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Weekend Painting 12/2/18

I saw a bunch of chairs thrown out on the curb. They looked interesting so I snapped a shot.

Little sketch I did- actually after I painted the chairs on Arches paper.

And a random landscape (for Kerfe) done mostly with a wide flat brush.

Have a good week!

Empty House

Second version of the house across the street and visible from upstairs where I paint. It’s an intriguing house to me with its stone front and interesting roof shape. I really like to draw/paint building.

This was the first sketch:

I just felt like trying it again.

May stick to some realistic subject matter for a bit. Regards to all from Kerfe and me.

Landscape ( for Kerfe)

ProCreate for iPad. 11/27/18.

Gratitude 11/22/18

A couple of paintings from yesterday and today. This is the house across the street. (It’s not as woodsy as I painted it). I am grateful to have a roof over my head and a heating system that works; it is very cold today.

Another drip painting. Not sure if it’s finished. Happy Thanksgiving to the wonderful WordPress community. Kerfe and I wish you and yours all the best!

Figures

I’ve been painting feverishly for a couple of days. I want to be able to hold the fort while Kerfe takes a break. As I told K. if not for this blog I doubt I’d be painting. Thanks to all friends here!

Have a great weekend!

Poem up at The Ekphrastic Review

number 7 mandala s

My poem, Number 7, inspired by the Anne Ryan collage of the same name, is up at The Ekphrastic Review, along with eleven other varied and interesting poetic responses. My thanks to Lorette Luzajic for selecting and posting my work, and for providing a wonderful forum for ekphrastic poetry and art.

The mandala, above, was also inspired by Anne Ryan’s art.  You can read more about her and see more of her work here.

Sorting through art

Since I gave my art room to my daughter I have done nothing. There is so much stuff to go through and I’m lazy.

Two jam packed portfolios. These are from the Container Store: quite nice. I stored in these the things I liked best.

Another pile on an abandoned computer desk. What do I do with all this? I’ve had the thought to just give everything away. There’s some good art in here but too much.

Lovely weather here in NJ. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

what is it good for? (#9)

jm 1c blk s

the
long and
short of war
is recorded
in absence—spattered
between the holes in the
skin of ordinary lives–
those empty spaces echoing
with unknowing, with what could have been

Day 30 of NaPoWriMo linked us to oddness for inspiration–I clicked on “Pieces of History” first and was immediately confronted with war, long and short.  There’s no escaping it, it seems.

jm 1c close up s

When Nina and I first started our blog, I was doing mostly art, trying to make it a regular practice again.  One of the series I did then was called “what is it good for?” #8 was posted in 2014…and so it goes, the same question continues.  With #9, a nonet.

I want to thank the NaPoWriMo hosting site for connecting me to so many wonderful poets and pieces of writing, and for helping me actually do 30 poems for the first time.

logo-napowrimo

And to Joan Mitchell, for inspiring every piece of art I made for NaPoWriMo.  The works that I used as references are below.

mitchell art comp

 

 

Gouache resist: success

Well, I used the correct ink on this one and it turned out better.

This is the first painting of thick gouache. Painted over it in Black Magic ink but didn’t take a picture.

After washing off the ink. The black ink stayed on the white paper just how I wanted! Much easier to go back in and make marks when you get a ready made background!

Friday and it’s looking nice out there. Have a good weekend!

Procreate for iPad

I’ve been hearing about the Procreate app for a while. I downloaded it the other day on my new iPad. I couldn’t really understand it. My daughter looked at it and said it’s a lot like Photoshop. Anyway, she created this image out of art that was on the iPad. How, I don’t know. But she said she would help me figure it out. I’ve seen some great work done on this app so I hope she can help me. Again (disclaimer) this work is by my daughter, not me, but she gave me permission to post it!