Sep 2, 2011


I am trying some of the abstracts by Ryder in a 5" x 5" format.  If and when I get the hang of it I will try something larger.  I think a 16"x20" would be fun, slapping on the paint instead of carefully dragging it around this little area.  It Is freeing to have nothing real as the goal.

Sep 1, 2011

Oh, I remember now...

  Today's session in the studio reminded me why I quit oils. I hate waiting for something to dry.   I finally finished the big "Poppy" painting and felt to free to start something else.
  That said, the many days of glazing were worthwhile as the orange and yellow and red seem to glow, but I was  itching to get on with other projects.
 Yesterday I did four 5"x5" abstracts inspired by Brian Ryder's book, Beyond Realism, and today, after photographing the Poppy, I started a larger abstract.
 When I got back to the apartment and hooked up the camera to the computer, there was the nipple of my power chair very prominently in the lower left. (Yes, that is what that is, and yes, it is called a nipple).  Sigh!  To get the best light in the studio I have to prop a painting on a chair and lean it against a bookcase.  I'll do a permanent photo tomorrow and send that photo to Bart De Laeder whose work inspired "Poppy".
  The picture on the right is one of the abstracts from last week when I was procrastinating.

Aug 28, 2011


Beyond Realism  by Brian Ryder arrived in the mail and I couldn't wait to try one of the exercises, so the poppy was pushed aside. I did take a photo of the almost done flower.   I know I can finish it in one day so that was my excuse. But tomorrow I teach a MAC class here at the wrinkle ranch, and the day after I host my women's group.  Guess it will be Wednesday when I finish it.