Friday, February 12, 2016

Before the snow goes away . . .

One last chance to play in the snow before it all goes away.

The Cub on skis

Ed finds the Honda 50 and snow irresistible.
But unmanageable.

Which reminds me of this little beauty from two years ago.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blizzard of 2016 . . .

And the obligatory 'snow pics'
causing so many to post on Facebook that they have snow
where they are, too.
So here you go.
It begins.
No big deal.

Hurry April.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Another structure . . .

Adding hardscape to the landscape.
Teaching myself how to position structures on the broad expanses of grass
and still give some grounding to the buildings.
Visual weight.
Shadow | Depth | Perspective

And then there's this!
Like an upside down sky!
This one's going to get a little more experimentation for sure!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Adding the structures . . .

I have a ton of photos.
Wonderful wide open spaces here on the prairie.
Gorgeous skies and ocean-like fields.
Of course, there are distant barns and farmsteads but these have been largely missing from my paintings.
Until now.
It's time to add the hardscape to the landscape.
And I began with these two.
One is a pair of barns outside of Seward Nebraska.
The other is a roadside abandoned schoolhouse or tiny church.
Adding structures gives me a chance to play with shadow and perspective.
Slowly and surely improving.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Mini.masterpieces . . .

Are these the sweeting little things?
I have a pile of clipped edges from earlier works where I needed something
to fit into a particular size.
You know. Tailings.
Pieces that I usually use for testing colors and strokes when I paint.
So as if my work could not get any smaller,
I decided to paint some tiny scenes.
What to do with them?
I asked my darling friend Rachel 'Two Dog Pond' to teach me
how to tin with solder and darling friend that she is, she did.
Now I can add truly 'wearable art' to my collection!
I am preparing for Art & Soup in Omaha in February and these should be a
wonderful addition to my landscape watercolors and oils.
Affordable and totally wearable.

On another note, it's time to update my etsy shop with my paintings.
I have decided that I would not set up another shop there
but add these paintings to it.
Others have been successful in blending two different media or more into one 
and I'm ready to give it a shot.
Mostly, I just need to get it all out there.
I've tried a couple of shows and it's going well so this is the time to get it really out there.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Project Next . . .

Project Next : Miniature watercolor on teabags
Yeah, I know.
You're saying, 'lynn, you haven't completed your 30 paintings in 30 days, yet'.
True, I have not.
But this is prep work for the next challenge.

Drinking a lot (and I mean a LOT) of tea lately.
I'm saving the bags and drying them on the back of the sink.
So attractive in the kitchen.
Who cares.
It's an art sacrifice.

Once dry, I cut the top of the backside where the staple is,
shake out the used tea and glue stick the top back together.
With a dried paper empty teabag, I will paint miniature watercolors.

Objects, landscapes, patterns and designs.

I was hoping to put these all into a little notebook.
A Moleskine.

Maybe framable as little works of art?

I have a friend who is a framer in a small shop and it will take his eye to help out here but I'm thinking they could turn out kinda cool.

We'll see.

Until then : Merry Christmas, kids! 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Love, the Locals Show . . .

 This little show was a sweet surprise!
Organized by a group of four crafty friends and carefully curated to include
the freshest, hippest work out there,
it attracted young modern people who appreciate
well done work and things that they would love to have in their homes.
I was beyond impressed that Lincoln was home to any of these folks!
Lots of young families
(I've never seen so many little ones and pregnant moms!)
and it was just exciting to see.

The venue? Gorgeous!
It was held in the restored Wyuka Cemetery Stables. Brick courtyard with inward-facing stable doors (garage doors now) so you had an open center breezeway with huge stable doors opening into the courtyard. There were two big rooms on either side that held 23 artist spaces.

Beautiful. I want to move in.

I'll bet that next year they find bigger digs. 

There were over 1000 people in attendance and with the popularity of this show, they'll need it!

My work fit in (altho' I think I was the oldest artist there - freaky) and keeping it fresh and light will be key

Exactly my style.