Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Page 4 - a GREAT day!

Contemporary artist who
also just had her 59th birthday (on August 3).

So thrilled I found (or refound) her. I recognized her painting,
The Painter, oil on canvas, 1994 (housed at MOMA),
as I was reading Art Review

Would love to go to MOMA 
one day! Maybe NEXT birthday (wink).

This video is short and tells a little bit about her 2011 exhibit at
the 11th Lyon Biennale in France. To me her work hints of Bacon!

 Another peek of a bit more progress.


Page 3

Detail of the Lions Head work.
I am struggling a bit with this. Lots of reasons.
Not unusual for that to happen at the beginning of a painting.
But it is good to be painting!


Iconic Unibrow

I am sure you all know her.
Detail from 12 x 9" pencil drawing.

I was so engrossed in this drawing last night that I looked up and it was 1:30 am!


2.5 x 2" pastel

Teensy little pastel sketch of a bouquet.


GBH sketch

Great Blue Heron 
detail from 8.5 x 5.5" pencil sketch

This is my last sketch in a sketchbook that began in May of 2011!
I need a new small sketchbook - yay!


Ursus arctos sketch

8.5" x 5.5" pencil on paper

Ursus arctos horribilis

This is the season for bear fattening-up!


Bird sketch

2" x 5", pencil on paper
...would love to go.

I love Odd Nerdrum's paintings. 
Never thought of describing his art as kitsch. 
However, there is some talk of a new branch of art called Kitsch.

I looked up kitsch in some online dictionaries and found:
: something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality
: something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste
: works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste
Origin: 1925–30;  German,  derivative of kitschen - to throw together (a work of art)
Could lead to some good discussion at our salons.


All that I've had the energy for is drawing. 
So here is another one from WetCanvas.


Hands are hard

Practicing in pencil. 
outlined area ~ 4"x 5.5"

Check this out: for members of WetCanvas
there is a free reference image library 
and I found this hand for practice.


Wetlands Sunset (study in greens)

10" x 30" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

This painting is hanging in the Franklin Street Gallery, 
Baranof Hotel, Juneau, Alaska.

Theme of the show is "Water States" 
and there are many lovely paintings hanging there all of August.

Go see it if you can!


Sketch for portrait H E Robus

17" x 14", graphite on paper
100 years ago, Hugo went to Paris.
He is my husband Matt's paternal grandfather. 
He was a painter and then a sculptor. I revere him.
Oh my gosh, wonder what he would say if he could see this...yikes.


Zoom-In #9

My Zoom-In of Blue II 
by Joan Miro, 1961
8 x 8" oil on canvas

Thanks for the idea, O!
Now there are 9 - Zoom-In 8 x 8's and I can put them in a square for exhibit!
I may make a game of it and have people guess what the original painting is.


Stick to it

I admire artists who work every day. It takes much fortitude to do that. 
and I learned how she prepares and just plain PAINTS every day.  
She inspires me.