Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For Christmas for the Grandparents, my sister had the genius idea of buying them a tree and having the grandkids make ornaments for the tree. Every year they will add to the tree. I enjoy art craft way too much. So we made a little salt dough, sculpted it (the muses really did their own faces), ok not the baby, baked them to oblivion, then painted and sprayed them. I am actually in love with these and my kids want to do more. Maybe I will have them do sculptures of me and the husband. They are about the size of a mini cutie orange. Seriously, baby muse was much too enjoyable for a 30-something mother of 3 to sculpt.....2nd grade anyone?
Friday, December 5, 2008
Everyone seems to be doing 'small works shows', so I finished these small paintings on paper for Pickett Fairbanks Gallery. I have been so busy, like everyone else I know, and had procrastinated so long, that I started these on Tuesday to finish, frame and deliver by Friday. Do oil paints even dry in 3 days? No, I don't think so. But, it is what it is (my dad's new favorite saying). So, I figured the best chance I had of being able to crank out 3 paintings was to paint on paper. I love painting on paper. It somehow has a totally different feel. It feels loose, and sketchy somehow and I love to see the pencil lines under the thin washes of paint. And I don't understand how, but they dry faster. They almost look like watercolors. And they are fast. I had to work from photographs seeing as almost everyone I know either has plans or real jobs. So I dug into my stash of past photos and found some good ones. I was pretty happy with my resourcefulness and delivered my paintings a day early, on Thursday, to find out that the gallery in the avenues is closing at the end of the month. My first casualty of the recession I figure (other than slow sales). It has been a pleasure to show with such amazing artists there and hope to find another gallery in Salt Lake that I can be as proud of.....Thanks Lane and Zach for inviting me.