Saturday, January 31, 2009

JANUARY Painting A Day "Birthday Cake"

Today my painting time was spent decorating my Birthday cake. First time I have decorated a cake since my son was young. It was so fun...I made my Birthday cake Carrot cake ummm yummy favorite! I used soft pinks....and I was sung happy birthday by a few friends and family. It was wonderful...not since I was a girl have I had a cake with candles... such a wonderful day!

Friday, January 30, 2009

JANUARY Painting A Day "Dove of my Soul"

"Dove of my Soul" oil
today is the eve of my birthday...a night to let my soul take flight...the years past..... the years future...........
the sun filtered through the woods and fog..........mystical.............words......
self photo........... self taken............... through the looking glass......

Thursday, January 29, 2009

JANUARY Painting A Day "Snowfairy"


The Snow Fairy by Claude McKay
Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,
Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,
Whirling fantastic in the misty air,
Contending fierce for space supremacy.
And they flew down a mightier force at night,
As though in heaven there was revolt and riot,
And they, frail things had taken panic flight
Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet.
I went to bed and rose at early dawn
To see them huddled together in a heap,
Each merged into the other upon the lawn,
Worn out by the sharp struggle, fast asleep.
The sun shone brightly on them half the day,
By night they stealthily had stol'n away.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

JANUARY Painting A Day "Moonlight Reflections"

The assignment this week from Misty is:

"i am going to be digging a little deeper into my pages and thinking about my emotions and how i can express them. art is all about expression, is it not? whether it be through music, words, dance, painting, drawing, journaling...etc. a whole gamut of emotions can be covered through art, what is it about a piece of art that brings these feelings to the surface? is it color, line, composition, facial expression, body language.... what else? this week as you are journaling think about how you are feeling at that time or how you felt all day, put these feelings on your pages. what color is happy, what kind of line would make you think of feeling angry or quiet. maybe you had a wonderful day, what would that look like? use words, collage, photos, self portraits, and any medium you wish to express your feelings."

I am not sure why this painting looks sad.....(maybe it was the smoke from that weird log in the fire that gave me a little headache)I don't think sad, I think of reflections...and beauty......depth of soul. I have been very happy doing art everyday, it is very rewarding......seeing a style come forth...directions to go in. I have also been very busy getting my basement reorganized...working a little on studio...still not finished...builder comes and goes. And then my Birthday is Sat. and I am looking forward to it. I think the painting expresses moodiness with the blues and lavenders.

I was asked how I did this painting. Here is the technique.

Oil painting with thin glazes of color. Under painting in Raw Umber. Then color is put on with wiped off brush so only a little goes on. Then I used a Q tip to pull off color in places bringing movement like around the sun. Finally I use a needle tool to make scratches. Since it is oil it stays soft so you can get the paint off. You could maybe use Open Acrylics by Golden that stays wet longer too.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JANUARY Painting A Day "Word"

Last Tuesday - word art. focus on one word... create a page around that word.

I got behind by one took me till today to find words that really moved me. But in my reading of the Scriptures....I saw these words......Sacred Memories................

It has been 28 years now of so many Sacred dear, so intimate.........these words move me....and tell me that the future is good and full of hope......remembering all the sacred moments........that brought me to this much happiness.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

JANUARY 24 Painting A Day " A Gift"

(I fixed the face...I couldn't understand why the bird didn't look as sweet as I wanted and as the source photo bird beek was frowning and my eye highlights were too I softened them...much better.)

Click the painting to see it larger

"The Gift" oil by Deirdra

This little bird is a Gift for someone who loves birds. It was fun to paint a painting that came from what I know another would love.
And here is the patient little model...sitting in her nest....
And just for fun I put this cute little queen bird found on my bloggy friend Terisa's blog. She said it was made by her friend from "the little pink studio".

JANUARY 24 Painting A Day "Inspired"

This little oil sketch painting is inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painters. The painting I used is by John Millais called "The Bridesmaid" I first heard of them in art history class at California College of Arts and Crafts. I feel in loved with this group of painter's and the Symbolist's. I have been so blessed to see so many of these artists work while my husband was preforming in Europe his harpguitar music. I went to the National Galleries in Paris, London, Brussels, and Vienna.

