Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Koi Fish - Something Different SOLD

Koi Fish- Wet/Needle Felting

 I seemed to have taken a non intentional time out from oil painting.
After looking at online tutorials I gave it a whirl....only a few blunders err I mean learning curves...which involves needles and a few poked fingers is not so fun BUT
 I love all the different colors of wool, threads and even textured fabrics to create a "textile" painting.

So with this being my first needle felt,  I was very happy when it sold after posting it online.  The best part was that it wasn't advertised as "for sale" yet.  Yay!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Art Inspiration in NYC

Just a few favorites from
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim & MOMA

 I have not posted in a few months.
I lost my mother on St. Patricks Day.
It has been very hard moving forward and
anything to do with my art has been pushed aside.  
My mom was a fun loving person who was also very creative in different way's
such as sewing, decorating, crafts  and even  few paintings.
She alway's had a cabinet packed full of artsy stuff for  her grandkids to play with & explore.
She was alway's encouraging me to create since I  can remember.
Thanks mom.  :)

So this past week I took a much needed little trip to NYC and met up with a good friend & artist
who I had not seen in 10 years....way too long!!
Needless to say she is one of those kind of friends where you just pick up where we left off.
Not only was it wonderful to catch up, but she was the perfect person to visit all of the best art museums with.

I could go on about everything we saw and did, but that would take forever.
Just know that little spark is still there and I will be getting messy soon.
(don't worry mom, I will clean up my mess!)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Accepted..River Gallery Juried Show "Bottle, Book and a Pear" & "Pussywillow's in a Tenmoku Tea cup"

Well I am very happy to announce
that I got 2 paintings jury selected into the
River Gallery's 25th Community Show!
Even happier that I am in very good company there with some amazing artists.

"Pussywillow's in a Tenmoku Tea Cup"
6x8 Oil
$200 Framed

"Bottle, Book and a Pear"
12x15 Oil
$300 Framed

River Gallery is located in the charming town of Galesville 
on the Chesapeake Bay,  in Maryland.
If you get a chance stop by,  they are open Fri - Sun 11-5.
This Community Show runs until March 30.   Artist Reception is March 8, 3-5pm. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 30 - "Sunflower Burst"

"Sunflower Burst" 
7x5 Oil $150 Framed
Renee Brennan

Day 30 - Last painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.

It's been:
 Interesting, fun, not fun,
 organized, not organized,
 fueled by coffee,
motivating, inspirational.
I am:
 Thankful for my family,
Thankful for my friends and new friends who
are viewing and encouraging.
Thankful for my dogs Lily & Daisy
who missed a few walks and belly rubs!

And to the host, Thank you Leslie Saeta :)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 29 "Resting Sunflower II"

"Resting Sunflower II"
7x5 Oil framed $150
Renee Brennan

I previously painted this sunflower  
and it had sold a couple years ago. 
Unlike all this dreary cold weather, I thought a
colorful flower would be welcome.
 I'm ready for Spring!  Aren't  you?

SO now it IS 1 day  left of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day 28 "Little Ceramic Bird"

"Little Ceramic Bird"
5x7 oil
Renee Brennan

Day 28 - This little bird was supposed to be a quick study using 
only 4 colors.  Well wouldn't ya know it, there were about 50 colors
in this little guy.  Painting shiny white objects is crazy difficult!
Anyway he is supposed to be a little salt shaker and I had painted 
a little hole on top of his looked like another eye 
so I rubbed it out...maybe I will try him again tomorrow.
Naaaa probably not.

Day 28 means only 2 more day's of this
by Leslie Saeta.  Thank you in advance Leslie!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 27 - "Pussy Willow's in Tenmoku Tea Bowl"

 "Pussy Willow's in Tenmoku Tea Bowl"
6x8 Oil $200 double frame
Renee Brennan

Day 27 of 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.

Had to skip a couple day's of posting but was actually 
working on this can I count it as Day's 25 & 26?
Ahhh who's counting anyway?

