Category: paintings

Glorious Morning

Glorious Morning

Glorious Morning

This is a painting I did while we were still in Maui.  I was very influenced by the gorgeous flowers in Maui.  Tropical flowers are so bright and have such beautiful shapes.

I think of this as abstract flowers.  I was showing more the shapes and colors than actual flowers that I saw.

I work on my abstracts in layers.  I start with a painting in Rebelle, making lots of drips and using the pen to make lots of lines.  Then, when I bring the painting into Painter, I look around for shapes and colors that I like, and that is how my paintings grow.

Going Round In Circles

Going Round In Circles

Going Round In Circles

I started this painting in an app called Rebelle.  I used watercolors and inks and created lots of drips.  Then I painted with a watercolor brush loaded with lots of paints and drew in various shapes.

Then, I took it into Painter 2016 and used pencils and acrylic paints to finish the piece.

I like using pencils in lots of different colors in my paintings.  It seems like a great way to spread color around in a painting.

I like this particular painting because it has a lot of very bright colors.  I painted it while we were in Maui recently.  I think all the beautiful tropical colors there influenced me.

The Obvious Path

The Obvious Path

The Obvious Path

This is a painting I did while we were in Maui during October and November of this year.

I haven’t been painting very long, only since September of 2012.  So, maybe what is difficult for me, is old hat to other artists.  Although, I think that most artists have the same recurring difficulties that I do.

I can often get myself to think I’m not a very good artist.  I know I’m no Gauguin, although I would like to be.  But, I think my painting is pretty good.  I know that it makes people happy to look at it.  I know it is cheerful and filled with bright, beautiful colors.

But there are days, and it happened in this painting where I think I’m horrible.  I get to a certain point in a painting, and it become difficult and challenging.  This is when I can tend to beat myself up.  I don’t get too severe with myself.  I told myself a year ago, that if I continued to do that, I would have to give up art.  I was making myself too miserable.

But when this painting got about 3/4 done, I became very frustrated with it.  But I finally worked my way out of the little snit and finished it.

I used some new brushes in this painting. They were made by a friend who has Painter.  They are Liquid Brushes.  They are a very old technology in Painter.  So old, in fact, that they do not paint on layers.  But they were fun brushes to use.  They make a very nice bristly stroke.

 

Dreaming About Maui

Dreaming About Maui

Dreaming About Maui

 

I just returned from a two-month trip to Maui.  It’s like I’m a new woman.  I have more energy than I’ve had in over 20 years.  I have Lyme disease.  It went undiagnosed for 18 years.  I think that the treatment for the Lyme is finally starting to work.

I usually feel like I’m carrying around a 50-pound rock and always feel exhausted.  I never do anything without first thinking about it to see if I have enough energy.  That feeling is gone.  I hope it continues to last.  The pain is also being controlled with medication.  I am so grateful.

This painting I did while in Maui.  There are so many incredibly beautiful flowers in Maui.  I just had to paint a few.

I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and finished it in Painter with oil paints.

Interlacing Threads & Breaking Through 



These two paintings were done from the same painting.

I started these two in Rebelle.  I took each one a slightly different direction with different brushes in Painter.

It was interesting to try this, but I’m not sure I would do it again.  I got rather tired of the painting towards the end of the second one.

 

Wandering Thoughts

Wandering Thoughts

Wandering Thoughts

I am going through an extremely prolific period with my art.  I’m making it so fast, I don’t have time for anything else, including blogging my art.

I have decided to take a break and try to blog some of this art.

This piece, I started in Rebelle with watercolors, acrylics and inks.  I love the app Rebelle.  It runs water just like how real water runs.  I could sit and stare at it moving water and colors around all day.

After doing most of the work in Rebelle, I took the piece into Painter and used some camel hair brushes to add a bit more.

I hope you enjoy Wandering Thoughts.

Mezmerize

Mesmerize

Mesmerize

I have made a lot of art recently, but not blogging much.  Thus, I am quite behind in what is on my blog and where I am with my art.

I’m finding it’s hard to remember how I worked with each painting because they were done weeks ago.

Today’s painting is one that I recall was very challenging.  This happens to me quite often.  I really struggle with a painting to get it finished.  Nothing ever seems to come easy for me with my art.

I see other artists and they just seem to flow with art coming out of them very easily.

Although I know from living as long as I have that no human experience is ever unique, so I know there must be others like me that struggle with their paintings.

I love to do art.  I think the satisfaction is many times in the struggle to get the piece to look like what I want it to say.

There is a very long road from what the brain sees to what finally gets put on the paper.

I hope you enjoy Mesmerize.

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