Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Greek Holiday

Oh, I have been so lax about photographing and posting my paintings. I just don't seem to strike the right time of day to take photos and all the latest ones have such glare on them. Even this one, which was taken by a friend of mine while on holiday in Greece, had a shine on it that I battled to subdue.

I need to search back through r.garriott's photoshop tips on lessons to combat this!

In the meantime, I painted this in January before I went to a cold, snowy, Sweden. Quite a contrast!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Painting the Masters

A lovely lady, Michelle Burnett, from Utah, decided to start a blog along the same lines as Karin Jurick's Different Strokes blog. She has called it 'Following the Masters'. I thought this would be quite fun, as I've been told that practising your painting by copying the masters, is a very worthwhile exercise.

The first one is 'Narcissus' by John William Waterhouse, and this is my effort. Have a look at her blog - I think the next one is going to be quite exciting!

I am having major hiccoughs with my computer just lately; I have tried to comment on a number of blogs, but Firefox just throws me off! Am I the only one?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Old Ginger

Sometimes I think I've taken on too much. I teach fabric painting three times a week, attend art class on Tuesday nights and our art group on Friday mornings. And now I've taken on the library at our local Art Society as well as the responsibility for the data base - lots of computer work.

Plus there have been soooo many cricket games to watch and from the 18th we are hosting the Indian Premier League which means another weekend at the Newlands Cricket Ground.

And then I said I would do the paintings for the Art for Animals project and donate them to DARG. I feel the pressure building! But, when I finally sat down today to finish the second painting, I enjoyed the peace and quiet of my little art room. So now I know what to do – go and just sit there, whether you do anything or not, and things will happen.

This is an elderly cat whom I have called ‘Old Ginger’ as all he has is a number – no name! He is not a pretty gentleman, but like all cats, shows an aloofness and disdain that came out clearly in his photograph. I’ve tried to show that here as well. My second DARG painting.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Those two wonderful people, Sheila Tajima and Carrie Jacobson gave me the most fabulous award for participating in their Art for the Animals project. And isn’t it fabulous!

I have also been honoured with two other awards. Ramesh Jahwar has given me another Passion for Painting Award

and Saundra Lane Galloway and a lovely new visitor to my blog, Darlene Twitchell have both given me the Lemonade Award for a positive attitude and grattitude! What fun.

But I’m going to beg off passing on the Passion for Painting Award to a further 7 people and am going to combine the Lemonade Award and send it off to 7 people who can have their own fun with it. A Lemonade Award is given to bloggers that show a positive attitude and gratitude. It also exemplifies people who have a willingness to share their ideas, support and online friendship.

But as Deano from Deano’s Den put it... “if you are over taxed and over tagged, I totally understand, but felt so happy to give you a link from me...”

Carolann Gould

Sylvia Jensted - welcome back

Charlene Brown

Carol Hadfield

Barbara Pask

James Parker

Anurag Mehta

Will let you know about the award on your own wonderful blogs!