May 30, 2011

Urban Wildlife - Squirrel Painting

“Nutty Squirrel” 5" x 7"
(12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) 
Acrylic on canvas panel

On first trip to the USA, I went for walks in Frederick, MD and at the end of each day I was proud to report in detail to my boyfriend how many squirrels, groundhogs, blue jays, cardinals, etc. I saw. I was in awe looking at the wildlife on the city streets. You just don’t see these kind of urban wildlife in Italy. That was in 1997.
Now I'm married to that boyfriend, we live in Columbus, Ohio and have squirrels and chipmunks running like crazy in our yard, (I even saw a couple of opossums the other day) and these nutty squirrels eat all the bird food and even broke a couple of feeders fighting over it.
Nevertheless, they are cute, and the point of having a feeder is to get wild animals coming to it, so I’m complaining, but not too much.:)
I just wished they stopped digging holes everywhere in the yard! Jokingly we say we have squirrels with Alzheimer, they just can’t remember where they hid that nut!

This painting was submitted to the DAPT panting challenge. It should soon appear on Lela Stankovic’s web site.

May 20, 2011

Treasures of the Sea

"Tesori del mare"  
(Treasures of the Sea)

8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)   
Acrylic on canvas pad

I can’t believe it has been so long since when I started this painting!  I posted a work in progress photo on 14 April and then I never really went back to it.
The funny thing is that my children thought it was just perfect as soon as I started putting some color on the hands and shells.  They are my best fans: they think everything I do is sooo beautiful.  Got to love children!  And got to wish they never stop looking at mommy that way! Including the fact that they think I'm "The best cook in the whole wide world".

May 18, 2011

My 1st Submission to the DPW Painting Challenge - Cat Portrait


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"Cat on Red Chair"
10" x 10" (25.4 cm x 25.4 cm) - Acrylic on stretched canvas
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I painted Dreama’s cat! Yayyy! I painted a catalicious painting!  :))) 

I’m so happy!
It took Ms. Dreama Tolle Perry to make me participate into the DPW challenge. I have been thinking of participating in one for such a long time (even downloaded the reference a few pictures, even started on a still life and messed it up…) anyway, this is it! Thanks Dreama!

I am very proud of how this turned out. :)

"The dog may be wonderful prose, 
but only the cat is poetry."
French proverb 

May 17, 2011

Sometimes it just takes persistence... Doing the things we love

"Canoeing in fresh water #2"
 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)   
Acrylic on canvas pad

OK, I just had to repaint it! I started over on a new canvas, and this is the result.
I learned that I have a hard time making my brush strokes rich and generous, the way I like it when I see other people’s work.  I tend to play it safe diluting the paint. I started from scratch and forced myself to load that brush more.  Not quite where I’d like it yet, but I like number two better. And you know what? I think I improved, and that must be  a GOOD thing. :)

 “You may never know what results come of your action,
but if you do nothing there will be no result”
Mahatma Gandhi

A nice canoe ride with a good friend paddling along in a beautiful scenery. What a dream. I could not resist trying this painting challenge for the ‘Monthly Painting Challenge’.
I fell in love with the color of the water in the reference picture, and tried to reproduce it in a colorful joyful way. I realize now that the canvas has a lot of vertical threads that affected it quite a bit. Maybe I should have used heavier brushstrokes…  well, it’s too late now! This will have to do. :)

On a personal note, lately I have been a little of a slacker. I did not paint often, even though I have quite a few works in progress on my easel… a lot going on in May, children’s activities and big events, my volunteering commitments, plus I took advantage of any sunny hours in these very rainy weeks to catch up with gardening. So, I’ve been a slacker only in reference to painting, in fact I've been busy with other things that I love to do. What to ask more? Maybe a canoe ride?  ;)

A happy life is one which is
in accordance with its own nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca