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The thing is,
to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh,
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face…
no charming smile, no violet eyes;
and you say, yes, I will take you,
I will love you…..again.
Hello there and a very happy Thursday to you. The weekend is almost here! Yippee!!!
I finished a painting that I happen to love this week. I am in love with the palette and I also love all of the different ‘things’ I can see in this finished abstract piece. This painting was done in oils. It was a very fulfilling piece because over the last month or so I have been working primarily in acrylics. If you follow my blog, you will know that using acrylic paint is a totally new medium to me. Initially, I hated them; however, once I hung in there and continued to push my boundaries by exploring this incredibly versatile medium I was pleasantly surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed them. I must be honest and state that my true love is (and will probably always be) oils. They are so vibrant, so luscious, so forgiving (sometimes), and they allow you to re-work an area and blend colors so well….you just have to know what you are doing in order not to muddy the colors (I am still learning this lesson). This is why I had so much fun with this particular painting….I got back to using oils for the first time in awhile.
The painting is called “Birds Eye View”. I titled it this because this painting was a totally abstract expressionistic piece. No pre-planning was done and everything that you see came from an emotional place. During the process of painting this piece, one of the first things I painted resembled a bird and a large eye (see initial photos below). I liked where it was going from its inception. After I finished the piece, I started noticing many eyes and faces within the painting. A dear friend of mine also saw the same…as well as some additional surprises that my eyes didn’t initially pick up. It seems to be a repetitive theme in many of my abstract pieces: eyes and faces. These items are created totally intuitively, not purposefully.
Anyway, what follows are some of the progression photos. I hope you enjoy this little journey. Have a wonderful weekend and take good care of each other.
k i m b y
She is finished! I completed this painting last night. I have been working on it for the last three months approximately. If you click on one of my recent past posts: “Holy Cow” you can check out the gradual progression of this painting.
It is primarily done in oils save for the base/background of the calf’s body. I used Titanium White for her base. It allowed me to create an abundance of underlying texture. I then added oil paints over the acrylic. I really love the effect it elicited.
Last night, I added the eyes and eyelashes (this is the first time I have ever painted eyes on a living creature in a painting) as well as the additional abstract colors that made this little calf appear more lifelike, even if the colors are not.
I am quite happy with the finished piece. I hope you enjoy it as well. I have never painted a portrait of a living creature before so this was an experiement….a successful one at that.
I hope your week is off to a superb start!
k i m b y
This is a reblog from OOMWAH’s blog on WordPress. I think it is an amazing story. Keep this in mind next time you go ‘bargain hunting’ in a flea market!
A woman from Baltimore, who chooses to remain anonymous, recently purchased a Renoir from a Flea Market in West Virginia. She purchased a box of items for $7 and the painting was included in the box. She claimed she bought the box because of the frame that the picture was in: she really liked that frame.
She takes the painting home, places it in a plastic bag and then puts it in the shed. She then hangs it in her kitchen and then puts it in the back of her car. She decides she is just going to take the painting out of its frame until her mother sees the Renoir signature along with a French gallery label and a stock number.
The anonymous woman then takes the painting to be authenticated at the Potomak Auction House. It is authenticated and is valued at $75000 to $100000. It is expected…
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Below are some photos of a one of my latest pieces. The title accurately explains my current feelings regarding a painful subject and period I am currently muddling through. I feel like my dreams, as well as a huge part of who I THOUGHT I was, have been shattered into tiny particles that were once part of a whole. “Whole” may look different to each of us but it doesn’t make it any less “whole”…thus my inspiration for this piece.
I was inspired by a song I heard and it made me think of how I am left feeling: with a very bad taste in my mouth. You know how it feels to put your tongue on a battery….or perhaps how it feels to bite into a crumpled ball of aluminum foil….you know, that nasty, assaultive, metallic taste? Well, that is how I feel right now….how I have been feeling for the last several weeks.
I used Liquitex acrylic paint and I worked in Golden Gel Medium/Clear Granular Gel in order to create the texture that you see. I did this with a palette knife and a Filbert brush; however, most of the painting was done with my fingers working through the paint and the medium to create the pattern that you see.
I am an oil painter, historically speaking. In other words: I have strictly used oils for years; but, I recently decided to move out of my comfort zone and try my hand at acrylics. I initially found them awful to work with….but I stuck with them and I have been pleasantly surprised! They are a fun and versatile medium that allows you the ability to alter their properties quite easily. I am still learning. This little painting is being added to an installation I am currently working on of small acrylic paintings on paper. I sold one three days ago and another one two days ago so apparently, some people find them interesting and/or beautiful. I hope you do as well.
Have a wonderful week and a peaceful Sunday night. I shall try to do the same….challenging though it may be.
With warmth from San Francisco,
Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog. I have been a bit ‘out of sorts’ of late…..you know, feeling really down. I decided to use a paintbrush and attempt to transport myself out of my own misery via painting. What I created I titled: “Circus Circus”….mostly because that is how I feel my life is most of the time and also because the colors that I painted reminded immediately of a colorful and animated circus. I hope you enjoy it. It was created using acrylic paint (which is a very new medium for me) and tiny glass beads suspended in a gel-like suspension. It is quite textured with rather luminescent features. It should look even better once it dries and I am able to frame it in a really beautiful frame and possibly matte.
Have a wonderful night and rest of your week.
k i m b y