Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The sublime pear, 2009
gouache on Arches cold pressed 140 lb watercolor paper
The pear is one of my favorite fruits! I recently made an Apple and Pear Crostata from this recipe and wanted to pay some more artistic homage to this winter work horse . It came out fabulous! I didn't have quince and had my pastry already made from a Barefoot Contessa recipe.
This painting is my first attempt using gouache. I have instantly fallen in love with this medium! I used a photo from one of Ina Garten's books as my inspiration. I assume these were bosc pears. Her reciipe books are so beautiful and filled with easy-enough to create dishes.
My first attempt of gouache was on Yupo paper (which was also my first attempt using Yupo paper). I think that I had too many loose variables, so I went with old reliable cotton paper. I'll keep experimenting with the yupo paper and see where it takes me. Right now, it feels odd when I dab a brush on its surface. It will take some getting use to.
My friend Leslie is encouraging me to try water based oil paints. I think that she did some beautiful work with it! Great, another art supply to buy; another reason to vist Blick! Twist my arm!
You can view this and more work at Red Bubble.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Art has been a passion of mine for most of my life. I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was able to regularly visit the museums and view great works of art. I was very fortunate to have some wonderful and inspiring art teachers in middle and high school who nurtured my interests and talents.
My professional pursuits led me to the field of counseling. Currently, I am a marriage/individual therapist in California. Doing art is a great outlet for relieving some of the stress that I experience. It’s nice to have a place to escape from some of the harsh realities of life.
Over the years, I have taken classes in figure drawing, photography and painting at local community colleges. I love learning more about the various mediums and am always in search of finding more time to devote to doing art.
I have posted some of my pieces at Red Bubble. You can view and purchase art from myself or other amazingly talented artists. This is a great way to get affordable and original artwork into your home and office.
The above image is Cat on a Mat 2009, oil pastels on vellum paper, 11"x14" - This was featured in the 2009 Alameda County Fair