i am tired of winter… yada yada yada

When life gives you sleet – make SUMMER ART. There is little you can do about Mother Nature – except maybe alter her works of art a little to create a new work of art.

Patriotic Sea Star

Patriotic Sea Star

Anyone who is experiencing the remnants of winter has just had it. My friend Dave pleaded with MN to stop her snow fall – nicely even. My cousin Elizabeth has her two boys morphing the snow man into monstrous, bloody dudes – just how many sweet snow people can you make until you have to start interjecting your own ideas – this is truly a sign that enough, my dear mother nature, is enough.

If you see Al Gore today ask him why the Great Lakes are roughly 80% solid ice – probably because of global warming. Right……

I just heard, while writing this post, a tree fall in the woods. I am not in the woods, but for those that have pondered this question about the tree making noise all you life… i will just say that It Does.

Love your day, make some colorful art and for-get-ta-bout the weather. – Ann

Coral Sea Star

Coral Sea Star

Blue and Green Sea Star

Blue and Green Sea Star

The original Sea Star 0 purple and blue.

The original Sea Star – purple and blue.

Orange  and Pink Sea Star

Orange and Pink Sea Star

Visit Paint Party Friday: Paint Party Friday: Week 52, Year 3 Check-In

Dog Art

blue dogs

Blue Suede Dogs

Cats

Sea of Cats

pigs

These LIttle Piggies –
can you spot the ‘thumb’ and the ‘pinky’ ?

So ……. here is the latest watercolor and ink work – not overly complicated but lots of fun and very colorful.  Inspired by the incipit cold / hot / cold / freezing weather – there is actually a pretty big collection of these now.  You would have thought that “birds” would have been the first, given my commitment to myself to finish a collection, but you can guess that the need for color invaded the plans.

They are going to Whimsical Women in Chapel Hill in May – so either I see you there and you can pick one up or for those of you who live far, far away – the US Mail can bring one to you.

Lots of love – and happy weekend – Ann

Sweethearts…

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It’s that time of year when publicly, you exclaim your love by purchasing cards, gifts , flowers or a lovely dinner for your sweetheart.

Um No. I am fortunate – I have had the same valentine for 20 years yet it seems like just yesterday we were married. To celebrate Valentines day there is always a small piece of art. They sit on the mantle and then get stashed away with the others sometime in March or eventually become overshadowed by Senior Pictures or birthday cards. Yet there in the drawer of the armoire, are 19 pieces of my heART- a testament to the love that still feels new.

Keeping on track …

In an effort to keep on track with the ” building a collection thing” , here are four bird works .

They will become the basis of design so each will build out into collection. You probably can see the similarities to the sketches from last week – hopefully .

Working like this is hard for me . In the past I built, drew, painted or collaged what I wanted to. This is a lot less freedom but focus is something I have needed to work on. Happy Friday my friends and thank you so much for your encouragement 🙂 .

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Brilliant Little Birdies – the beginning of a collection

Brilliant Birdies

Brilliant Birdies

here are my ‘morning’ sketches from this week. I was trying to NOT be symmetrical & I think I achieved that . It’s making me a little uncomfortable – but that’s the entire point – to stretch your ideas.  I find them silly – and whimsical. I am always going for whimsical and I am pretty sure no one ever was chastised for silly – they are definitely ‘raw’ at best.

Usually i will not share my sketches because they stink. But as part of the goals that I have set for myself, artistically, over the next few months I would like to try to discover some grounds for collections. Those of you who currently license work know why this is vital- I am having a problem sticking to one idea long enough to complete the collection. ADD.  This time, I am taking a different course, after the sketches, they are getting scanned an given potential placement in a series, with a name. I figure that like the children or the cat we adopted, once they have a name, we can’t give ’em up – so they will need tending too and that means COMPLETION !

I have hundreds if not thousands of ideas like this. fish, birds, raccoons, lighthouses, starfish, sea shells – you name it – it will be interesting to see if this tactic/plan works.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend !

The best is yet to come…

I truly believe this – especially where art is concerned. I don’t really distinguish between last year and this year by ‘marking it’ with a number – it is all part of the same life and I don’t feel a need to ‘clean slate it’ every 365 days. To me it is like saying good or bad, that everything that came before is unimportant and that is Not true. You need the good and the bad to get the BEST  🙂 You are the summation of all of the days.

When an artist seeks to grow – its really important to look backwards.

I make art every day – some good some not so good and there are many times when I look at something and say ‘I could do this for the rest of my life’ – this is evidenced in the past by the number of “FreshFish”, “Beach works” and “Petworks” that I have posted. There are hundreds more in each of those themes that are not posted and or sold.

For 2013 it will be this:

Mans Best Friend

Mans Best Friend

On a whim – and I know ya’ll are tired of seeing the damn dog portraits- but this was done sitting in front of the TV on a lap board with a water brush. I had just finished reading something somewhere on the inter-webs and the thought about painting the light and shadows in contrasting colors (orange and red here) popped into my head. I am sure some one taught this to me at some point in the past 50 years, but that single ‘ding’ has grown into a least one or two commissions a week. It’s funny how, in not even trying, the results are WAY better than anything other form I have slaved over. The Fish and the Beach Huts were the same way. Maybe its a ‘calling’ of sorts?

Heres to your ‘new’ start and the continuation of my regular life days in sequence- which are sometimes very special. May we all find our best. Love, Ann

The refreshing odor of freshly cut lumber and art space restrictions

Karl the Contractor is busy in the basement adding a bathroom on the same floor as the studio – (there goes my art exercise – that is running upstairs to use the bathroom) and, god forbid,  a ‘kitchen’ . It seems to me that this space is becoming a ‘man cave’ – complete with spear throwing range and beer refrigerator and I saw a HUGE tv (nobody needs a tv this size its more like a score board) peeking out from between the bikes stored in the basement.

This ‘space’ was claimed 13 years ago by me – the painter and my husband – the wood worker. Tons of painting, two books and several hundred experiments have occurred on the ‘art’ side. The woodworking side remains a pile of things that need to be repaired and or replaced with the exception of the infamous ‘eagle project’  which was done mostly in the middle of the driveway, not in the wood working shop.

There are of course no ‘cars’ in the two car garage. There are kayaks, camping equipment, a really big lawnmower (but some dude cuts our grass?), boxes of things from DH’s ‘side of the family’ – I just stay out of those all together…

So for the next few months, I will be resigned to sitting in my ‘upstairs art space – a chair with nine cubby holes placed next to it- holding markers, pencils and various art books – for creating ‘new works’.

Here was last nights finished PetWork – his name is Raleigh. He is just about the happiest dog I have ever seen. I am sure it will make his owner smile.

I also delivered the black lab PetWork yesterday and the collector that purchased it told me she cried when she saw it. I have mixed emotions about a sad reaction to my art – you know my tag line is , “happy art for happy people”….  but it was a memorial picture – the doggy had passed away two months ago.

Raleigh

Raleigh

So heres to a the smell of freshly cut lumber, the on-going he wants / she wants space discussion and more happy art collectors . Have an awesome weekend .