Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bedtime Story

Sometimes a woman just needs to talk...so I'm going to do some uninteresting gabbing and aimless semi-polite venting, and you can go to sleep peacefully while reading this. Just don't fall out of your chair and injure yourself. :-)
I've tried to keep this blog about art, but you know what? The best art is about life.
Life feeds our art, does it not? And I experience such joy when I'm experimenting with colors, textures, and forms. Then, I experience joy when I'm with family & friends & gardening, too. So, in my little mind, it all plays together. Some of you do this with your blogs, as well. I can count on you guys to comment on my blog more than other types of blogging folk.
And if you commented on my last post of paintings, I just replied to you in the comments there. I'm the crazy type who loves to comment several times on someone else's blog to have conversations with them, so feel free to talk to me.
Also, life sometimes interrupts art-making. I wish it didn't, but it has been doing that a lot to me lately: home repairs, health issues, work responsibilities.
I passionately love art and all of its processes. But I have another love in my life: PEOPLE.
There are artists who can blog by simply posting a painting and a price. Can't do it. That would make me totally insane.
I need to connect with people. I want to talk with people about art, making art, looking at art, and also, their lives. Or it's just not fun. I wanna know what an artist did before they went to the studio at ten a.m. I wanna know what they were thinking before they painted that still life. I wanna know what color they're going to paint their studio walls. Because I just painted mine a pale yellow, and I need motivation from you guys to do the white trim work later, when life stops interrupting.

Also, I've noticed that some people look down on bloggers who relate personal events, such as what their cat did that morning, or pics of their grandchildren. Some have deemed themselves the Blog Police and call such blogs "cat blogs" or other condescending nomers. Pshaw~ My furry art director is sitting on my computer table, purring for scratches right now; if I dis him, he's likely to get his feelings hurt. Honey, have you ever had a 15 lb. tabby pout and give you the cold shoulder?
NOT a pretty sight, lemme tell ya...
And woe to anyone who puts down a new grandmother's love for her second-generation offspring! You might as well cut off your nose to spite your face, or she'll do it for you...
As long as I'm holding who's pictured below, do you really think I care what you call my blog?

So, yes, I'm a proud "cat-blog" blogger!

(Did you see the dimple in that chin????)
And big brother gets equal blog time...

Twenty months ago...

Yes, they're two boys less than two years apart. And yes, my car knows the way to their house by itself. And yes, they can have anything they want. And yes, I have a million photos I'm restraining myself from showing you, so feel fortunate. And yes, I want to see your grands' photos, too.

You'll also notice I have a gazillion blogs featured on my blogroll. (Please see above where it states that I love PEOPLE.) Some bloggers feel it unnecessary to have too many blogs on their blogroll; they have four, maybe five. That's fine; call me an equal-opportunity featurer. :-) I like craftspeople, watercolorists, environmental land artists, cartoonists, illustrators, oil painters, art-journalers, mixed media people, photographers, textile artists, sculptors, stampers, and have you noticed? = Some folks over there on the right sidebar don't even make art! I just like what their blogs have to say. And I'm looking for more all the time...there are interesting blogs listed that have very few commenters...please pick a couple over there and check them out; they're quite lovely.
Tell them Grandmama DJ sent you...with lots of Love and Laughter, of course.

Monday, July 19, 2010

One Canvas, Three Paintings


2010 City Inferno by DJ oil on 16x20 canvas

2010 Fleeing Fire by DJ oil on 16x20 canvas

2010 Red Haired Lurking Temptress by DJ oil on 20x16 canvas
The City Inferno was my third Red Canvas painting. I was trying to resolve my application of paint instead of simply drawing into a background color, which was becoming a worrisome habit. So, I used my fingers to smush paint around to obliterate the drawing and attempt a less-than-literal effect.
After posting it, I tried again. In the second painting, I was again, drawing instead of painting with the blue-clouded woman in Fleeing Fire. It may have been a step backwards; but it didn't worry me too much.
There's always turpentine and more paint.
In the third attempt, I abandoned the blue and painted over the canvas with red to begin again. I finger-painted yellow waves across the horizontal canvas and looked...I scratched through to the blue below in shadow valued lines and kept looking. Water? Mountains?
Ahhh...there you are...I turned the canvas vertically and carefully added her features.
Another Lurking Temptress...lurking there beneath the paint...
At the posting of this succession, I have already altered her further, but due to lack of camera batteries, won't share at this time. (So professional, DJ! Bleh~)
Suffice it to say that her features are now even more hidden than the photo here, making her reason for lurking even more mysterious.
Is she hiding in fear as a victim?
Is she lying in wait for her next victim?
I'll let the viewer supply the storyline...feel free to comment with ideas...
If I decide to paint over her, I'll keep it to myself. I'm sure you're tired of seeing this canvas, so I'll move on. There are three paintings past her in the Series now, and I may have a seventh Red Canvas painting lurking in me...
But Dear Reader, I'd rather you not lurk...please leave a comment...
Love & Laughter,
DJ

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Heat: The Red Canvas Series


"Explosive Sunset" oil on canvas by DJ

"Sci-Fi Battle" oil on canvas by DJ

"Fiery Female" oil on canvas by DJ

"Fleeing Fire" oil on canvas by DJ

"Red Dustbowl" oil on canvas by DJ

"Twin Forest Fire" oil on canvas by DJ

These are in the order of creation. Please click to enlarge images and let me know what you think.
What do I think? I think the summer heat's getting to me...
Love & Laugthter,
DJ
ps~ Six of my older lovelies are in a local art display. My recent work doesn't have frames, yet, so they'll have to wait. But still, I'm pleased.