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Weekend Work 1/24/2022

Did some painting this weekend. I titled this one “Herd Immunity”. Ironic because my husband tested positive yesterday for Covid despite being vaxxed and boosted.

I can’t decide which way this looks better. I kind of like it both ways. The brown circles are decals that came with a piece of furniture we put together this week.

I’ve had this one hanging around for a while.

We’re going down to the office now to get swabbed. I tested negative yesterday but feeling not that great.

Have a good week! Nina

Weekend Work 1/10/2022

This one is possibly the craziest thing I’ve done in a while. It came out of this one that I posted last week:

It got flipped around. You can see some of the elements in the top painting. Stuff just started emerging and I went with it.

This one is going to an old friend from high school. She is going to have heart surgery and I wanted to do a piece for her. She’s an artist and will appreciate the effort, I think.

This was just a lot of fun to do. I may do more like this.

My daughter took me to see this archway someone in my town made. We think it’s a tree that was mostly cut down and then the existing vines were formed into an arch. Couldn’t get a better shot but this was a great outdoor piece.

Still cold in Northern NJ. Have a good week! Nina

Weekend Work 1/3/2022

This one should be called “Don’t Fence Me In”. The fence came out of nowhere and I liked it. This one reminded me of a very old painting I did early 90’s:

I like separate components that pull together on the picture plane. I finished this one that I’ve been playing around with for a while:

A couple of others that aren’t done.

Thank you to all WordPress friends. It is wonderful to have your support in my painting endeavors. Nina

Weekend work 12/27/21

Worked a bit this weekend and I thought it was interesting to see the process/progress as I work on these paintings. The little bits of paper just add interest to me.

Honestly I like the before painting better. For some reason I start on black paper and wind up leaving no black showing.

The third one maybe still in progress. Again I left none of the black paper showing. That’s why I cut them out and start again.

I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday. Chilly in northern NJ today, stay safe! Nina

One out of three

I sat down this weekend to work on three more paintings. This seems to be a method that works for me. I can move amongst the three as the spirit dictates. This top one I kept working on after it seemed done. I like doing these swirling ones.

This one I started by painting the bottom of a vase on the black paper (I am still enjoying that). I already see a face in it but hope to go in another direction. I have one more precious sheet of the slips of words made into paper (gift from K) from which I extract the largest pieces. It just looks cool to me to have words in a painting.

This is one I’ve been working and overworking. Finally cut it out and glued it on black paper. It has possibilities.

A chilly start to Christmas week today. Hope everyone has a happy and safe week!

Nina

Weekend Work 12/13/21

It’s been a minute but this weekend I took a look at some paintings

I had started weeks ago and began to rework them. It felt good to be painting again.

This face appeared out of something else and I went with it.

Another one reworked with pieces of handmade paper gifted to me by Kerfe. I keep putting more paint on this to the point it looks chaotic. Maybe done, maybe not.

I hope to start doing more artwork going forward. Daughter organized my art supplies into some nice lucite containers so everything is convenient. I forget how relaxing it is to paint!

Hope all WordPress friends are doing well

Nina

Eagle (draw a bird day)

sacred king
of the sun, spirit
of mercy,
renewal,
visionary messenger–
extend us your wings

Eagles are one of the world’s largest birds, with massive wings that allow them to fly for a long time and with great speed, all with a minimum of effort. They can go many weeks between meals, and will eat whatever is available in their habitat–other birds, amphibians, fish, small mammals. They can carry up to four times their own body weight, but will often scavenge for food rather than killing live prey.

“Eagle eye” is not just a saying. An eagle’s vision is eight times sharper than a human’s–they see both much farther, and with greater focus. They can also see a wider range of colors, including the ultraviolet spectrum.

I decided to do an eagle this month because Nina sent me this wonderful wooden eagle that her father brought back from Jerusalem. I have a bird totem carved by my sister-in-law’s father that Nina thought would make a good companion–and it does.

Although I began by drawing bald eagles, I realized after a bit of research that Nina’s eagle was more likely a golden eagle, which was once a common inhabitant of Israel, but is now only represented by a few breeding pairs, for all the usual reasons–decline of habitat, human predation. So I drew a golden eagle as well.

My poem is a shadorma. The eagle has powerful symbolism in cultures all over the world. Thanks, Nina, for adding this beautiful totem to my living space!

Book and a visit to NYC

I hadn’t seen Kerfe since January 2020 and finally made it into NYC. Kerfe showered me with gifts. The embroidery above she knew I loved and she gave it to me.

I was extremely touched that she saved these mezuzahs from her new apartment. In Judaism these are placed on a doorframe; they contain portions of the Torah. This was a very thoughtful act on Kerfe’s part.

Kerfe wanted me to post about the book which was recently self-published by a young (12 year old) friend of mine. I think I may have posted the illustrations I did a while back. Here’s the book:

He hired me again for Volume 2.

I haven’t been painting lately. They’ve asked me to work more hours as the office is busy and we are understaffed. I’m hoping to get back to it soon.

Kerfe also gave me a book on Richard Diebenkorn and this pendant which I’ve been wearing. It goes well with my grey scrubs. Thank you Kerfe!

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