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Weekend Work 9/12/2022

A friend wanted to buy a piece from me. It was this one, previously posted, done on handmade paper (from Kerfe) which wrinkles and bends and must be pressed flat every time it’s worked on.

This was one of my favorite pieces but I was glad it went to a friend. I decided to do more with the handmade paper. Top photo is what I worked on this weekend. The new one is more decorative and I may have to add more to it.

Have a good week! Nina

A Foray into Acrylics

It’s been a while since I’ve done any art or blogging. It’s the proverbial shoulder to the grindstone and when you get older the energy is harder to come by.

Tiny landscape on one of the multi size and multi purpose boards Kerfe sent to me. That’s what made me buy some acrylics. Acrylics are very different than gouache: more plastic, slower dry, can smoosh them.

I’ve probably done fifty of these gouaches on black paper. I have a couple in the works. I hope to be more consistent with sitting down at my art table and letting the chi flow. I appreciate WordPress and our friends here and will try to do better by you. Have a good week! Nina

Monday, June 6, 2022

Things are settling down here, I think. My husband is home, still has the oxygen, still coughing and fatigued, but he’s here and doing better. We took a walk yesterday and he wanted to do some grocery shopping, which tired him out. Right now he’s resting.

This piece is something a little different for me. The upper left image was cut out of another painting. Then I painted in the other two to look like that. I’m going to do more like this.

Have a good week! Nina

Weekend Work and update

The baby deer skull is done. This was a unique find by my friend Neil aka Nature Boy: it had its lower jaw attached and top and bottom teeth. I’m going to give it back to him.

I added to my working space in the living room. I am quite pleased with having more area. Who says living rooms can’t be art studios?

A couple started. I counted my paintings on black paper: 48. I picked out four to frame. I just ordered more black paper from Etsy so I guess I’m not done with these yet.

Sunday’s New York Times had this as its front and back cover. An unmitigated disaster.

Husband update: recovering from surgery, it went well, we just keep trying to be upbeat. He is a real trooper and I’m grateful that he’s like this and not like me, a crybaby who overreacts to everything.

Have a good week! Nina

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.