Friday, January 8, 2010

...the last few...

Here is the last of the lot...I haven't posted all of them as I didn't remember to take photos of the first several. And, I could keep going...but it's time to stop and move on to other endeavors. It has been a fun experiment in seeing that I can paint almost 40 small paintings in about 2 weeks. The secret is not being afraid to paint badly. So some turned out better than others...but the inner-critic didn't keep me from being productive! It was a good lesson in painting.

and more...

Christmas card paintings continue into the New Year...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christmas, Christmas!

"Hee-hoo, hee-hoo!"

Merlin helps unwrap the presents on Christmas morning. He's posing behind the statue on the left.

The Christmas Card Challenge

Amidst cookie baking, holiday parties, classes and art shows, I struggled to manage the traditional self-imposed stress and business of the Season with painting. So, I decided to challenge myself, to make sure I painted during the holidays, by creating a series of Christmas cards for friends and family.

They are quick studies of newborns and mermaids, sailing and travel memories, abstracts and floral imaginings, and dreams of making "sugar plums" 'n candy with grandma who always delighted in saying, "Christmas, Christmas, hee hoo, hee hoo!"

So in remembrance of loved ones, family and friends this Christmas, past and present, near and far-- I dedicate these small paintings and well wishes for prosperity and good health in the New Year of 2010. Merry Christmas to you all!

More Christmas Greetings

Despite the low water levels this summer, I enjoyed sailing on Lake Travis whenever the winds were blowing. This card is a memoryscape from those lovely evenings on the lake.

A flower design inspired from a friend's wedding.

The next card is wrapping paper (from mom) collaged into thick acrylic paints in reference to our candy making days.

Merry Christmas cards and New Year Wishes

All us mermaids love Christmas!

More Christmas Cards

OK, at this point they are New Years Cards!

Different Strokes Portrait of Ann

Had fun painting an artist from Dallas as an art challenge from different strokes from different (see links).