This painting is the last one I did in North Carolina. B insisted that we needed to see the falls and so, although I kept debating whether it was worth driving there in the limited time we had, we eventually got there. B schlepped the equipment up the trail for me and then I had to paint really fast because we had limited time before we had to drive somewhere 3 hours away by 10 pm. I have to say this painting took a lot of bravery–in my background, painting a waterfall would be just verbotten–too cliche from the get go…and yet, really for me, there was nothing cliche about it…as much or more of a challenge than anything so I jumped in (not literally) and just painted as fast as I could. It was really touch and go to make all that grandeur work on a small canvas…and so many points I felt it was not going to work out, but I kept working with it…I think it finally came together….and then we hiked back out and raced the 3 hours to Chapel Hill–our last adventure before the airport home.
This is from the trip to the mountains of North Carolina…so many beautiful areas. I’ve been having trouble posting since my computer died this week. I’m trying to get up and running…but it’s been a challenge. This is being done on a borrowed one.
Ocracoke, a most magical island on the “Outer Banks” of North Carolina, a place I have dreamed of visiting for the last 7 years, since I met the most magical B.
I painted this on Mother’s Day after a month hiatus of not painting (except one memorial piece) because of my brother’s passing away. I needed to paint though, because I was scheduled to demo at the Beverly Hills Art Show and I needed to get a grip on where my painting style was at. “Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.”–Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. It’s a very sunny painting considering. It’s been hard for me to post though, and I was just wondering why my energy levels are so low…Duh! My mind is so out of it, I forget that I’m still mourning and today makes 6 weeks. I have several more paintings to post before I will be up to date. Stay tuned.
Simply Veganlicious wrote this on the Instagram version of this piece: “And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.” (Wordsworth)
The last day. I definitely need some kind of break. But this has been wonderful in so many ways. Thank you!
We headed out to Topanga for the show reception, but first I wanted to paint out there. We went up some steep winding road and I was afraid I was going to run out of gas and the lighting was very hazy. But we finally found this lovely spot that I knew about from when I used to come up here for Hellerwork…a long time ago. No sooner than we set up and a gang of motorcyclists show up, “popping wheelies” and just generally causing a ruckus. Good thing B was with me and good thing they left! After I finished, we headed out to the show. Here’s a photo. My painting is the little one at the top right.
For an outfit I was painting in, it was okay…but then I threw a blanket on the wet palette in the back seat by accident. Paint has a way of finding itself in places other than intended.
Ah, yes, my love affair with painting the eggplant continues…add a little garlic and tomato.
I was struck by the radishes at Whole Foods yesterday. I’ve painted them a couple times before and figured I was overdue to try them again. I don’t have enough crockery…should go thrift store shopping some time soon. But I use what I have. This bowl (and a pitcher not shown) was given to me by a master teacher many years ago.
The interesting thing for me about this piece is that I came very close to wiping it off…not even sure why I didn’t. I forced myself to put it up on Instagram and it was instant love….so what do I know? It encouraged me to try another version today which I will post tomorrow.