Sunday, June 9, 2013

What I Did Over Summer Vacation...

The three weeks between Geography and Ethics were busy ones for me. The first week was spent shopping and touring some of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes' beautiful historic sites with my best friend who came from Denver to sneak in a week of vacation before the heat and humidity got to be too much for her. I planted my garden, tweaked my class, and managed to complete this drawing which has been floating around in my head for some time now.
As usual, the background took months to develop and the drawing took minutes to complete. I love the aged and abused look this canvas ended up with. I never do well when rushed and have learned that it is just fine for a work to take months to evolve into its final state.
Just like this beautiful old schoolhouse at Laurel Valley Plantation--time often adds a patina to things that adds both richness and beauty.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ghost Dog

It's funny how everytime I move, I wind up involved in some new sort of creative endeavor. I haven't painted too much since I have been here--unless you count all of the paint I've put on my walls! I have done a few decorating consultations, but mostly I have been spiffing up my own house and working in my garden, and now I am busy building an Ethics class that I will be teaching this summer. A Humanities scholar is never bored!
Recently one of my friends lost her beloved companion, so I was inspired to paint this ghostly portrait of him. If all dogs go to heaven, then I believe it is a place full of trees--which are full of squirrels!