Friday, January 20, 2012

End of Summer Sunflowers

End of Summer Sunflowers  7x5

I did this painting a month or so ago and forgot that I did not post it!  That's where my head is these days...this painting will be in the upcoming Art Party show that I'm in on February 4.  The info is on my Facebook page if you are interested in coming and live in the Houston area.  Would love to see you.  Art Party is a one day event.  My friend Jimmy McDonald puts it on in his studio which at one time was his home.  It's a very fun event with fabulous food, live entertainment and a variety of very good art.  I am proud that Jim asked me to come again.  This will be my second 'art party'.  :)  I'll be selling some of these smaller paintings at very very affordable prices.

On anther note, I read a great article last night.  Would like to share it with you. This article makes a wonderful argument for why the arts are so important in our everyday lives.  It made me thankful once again to be an artist and to be able to hopefully contribute something of value to the world we live in and thankful that there are other artists with completely different visions that do the same.  Enjoy: http://www.utne.com/arts--culture/this-art-is-your-art.aspx#ixzz1js4X1pI9.  

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Flow blue and pansies

Flow Blue and Pansies  
Flow Blue with Pansies 10x10

I love to paint pansies.  Pansies and roses are probably my favorite flowers.  I like sunflowers too but pansies are so colorful.  Color is king I think.  :)  This is one of my few flow blue pieces.  Wish I had more but they are pretty expensive so I buy the Wabi Sabi ones.  I pick these up where I can.  Usually they are chipped or the lid is missing or something.  This sugar bowl has no lid but it makes a perfect flower pot.  I like Wabi Sabi things.  If you don't know what Wabi Sabi means, here it is in a nutshell:  Wabi-Sabi is a traditional Japanese idea based on the acceptance of transience. It also means seeing beauty in imperfection, impermanence, incompletion and decay. This sort of beauty can be found both in nature and in man-made things. 
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Artist by Judy Crowe

The Artist  12x9 oil on linen

Hi Friends,  I have been negligent about posting.  Life is busy and 2012 has started off no differently.  But I am painting and I am thankful.  I did not make New Year's resolutions to speak of but there is one thing I did tell myself~I will not post or put work on my blog or website until I have had a chance to really contemplate the work.
I hope you enjoy this link:  http://www.underpaintings.blogspot.com/  There are beautiful showings of some of the works in the American Wing of the Met.  Take care and thank you for visiting my blog!

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Monday, January 02, 2012

For Auld Lang Syne




Dear Friends,  I painted on my rose floral this morning but did not finish it.  I have actually been on an emotional roller coaster today as my son, John, packed his belongings into his car and headed off to Austin where he starts his first real job tomorrow morning as a recent computer science graduate.  He has a bright future ahead of him and I'm so happy for him.  I helped him pack.  Then we waved him away.  Then this sadness came.  For those of you that have also done this, you understand......... and I know it will pass.  
He's left before many times, but that was different.  Somehow this time seems final even though I know he'll be back to visit and he isn't that far away.  (thank goodness) 
I have actually waved 3 others goodbye.  What is it though, about the last one?   Many things I suppose that I won't go into further.  But it reminded me of the song that we sing this time of year so I leave you with the words and a posting of a painting from 2011.  I'll finish my roses tomorrow - I am taking it slow but still trying to keep it fresh and loose-and will post it for you then.  In the meantime, here is a painting from 2011 and a note below about my green mixing theory....for what it's worth.  Thanks as always for stopping by!
"New Year's Gift"  
PS  Thanks so much to Dana for leaving that nice comment.  Dana, For my greens, I usually always mix them from Ultramarine Blue and the yellows-I mix it up.  Ultramarine and Indian Yellow makes a wonderful dark, transparent olive green that is so common in earthy greens in nature (I think.).  Then I lighten with one of my cad yellows on my palette.  The Rembrandt Cad Yellow light mixture makes a nice middle green depending on how much yellow you use.  The lemon makes a really nice cooler green-then I modify with white, adding more yellow or blue back in to get the color I need.  I hope this makes sense...
I sometime alternate Indian Yellow with a Gamblin Transparent Orange which, with blue makes an ever darker olive green.  The inner most parts of foliage sometimes has this olive, earth green.  I also alternate my blues at times and use cobalt instead of the Ultramarine when making greens.  Richard Schmid suggests making color charts with all the colors on the palette that you like so that you know ahead of time what they are going to look like when you need them.  You can find this info in his book, "Alla Prima, Everything I know about Painting" which you can purchase off his website at www.RichardSchmid.com.  


About Auld Lang Syne According to  Wikepedia:

The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".
The James Watson version, 1711
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone:  Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect  on Old long syne.
CHORUS:
On Old long syne my Jo,  in Old long syne,  That thou canst never once reflect,   on Old long syne.
My Heart is ravisht with delight,
when thee I think upon;
All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy Face,
so fills this, Heart of mine;
That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long syne.
Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,
when from thee I am gone;
will not thy presence yield relief,
to this sad Heart of mine:
Why doth thy presence me defeat,
with excellence divine?
Especially when I reflect
on Old long syne

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Work in Progress

Paint mixtures and Palette
In the kitchen this afternoon
Different Vase

Hi Friends,  Well, I did paint today even after I woke up not feeling wonderfully....with a little sore throat.  I have made it through the day though thanks to ibuprofen...-didn't make it to church which I usually do on Sunday morning but watched In Touch with Charles Stanley instead on TV.  It was very good...... If my studio had been anywhere else but home, I probably would not have attempted to make it there but since I already had these beautiful flowers sitting waiting on me, I at least pushed some paint around.  Here is my progress.  The flowers that were sitting in the kitchen (1st photo) were so pretty.  My husband had brought them in from the yard, but I did not want to attempt to paint the whole lot, so I took several out and put them in a smaller vase in the studio.  (2nd photo) I thought I would show you my progress and hopefully will finish this tomorrow.  I hope this painting turns out and we'll see how I feel tomorrow!  At any rate, I painted and that was my goal today.  Wish me luck and thanks for checking in!  Now off to finish the black eyed peas.  I have to feed my son who leaves for his new job in Austin tomorrow!

My palette:  Cad Lemon, Rembrandt, Cad Yellow lt, Rembrandt, Indian Yellow, Gamblin, Permanent Rose, Windsor Newton,  Scarlett, Rembrandt, Permanent Alizarin, Gamblin, Ultramarine Blue, Rembrandt

                                       
My Start
Will have to finish tomorrow!  (hopefully)
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