Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Aeronaut and the Business of Being

umm...about a foot high?
better pic coming SOON esp. now that I added one of the first dirigibles in the background sky!

And then I was busy.
With a fairy house workshop in less than two weeks two commissioned portraits (with people heads), a misc. hubcap project, and two large solo shows on the horizon I am a busy busy Mommy. This morning Phineas and I strolled through the old rural graveyard in a light rain, collecting moss for fairy house carpets. I love moss- I love its delicate tiny world- leaves like little stars or plush vibrant tiny fern leaves. An entire garden in an inch of ground. And then to the thrift store for small antique looking frames for prints of the Animeople paints. The framed prints sold well at the last show- the Sci Fi/Fantasy show.

One more Animeople done, 19 or so to go! This one fits into my steam punk-y show as well for September. Of course its a horrid reproduction, as always. The sky should have a slight pink hue and the coat and basket are a tad dark alas. But- come on- its been perpetually raining for weeks! What can an art photographer do??

I'm sorry kind reader, have I mentioned that my good friend Sarah termed my miniature animal headed portraits as my 'Animeople' paintings (that's anim(al)-(p)eople) and I so like the word- it wonderfully has no 'ism' and no 'ist'. So I will go to the side bar in this here blog and change it from 'minitures'...when I'm not so busy. which I am. Did I mention I'm rather busy?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

An Interum Rabbit


Oh dear Reader, you must forgive me my seemingly lackadaisical attitude! I have been sick for three weeks! A cold a flu and then a sinus infection have kept me from my studio, and sad unforeseen events like the passing of my daycare providers mother. But my studio awaits and I walk down there with a head that has mostly surfaced from the sea of ick, longing to paint! Meanwhile, couch ridden, images and ideas come to me in droves and with them the impatience to translate them to paper and wood. The drawing is part of a set of ideas for more 'Animeople' small paintings. I studied Ren-Wu Hwa: the traditional chainese painting of people, when I lived in Taiwan and I think it would be wonderful to do a couple of classic styled paintings (in oil, not watercolor) with the addition, of course, of the totemic/symbolic animal head. Also others based on classic Indian art (which I copied profusely in my travels). And and and

Meanwhile, between colds, and before flu I had a fabulous opening at Periscope Cellars Gallery in Emeryville, selling a few paintings, a bunch of small prints in antique frames, and making some connections that I hope will turn into wonderful collaborations. Yay!