About this set up -  I have had these bunch of pussy willows for 
quite awhile wanting to paint them.  Interesting that they don't really
die, and keep shedding the little bud shells.
The Tenmoku Tea Bowl I had painted one like it before in
Abbey Ryan's workshop.  She get's them from her pottery friend
Jury Smith who has a nice online shop called Bottle & Bowl.
They are really beautiful pieces of art!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day's 23 & 24 Sketchbook Entries

"Old Tin Globe" (Save the Earth)
"Spacemen, Aliens & Robots" (Oh Heck Let's Just Save the Universe)!
 Watercolor Pencils

Day's 23 & 24 are from my sketchbook that I just sent off to 
Brooklyn Art Library for The Sketchbook Project

Next up another oil painting I hope to finish tomorrow.  
Thank you Leslie Saeta for hosting this 
30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge :) 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Day 22 "Marble Swirl"

"Marble Swirl" 
4x6 oil $95 framed
Renee Brennan

 Another marble from the jar. 
 I never really noticed this one before, 
but it is a really pretty one. 

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 21 - "Bottle's and Reflections" a study

"Bottles and Reflections"  a study
14x11 Acrylic
Renee Brennan

Day 21 - Life got in the way of painting today,
SO today is a throwback painting from about 2 yrs ago.
I remember painting this outside on my deck while it was
very sunny.  Silly me what was I thinking?  Of course you 
know that the light/ reflections/ shadows ...everything 
changes by the minute...not to mention my own moving 
reflection IN the bottles...crazy...but fun!

Only 9 more day's in the 30 paintings in 30 day's Challenge.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20 "Stoneware Beer Bottle, Book and a Pear"

"Stoneware Beer Bottle, Book and a Pear"
12 x 15 Oil $300 framed
Renee Brennan

Day 20 - Of 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.

 I spent time finishing this piece from November.
The bottle I painted then was off,  so I carved the left 
side in to make it more symmetrical.  
However when looking at 
the actual bottle closer,  I realized it was OK as it was.  
These bottles aren't perfectly shaped.  
 They are imperfect with little ripples, bumps and glaze drip marks.
Wonderful, really.

To read original post on this painting, click on "November" above.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Day 19 "Three Marbles"

"Three Marbles"  
6x6 Oil $70 
Renee Brennan

Day 19 - 30/30 Challenge.

So much fun painting these!
  It reminds me of playing them
on the playground as a kid.   

Do you still have your marbles?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18 "Three Grapes in Sun #2"

"Three Grapes in Sun #2"
6x8 oil $150 framed
Renee Brennan

Day 18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge by Leslie Saeta.

Not a great pic of this one,  
I am having a difficult time with the glare
from the paints.  Really the background is a bit darker in person.
If anyone has some tips for that, it would be much welcome.

This was done alla prima, 
which means painting wet on wet and in one sitting.
I did go back the next day to fix a couple teensy spots, 
so hope that counts!

Let me know what you think either in comments below 
OR on my FB page.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Day 17 - "Three Grapes in the Sun"

"Three Grapes in the Sun"
6x4 oil
Renee Brennan

Day 17 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.
Told you I was thinking of 3 grapes!

This was painted alla prima.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Day 16 - "Single Grape in the Sun"

"Singe Grape in the Sun" 
6x4 oil
Renee Brennan

Day 16  - This one is a practice of the first practice grape.
all paintings are practice right?  Well mine are at least.
turning the corner of the 30 paintings in 30 day's challenge.
I'm thinking about 3 grapes next.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 15 - Sketchbook Finished and Sent

  Finished and sent to Brooklyn Art Library.
I chose my book to tour California...I should go along with it!
SO now we are at day 15 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.
Half way through and I'm thinking oil paintings are back in the game!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day 14 "Peacock Feather"

"Peacock Feather" 
Watercolor Pencils 4x6

 This feather was inspired by my neice Emma, age 12 
who drew a beautiful full peacock without looking at a photo.  
Not easy to do!
These will be entered into the Sketchbook Project 2014.... 
I think I know what she will be getting for her next birthday;)

"Emma's Peacock"
Watercolor Pencils 


Monday, January 13, 2014

Day's 11, 12 & 13 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Looking Up''  11x14
Watercolor pencils

by Leslie Saeta.
I got a little behind again...this one is going into the 
Which is due in 2 more day's!  almost done....the 2 below will also go into the sketchbook.

About the painting.  In the Fall, one of my silly things I like to do is go stand under a tree who's leaves are in full color.  When the sunlight shines through, it seems to fill you up with the energy of all that color.  I know silly...but try it sometime you'll see what I mean!

