Friday, September 22, 2017

Pelicans fly free!

So many years have passed since my family returned home after my father's time in the Air Force. After 20 years, they did not give him a promotion that was hoped for unless he would move us to another state. I guess he was tired of the travel and uprooting our family. The decision was made to move home to Alabama. Home to my parents at least, they basically grew up in Alabama. They attended Bishop Toolen and McGill in their own schools. We had a home here that we owned and had been rented for several years. This move also meant that I would spend the last two years of high school in another state. My brothers were young, but I had friends and most of all I felt at the time the young man I might eventually marry. 

It was upsetting to say the least to all of us as well that the house in which we planned to live was in a state of ruin. The renters had basically trashed the house, the kitchen sink was falling over in a cabinet that was rotten. Our home nevertheless..............
 My father would not arrive until December and we were here in August so we could go to school. That thought did not appeal to me either, I had just gotten out of school in mid June. 
My new high school, Murphy 1976 started in August, less than one week after we arrived in Alabama. Add to that we were living with my grandmother in Chickasaw until we could remove the renters from the house. (It was finally accomplished with the help of the Sheriffs department.) 
My mother and I spent many hours cleaning, clearing, and repairing what we could. 

Eventually I settled in, made new friends in both theater and the "nerds". I also joined ROTC and was made the supply officer for the group. I also started to look at the beauty around me on the coast. One of my main concerns was the pelicans that were almost gone from the effects of DDT. I was a  child of the 70's and was very aware of the damage we were doing to our planet. Eventually the  powers that be realized it was the chemicals affecting the birds, making their shells too weak to even be set upon to hatch them. DDT was removed and the shells again became able to withstand the parents setting on them. These beautiful birds have made a comeback to say the least! They are so interesting to watch when they are fishing so much that they can't fly because of the weight!

Today's problem is garbage, plastic to be precise. Every piece of plastic ever manufactured on our planet is still here, in one form or another. Plastic breaks down eventually to microscopic levels and is in our oceans. All of the food chain is being affected, including humans. The North Pacific Gyre is the one with the most increase in plastic particles. It throws plastic to the Midway Atoll where nearly all Laysan Albatrosses have plastic in their digestive system. About 1/3 of the chicks die because out of the 20 tons of plastic that washes up, 5 tons are being fed to the chicks.
This is only the beginning of the consequences of our actions. 
The United Nations Oceans Conference estimates that the oceans might contain more weight in plastics than fish by the year 2050!  
We all need to recycle, recycle, recycle and refuse all styrofoam as it lasts forever.

Stepping off my soapbox now, I leave you dear readers with Pelicans Fly Free!

Pelicans Fly Free! Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 shadowbox canvas
Day 82 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Looking at you kid!

Back to shadowboxes. 
This weekends show is rapidly approaching and I am slightly worried. 
Not about the show mind you, but my voice. 
I have been to the doctor, and I am not contagious and it's not the flu! I am concerned people will think otherwise about me not being contagious after they hear me talk!

I sound like Froggy from the Our Gang series.
My voice comes and goes at a whim, singing is out of the question of course!
(I sing somewhat in my studio when I'm painting, or at least hum!)
It does not help that I have taught 5 classes this week, with a total of about 13 hours of almost 
non-stop lecture and story telling while teaching.
I have myself on voice rest, avoiding the phone, and TRYING not to talk with my husband!
This tickle in my throat has GOT to go!

Looking at you kid, is today's painting for the 100 days. Taking an afternoon to paint after teaching this morning, I still have a couple of hours of varnishing to do!
The life of an artist is hard work and you have to be extremely disciplined.
No boss, yes except yourself!
You also have to motivate yourself as well.
Behind the paintings are buying lumber, ripping it to size, and building the stretcher bars.
This is done by my loving husband that sometimes gets a brad nail into a finger for his efforts!
Afterward he hands them to me, and if they are shadowboxes, they require three separate pieces of canvas stapled into place. I then put a wood backing to protect the canvas. Next I paint them white with soft body acrylic paint, sometimes two coats. They are then stacked in the studio with plastic between to keep them from sticking to one another. They are then sketched, painted, and signed. After all this is done, I put rings and wires on the back for hanging. Lastly, they are varnished, sometimes two coats.
Which reminds me, I have a studio full of paintings to varnish before the first show this weekend.
Again, Discipline............

Looking at you kid! , Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24
Day 81 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Here's looking at you!

Dolphins are always fun for me to paint. Theses guys are actually  a revisit to a painting that for some reason went very brown. Although now on the darkened side. I really love it again. I don't understand the fading to brown (or maybe they were more brown in the first place and I don't remember), I use non-fugitive color that is not supposed to change over time. Something else for exploration I guess. 

