I haven’t been painting as much as I anticipated, although I do have four paintings in progress right now. But I have done more cooking. I even made pear wine jelly. It is so good. I learned that pear doesn’t like to be a jelly. So I have a runny jelly, but it is still so good. I tried the Eat-to Live philosophy of just making a big pot of soup for the weekend. It started off well, but by Sunday, even I didn’t want any more soup. I am still working on the idea of simple and nutritious. One thing that I did, that I believe is working well, was create a space for my prepped salad foods. I had a large basket that really wasn’t being used well elsewhere, that I converted to a salad bar basket. It is great. I have all of the prepped veggies and other fixings stacked neatly in one place. Now we almost always have a salad ready to go.
I still need to work on painting more, or focusing more, or… I decided early on in my career to focus on one thing – pastels. I realized that although I wanted to do it all, I couldn’t. I know it was very beneficial because people came to know my work. So, in January, I went to the store to buy acrylics! Sometimes you just gotta play. Plus I believe that our experiences will add value to our future endeavors, even if we don’t know what they may be. I wanted to play with color, and layers. Funny, even with pastel, I tend to think in layers.
I will surely have those four paintings finished next month, as I do have specific plans for them. In the mean time, I have donated two of my favorite pieces to my local museum for their ARTrageous Gala fundraiser. These are examples of my earlier work. I had just started working with a gritty surface and rubbing alcohol. I used the alcohol and a paintbrush to work the pastel into the surface and to layout my composition. Once it was dry, I worked over the underpainting with soft pastel. For me, it was the best of both worlds, painting with a brush and then working with the medium in my hand. I don’t use rubbing alcohol any longer as it removes the grit from the surface if I work with it too long. I now use Turpenoid. It allows me to rework an area if I choose to.
What I like about these pieces is how I applied pastel in the areas where I wanted to focus the viewers’ attention, and left the underpainting show through. I like to see how a painting came together. I know some would say that this is a no-no! But I was also told that rules are made to be broken.
These paintings are of the apple orchard behind the airport in St. Ignace, Michigan. I was disappointed to learn of the coming storm, but I think the paintings reflect the weather conditions well. I was also amazed at the spring-like colors even though we were there in the fall.
If you are interested in these pieces, the ARTrageous Gala will take place on Friday, March 7 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.