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Weekend Work 8/16/2021

I had a few of these going, not necessarily finished. I just thought I’d show you. Work has been on an upswing due to the Delta variant. More patients calling wanting testing because of exposure.

Here are two that happened to look good together. Makes sense as I mix a color and use it in multiple paintings.

I am still fixated in the gouache on black paper. My goal is to make the viewer’s eye move around the whole thing.

We went to our first gender reveal on Saturday-my cute manager at the office who is having her second kid. Working with young people makes me feel gratitude that I’m still relevant. My folks are in the front and me (ochre t shirt and husband Dr Wilson next to me). It’s a girl!

Have a great week.

Weekend Work August 2, 2021

This was one I was ready to cut up and although weird, I like it better now.

Here is how it was before:

The little figure is cut out and sitting on my windowsill:

My daughter took a picture of me taking a picture. Funny!

It is a lovely day here in Northern NJ. It promises to be a good week! Nina

Some Duds

I have a few of these paintings going at the same time. Here are a few that just never seemed to come together.

This has good colors but just never came together for me.

A landscape that just doesn’t cut it. I gave up on it a while ago.

Pieces from the proverbial cutting room floor. The previous three are sadly destined to be cut up and used elsewhere. Oh well, life goes on. Have a great week! Nina

Weekend Work 7/19/2021

I worked this weekend on a few I had started. That is the best way for me as I wait for it to dry and then look/paint again.

I actually took some photos of this one as it progressed. Here was one stage:

It seemed kind of flat so I cut into it to expose more black. It was an improvement perhaps.

I added the white lines at the end.

I have a few other paintings started and will post later this week. Have a great week. Nina

Galah Cockatoo (draw a bird day)

colorful clowns,
a loud mouthed gathering
of white crested coral–
life indwelling
wild, full

A Badger’s hexastitch for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday and Draw a Bird Day.

Galah cockatoos are native to Australia, where they live in large flocks on open grasslands feeding on seeds, berries and insects. But they also can be seen in urban settings, where their raucous calls and adaptations to human habitation are often considered nuisances. The word galah means fool or clown in the Aboriginal language of Yuwaalaraay and is used as such as a derogatory term in Australia (or so the internet tells me…any Australians reading this can confirm or deny)

Cockatoos are highly social and intelligent, and are bred and sold as pets. But these very traits make them not only very high maintenance, but possibly destructive and dangerous. I’ve written about this before–these animals should not be confined and separated from the flocks that are their natural social groups.

Weekend Work 6/28/2021

I edited this on my iPhone and then put it back to the way it was. I think I’m going to stop messing with these paintings and just show them the way they are. This one is a bunch of faces that emerged out of the ether.

Not sure if this one is done. I usually don’t leave much black showing but I kind of like the black.

Hope everyone has a good week. Nina

Weekend Work 6/20/2021

I started a few paintings after a bit of a lack of inspiration/energy. This one started out a bit differently. Here was the original painting:

It seemed very flat although had some good painting in it. I cut it up and worked on it more. The final piece was a lot more interesting.

I do edit these and make the colors brighter. I’m not the best photographer and shoot them on my iPhone on the kitchen wall. They look different in person. I have a nice collection of these paintings on black paper.

Hope everyone has a good week! Nina

Draw a Bird. 6/8/2021

Kerfe reminded me that it’s Draw a Bird Day. It’s always fun to draw a bird. I put this one on a background of something I’d started. Happy Draw a Bird Day! Nina

Weekend Work 5/17/2021

Another one done with a piece of the Marimekko shirt from Uniqlo that I cut up. I guess the rib cage just pops out to me and the painting turns into a person

This was one posted a couple of weeks ago. Another person!

I don’t think this is finished but I like it. Will do more with markings in white first. Again, this looks like a face. It may wind up something else.

I haven’t had a lot of time lately as my employer is short staffed and they’re using me more (more than I’d like, really). Proud to say the regional medical group I work for has given 20,000 Covid shots!

Have a good week, everyone! Nina

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