Saturday, May 23, 2009

Art and Nature and a bit of Joy

Do you see art here? One of the funnel web spiders, and I don't know enough to say which, has created a lovely web leading to his/her in-ground tunnel. These amazingly intricate webs manage to be both delicate and strong at the same time. Saw this while out walking dogs.

And, our little friend Hunter the Weimaraner (yep, I had to look up the spelling) racing to greet us. Hunter is pure joy and energy. He's a part of our morning routine too. Don't you wish you knew a human happy enough at seeing you to become airborne racing to meet you?

I have to water again today; and that 2 or 3 hour task done out in the heat usually zaps me to the point that I can't paint. I'm hoping to finish early.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Off to the Printer!

Here's The Covey. I'd "finished" it last week, then decided to do one last thing - and ruined it! So, a re-do, ta-da!

That's been often the story of not just my painting, but even my life. That one last thing makes me late, is the one thing I shouldn't have said, is the final bite that makes me feel sick, etc., etc., etc.

Wonder if I'll ever learn that lesson? Hasn't happened so far and I'm - - let's just say mature in years!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Quail painting series

OK, I've decided to quail series is to have very simple names for each painting.

The first is The Guardian

Second is The Pair

Third, that would be this one, is The Flight

And, I'm sketching out # 4 which will be The Covey.

As soon as it is done, I need to get them off to the printer to have note cards made, then put the originals on my web site - - and offer the originals for sale.

It's funny; whenever I get rolling on a series, the paintings come quickly. And, when I'm stuck, well, I'm just stuck.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Quail painting # 2 - I'm not sure yet what I'm calling it. Nesting would be easy but boring. Hmmm. . . . I think of the male as really strutting his stuff, but I haven't come up with a good title in that vein.

And, I need to get more watercolor paper when we're in town tomorrow. So, maybe I'll keep going on quail until it's out of my system.

Two more are generally in my brain, but not yet on paper. They'll get there.