I found myself sitting down and doing a bit of painting over the weekend. I’m running out of rocks so got some of them going:
I used ArtSet for iPad for the first time in a while. I drew this landscape using my forefinger.
All in all a good weekend. Have a good week! Nina
A painting that started out as something else and became another of these painting with three figures: unintentional. I am sheltering in place with my husband and daughter and somehow the three configuration gets into my painting.
I hope everyone has a good week. Nina
This painting has been in progress for a few weeks. There was a large pink area that I didn’t know what to do with. One sleepless night I thought “tornados” so I put them in. Turns out it looked better upside down so the tornados are more like giant trees.
I am going to try to paint some tornados next, though.
Nina’s internet has been out since the tropical storm, with no promises of when it will be back, so she took a photo on her phone of her bird and sent it to me to post. Another colorful tribute to Draw a Bird Day!
And hopefully her internet will be back soon so she can post more of what she’s been doing.
The morning wakes without rain,
a shimmer of green
appearing from the silhouettes
of the trees scattered between
buildings. Silence floats
off the glossy reflections
of the windows
holding the rising sun.
I look for Crow flashing
black feathers as he calls
from somewhere I can’t see.
His voice bounces off
the brick and I imagine
he raises his sharp beak,
laughing as he follows
my eyes searching for the sound.
I have not asked him to speak–
he does not wait for invitations—
I do not for an instant believe
he is without purpose here
on this clear morning calling me
as usual to attention. Do you
pretend you know me?
he asks, and what can I reply?
How can you ever pretend
to know another when
you cannot even see who
this person is that you carry
with you all the time?
Who is this being that you call
is their true name?
Another piece of art inspired by Nina–her joyful birds, above. For the poem, I used a prompt posted awhile ago by Miz Quickly, in which you take lines from a poem and write them every few lines on a piece of paper and fill in the spaces between with your own words.
As Jane told me recently, it’s hard to find a poem of mine that doesn’t talk about birds. I used lines from an Adrian C. Louis poem “Magpie in Margaritaville”, which I found in the wonderful Tupelo Press book “Native Voices”. I couldn’t find a link to the poem online, but you can read about the poet, a member of the Paiute Tribe, here.
Also linking to earthweal, open link weekend.
Another house from out my window upstairs. This looks like I’m looking down on it which I was. It wasn’t intentional. I just painted what I saw.
A couple of paintings from yesterday and today. This is the house across the street. (It’s not as woodsy as I painted it). I am grateful to have a roof over my head and a heating system that works; it is very cold today.
Another drip painting. Not sure if it’s finished. Happy Thanksgiving to the wonderful WordPress community. Kerfe and I wish you and yours all the best!
West Street Bridge, Paterson, N.J. From a Paterson photo posted somewhere.
Another drip painting. The colors and shapes never fail to lead me somewhere. In this case possibly a hot mess but fun nevertheless.
Woman with elephant. From a Gucci ad I saw somewhere.
Have a good week.
It’s hard to believe that Kerfe and I (mostly Kerfe) have been posting art on this blog for four (almost five) years. I doubt I’d be painting much at all if Kerfe hadn’t suggested doing this. I will try my best to cover while she takes a short break.
More fooling around with the ProCreate app for iPad. I must admit I like actual paint better but I get a kick out of playing around with this app.
Lovely day here in Northern NJ. Enjoy!