February 15th, 2021
I suppose it would be extremely difficult for me to persuade people that I don't drink. Okay, I drink a little tea, but booze? Maybe, but not so much...I'm not a teetotaler, but many people call me that because I am extremely unaccepting of even being near an alcoholic; which by the way makes some of my choices in painting highly speculative if not down right odd. I haven't a clue why I love boozy bottles and glasses of wine. I even have a collection of wines and wine glasses that would make it even harder to believe I'm lacking in tolerance for alcohol. The fact is that I suffer from gout and I just don't like the taste of ...any of it. So why do I paint bottles of wine and cocktail concoctions, and empty bottles you ask? I have to reflect back on my childhood for that answer.
When I was being raised in the 1970's, in one of the nicest suburbs in our small town, there was a common theme in every home with the exception of our home and the homes of my religious friends, and that was a small bar with all kinds of glowing golden liquids and beautiful crystal glasses and usually a father not so far away with a delicious aromatic pipe. All the dads in our neighborhood were pretty nice people. Most of them would suffer endless pranks from their children and neighborhood kids getting into some trouble. In our generation kids played outside, we got into things and trouble but the trouble wasn't so bad for some reason.
I remember the crystal glasses in every home. Each home had a different style and some were colorful, some were just beautiful clear glasses of all shapes and sizes. I never learned what kind of glass went with a certain type of booze, but I learned that well kept homes had people who drank and they had bars, they played golf and smoked too. That was the seventies and perhaps a time with more freedom of thought for some as a bit of my work reflects those memories of what has past.
Later in life at age thirty four, I tried a beer. I know, I can hear your thoughts, "right, you didn't touch anything in high school, right!" Anyway as the tall tale goes for this late bloomer, I tried alcohol later and the first was an ale and it tasted pretty awful so I tried wine; sour and bitter, so I tried whisky...that was like drinking barf to me. I never did develop a taste for spirits and I never wanted to be around mean cynical alcoholics either. I don't even know where I learned about alcoholics because it wasn't in my safe world. My husband didn't drink either. He wonders about all my wine paintings as well as my reputation and where we can dump the paintings off at.
One of the strangest of things people say to me about my booze paintings is that they don't drink...why would I care? I don't drink either to any degree, I really don't even like water...my preference is for good fattening food. So the next time you pass by a bar, I wonder if you'll remember my words or my work and think about how beautiful bars are? Or will it just be one of those things people do when they are drunks, 1970's golfers, or partiers? I hope you enjoy my work if you take a peak and find the beauty in bottles of wine...especially wine. Not only is the drink a beautiful drink, it has a great many health benefits if one can keep the level of volume down.
So have that glass of wine and enjoy my wine series. I enjoyed creating them for you and if you love boozy bottles, it doesn't mean you're a bad person with poor taste and alcoholic tendencies. It could just mean you know art and the joy of cooking, dining, relating to others, and having that glass of sublime joy at the end of the day.
January 29th, 2021
"The Mess Of Creating 1" will probably not be my first blog on how messy my hobby of painting is. It's really messy!
That said, I'm involved in a 100 day challenge of painting a work each day. And what is it that I want to pull from this experience?
Well, I'm wanting to excite my muses into action and have them take over. If that makes no sense at all, just understand that creativity and great art rarely make sense...unless you understand the emotion you can bring out in a work.
October 9th, 2020
Have you ever been inspired by other people's art? I have so much so, that I began to try and paint many years ago. Today, there is so much influence on my works, it would be hard for me to even thank all the artists on YouTube and most of all fineartamerica.com.
While I'm not talented enough to copy others, I have developed my own style of working the canvas through just admiring the styles of many combined artists. I wonder if that is how others get their inspiration or if it's from nature or other sources?
For now, I want to thank every artist out there. If I've commented on your works or your blogs, websites or youtube sites, or shared your work, I was indeed inspired by you...and there are too many of you to post here.
August 20th, 2020
After working with oils, I finally decided that showing a little canvas is okay and is actually awesome like the picture to the left. That bit of white in this contemporary floral is plain ole canvas showing through.
Acrylic paint needs layers and when the paint doesn't fill the canvas, it looks very unfinished. How odd then is it that with oils, the colors so bold and colorful, pop more with a bit of white canvas showing?
The original is drying now and I'm not sure if I'll add another coat.
I probably will though as I have no issue covering up one masterpiece with another. The joy of painting is like that with me.
Oops did I sound oddly arrogant in my blog? I apologize, I don't think my work is awesome, it's just awesomely fun to do.