 "Monopoly Booty"  
4x6 Watercolor Pencils

Day 12 for 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
This is another entry for the Sketchbook Project, which by the way
I chose mine to tour 3 cities in California. Yes the book gets to travel!
 I will keep you posted when and where it is.
At the end of the tour it will be permanently on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
in the Sketchbook Library.  

"Sock Monkey #2'' 
Watercolor Pencils 4x6

Day 13 - 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.
 Another entry for the Sketchbook Project 2014
This sock monkey looks like he is cheating at  playing peek a boo,
 but he is from a group of three I did earlier this year in oil which sold.
Who doesn't love a Sock Monkey?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 9 & 10 "Angel Studies"

Angel Study 1 
4x4 oil

This Angel was painted from a photograph I took while traveling in Rome.
Trying to get the different values.

 Angel Study 2
4x4 oil
Day 10 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.
Another Angel from the same area in Rome.
I think much more practice is needed on this one!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 8 "Let's Play"

"Lets Play" 
6x4 Watercolor Pencils on Paper

Day 8 - Of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge by Leslie Saeta.
This is for an entry in my Sketchbook Project which deadline is
approaching very soon!  
And Oh yes, I LOVE Scrabble!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7 - "The Practice Grape"

"The Practice Grape"
 4x4 oil on Canvas Paper

I should call this Abbey's Grape.  Why? Because while taking a workshop from Painter Abbey Ryan,
she demonstrated how to get the luminosity of a grape.  SO,  the other day I bought some grapes,
mixed  the same colors she used while remembering her tips .... and within 20 minutes or so -  Voila! 
 I thought,  WOW!  it worked!  
THEN today,  Day 7 of this 30 Paintings in 30 day's challenge,  I attempted another painting of the grape only on a hard canvas with the intention of making a more detailed version.
Must have worked on it for at least 3 hours and guess what? 
 I couldn't stop painting, it started getting overworked, muddy and of course the light kept changing.  Grrrr!  
 In the end I wiped the canvas completely clean.... and so here you go,  my first practice grape.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 6 "Pokey and Drawbomb Gumby"

"Pokey and Drawbomb Gumby"  
4x6 Watercolor Pencils
Renee Brennan

When I was a kid (still am sometimes)  I used to LOVE watching
the claymation show of Gumby and Pokey.  
I found Pokey in a box tucked away in the closet, but no sign 
of his sad, I might have to find him on ebay or something.

Hope you like them!...Please visit my FB page and give it a like...and/ or add your
blog to the Google Friend box on the right side of this post....I like to see your art too!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 5 - "Little Red Head"

Day 5 - "Little Red Head"
4x6 Watercolor Pencil on paper

Who remembers this fun little play figure?
Only 25 day's left of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day's Challenge.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4 "Blue Mist"

"Blue Mist" 16x12 oil SOLD

Day 4 - 
This is another view of the lovely 1917 Commuter Yacht
"Blue Mist".   Day 2 of my 
 "30 paintings in 30 day's",  shows a different view only on board.  
The photo is a little bit off, but in real life she is 
restored to her glory with all the fine woodwork that one of my 
neighbors was lucky enough to be apart of. 
This painting will be showing at the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, MD
from January 11- February 22

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 3 - "3 Marbles"

"3 Marbles"  Watercolor 4x6

Day 3 out of 30 paintings in 30 day's.  
Leslie Saeta is keeping alot of artists busy with this challenge!
Go take a peek, there are some really fun artist's works.

I usually paint in oils and have never attempted glass with 
watercolors...but it was kind of fun!  Kind of.

Available to view in The Sketchbook Project, NYC

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 2 "On Board Blue Mist"

"On Board Blue Mist"  6x8 oil NFS
by Renee Brennan

This painting of the Blue Mist Yacht built 
in 1917, used to be a commuter boat into NYC.  
On my 50th birthday, my husband rented it for a small party!
We are sailors so  normally when we go out onto 
The Chesapeake Bay,  the weather is nice and sunny. Well this
day happened to be rainy, rain, rain rain... which actually
turned out absolutely perfect!  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 1 "Sock Monkey"

"Sock Monkey" 
Watercolor Pencils & Ink 4x6

This is Day 1 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge by Leslie Saeta.
This little painting is a redo from a larger canvas one
 I did in the Fall which sold.
He will be going into a sketchbook for another project. 

One thing for sure is that this girl will get alot 
of needed practice this month.