Thursday, May 29, 2008

self portrait- Justin



My younger son's self portrait. I'm sure he has no idea when he leaves this on my computer that I will share it with the world. Well... potentially. Not that he will ever know. Note the sneaky eyes behind these unusual shades. And is that a snarl or a smile. He's more the smiley type.

Friday, May 23, 2008

notebook page


I've visited a lot of blogs lately where people have posted pages from their notebooks, sketchbooks, etc. Interesting idea, a unique peek into someone's head I suppose. It inspired me to share one of my notebook pages. I don't keep a sketch journal per say. My book is more like a dumping ground for my often over-crowded brain. At least it was in this instance.
After a particularly frustrating day at the computer and just a few more things that didn't go my way I brought my newly-acquired cheap acrylics and sketch book to bed and unwound by loading the brush and swirling it around. Very therapeutic. I added the flower from a magazine that was on my nightstand, turned out the light and slept like a baby. This is the first thing I looked at in the morning. It made me smile. It's pretty amateurish- only the second painting I've done since college oh so many years ago. But, it served it's purpose and I've seen worse.

Friday, May 16, 2008

morning garden


It's hard to concentrate on work in the studio when there is so much happening outside in the garden. Yet, with all the beautiful plants that are coming alive in my garden I choose to step into the woods and shoot this weed! I think this would make a great subject for a giant painting to hang in the dining room.
But I won't have time for that.
Because...
t-shirt weather is upon us and my t-shirt line is still not ready for the website.
More on that later...

Monday, May 12, 2008

mixing it up


I have decided to combine my blog "a different view" with Red Barn buzz. Not sure why I felt a need to keep them separate in the first place. I have a habit of over compartmentalizing (not sure that's a real word??) A place for everything and everything in it's place. Admittedly, this works quite nicely for all the hats, gloves and mittens in the coat closet, but I no longer feel the need to keep my photos and graphic design separate. I've been inspired by some of my favorite blogs- art contemplations and desideratum to name a few, to mix it up.
So I will begin today to move some of my favorite photo posts over here. If you see something familiar, my apologies for being redundant.
I will leave the coat closet be for now.
This is a photograph that I altered in Photoshop...wish I knew how. I just played with it until it looked finished to me. If I had put words to my photo posts like Bill always said I should maybe I would be able to retrace my steps.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I painted something!


I have been talking about getting back to painting for some time. I was particularly inspired by my friend Roger on vacation. This weekend provided an opportunity. My oldest son Curt graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. We had planned on going to a beach-front barbecue after the ceremonies, but the weather didn't cooperate so we ended up going out to lunch, then back to Curt's girlfriend Kim's place. Kim's apartment is wonderful, it's decorated with artwork, most of which Kim, Curt and their friends have created. I mentioned my desire to get back to painting and before I knew it Kim had the mini canvases and paints out. We all dug in and this is what I came up with. It' based on one of my favorite photos. My first painting since graduating college in 1978....
I think I'm hooked!