Friday, August 17, 2018

Pumpkin Party . . . Whaaat?

Too soon?  Definitely!  Seems like summer has hardly gotten started with so much rain on the east coast.  Can't complain though because it's usually hot and humid. Transitioning into fall is most difficult for me, but I guess the time has come to work through the "denial" phase.

This painting is for the show in late September, so I guess the subject is on point for those who LOVE autumn. Wouldn't it be so boring if everyone was the same?

Pumpkin Party
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Where Did She Go?

Who knows, but hard to believe a month has flown by.  Decided to finally renovate the master bath, so that will be my excuse.  Much still to do, but the sledge hammers will be flying in a few short weeks. 

Meanwhile the art monthly challenge was to paint something big so decided to finally finish a pile of large paintings.  Luckily there's a show being held in late September which is extra motivation to get them spruced up and on their way.  I'll post them over the next few days while keeping fingers-crossed they make it into the show.  Then more finger-crossing hoping they find new happy homes.

All were set ups from a class late last year - I am always challenged with what to paint and how to get the composition right. The "evil" teachers love to challenge us with mixed subjects and things (I for one) would have never thought to paint.  Somehow unfamiliar objects turn out better than expected - no doubt because you have to stop thinking about what it is and just paint the shapes you see.

Here's my favorite - always wanted to paint my black teapot and the abacus.  Super fun doing the gold and loved adding my coin mobile to the mix because it seemed something should fill that space. 

Far East Charms
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As you would expect, my classmates were none too happy with my contributions that day.  Mix it up, try new things, be a little uncomfortable!

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna



Friday, July 13, 2018

Mystery in Casablanca

Fell in love with the colors in the reference photo of this hibiscus flower.  Looks like it is on the edge of the ocean and a bit in the shade.  Ahhh. . .  the feeling of cool air and warm water.  How exotic that it was taken in Morocco by PMP photographer Alicia Elliott.  She’s from British Columbia so it must have been a crazy long flight. Glad she went tho – this was so much fun to paint since these flowers have playful shapes and challenging negative spaces.  Thanks Alicia!

Hibiscus Magic
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Superstitions


What better than a lady bug on Friday the 13th.  Let’s call her Lucky Lady #2.   This one should bring double goodness especially because it’s larger than life, by a mile.  A blast to paint these stunning complementary colors (red and green), but challenging to push the greens into the background.  

Lucky Lady #2
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Delighted to report that Summer Sweet will be headed to New York City – drying seems to be complete.   

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Sweet

My turn to host the art group painting day. Always delightful painting with a group.  Subject was watermelon - they just won't stop saying, "paint me, paint me!"  Fun trying to get it to look juicy, opaque, yet translucent. The daisy wouldn't cooperate, so I got out my palette knife.  A challenging tool for me, but really happy the way it worked out.  Will probably take a week or more to dry. . . . but, that will give me time to ponder what to do with it next.  Love what happened to the watermelon part too.

Summer Sweet
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Special project last month (thanks to a very dear artist friend) to make a canvas placemat as an intro to making a floor canvas - must have watermelons on the brain - or perhaps just too much heat around here.  "Felt like" temp today of 111 - what, this is the mid-Atlantic. . . .

Flexible canvas, acrylic paint.  

Thank you for reading this far.  My gift to you - a favorite summer treat.   Make watermelon "sticks" served with balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of pink salt - looks so grown up don't you think?



Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna


Friday, June 29, 2018

It Must Be Summer

My turn to pick the subject for the art group monthly challenge.  Decided to go with "a shoe" as there's a tendency for us to paint flowers, landscapes, animals, veggies, etc.  Well they got more than a little clever with a glass slipper and a horseshoe to name a few.  Hmmm, now what to do?  After many ideas decided it must be summer and what better than a favorite flip-flop!  Mine are too shabby, but found this great picture and jazzed it up a bit.  I wonder if Dorothy needs any ruby-colored summer wear?

It Must Be Summer
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Happy to report that On Ice is off to their new home - lakeside, north Dallas.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

Friday, June 8, 2018

On Ice

Bonjour!

Just returned from a fabulous trip to Paris.  Truly extraordinary city, people, food, art and sights to see.  Already planning to return.  Great place to wander about, stop for a bite, and be a part of people from around the globe.  The Parisians we met were absolutely delightful - so forget those rumors you've heard!

On Ice - is in honor of Paris where they have small specialty shops including one for seafood.  I hope it reflects the freshness despite being on a warm sidewalk.  I think you have to know exactly where and when to be there as we only saw it once, but certain we dined from it all week.  The food was simple, but fabulous tasty combinations by both new and practiced chefs. 

On Ice
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C'est la joie de vivre
!

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

p.s. Enchanted by this unique chandelier in a small restaurant across from the Opera House. Notice the glass ballet shoes.




Saturday, May 12, 2018

May Summary

First up is a challenge to paint a figure - not something I usually do so definitely a challenge. One of the best ways for me to learn is to copy other artists so I can focus on the object rather than trying to figure out all the other parts.  This is very similar to a photo I've had for years, thinking it would be a good start in painting humans - no face is a huge plus!  Fantastic artist, Andre Kohn. Because it's a copy, I didn't put it on DPW for sale.  

Figure Challenge
canvas panel, 8 x 10"

Since I forgot in my last post - here are the paintings from last month.  I am taking a class, but trust me, not worth sharing those 😊

April (and a little May) 2018

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where's the Cheese

In France of course!  We are planning a trip to Paris and I think that's what drove this choice.  Plus I was with my art friends and love doing something brand new because they are so encouraging and positive.  Especially this time - the original photo had an odd-looking grape tomato and some impossible-to-paint crackers in the front.  These brilliant artists suggested getting rid of the problems by replacing it with some delicious (literally) apples. I'm not one for improvising in the middle of a painting - but really need to make that a priority.  What a great day. 

Where's the Cheese
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Pixabay Photo reference - diapicard 

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Break


Much needed creativity break is underway but has included a bit of painting.  Photos below are in support of an event called the Friends of Leesburg (VA) Public Arts and my first public show since moving to this area.  

Hot



The idea is kind of interesting – artists donate 5x7” unframed works that will be sold for $50 to raise funds for the non-profit established to foster growth of the arts in town.  If it’s small, sign me up!  Locals can get more info here.  Show is in late April.  

Juicy
Also started a class with Elizabeth Floyd that concentrates on flowers – that should help.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna