Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I used to live in London where there is a lot of traffic. But of course most of our cabs are black so this scene is about those Big Yellow Taxis you get in New York. Don't you just love all the hustle and bustle in New York? All the swagger and attitude of the taxi drivers - I just love it!! So I painted this little watercolor. Let's call it 'Crosstown Traffic' Take it away Jimi .......
You jump in front of my car when you,
You know all the time that
Ninety miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive
You tell me it's alright, you don't mind a little pain
You say you just want me to take you for a ride
You're just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
I don't need to run over you
All you do is slow me down
And I'm tryin' to get on the other side of town
I've also gotten away from the concrete jungle this week and back to nature. I did some fun Pop Art portraits I think you'll enjoy:
1. Mr Pug
2. A squirrel in my garden I call 'Cheerful Nut'
Linking up to Paint Party Friday so come join in the fun!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
|Roaring Leopard, Watercolor|
|Leopard, Watercolor on Gesso|
Hope you had a fun and creative week. I had a pretty great week in that I sold my colorful giraffe painting so that was good. It snowed on Tuesday but I do NOT want to talk about it! I want spring and I want to see all the little shoots coming up in my garden.
I am still fascinated by wild cats. First I did a colorful loose watercolor of a Roaring Leopard who is full of vim and vigor and color. Then I painted another roaring leopard on paper I first coated with gesso. It certainly makes for a very intriguing effect - very textural and more muted.
I am enjoying experimenting with watercolor. I have learnt to love the way it just does its own thing - ebbing and flowing and pooling and dribbling. And sometimes I just have to rein in the temptation to remove sections of paint I have just laid down that don't seem right and instead just let it drip and dry the way it wants to because you can't tell what it is going to look like until it dries. What an infuriating yet fascinating process!
What about you? Do you like working with watercolor or does it bother you that sometimes it has a mind of its own?
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Friday, March 21, 2014
March has come in like a lion on PCP. Am also pretty sure the lion ate the lamb in a drug-induced rage and we are doomed to eternal winter.
— littlebindc (@littlebindc) March 19, 2014
This tweet made me laugh! I am so with you @littlebindc! We had snow again here in Baltimore at the beginning of the week but at least they are predicting 70 degrees for tomorrow! There is snow forecast for Tuesday though and then March can shove off leaving us with a heavenly, balmy April. Hey a girl can dream can't she?
This week I did a watercolor of a Mummy and Baby Giraffe which turned out pretty nicely. Hope you've all had a wonderfully creative week.
|Mummy and Baby Giraffe, Watercolor, 12 x 18'|
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Last weekend my friend and I were gambolling around my garden. Don't you just love my mock tudor tree house? Spring had sprung and we were extremely excited about it and hoped the snow was gone forever.
I was feeling inspired so I did this watercolor of a Cat Family. I'm really pleased with how it came out. It is for sale so email me if you are interested.
|Cat Family, Watercolor, 22 x 30|
The cartoons I am doing for the Adventures of Mr Darcy continue. In this week's installment, Mr Darcy lends his wit and humour to the Mummy Blogger blog again with this sketch around the wonders of Brazilian waxing.
Hope it makes you laugh! I am so glad I am not a man I would cut myself every day shaving!
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
The pheromone that attracts female mice to the odour of a particular male has been identified. Named ‘darcin’ by researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology(after Darcy, the attractive hero in Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”), this unusual protein in a male’s urine attracts females and is responsible for learned preference for specific males. – Science Daily
But hang on one ticketyboo moment, while Mr Darcy may encapsulate romance to so many, unfortunately....he isn't real.
So it was wonderful for me, who is somewhat cynical about love, romance and all that jazz, to hear that a blogging buddy called Charlotte Harborne, who after getting divorced met a lovely well mannered gent who she calls Mr Darcy. She told me all about the witty little exchanges she and he have and before I knew it I had cast my cynicism aside and penned the pictures to her adventures. This is one soap opera I will enjoy following ......watch this space and read all about it on her blog.
Would love to know what you think about my first cartoon for this series. And what about you ...do you ever wonder what your fella is talking about down the pub?
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Friday, February 14, 2014
Roy De Forest (1930 - 2007). This fabulous show includes larger than life depictions of two and three-dimensional dogs in every medium, making the show the most diverse exhibition of dog imagery in the country. Pieces created out of glass, clay, wood, oil paint, ceramic, assemblage, multi-medium, wax, metal, bronze, and integrated art forms are all included within the show.
Best of all, doggies are always welcome at the gallery.
John Natsaoulas Gallery
521 First St.
Davis, CA 95618
"Bark! A Tribute to Human's Best Friend" runs until March 1, 2014.
Check out the John Natsoulas Gallery website for more information.
Here are some of my top picks of doggie art:
|Kanna Aoki: “50/50 Red”|
|Lori Holland "Sirloin Tip"|
|Erika Sandana "Newborns"|
|Larry Clark "Best Friends"|
This week we had 15 inches of snow in Baltimore. I am so sick of it!! Today I found this snow heart on my doorstep. So sweet. But my husband also said the snow preventing him from driving to get me chocolates for Valentine's Day! Well maybe I can get some chocs on sale tomorrow!
Friday, February 7, 2014
So while the power was out (yes we have a generator thank God!) I was stuck inside thinking about Love and Rain and I had hundreds of those little colored bits of paper you get inside a hole puncher lying about. So I created this collage called Love In the Rain and quite like the swirly nature of it all. Makes me think of the fleeting nature of love .... and ice storms.
Do you have anything special planned for Valentine's Day?
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