When I went to Art school in the early 1970's I was so young and innocent. I hardly understood life and was overwhelmed with the times. Berkeley...everything I was was challenged. My religion, morals, eating habits on an shocking and very pushy ways. I was just learning to cook and do my own laundry let alone all the other stuff. I was the most poor I had ever been in my whole life!! Plus I was not a trained artist when I got there. I had only taken a few art classes in high school. Many of the students had been trained on the knee of their parents...going to museum children's classes etc. The students were from cultured families from back east...I was not. ( Oh that I could have gone now...) But I did get some good basics and lots of life drawing classes. Then I started painting abstracts....large be accepted I think... One day while I was at University of Miami in Coral Gables I studied with the Charmain of the dept. who was friends with the great NY artists of the abstract impressionist era. He gave many of us studio's and I was one of them. I was blissfully painting large paintings and drawing little much fun. He asked some of the big blow hard artists from Yale and NY to come judge our student shows. He had one of these men come to my studio to give me a little critic...after he had a couple beers we went over to my studio...he proceeded to ask me about every artists in the past and present. Did I know them and oh why not dumb little girl was his implication. Finally he said "you should just go home and have babies!" I was devastated!! Why was I house of cards was found out and blown right down......

A dear professor of life drawing and some of the graduate students tried to comfort me...but I didn't really know them.... "OK" I said "what the heck am I doing this junk anyway"....I proceeded to paint a small little romantic painting of a claw foot tube and a stain glass window...then I got a big real window and painted little stain glass designs on true self was coming other teacher was shocked! He said "what happened to you... your other work was so strong!" So I stumbled....but now I am found ...and I love what I am starting to do again....

The love of this Symbolic kind of art explains why I am enjoying the mixed media group Artists. Their love of symbol, poetry, and color is like the artists I have mentioned. The prompt from "A Painting a Day" is from a blog challenge. My most beloved friend and inspiration of late as a painter has been Misty Mawn...her work embodies all the artists I love. Please go to her blog by clicking on her name to see her wonderful work...also to see the work of the other painters doing this challenge clicking here.

I am most inspired by Klimt, Modigiani, and Pierre Bonnard please click on all the names of the artists and styles to see beautiful youtube video's with music for a wonderful relaxing cup of tea break!!

PS. I will be selling some of my paintings on Etsy....check my Etsy account in a few days if you are interested.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

JANUARY 22 Painting A Day Crayon

Late night art...feels like I am in art school again.....I had know idea what to do with the hair or where I was going with looks richer in the photo....maybe I need to add more color to the real thing...I love what the light from the screen behind the work does to make it glow.....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

JANUARY 14 Painting A Day "altered photo"

The assignment was altering your photo. A while back my printers printer head went out. All the photo's I printed left the black out. I saved this photo. It is of "Princess Bug" for Artfiberfest. It was so interesting. So I used it to make this page...I tried the collage techniques I learned in Misty Mawns a painter collage is something I have to work at. But I think this came out looks like the little girl next to Princess Bug is saying......."Ta Da ! Meet Princess Bug!" Fitting because I announced her on my blog today and the class I will be teaching. Art is in your heart and knows things your head forgot......

How do you do collage??
I find it hard. All this little papery, cutting up little snips, running around finding collage stuff is so messy and hard to get in the rhythm of. I have started just tearing out images when I ever I get a magazine, in a waiting room, visiting on phone what ever. Then stashing them a side. I would like to know how you all do it?


Just to let you know I will be teaching this cute little cloth & paperclay doll at this years June 2009 Teesha Moores Artfiberfest Reed College Portland Oregon.

I made my own version of a doll I learned from my friend and the lovely and talented painter Jane DesRosier. She is teaching a on line class right now. I will not be teaching her face sculpting techniques or her own pattern for the doll and skirt. The sculpting of faces is her signature technique and if you want to know how to make a doll like hers take her wonderful class! Click here to take her class.

