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Weekend work 5/3/2021

Claudia McGill thought some of these looked like fairy tales. This one does and maybe not in a good way. The figure became a figure because the paper ripped where the head is. I had to cover it up and it became a face.

I will probably mess with this one more but I do like it in its simplicity.

May in Montclair, an annual event, is happening now. Things seem to be cautiously opening up. There is a lively scene downtown with lots of people on the street, mostly masked. Have a good week, everyone! Nina

Weekend work 4/26/2021

Kerfe likes my landscape. She saw this last week and wanted to see how it would come out. I’m not sure this one is done. I messed around with it a lot this weekend.

I messed a lot with this one too. Again, I don’t know if it’s done. Editing it on my iPhone, again, changes the color (well I manipulate the color). With all of these paintings I’d rather they be seen in person. I am happy to show them here and I appreciate the support of all who like and comment! Kerfe knew when we started this blog that it would be a good way to get our art there. Thank you all!

And have a good week. Nina

Weekend Work 4/19/2021

This one doesn’t exactly look right. The iPhone camera is great but the light has to be perfect. I edit them because it’s fun. Sometimes it gets lost in translation.

I’m not sure if this one is done but I kind of like it. The orange spidery things were drips from another painting.

I took a shot of four in progress just for kicks.

Happy to see the schoolchildren back at the school across from my house. I’m hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel. Nina

Weekend Work 4/12/2021

It was a rainy weekend (and a rainy Monday) and I did a bit of painting.

Here’s another one from the weekend:

I got a new batch of black paper, the kind Kerfe sent me. I’m going to keep doing these small paintings for a while or until the muse tells me to move on.

Today is my 40th wedding anniversary. Here’s the inside of the card I made. I blocked out the mushy sentimental stuff.

Have a good week! Nina

A Day Late

I’m not sure about this one. Usually the painting tells me what to do next. I added the purple last (on Easter) and I’m not sure it works.

I started a few more over the weekend, none finished.

It’s a lovely day here in NJ. Hope everyone is well! Nina

Weekend Work 3/29/21

I think I’ll call this one Method To Madness or perhaps Inside a Brain. I’ve been using the slips of paper from the handmade paper Kerfe gave me. I don’t have much left. You have to pull it apart with tweezers to get the good sized slips out.

In this one I used clumps of the paper also:

The clumps became eyes and a mouth. A face seems to find its way into these a lot.

It is a very windy day here in NJ but signs of spring are everywhere. Lots of birds and daffodils making an appearance. We had a quiet Seder this past Saturday and honored my heritage by actually reading the short and elegant Seder we have, written in 1973 by a family friend Rabbi Alvin J. Reines. This Seder focuses on freedom and rebirth.

Have a good week! Nina

Couple of different views

These paintings don’t photograph well. The colors don’t seem right (maybe I mess with the editing too much). I wanted to show a couple of views/closeups.

It’s hard to see the little slips of writing from the paper Kerfe gave me.

One of the patients in out practice is the son of painter Will Barnet; he is a painter in his own right named Peter Barnet. We talk art a lot and he is coming in this week for a visit. I asked him if I could show him these paintings I’ve done on the black paper. No one has seen these in person except for the two I’ve given away.

A better view of the other one from yesterday. A beautiful day here in New Jersey.

Finishing up a few paintings

Actually the two I posted last week. I’ll post them as the before and after just for kicks.

I messed with this one and wound up cutting it out and mounting it on another piece of black paper. It’s pretty wobbly. Even though I weigh these paintings down as I go this one has fabric and heavy painting on it.

The one I showed you last week and how it looks now. I spent a lot of time painting this weekend as well as starting to get my small yard cleaned up. As I’ve mentioned we have a beautiful copper beech tree and I spend many happy hours under it.

Have a good week! Nina

Weekend W.I.P.

I usually don’t post work until it’s finished and this one is not. I started by glueing a piece of Marimekko fabric to the paper and went off from there.

I started another one using the strips of old words from the paper Kerfe gave me.

Here are a couple I finished but didn’t post here yet:

It’s looking more and more like spring. Have a good week. Nina

Draw a Bird 3/8/21

An owl wearing some medals on his coat is my bird for today.

More signs of spring such as little shoots starting to peek through. There are still big snow banks but they are gradually melting. Have a good week! Nina