This week has brought it's challenges so far, with a class every day to teach. I am also getting prepared for my first show of the season in Daphne this weekend. Challenges have included a cold trying to take hold, (I hopefully cut that one off at the pass by going to doctor because my chest and ears hurt) Classes to teach while sounding like froggy from the Little Rascals. Paintings to complete, they need hangers, , varnishing, and packing for the show. We've already looked at the show equipment and added some new bungee cords. Taking the rain gear, just in case. Jubilee would not be Jubilee unless it rained! 

Oh well, the life of an artist.
I am singing God's praises because of a loving husband that hauled me off to the doctor this morning and will eat spicy chicken and rice, because chicken and rice is my "go to' when sick. A leader for a meeting I was supposed to go to tonight, but she said stay home. I also missed my bible study last night because of the cold or whatever it is going around. Painting this afternoon with a class. Now I am in the stdio contemplating lifting a brush in paint. 

More tomorrow my friends!

Day 80 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dachshund a la Russo

Is it possible to be more in love with a breed of dog? I think not! While painting with the kids today at Atelier class, I painted another Russo inspired dachshund. They painted a Russo inspired Rat, Cat, Golden, and rabbit. This one looks a lot like our Tut!
Tut is named after an artist here in Alabama. Any way you look at it, they are an awesome, stubborn, smart, retaliatory, mischievous breed!
Gotta love em!

Dachshund a la Russo, Acrylic on paper, 11x15, 
Day 79 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Monday, September 18, 2017

Scripts & Strokes woman on the beach.

Based on Proverbs 31: 25, we enjoyed our small group while painting this together. Each of our paintings this semester are based on proverbs.
Woman on beach, 11 x 14, Acrylic on canvas, Day 78 of the 100 days I think! I have managed to catch a late summer cold.

Hectic weekend

This weekend we went to our daughter's home for a visit and for me to work on pirate costumes for their up coming Disney cruise. No one can ever accuse us of being wall flowers when it comes to putting on a show for fun. We converted, we created, and we conversed for hours while working.  Still not complete, she is much further along than when we got there Friday night. I also have a bag of fish extenders to complete. More on that project later.
In the meantime I have revisited the bathing suits for a commission piece that is a birthday present. The tricolor ed one was actually advertised in 1957. The client wanted the polka dot one to have his wife's  birth year. So it has 1957 too!
All in all, a productive weekend, and 4 days closer to the first show of the season!
I'll post later with the painting for today.
Vintage bathing suits, Acrylic on wood panels, 8 x 10
Days 74,75,76,and 77 of the 100 days 100 paintings 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Two days~two Paintings

The Eastern Shore Art Center called on Monday and said your email bounced back!? 
You have a class tomorrow from 3:30 until 5 pm. The class is Atelier and the 4 students are in 3rd and 4th grades. I really enjoy this age, they are so fun! This fall semester we will be studying different artist styles and Tuesdays class was Walter Anderson! We all had such fun creating this fun and whimsical painting. Several other fun pieces are in the works as well. Our fall session is 8 weeks, so 8 paintings in total as well as 8 different styles.
I look forward to creating with them.

I have also started teaching for the Fall semester of Eastern Shore Institute of Lifelong Learning, two classes for them. Beginning watercolor and beginning acrylics. Both classes are full of fun energetic seniors that are so eager to learn. 
All in all, about 30 new students to plan and prepare for every week!

Nobody ever said an artists life was boring, did they?

Manatees are on my mind this week with the massive hurricane Irma bearing down on the Florida coastline. My thoughts were also with the Turtle Hospital in Marathon , the Hemingway cats on Key west, and people that stayed on their boats during the storm tied to the mangroves in the Florida keys. The hurricane actually hit Cudjoe key, going between Key West and Marathon. The hospital had a skeleton crew there during the storm and fortunately all the humans and turtles are safe! Ritchie has even been brought a baby sea turtle already. (he is tireless for the turtles!) Sanibel island, Coya Costa, places we've visited and loved for their wild natural beauty...............
Recovery prayers for the coast of Florida as well as the islands off our beautiful coast and Cuba. So much destruction and desperate people. Chris and I were fortunate enough to be able to help a family of 7 while at the grocery store on Sunday.

There but for the grace of God go I...............

Anderson Pelican, 11 x 14, acrylic on canvas,
Manatees on my mind, 15 x 15, acrylic on canvas
Days 72 & 73 of the 100 days~100 paintings