journey", by Richard C. Morais, narrated by Neil Shah (I haven't seen the film yet! Starring Helen Mirren. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEO1TWeM5JU )
Podcasts: 
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: 
My iPod




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