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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

Western Meadowlark:  Draw a Bird Day

crescent silhouette
yellow breast
white flash winging
singing
through air

The Western Meadowlark, a resident of western and central North America, is not actually a lark, but is related to blackbirds and starlings. Like larks, though, it is one of the few birds that sings as it flies. The black crescent on its bright yellow breast and the white flash of its tail feathers when flying make it easy to identify.

Though not yet considered endangered, breeding populations have declined 50% in the last 50 years. The meadowlark’s favored habitat of wide open fields and natural grasslands has been declining due to agriculture, housing development, pesticides, invasive plant species, and fire suppression that alters the composition of native landscapes.

I’ve written a gogyoka for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday color poetry challenge.

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

Honeycreepers (Draw a Bird Day)

“The forests are getting silent”
–Hanna Mounce, Maui Forest Bird Recovery

extinction–
always more words, less
habitat–
repeated
hollow justifications–
vast human wasteland

Eight birds from the Hawaiian Islands were on the official extinction list released by wildlife officials last week. Honeycreepers, descended from finches, are only found in Hawaii and have been losing species ever since explorers started bringing in invasive animals and diseases and destroying habitat in order to profit from the land.

Almost all the remaining honeycreepers are endangered. Besides their visual beauty, they pollinate native plants and keep insect populations under control.

Mosquitos, which are not native to the islands and arrived in the early 1800s, are one of the biggest dangers. They are hard to control and impossible to eliminate. The Avian Malaria and Avian Pox they brought has decimated the lower forest dwelling birds. As honeycreepers have retreated to higher elevations, climate change has followed them, raising the temperatures of the upper forests to levels that mosquitos can tolerate. The Maui Forest Recovery Project is working to save forest habitats and the plants and animals that live in its unique ecosystem.

I’ve written a shadorma this week for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday, poet’s choice.

From The Archives

I’ve been messing around with a few paintings but nothing is finished. I thought I’d post a few very old things done years ago. I used to do a lot of tissue paper on glass; I once did a window in my parents’ friends house. I wonder if it’s still there?

This is one of the oldest things I have. For context Johnson/Humphrey ran for office in 1964. That’s one of the signs on this wall in New York City. Also Hello Dolly was on Broadway.

Interesting to look back on these old pieces and I’m glad I still have them. Have a good week! 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

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

Weekend work 2/15/2021

I think this one is finished although I just put the last marks on it a minute ago.

Where am I going with these weird little paintings on black paper? One way I think of it is that I want people’s eyes to move around the painting and notice stuff such as color, shape, marks etc.

It’s a view into my brain when I sit down to paint. I honestly don’t know where these are coming from but I’m just going with it. A chilly week here in NJ with a storm coming (possibly). Have a good week, Nina