August 14,2015
THE RISTRA MAKER

Yesterday my hand shook so much I could not do straight edges  so I blocked in base colours leaving hard edges for good days. Today I will shade contours and shadows and hope for the best.

This is a wierd way to go but if it works I'll be reasonably content. I love painting even if it is wrong or gross. I wonder how many days this will take.

During the five years of study, I finished a 24x36 in one night session. Painted them wet on wet, one on top of one another on masonte, until they were too heavy to cart around.


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August 01,2015
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I am attacking Mile 555 4'x8' again - started in 2006. Finished top half, stumped by bottom half. I have added buildings, animals, stalls, and a Navajo lady astride a rearing horse wielding a whip above  the sheep. (We saw her many years ago when my children were little and that image in velvet, satin and turquise jewlery stuck in my memory.) But she did not suit this painting. So this is sink or swim. Make it work or gesso it.

 


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For over forty years, painting related totally to the American Southwest. It was people of the dry hot desert, solid mesas, cacti, stone and canyons that made my heart leap.

When I realized I would never see the desert again, I began a search for something to paint. Nana suggested, B.C, vineyards and took me to Penticton where I did one painting. Nana and Gary then began to take me on Mystery tours of the island and always included a vineyard. But they all were so green! So many leaves so many trees - I don't do trees and I rarely use green - dont really like looking at green, but I got started on a duty series not an inspired series.

I guess it was July or early August when we were driving home from a winery visit. I was grousing about painting the Festive Flying Grape series when Gary said "Start another series, you can work on more than one at a time."

For some reason those words triggered the words "I could paint the Island artists!" Nana and Gary agreed and it was the topic of conversation all the way home

For a while I was afraid I wouldn't get volunteers to pose but it is rolling and each one offers something special to inspire me. And it is lovely to feel all I am doing was sparked by Gary and like all I do, supported by Nana.

April Update 2012 Sixteen fine artists, many of national repute, have posed for Artists of Vancouver Island and many are booked or promised. There will be no poses after June 30,2012. When I have painted all twenty-five I will turn my thought to . . . what next?