Sunday, April 18, 2010
I finished my lily and it will be featured in the 140Hours Art for the Earth auction beginning April 22, 2010. 50% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Tree People and Global Green, two charities focusing on fostering and supporting a sustainable future for our planet.
As you can see from my previous post, the lily morphed when I added all of the delicate hairy fibers that surround the petals. These are what make this plant so unique.
This lily is rare and can only be found only on Ring Mountain in Marin County, California. It was declared endangered in 1987 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to loss of surrounding habitat to recreational activities, competition from invasive species, and proximity to dense population centers. The scientific name is Calochortus tiburonensis, a rare member of the family Liliaceae.
In order to do this painting, I obtained permission to use reference photos taken by two California photographers, RandomTruth and Tom Hilton. Thanks!
You can learn more about my lily on YouTube at: Tiburon Mariposa Lily, or see it in progress on my Facebook Fan Page.
It was definitely a fun project! Here's to Earth Day 2010.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Like all artists I sometimes struggle for inspiration. About a month ago was one of those times. In between paintings and not sure what to tackle next. Allan said, "Why don't you paint a still life?" I scoffed, yeah right! Then stopped to think that maybe what he said made sense. I could paint all the stuff I really like to paint, like fabric.
But I had no idea painting a still life would mean re-arranging my entire studio, which is exactly what I did, in order to get my easel, painting table and still life table in exactly the right spot. It took like a week. Then I had to rearrange my storage closet, because the fabric I'd collected years ago for quilt projects was stored in the back corner where I couldn't get it out. And I wanted some of that fabric in my still life. And then I didn't like the fabric after all so I had to visit JoAnne's fabric store and get some new fabric.
Then after all that I had to set up the still life and actually paint it. Which after all was said and done wasn't the hardest part, and was definitely the best part. So here is my first still life in ages, straight from my table set up (which you can see above) to my canvas.
Allan likes it, said it reminds him of a Margret Short. Marget Short! Now that's a compliment.
Maybe I'll try another one, now that my studio is cleaned up and my storage closet is organized.
Eggs and drapery anyone?