On the (easel) Dining Room Table

I spent the morning cleaning and organizing the studio.  Having the desk next to my work table was just awkward and was a poor use of the desk.  After several hours of work I went out for fish at Rudy’s a local iconic favorite.

When I returned I got to work on an assignment for the graduate painting class I am taking at SUNY Oswego.  I took the class to improve my skills and to start to show my work, because it is ridiculous that I have been painting and making art for 25 years and have had no commercial exposure.  After  completing the painting of the back yard, the assignment was to make some collages based on my backyard painting but collages in general.

I was kind of being a snot, because I think the professor is underestimating my experience and a comment he made on Thursday seemed to be a tick in the column of hmmm about using quality stretcher strips (for over 13 years?) okay anyway.

The first piece here is a painting I did while living with a person who was not very good for me spiritually I painted the background, and then I painted the dejected angel put along they were not very good.  So I combined them.  As I look at it, it is so much a reflection of the neighborhood and the feeling I had while living there.  I can totally see the whole situation in the painting.  But y0u would have to walk the same third mile stretch of road with the multistory nursing home and feel the watchful eye of the neighbor who had a murder in her house thirty years previously and the bitchy Indian woman who didn’t want me training my dog on the street, and the German Aunt and mother who were constantly overwhelming me and the man, with his he is a bully and a clown persona.

Not sure, would LOVE commentary.

I took a marker drawing of a city, Petare (Spelling?) a slum in Venezuela, was partially the inspiration, and honestly I wish my ex husband could see this doodle because he loved it.  Anyway.  I added the sun that I put into a doodle I did while I was laid up for over a week with severe back pain. I could not walk or even move easily.  Excruciating. I drew two doodles of spines, when I first posted them online my high school friend who has a bad back and MS immediately recognized the spines and the pain in the drawings.

I loved the colors together and had to make very few changes to fit the two pieces together.  When I was obsessed with collage about 15 years ago I did several pieces where the city was overwhelming nature, so very much a part of my psyche and spirit at the time, having grown up in farm country, and the deep woods of upstate (real upstate not Westchester County) NY and the remote hills streams and meadows of Columbia County.  For some reason this all just fits for me.  The strength of the backbone hugging the fire of the sun rise and the silhouettes of the trees, a symbol for me of the self and now the blue river washing clean the grungyness of the city.

The two sumo wrestlers, not really but maybe, the two curvalicious female figures at odds with one another is much better in natural light, and is not complete.   See below for the remaining four pieces.

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Original “doodle” with pieces of other doodles added.  Hard to see here will repost later with blue river flowing through.
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Original colored pencil drawing depicting two figures at odds. 
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Negative space tree draft/collage/ experimentation for backyard
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Collage experimentation for backyard
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Collage Experimentation for backyard
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Playing with an old map birch bark and a river colored canoe, drawing from a receipt 1932 bi prop and bi wing plane 

So the three collages are all experiments with what I want to do for a final project for the painting class.  I hate them all.  But the one with the pine tree branches against the blue sky and the negative space tree is tolerable.  I have more to do and will add to this when I make a final painting for the class.

I have been wanting for a long time to do a piece with maps this is just an experiment and I am sure more will come later this is not finished nor fully actualized.

 

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finished artwork.

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Bridge at Caughdenoy -complete

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Caughdenoy

I made some adjustments on the painting, I wanted the transition from the realism of the bridge to the abstraction of the trees behind it, to be less jarring.  So I brought the shore line under the bridge to a more realistic middle ground.  Next I made the color between the railings of the bridge more like the colors that were used in the background.  Finally, I added more of a dark slow shore zig zagging through the right side, while stylizing the ripples of the water, and adding light to the rapid area in the more active part of the river.

