Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lost and Found Blog

We're moving again.

After a cross country move from Michigan to Portland, Oregon four years ago,  we have decided to go farther south to Eugene, Oregon.

Eugene is a much smaller town (pop. 160,000), a college town (University of Oregon, home of the Ducks), and ranked as the #1 U.S. City for Hippies.   If you're curious about life in Oregon, here's a cute article about why people love it here:   Living in Oregon


Eugene is a city of arts, outdoors and organics.   And there is a storage unit in Eugene where every art supply I own sits in boxes.

We're hoping to get our house on the market within the next few weeks, and are still scrambling to find a house in Eugene.  Looking forward to posting our studio progress after the move, and to getting back to art and blogging.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Thinking Spring


Tulips - Watercolor / 9X16 - NFS


The Coulter easel has been located, but I'm either too busy or too tired to paint.    Here, then, is an old
watercolor sketch.

This Friday is the new deadline for having the bathrooms finished.  Things always seem to take twice as long as planned around here, but it's still fun whipping our sweet 70's house back in shape.



Monday, January 11, 2016

It's a Mess


Hey, I thought home projects were reserved for summertime, but that's not the case here.  Our studio is filled with drawers, doors, tile and caulk for two bathroom remakes.

This has been a great excuse to pull out the sketchbook in the evening.



It's probably a good time to get reacquainted with oil paints, too.   I picked up a Coulter easel about 5 years ago.   Since it's portable and lightweight,  I can set up in our small home office - if I can find it in this big mess!

Friday, January 8, 2016

100 Themes for Artists / #76 -100



Mirrors/ mirror images

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Nocturnes
Railroad tracks
Rain

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Reflections
Reunions
Theater
Things that blow in the wind

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Things with wings
Time / time travel
Toys
Travel
Textures

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Trees
Trompe L'oeil
Urban moments

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Under the sea
Vices
Vintage things
 
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War memorabilia
Windows

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Weirdness
Whimsical things
World Within a World
Zonked

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Themes for Artists - Numbers 51 - 75


Jewelry
 Leaves

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Lost things
Manipulation of scale
Mannequins

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Masks
Motherhood
Movies
Music

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Old and new
Optical illusions
Ordinary life

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Oxymorons
Personal possessions
Postcards

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Puppets
Seasons
 
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Seven wonders (actual or personal)
Shattered images
Solar system
Solitude

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Sports
Stairs
 
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Surrealism
Symbolism



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

25 More Themes for Artists



Elegance
Emotions
Faces
Famous artists (portraits / painting in their style)
Fashion

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Favorite things
Figments of your imagination
Food
Furniture
Flying things

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Fun things
Gadgets
Gardens / garden tools, ornaments
Graffiti
Hands
Happiness is...
 
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Harvest
Hats

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Herbs
Historical figures
Hobbies
Houses

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 Imaginary places
Insects
Interior scenes

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Twenty-five more to come tomorrow.  Hope to see you then.



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

25 Themes for Artists to Explore in Paint (or What Shall I Paint Today?)

What do I paint today?  Sometimes it's like looking for something to eat when you don't really have a "taste" for anything.

What works for me is just getting started, so I pull out a list of themes or topics I have wanted to paint at one time or another.   Here are a few ideas from my journal:


At the Fair (state fair, art fair, country fair)
Ancient civilizations
Architecture
Arrivals - departures
Antique objects

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Art Nouveau
Asian themes
Balance
Bells
Bird's eye views 
Books
 Bridges

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Cafes
Celtic things
Chairs

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Childhood memories
Children's literature
Clouds
Coffee time / tea time 

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Controversial subjects
Dancers
Decades (50s, 60s, 70s)
Distortions
Doors 
Dreams

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Well, I actually wrote 100  topics, but my husband started snoring while proofreading the post, so I figure 25 at a time would be good.    Warning: 25 more tomorrow.