[more about him in next post: "Captain" Leo]
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
[more about him in next post: "Captain" Leo]
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
1969. East Detroit & Grosse Point Woods [MI] area. I was 21 years young and met weekly to paint with a group of artists in an area known as "The Block". The others were all well older than myself and some of them art instructors.
Most of the time, there was a hired model, either male or female, sitting or reclining, dressed or not dressed. When there was no one to pose, we took turns being model for 1/2 hour each, however not in the nude!
The sketches shown range from charcoal to pastels are from those days.
More on this topic in my Sketchbook Memoirs post. Stay tuned for a future one: Halloween Night at the Gallery~!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
One of my very first paintings I gave to my sister(back in late 60's). Some years after on one of my visits, I noticed it needed some work. Her husband's heavy smoking gave the whole thing a yellowed pall, and something had dripped on it. I took it home to give it a makeover.
After sealing with spray fixative, I went over the whole thing with fresh [Oil] paint; striving for better colors & composition.
I narrowed the river, rearranged pines, added a tree which looks dead, but I like the pattern of its naked branches. The red-earth foreground with abrupt cliffs did not belong in this misty-moist scenario. So they got covered over with grass & wildflowers.
After complete drying time a thin coat of damar varnish to protect its colors & give a slight sheen.
Even the frame got a fresh stain & varnish.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I used a primitive style to invoke old-timey feeling of Sundays back in the late 50's, when I was still a schoolgirl. The time is about 1:30 or 2 o'clock, well after the last Mass is over. Sunday dinner is in the making as these wonderful cooks create aromas of some of our favorite recipes. A couple of us (5-daughters) Mueller girls (and 5 brothers make 10 kids total) take part in the preparation, following up with cake batter & icing bowls for the little ones to lick clean.
An enhanced scan of an old faded snapshot of a Oil painting I did some 40 years ago [large, approx. 24" x 36"] Thus the reason for the incredibly grainy appearance.
This was one of those works that I grew disallusioned with (got sick of, in short: I hated it!) so, I gessoed it over, and did a totally different painting on top.
After bringing up some lost details with Iphoto, I am amazed at the thing; and glad to have a record of it!
Monday, May 25, 2009
- Not remembering exactly what era of my life this was purchased,
- I gather it must have been during my art training. This goes back to my high school days (the sixties) during which I took a correspondance course with Art Instruction Schools. Some of you may know of or remember their small black & white magazine ads boldly titled 'DRAW ME'. I more than likely bought it to do my lesson-work with my babysitting savings [going rate of that day was .50 an hr.] Nevertheless, it has a generous adjustable tilt level which I find desirous since I usually prop up what I am working on anyhow. Or, at times, my regular easel sits a bit too vertically. One nice feature: it can be set almost as level as a regular table. This is good for applying varnish or a watery wash which you don't want dripping down.
This drawing table ( along with my doll, Madeline :)! ) has survived many, many moves and situations.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
One thing I have from my childhood is my 18" Miss Revlon Doll which came to me on Christmas Day of 1959. Not having many toys, as I was one of ten children, I cherished this beautiful present, and immediately named her Madeline, no doubt influenced by the popular story of that day. This so happens to be the name of my youngest grandchild as pictured next to the latex version.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This morning I had a flashback of an accident in which 2 of my daughters were hit by a pickup truck some 18 yrs ago.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
As I browse through my sketchbooks I've saved over the years, they bring back fond memories much like a photo album does. The book these 3 are from depicts 3 separate art events or should I call them "happenings" from approximately 40 yrs ago.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Briefly used in a couple of my first works, I have recently rediscovered working with the palette knife. The interesting effect it produced could not have been gotten with a brush. The technique depends on the quality and size of the knife used.
I must say it doesn't help my carpal tunnel any. After applying paint like this for a half hour or more, my hand & wrist are 'happy' for me to take a break.
I'm about to order a smaller size spade-shaped one for better control of smaller details.
Oh-the fun of ordering art supplies!!--[another subject]
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Cosmic Bride ~ Oils
The emotion that reverberates from it is almost unearthly quiet, of a still moonlit night combined with M'lady's eerie sadness.
The redness of the rose is reinforced by that of her lips. Her veil forms the pattern of the stellar backdrop, while she is clothed in mystery.
This painting is for sale here.