I've started the canvas size drawing, 10 x 20" of these magnificent apples in the warm, quiet late afternoon sun. They seem to glow from within and THAT -- the light -- always the light, is what is there to be captured. The light, the glorious image, and the emotion of the moment are what I have to hold onto throughout the whole painting process. If I lose any of those, the painting loses its meaning. So here we go....
Ah, finally, today I started a new painting. This is the preliminary tiny, tiny sketch of the set up. This sketch is about 2 x 6" with the final canvas measuring 10 x 20 inches. This should be fun. I'll keep you posted along the way. Promise.
Wow, it's been a long time since I've been here to post anything at all! This has been a great year, in all ways. No doubt the best part is continued good health for Bill and I, with a close runner up being the six weeks we spent in France in September. A few days in Paris, then a month in Collioure on the beach, doing very little painting, but lots of eating and drinking and fun, a little time in Beynac, and a few days in Amboise where daVinci lived and is buried.
In our art world, it was a good year too. I started AND finished and sold the 8 x 10" 'Cherries' painting to a lovely patron :-) and Bill and I celebrated with her over lunch at Palamino's in downtown Seattle. Also sold two framed prints of 'Tired' and 'Stretch,' my 'girls' -- the drawings from 2012, to another lovely client who has purchased before. Then, I finally finished a third drawing, this one called 'Reach' and sold a print of that at our annual Holiday Party/Art Showing. The two small paintings of golden pears, 'Pears in a Bowl' and 'Just Standing 'Round' sold to two new clients, too. On top of all that good news, quite a few of Bill's pieces sold at the art showing also!
I'm working on finishing a slightly impressionist version of a Santa Cruz beach scene (where we were in May) and finishing yet another version of Clementines. Then off to new ideas and work.
Thanks so much for following along. I AM going to paint more this year. Promise to self. And to you.
I hope your Holidays are filled with joy, fun, food, drink, and of course, some good art!
The photo is of Bill and I in Collioure at the annual Sardine Festival in Collioure.