Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Poppy Quilt Paintings

Poppy Quilt Fini
Originally uploaded by
Wise Girl.

The Poppies - first in a series of textural explorations. I love them very much because they came from my heart.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wind Turbines as Art

You wouldn't think this painting would be controversial---it was done for the Wind Energy Art Exhibit at the Windpower 2006 conference in Pittsburgh, PA on June 4 - 7, 2006. My intent was simply to create a visually interesting painting about wind power--and hopefully to sell it. I was juried into the show and my paintings, along with about 20 others, was featured during the conference.

It didn't sell, but what did happen is it appeared on an environmental website called Treehugger. They didn't credit me, even though I am the artist, and I'm pretty sure that the correct Internet protocol would be to ask for permission before using someone's image. But then not everyone is as careful as I am about copyright.

Well to make a long story short, I'm not sure if this is a plus or minus for my painting. And since I'm not into the environmental aspects of wind energy, although I do support it, I appreciate the exposure, but I want everyone to know that I am making an artistic statement, not an environmental one. I paint many subjects: cars, flowers, people, cats. I've also done some illustration work for a friend who is a graphic designer. I appreciate art for arts sake, because it is beautiful, because it makes you feel something, because everyone can connect with it somehow.

Friday, June 02, 2006

'57 Chevy Belair painting doesn't define my style

This is an oil painting of a '57 Chevy Belair. I did it for the upcoming Art Connection artwalk in historic downtown Longview. The few people who've seen it go nuts. Well, like I'm not really a car person, so I don't know why they think it's so cool, but maybe someone will buy it. I much prefer a more textural floral piece that I just finished for my husband who picked out the reference photo to work from, even though I myself would have picked something entirely different.

Anyway, the gist is that you just never know what someone else is going to like artwise. Everyone is different. Some of my paintings I think are rather mediocre and then someone will just just love them. But when I think a painting is phenomenal, no one will give it the time of day. Usually I just ask yours truly. He has a pretty good grasp of what's good and what isn't. I get too emotionally wrapped up in my paintings--well except for this chevy, being that I'm not a car person--never will be. If it looks decent and gets me where I'm going, I'm happy. So what if it's a 12-year old Honda? It still runs good!

But back on track--I guess the meaning and purpose of the painting process for me--and I've analyzed this a lot--is always learning, learning, and more learning about the technique of expressing in color and brushstroke the "feeling" of the subject in the painting. See, it wasn't easy for me to say, let alone to try and do it!