I hope to see you at my class at Artfiberfest...we will make a fast track doll, ( I worked out a make in a day doll )very easy and quick without a fancy sculpted face. We are going to paint the face and sculpt with a little paperclay for the nose and hair. I have several idea's and techniques for a arty skirt. Sign ups will be in March. Teesha Moores Artfest and Artfiberfests are very magical. It is like going to camp. Everyone eats together and stays in dorms together. The teachers take classes with the students. There are evening events, talks in your PJ's and working together in the commons area late into the night. It has a warm and wonderful feeling. I hope to see you there!!!

Happy Girls!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

JANUARY 20 Painting A Day fabric

"Cockeyed Cherry Blossom Girl"
This must be what happens when you try to meet a challenge of a piece of art a day. Many of us have been staying up very late to do this wonderful January Challenge.
Misty Mawn asked us to use buttons and fabrics and ribbon. This skirt came out of that part of the challenge. I really like how it came out.
I am trying to reset my clock...2 am each night, then 1 am...but stayed awake till 2.

I think she is pretty even with the eyes at different levels. It gives her character!!

If there were no cherry blossoms in this world
How much more tranquil our hearts would be in spring. — Ariwara no Narihira (10th Century)

Monday, January 19, 2009

JANUARY 19 Painting A Day In Class

Well Misty....does 3 hours painting in class with Jennifer Diehl the cute girl above count as art every day?? No buttons or cloth but I painted a still life with cloth. The painting above is by my amazing teacher...looking at her still life.
Jennifer Diehl oil
One time I painted this set was a study in white. She had you look at each object and tell her what color white it was. The vase was a orange tinted white, the cup a green tinted white, the book a brown tinted white, the cloth in front of the book a lavender tinted white...whew....she is an amazing colorist...if only you could see them in person. If you ever go to the Coast of Oregon Lincoln City, or Portland she shows in Lawrence Gallerys, also in Edmonds WA and Scottsdale AZ.

I thought on the hour drive home about what I would do with buttons, oil paint, cloth and texture!!!

One World-One Heart Give away

The Prize! A little oil painting in Red for the OWOH giveaway.

Corrine and Misty during retreat in Melbourne Australia

AND THE WINNER IS! says the random number generator

CORRINE!......from Glenorcy: Otago: New Zealand!
please go visit her wonderful blog!

It is so amazing because Corrine took a class from Misty Mawn when she was teaching in Melbourne Australia. She loved the class and Misty the way I love Misty. My give away was a painting I did for the

January Art Journalers...along with Misty Mawn

It was the day we did red. Here is Misty's art on Red day.

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful and kind comments.....I really wish I could have given everyone a painting. There were so many sweet, funny and loving comments about my painting. I hope to visit everyone again before next year.Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! and Happy Valentines!

One World-One Heart Give away

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Photo Time has come for the annual One World-One Heart giveaway
This is what our lovely hostess Lisa of A Whimsical Bohemian said about the event:

In the first 2 years of hosting OWOH I came away with an amazing sense of how genuinely good people are and how open their hearts are. I've read blogs where since they participated as a fairly new blogger made connections that swaps began, shared stories and so on built to a genuine friendship. That makes my heart sing as that is precisely the goal here.

The giveaway portion is like hosting an open if we were all living in this gigantic neighborhood where once a year we visit homes to meet, reacquaint and get to know one another. At each home there are samplings of goodies that you have a chance to take home like a door prize. You leave your name and at some point each home choses a winner or winners......and now you not only have met a new "neighbor" and you've seen where they have something that someone lovingly chose to give..... AND visa versa.

I am giving away a small 5" x 5" original oil painting. I painted her on wood and she is ready to hang or stand on a shelf. She is a perfect reminder of this Heart loving event with her little hearts in the corners.

My giveaway is open to everyone who has an active blog worldwide, whether you are a participant in One World-One Heart or not.

Please leave a comment on this post only for a chance to win. Make sure I have a way to reach you should you be a winner.

The Winner will be announced on February 12th, 2009.

Last year I meet many of my now blog friends. I have enjoyed them all this year and dearly love them. Please join me in this event.

