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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

Some Bugs

I noticed some evil looking bugs this weekend outside. They looked like this:

We looked them up and it seemed they might be ladybugs. That would be good as I have a wooly aphid problem on my copper beech tree. Ladybugs eat aphids.

Today we saw some that had morphed into this:

That doesn’t look like a ladybug to me. My daughter said give it a chance. This is not a good looking big to my mind. Fascinating transformation, though.

I haven’t been painting for a few weeks.

I do hope my inspiration comes back soon.

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

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

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