I have started back on the commission piece I'm working on before my eye trouble.(see below if interested) I should be finished soon. While I was waiting for it to dry at times I worked on adding a color wash to a Pen & Ink I had already done. I like the pen & inks without the color wash but some of my artist friends tell me I should add color. Since this one hadn't sold as a B & W, I added color. Let me know what you think!
I haven't been a happy camper. Weeks ago I thought I had an eyelash or something in my eye. It looked like a stick across my eye. I washed the eye over and over again. The stick went to two smaller sticks and a bunch of other stuff. So I went to the eye doctor. We watched it for two weeks. In that time I also had flashing lights at times. He then told me the name of the problem: PVD, caused by AGEING! My vision is not damaged but I sure have trouble seeing through all this mess. He says my brain will adjust to it in a few months. It makes drawing almost impossible but painting is doable if I take breaks to rest the good.eye. And reading is also difficult.
Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a very common eye condition. It's caused by natural changes to the vitreous gel which takes up the space inside the eye. Although PVD causes some frustrating symptoms it doesn't cause pain, harm the eye or cause permanent loss of vision.
We will be OPEN Sat., March 16th for the Big Irish Day Celebration in Downtown Erin. My studio is located between the only two traffic lights in Erin, on Hwy 49.. Karen drop off these special Celtic Crosses and Shamrock just for this week. She has other beautiful pieces as well. Stop by to visit with us Saturday.
I've been having problems with my eye now for a week. I have a Floater that has decided to just sit on the back on my eye and it's not going away. I've had floaters for ten years at least and they come and go. The optometrist says I will get so I won't pay any attention to the mess that is in my vision. Right now, I am miserable. I can't draw but I can paint. Painting is aggravating at times and it causes my good eye to hurt and I end up with a headache. So I try to paint for short periods of time It has been a week now and I go back to the optometrist next Friday. He is keeping a watch on it because it can cause the retina to detach but he doesn't think that will happen in my cause. So, I should be thankful that I just have to see this mess (little sticks and blurry stuff) right in front of my eye. Yes, it's age related and Yes, I'm bitter. I'm not good company right now. But I know it will get better!
I was commissioned to do a barn painting. I haven't done a barn painting is a few years now. The paintings above have all gone to new homes except for the small barn in the mountain scene (last one). The first four are done in watercolors. I'm excited and looking forward to painting this one in the next week or two.
I've done a lot of "home places" but this one was a very unique one. The family's castle in Ireland. The left side was bombed out but I think it is still beautiful. Thanks Beverly for letting me do this one for you.
As most of you know, I love trees!! The weather here in Tennessee has been very wet and the buttercups are blooming. So Spring is on my mind! I really enjoyed working on this one the last two days. It's about 10" x 12" and I think I'm going to float it in a white frame. And yes, it's for sale!
These tiny paintings are less than 2" square. I have been painting these tiny birds for two years now and turning them into magnets / ornaments. The set above were actually commissioned by a high school classmate for her daughter who recently finished her Thesis on these little guys.
I've done a few Blue Jays and I'll do a few of those for the next holiday season. I love Finches, so maybe I'll do a few of those and the Carolina Chickadee.
The 2Rivers Society of Painters (Clarksville, Tn) will be displaying their artwork at the Brentwood Library for the month of February. I have the two pieces below in the exhibit.
I'm a goal originated type person and I'm not happy if I'm not trying to achieve a goal of some type. I have one goal at this moment and no motivation. Last year I had a show up and getting ready for another. I also starting teaching a few workshops at the first of 2018.
So this year, no shows are scheduled and only one workshop. I'm not planning to do any workshops in my studio as of yet but I might. I plan on doing commissions, they keep me grounded.
What I want to do in 2019!
Get some new inspirations. I already have something in mind. I need to go out and shoot. I'm looking for the first sunny day.
Practice what I learned at those wonderful workshop I attended last year..
I have to find someone to model for me in the studio.
Plan for a show in 2020 or 21 with all new works, put together a theme show.
I want to take it a little easier in 2019, paint with friends and take time to enjoy life.
Seven Artists gathered in my studio today to discuss our up coming exhibit at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, TN this coming February. The exhibit will be up for the entire month of February. We also had a short critique and then to Fitz's for lunch and homemade pies. I had a great time, I hope they did too.
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.