Friday, August 21, 2009

A Quiet Friday Evening

The first week of a new school year has just been completed, and after some adjustments in my attitude & approach, I experienced a productive Friday in my art classroom. Being a public school teacher has its victories and defeats; I survive to fight another day. Sorry, my warrior archetype surfaces to don her cape quite often these days...the battle against ignorance is ongoing, is it not?
Last week, I put a little concoction together when my husband had a business dinner obligation elsewhere. It involves Polska Kielbasa and an off-the-shelf Alfredo sauce. Add some green onions and bell pepper for color & crunch over angel hair pasta. It took minutes to brown the sausage and boil the pasta, then I poured the cheese over the pasta, and voila~
Just a little something to consider for a change of pace after a couple of hours in the studio or classroom. Enjoy.
Love & Laughter,

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Driven to Distraction or Abstraction?

Bless the Rains in Africa 28x40 Oil on Canvas by DJ
Color Chart Shadows 14x11 Oil on Canvas by DJ

Green Lake Memories 14x11 Oil on Canvas by DJ

Limestone Mountains Two Panels of 11x14 Oil on Canvas by DJ

After having been out of the studio for several weeks due to the Honduras trip and the recovery afterwards, I jumped into some oils with both feet -um, hands - this past Saturday, August 8th.
(And yes, I'll post regarding the trip, as soon as I get some pics to accompany the stories. The experience was awesome, as you can imagine.)
Above are five paintings I threw onto canvas with palette knife, fingers, and a few brushes. The Limestone Mountains are actually two canvases that I stacked on the easel, and worked on simultaneously as one. They also work side by side.
Any of these may get worked over eventually...more gutting it out, as below.
Feedback, please. Negative & positive comments welcome.
Yeah. I'm talking to you. :-)
Love & Laughter,