Container Gardening Again

Sweet Potato Vine
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5″

 

 

I love sweet potato vine. Its pale yellow green is such a nice counterpoint to dark green foliage. I love the cascade of its butterfly-like leaves as they tumble out my containers. Its yellow enough to make purple blooms jump with intensity and green enough to make red blooms do likewise. I have found that you can take a cutting and just push it into the soil and it will root if watered enough. This is just such a cutting. I guess I still have enough patience for this subject to continue with a few more.

Posts will be sporadic for the next few days. I am moving more studio stuff.


T F m
July 30, 2010

Persisting

Deck Rail Container
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5″

 

 

Here is another watercolor of one of my garden containers. I am still not satisfied with my efforts. I am testing the limits of my patience with these. I may have one or two or more of these left in me so be prepared for the fruits of my current obsession. I am probably going to doggedly do these until I get one I like immediately.
This piece I posted yesterday is starting to grow on me. It seems more acceptable to me now and I don’t know why.  It seems it happens pretty often. I make a piece I am dissatisfied with and then the next day I’ll look at it and it doesn’t seem as objectionable. I guess my internal art critic is less aware of the “mind’s eye” image I had when actually working on it. Go figure!

T F m
July 28, 2010

Another Container

Planter Box
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5″

 

 

I am not sure I like this watercolor. The left side is out sync with the right side. However it’s gone too far to make any changes. It’s as good as it’s going to get so I will just consider this a learning experience and just move on.  Maybe I’ll crop it. Sometimes the best way to resolve a problem painting is with an Xacto!

August 27, 2010

Actually this piece has grown on me. I swear I am my harshest critic. It seems I am dissatisfied at the moment of completion. I guess it’s that at the time I am focusing on this or that little thing that needs work. Then a week later I’ll look at the piece and realize that it’s not so needy after all. I am now thinking that this is one of my better pieces using these materials.

It has the spontaneity to which I am attracted, the color I love, and a certain compositional completeness.

So I have changed my mind and this piece is really quite OK. Go figure!


T F m
July 28, 2010

Better Weather

Three Containers
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5″

 

 

The storms and the very hot, humid weather that created them, passed on Saturday and the weather yesterday was delightful. It was a welcome relief to have the heat and the storms pass. Some places in the area had 7″ (17.8cm) of rain. It flooded major highways making travel impossible. Many residential neighborhoods were flooded or had no power or both. We were lucky to have gone through it all unscathed.
It was 82ºF, sunny, and much less humid yesterday and it is again today. Yesterday afternoon after the deck went into shade, I went out and made this painting of these three containers. Then when I was finished my husband and I went out to dinner with our older son and his sweetheart; a very pleasant day!

T F m
July 26, 2010

Hand Built Bowl

Peaches with Bowl
Watercolor on Masa Paper
10.5×15″

 

I bought this hand built bowl a few years ago in Prescott, Arizona at a cooperative gallery right on the town square. I am a believer that artists should be supportive of other artists by buying work. A sale is a practical expression of support as well as a morale booster. 

People will tell me “Oh, I love watercolors and going to the art fairs!” Then I ask them if they ever buy any of the work they see. Do they realize that an art fair is not a museum but a venue for artists to make a living? The artist has to pay a hefty fee to be a part of the art fair. And s/he has to schlep, drag, carry, get sunburned, swelter in the heat, freeze if it’s cold, deal with storms, theft, damage, etc. S/he needs sales to continue to make art and pay for art fairs. 

The public needs to buy the work to keep artists going. So that’s what I did with this bowl. I bought it so the artist who made it can continue making beautiful things like this gorgeous bowl.


T F m
July 24, 2010

Container Gardening

Salvia
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5″

 

 

This is a closer view of the salvia planted in my container garden from the previous post. I am testing my patience with this. I don’t know the name of the plant with the little needle like leaves on the lower right. Supposedly that plant puts out little coral colored blooms but not signs of them yet. There are few more paintings of this group yet to come. It’s raining today so the watercolors stay in. I’m not happy about it in spite of the fact that we need the rain.


T F m
July 22, 2010

Salvia

Container Garden
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5

 

 

I am not a gardener. I have had vegetable gardens years ago when my children were little. My younger son would have a snack from my cucumbers whenever he got a little peckish. But now I too old and heavy to get on the ground easily to garden. So I garden in containers. I am very proud of my container plantings and I enjoy experimenting with different textures, colors and plant heights. This is one of my containers. I am going to continue with this theme as long as it interests me and to test my skills. I will have to tweak my painting strategies. This is not my usual subject. I am just too impatient. I am patient enough for figure painting but not for greenery.


T F m
July 22, 2010

Storm

Impending/Passing
Watercolor on Masa Paper
10.5×15″

 

 

One of the pleasures of driving north to my future home is viewing the countryside. This year has been particularly beautiful. With abundant rain we’ve had comes a lush greenery that has me catching my breath at its beauty. The grasses along the edge of the highway have been spectacular in their variations in color, texture and height.
The storms are in the same category of spectacle as they roll over the landscape. I don’t know about you but I love watching storms. I love watching those dark blue/purple clouds as they threaten with lightening and thunder. Being in the middle of them is no fun but watching them as they approach and pass is thrilling.
This was done from memory after a 3 hour drive from Wisconsin to Illinois. I couldn’t tell if the storm was approaching, receding, or moving parallel to us. Hence, the title.

T F m
July 20, 2010

Blue Spruce

Looking South
Watercolor on Masa Paper
15×10.5″

 

 

This is a view of my suburban front yard looking to the south. The blue spruce at the corner of the house has doubled in height since we moved in. I’ve had to cut the lower branches adjacent to the walk go to the back door in order to keep from getting hit in the face every time I pass by. It is a truly a beautiful tree which will get more attention as the summer passes. One can find art in one’s mundane surroundings every day without resorting to piles of gravel or trash on the gallery floor. I have found the work of Doug Braithewaite and he finds art in the everyday beautifully.

Now I know the fans of installation art will take me to task and I have seen some brilliant installation art. However, I have seen much more installation art that is either deadly dull or unintelligent or just incomprehensible. I do not consider myself to be an unsophisticated viewer. I know my art history and theory but some of that stuff just leaves me cold or scratching my head.


T F m
July 20, 2010

Back in the Saturday Studio!

Dozing
Oil on Panel
 20×16″
Now that all the wedding celebrations are over I can go back to the Saturday studio sessions. It’s been three weeks and I really do miss it. This is the painting I completed at the last session I attended. I leave work there to be collected and taken home the following time I am there. It’s just too hard getting all my stuff down from the third floor without doing a ge-shmear on the painting. So there is always lag time between completion and posting here.

I am very pleased with the checkered pattern. The blue cast shadow works well too against the orange tones on the figure. Then the green was selected to contrast with the red tones of the checkered fabric. I don’t know what alterations I will make yet. I have to get my northern studio in order first.


T F m
July 17, 2010