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Backyard Complete
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Backyard

In Backyard, I left the realistic fuzzy area under the tree, and at the edge of the house more or less as is.  I reworked the sky so that it was more intense, choosing to ignore the large greyish brown area of trees in the background.  I intensified the blue sky in the background, and adjusted the transition of sky to land behind the tree.  The edges of the pine branches were stylized more with a jagged zig zag edge.  I made the space in between the branches of the tree more intense, focusing on creating a kind of stylized vaginal area that if you really look at trees is so obvious in the way the branches are laid out, realistically.  I tend created more of a feeling of space in the lawn by using the same technique of zig zagging backward with the color blocks.

Finally I took the bird feeders in the foreground and made completed them more realistically than the rest of the painting, with the exception of the realistic area to the left of the tree, reflecting that gorgeous Gamblim Cadmium red medium, with only a bit of Titanium White also by Gamblin and some Payne’s Grey by Williamsburg for creating value.  I believe the feeders were actually painted with Cadmium because it is an exact match in color.  And for the shining copper feeder I used a combination of Indian Red, Italian Red (Williamsburg) and Indian Yellow from Winsor and Newton (NOT my favorite) to create highlights and values.  I was impressed by how closely those colors approximated metallic copper.

 

 

Oh Dear I Think I May Be Addicted to Yarn.

Sirdar Snuggly babybamboo
Sirdar Snuggly babybamboo
Ella Rae Amity afghan yarns
Ella Rae Amity afghan yarns

So I have been dutifully working to knit off many projects from needles.  I had run out of needles onto which to add new projects so I vowed to no longer start any projects until I had finished EVERYTHING I had started. Ha. Ha. Ha.  Since then I had to rip off a purse from one set of needles to knit a sweater for Olive (see previous post)  I started a skirt after ripping out a cotton silk blend in a lovely purple that was the most awful sweater ever,  looked HORRENDOUS on me.  I also started a pair of green, teal, blue and yellow wool socks.  But today I finished a wool vest for Morgan and now have exactly four more rows to knit on a linen sweater I started three (or was it four?) years ago.  But then I had to go to a yarn store with my Mom and had to buy yarn to knit an afghan for a coworker who is getting married, and yarn to make a 2 baby sweaters to sell at the Plowshares Festival next year.  Oh and did I mention the afghan book and the baby sweater books I had to purchase because I cannot make up my own patterns without a baby to measure and I am afghan clueless.  Sweaters for the daughter or me, a hat, socks, mittens, fingerless gloves yes.  Baby sweaters and afghans not so much.  But after this no holds barred.  I came home and immediately started knitting.  I have a baby sweater to finish and a bag I will never finish and that purse to stick back on the needles and finish.  Then afghan and baby sweaters here I come.  Oh I cannot wait.  Did I mention that my hemp satchel is full of yarn oh over flowing, and my little settee, and the cupboard and the shelves and the little mini cart.  Oh forget it. I LOVE YARN!!!!!

Where have I been?

Family Room
Family Room

 I decided to redecorate the family room and my studio and to redecorate my bedroom.  MY family room was an acid green with lavendar curtains, which I never really like the color scheme so I toned down the green with the inside of a lime green and RIT dyed my lavendar curtains VIOLET.  I also put in a desk/table for the sewing machine, so it would be on the dining room table all the time and reorganized (and painted the bare dry wall) of my crafts closet.  Really pretty.  I have to admit that the hubby didn’t want it to be the same color as the kitchen, which it kind of is but I just knew what it needed and so to compromise I painted all of the big accents (cellar door, closet door and my aforementioned crafts (walk-in) closet a dark and rich green.  The same color but a different finish from the green I painted the trim in the bedroom. The orange is just an accent color.   With Corey and Michelle’s help I hung jute shades and removed the ugly and unpractical curtains.  Even with my spatial intelligence I could not figure out the shade brackets so Corey and Michelle came over to help, since they had already dealt with the lousy directions in their own house and had already figured it out.  I already owe Corey pie for him splitting my wood, so I guess I will have to get out my apron on for the shades too.

Color Scheme for Remodelled bedroom
Color Scheme for Remodelled bedroom