Back to the regularly scheduled Sea Art

I am so drawn to the sea. Perhaps it is because I was born in March as a Pisces (although I am not too ‘into’ the whole astrological thingy ma bob), perhaps it was my grandfathers work with boats and taking us out or that we went to the beach for vacation. Whatever it is, it is me.  We will go this year in a few weeks. I will come home with more ideas, but for now – here are some recent paintings ;

Crab Painting

Bohemian Crab , 16 x 20

 

sea star

4 x 4 tiny sea creatures ! angler fish, starfish and two crabs.

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

Memorial Fish

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Happy Memorial Day!

A few weeks ago I was watching a movie on the girlie channel about a girl living in Wally-mart who gave birth to a baby named Americus. I think this sounds more like a species of fish than a name for a child, and so in a weird-sort-of-movie-inspires-art kind of way, the “Memorial Fish” was born. There is also this boring book that was given to us by my husbands brother, the “First Fish” – not quite a presidential book, but in pursuit of spring spawning, the fish in the book (a shad) goes on a trip. Seems to be a lot of fish in politics…. just saying.

May your life and adventures inspire creativity in your life – especially during the long weekend.   Love – Ann

Whimsyville ‘debut’ at Whimsical Women

Whimsyville Canvas

Beachworks, Angelworks, Fish, birds, and cupcakes.

Booth2013 Starfish, beachworks and birds boothleft boothrightWow. Funny, but we seem tailor made for each other – and I was OVERWHELMED by the beauty, creativity and sheer fun of the other ladies works.  I am hoping to be lucky enough to exhibit this fall in Pfafftown, for Whimsical Women on November 23rd. More to come.

You can visit all the artists on Facebook at Whimsical Women

Winterized Wonders at Meadowlark

Winterized Wonders at Meadowlark

I did not get a chance to participate in Paint Party Friday yesterday because my little apprentices and I were setting up for the debut of Whimsyville at MMS.

There were a lot of happy comments and even some sold work ! One of the pieces that I loved and never scanned was sold during set up. It was the “City of Brotherly Love” (Philly).

One of the parents that I have known for a while and had forgotten was an art director said “I love the depth and the texture and the subject matter”.

Sharing my art is makes me happy – it is just something that money can not buy.

Next show – Whimsical Women the first weekend in May (see flyer below – these are girls after my own heart) !

Body of work- Beachlife and Freshfish

In an effort to grow the body of work that I call Beachlife , this little pair finished yesterday will be added to the pile. I will never tire of giving fish , crabs and other sea creatures their own character marks- they just make me happy. Hope you all have a great PPF and weekend.

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well, it looks like christmas, it smells like christmas, so,

what’s up with the fish….? These guys have nothing to do with Christmas except perhaps to put a smile on your face. As a sketch, they later became ‘pins’ using Studio Cloth from USArtQest. Most of today was spent painting – but these were a fun ‘relief’ from the seriousness of a ‘real’ canvas. – have a very artful today. Tomorrow, the annual Merry Christmas from North Carolina piece…

Fresh FishStix Sketches

Fresh FishStix Sketches

Fish Pin

Three little FishStix to put on your bag, sweater or backpack