Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gourd takover . . .

On a whim this Spring I planted two packets of gourd seeds.
One is gooseneck and the other is bottle.
I made a nice trellis out of some fencing and carefully nailed it to the overhang post.
You can see the tiny bit of vine that trained itself up the post on the right.
Then it decided to make a break for it and have a life in the wild.
Free! Free at last!

Off it went to the west of the barn, determined to not be held back by 'The Man'.
It made its own way, forged its own path, marched to its own drum.

Baby gourd.
So cute.

So now I have about 15+ of these little guys all over the place and frankly, I am wishing I had more.
I have started pinning on 'Pinterest the World's Greatest Time Suck' all kinds of cool baskets and work you can create with gourds and I think I'm hooked.
This year I'll just gather and dry them and see how involved this waiting process is.
Then next season, I'll have a better plan.
I'll plant what I want and somehow find a place where they can ramble.

I mean, look at this!
It's about the size of a watermelon.
Very happy gourds.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Roadside daylilies . . .


Ah, yes.
I just can't tweak the foliage any longer.
At some point, I will paint this again.
When my hand gets looser and more confident, I'll try the daylilies one more time.
For now, I still have the essential barns and outbuildings
that I see all day every day.
And that's good.
Figuring out how to release the flowers will be my challenge
for now and in paintings to come.
Still, I like the composition and color.
It's coming. It's coming.

Detail : Oil on canvas

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pennington Mine Lake . . .

Pennington Mine Lake

Have I mentioned this week what a wonderful weekend I spent
in Brainerd, Minnesota, last week?
I have?
I did.
Lisa toured me around the area that is covered with
mountains of iron ore and deep lakes 
all created by the mining in that area
not so long ago.
Rocks - rusty red rocks. Some with blue flashes and lots of quartz embedded.
It will be fun this winter to hole up in the shop and see what polishes from these.
In the meantime, I painted this picture from a photo I took of
Pennington Mine Lake at Ironton.
Lisa told me she takes her kidlets here in the summer for picnics
and swimming off the rocks.
You can see that this evening it was particularly calm.
Now I wish I'd taken more pictures but there WILL be a next time.

Details : Oil on canvas

Monday, September 21, 2015

Time to start over . . .

On the Way to the House of a Friend

Yes, I admit it. 
I didn't quite make the 30 Oil Paintings in 30 Days. 
Life just gets in the way of plans sometimes.
But with the last of my Big Push things now out of the way,
I'm ready to get back to the easel and paint.
Maybe not 30 in 30 but as close as I can come.

Love the way this painting turned out, I'm happy to say!
Taken from a photo when I was on my way back from Brainerd, Minnesota, last week.
I finally got to meet my long-distance friend Lisa Jordan at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd where she is the Executive/Artistic Director.
I taught a workshop in torchfired enamel, 13 fun, artsy women, and we had an absolute ball all weekend. Can't wait to do it again. Soon.

The Crossing Arts Alliance is hosting a fundraiser the weekend of 10 October
and asking their artists to take an 8x8 canvas and produce
a piece of art in their own styles to donate for purchase.
All works will be $50 and all monies will go to the CAA.
Great idea and I love challenges like this. 

Details : 8"x8"
Oil on canvas

Post Script : The Process
I love this 'feeling it out' part.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Day 25.5 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 25.5 : Yep, interruption again

I really needed this.
Harbor Freight toolbox with space for my thinners below deck.
I had a coupon.
And what I was using just wasn't cutting it.
Poor, old Cosco utility cart from 1955.
Yeah, they're real treasures now but totally worthless in the stability department.
And I need stability.
Tomorrow, find trays for paint tubes and brushes.

But if you look at this photo, you'll see that I actually DO have a new painting in progress!

Give me until tomorrow.

I'll finish it, I swear.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Day 25 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 25 : Sunrise Seward Airport

From a photo I took this summer just before dawn at the Seward Airport in Nebraska.
Looking north, the sky was the wonderful hazy pink,
the shadows long, and the distant farm misty.
Every June our aerobatic club stages a contest there and every summer,
Ed and I tow my '63 Shasta trailer out and stay in that so we don't
have to get up pre-dawn to drive the 20 miles to the airport.
Every year I marvel at the gorgeous sunrise, the quiet calm of the airport,
the surrounding misty farms, distant freight trains.
So here are two hangars making long shadows as the sun comes up.
Before the hubbub begins.

Details : Oil on canvas

Friday, August 14, 2015

Day 24 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 24 : Salt Marsh Evening

Okay, so this challenge has turned into 30 paintings without
regard for the 30 days.
24 paintings and well on my way to 30!
This is from a photo reference that I've taken some liberties with.
I am trying to improve my grass technique and my trees seem to be improving.
I'd give anything to be able to take a class with Carol Marine.
I so envy her brushstrokes and try to copy them in my own work.
When I've been painting for as long as she has.
Maybe there are people who say that about my metalwork.
Get 15 years under your belt and come see me then.

Detail : Oil on canvas