For more information about how to join this event click one the One World-One Heart logo above.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

JANUARY 18 Painting A Day Pink

JANUARY 14 Painting A Day White Finished

I am so happy......I finished the white....It is called "Winters Garden" after a wonderful song my friend Harald wrote...


Wide and bright falling the winter light
Come see the snow fall down
The garden outside, soft dancing shadows, crystals
Winter is here in this land

Soon my friend there will be Christmas time
Inside of your heart it goes bright
In peace the whole world stays in that evening, night
Please send also light to the poor

Shining bright Christmas night God give the world peace and
Light may fill our heart

Stay with me
Grow with me
Touch my heart
Freedom is lightning from God

Wide and bright falling the winter light
Come see the snow fall down
The garden outside, soft dancing shadows, crystals
Winter is here in this land, winter is here in this land

Saturday, January 17, 2009

JANUARY 17 Painting A Day Yellow

"There is a moon above and its dancing on my soul..."

I met my husband 2 weeks before my Birthday 28 years ago today.... a befitting painting for this day.

On January 1st 1981 I was sitting on top of a hill looking west at the blue mountains and the sunset. I had fallen in love with the new musical style of magical instrumental music. George Winston's Fall record and Sally Oldfield "Water Bearer"
(please click on yellow to hear the music) This new instrumental and synthesizer music style was so haunting and romantic....I was heart was passionate for it. As the sun set in my eyes I made a vow......."I am going to dedicated myself to this music!". What did that vow mean?? I didn't really know. I thought I might buy a record player and records. The only thing I knew to do to show my committment. A girl friend and I were poor single mothers. We had gone to the store that past Fall and each bought a couple records. She bought "Fall" and I bought Sally's record. We were going to share them.....With my new vow I was going to buy my own record collection....that is all I knew about it.....but now I know the vow was more like a prophetic vision that God was putting into my heart.....I had agreed with His vision that New Year Day....and now He had my souls permission to start His plan for my Life..."a plan to give me hope and a future".

Two weeks later we husband to be was a musician...I didn't know it at the time. His music was so beautiful...he played the lute while I made vegetarian food, picked flowers in the woods for May Day and road horses out in the country where he lived. He also played the Harp Guitar and soon we were visiting George Winston at his concerts...exchanging phone calls and working on a Record project with George for Windham Hill records....

Sally Oldfield "Night Hunters Moon"...(Please click to hear) the song my heart was singing!!

"Like a star of light on the river.....
I am following you......
Like the wind on the dusky harbor I can hear you tracking me too.....

There is a moon above and its dancing on my soul...

Night of the sun gonna find you soon on the night of the hunters Moon........."

Sally's music had a Celtic Quality about it....John and went to Ireland and he wrote this wonderful music while I took photo's of the country side....later we both came back and filmed John at the ancient Celtic pilgrimage sites. We have also have led 3 tours to Ireland...

The Lamentation Of Turlough O'Carolan - John Doan
Seán put this beautiful video together on youtube of one of John's songs.

Friday, January 16, 2009

JANUARY 16 Painting A Day Red

I jumped out of my White painting to get caught up with the Misty Mawn on her January painting challenge red is hard for some....she & I are little more in love with pastel colors....But Red is rich. I used oil paint again. I also used gold oil paint. Raw umber was my under painting. It is a real ever other color on top of it looks beautiful. Terra Rose what a nice soft and subtle red that helped me not get to overwhelmed in red. I added a little Red Cadmium Light to punch up the color in a few places... Gold is used to make red in glass..and have you noticed that the under painting on gold leaf is often a warm red? I went with that idea by adding gold as part of the painting of my Red Challenge painting. I like gold on everything though!!!

JANUARY 15 Painting A Day White

My White painting is taking a bit longer than a day.....but I have been listening to my friend Harald from Austria. His wonderful music is playing for me on myspace while I paint. Click here.... hair looked good today...and my favorite oil painting I did in class with Jennifer looks nice behind me.... studio is not finished so here I am in the living room....

See I really have been working on White Thursday....Friday........and Harald is peeking through....