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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

Bird of the Day 4/8/21

An angry looking bird from my collection. I didn’t get a chance to paint a new one; this is from a while ago.

Seeing a lot of birds but the most beautiful sight I saw was a larger red-tail hawk teaching two smaller ones how to fly. I wish I’d had my phone so I could have caught it. At least it’s in my memory.

Happy Draw a Bird Day!

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

Weekend Work and March begins

Along with the black paper Kerfe also gave me some paper made of strips of print. I’ve been fooling around with it.

Its hard to see this one in a photo. Here are some closeups:

Here are a few shots of the paper. I found that if you tore it just right you’d get the strips of type out.

I am happy with this one. It has a Basquiat feel, not intentional but I do love him. Kerfe always finds the best stuff to send me; I hope she likes what I did with the paper.

Snow melting a bit here and some little signs of spring. Some, like the little ants in my kitchen, are annoying. I will be glad to see spring flowers and maybe an end in sight to this year long pandemic.

Have a good week! Nina.

Weekend work 2/22/2021

I’m working on a few of these simultaneously. This one started out as a landscape and finished as one too. These have become instinctual as the painting will tell me what to do next. I’m using the gouache in the way it is intended: not straight out of the tube but mixing a few colors together to get a more unusual shade.

I’ll post the others as I finish but mainly paint on the weekends hence the title. Have a good week; although there are mountains of snow here, spring is coming. Nina