Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Painting with Acrylics

The middle painting was my first attempt with acrylics. I found it bland because there wasn't much of a contrast between the paints and the background. So the second painting, the one above, and I was a bit happier with the results. Of course, it seems busy, but it is what it is. I should have called it clubs, Bastones, like in Spanish cards. Finally yesterday I saw some pictures of the Northern Lights but I need to work on the background to make it look darker. We'll see how it develops.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tacos and Tostones

On Friday, I am, Lord willing heading up to one of my favorite places in the world. It's the land of marshes, plantations, widow's walks, iron gated gardens, azaleas and myrtles, the Battery, the Citadel, Folly Beach, Kiawah, Ashepoo, the long lonely route 17 with out much of a cellular tower or signal, with its old Texaco Gas Station of decades before still standing near Jacksonboro (I think), that particular bend in the road there with the railroad tracks below calling you to follow it, and the beautiful pine trees swaying in the wind: it's the lowcountry in South Carolina. Frankly, after thirty five or more years going to Charleston, I don't get tired going there. Driving well that is a different thing, but going there, never!

Even driving has it's pleasures. On my way up, I stop at all the familiar places. St. Augustine, to stretch my legs and always lamenting I am not going into the old town, but instead stopping at the outlets. Nice to stop and dash. Then I love to take long hard glances as I drive through Jacksonville and spy their dashing bridges near the river walk, all lit up in lavender. Very classy city that you can drive 70 miles an hour in, but you have to be careful over those rivers. Then into Ga. Peach country, but really I am in such a hurry to get into South Carolina, but there is a Cracker Barrel I like stopping at in Brunswick because it is home cooking, almost. Then passing Savanaaaaaaaah on the right, longing for their roundabouts and gentry, but on to South Carolina with its decorated grand entrance as if you were entering the Grand Plantation of South Carolina, and not a state. It's like you are coming to visit family. Well in my case it is. Do you know I personally have two dear families I visit there? The Glover-Hammes' of Charleston and the Serralta-Ives-McElveen of Camden. Life has a way of leading you in certain directions doesn't it?

But anyway, why tostones and tacos? My James Island family loves the way I make tacos and tostones, so by popular demand, they will be on the menu, and it will be my pleasure to make it for them. Especially when you consider I will be celebrating Lydia and Lynda's birthday with some of the dearest people of my acquaintance (sounds like Jane Austen) on Folly Beach. It's a toss up between the sunsets and the seagulls. I'll send some postcards or take some pictures. Watch for them!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Trucking Duck

Couldn't believe this heartwarming story about a truck driver who has a pet duck. And he is a hunter. Check out the story.

A Collage, Two Paintings and Some String

Recently I have been playing with tape, strings, and cords. I basically tape these cords down at different angles and they leave a contrasting straight line which may be of a lighter shade than the area just next to it. I enjoy the effect. Sometimes it works of course; sometimes it doesn't.

The bottom collage is made with the same technique. I painted a light and airy background and then taped the painting down and painted over it, and then released the tape. Then I let it hang in my studio for days, knowing it was unfinished. A couple of days ago I decided to make it a collage with raffia, potpourri, and leaves. For one thing it smells good and just for that, I like it.

The first and second paintings were painted the same day, and I used the cords, metallic paints, and some vivid colors. The top quadricone sienna one has a different effect than the bottom one, in that I used a spatula, and a brush! (for some reason using a brush directly to paint seems unusual) to spread some of the ultramarine blue. It was not all splashing color at the end. I particularly like the last painting just because I love the contrast between green and pink! Just love that combination, even though the painting is mostly a contrast between pink and blue.

I think I finally got the post right this time. I had to repost because a good friend recommended I sign my paintings with text when I post them, and I had forgotten.
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