This small study is of a common theme when you live on a coast. Here in the Pacific Northwest the sea is greener...and the sky is more grey...day after day, after day...but it is still February (well, for another hour or so). Truthfully, I don't complain about the weather too often, except on the rare occasions that it gets too hot. I plan to do a couple more ocean horizons, and then some landlocked ones.
Birds are simply amazing creatures. I've been lucky enough to have had chickadees, and others, in the garden all winter. Lately my little, scrappy, super-dog dog, Cooper, has spent most of his spare time chasing them around the trees. If he could climb, he would. This painting is for sale on Daily Paintworks.
This is an apt painting to post after spending the last three days with a non-functioning furnace. My indoor temperature has hovered between 51 and 54 F...(last night it was -3C outside)...I can't do the math. After almost $900 (!!!) my furnace has a new blower, and I have heat. I'm sure I will feel that it was worth it after my stomach settles down. The 'plus' side is that I have a small home studio which it is the only room equipped with electric baseboard heaters, and it has gotten a lot of tidying in the past two days!
There are a surprising number of blue accents in the countryside in France. Blue shutters, blue delphiniums, blue doors, and, occasionally, a blue barn. It makes me look forward even more to my nearly annual trip to France coming up in a couple of months. A couple of days in Paris visiting the museums and galleries...and eating wickedly good food, and then a week or so in the south with my cousin and her husband who kindly invite me to stay in their converted 'piggery', which is sooo lovely I could live there all year.
I simply love hollyhocks and used to grow them, but the fungal rust that they get in our climate was just too ugly to bear. Still, I always stop to look and photograph them whenever I see them. They grow quite beautifully in southern France. I'll be painting more as they are quite fun, but they will be from photos. Old seed packets are great for illustration, when you can find them.
I have finally taken the time to sit down and post 2012 paintings to my web-site (http://www.cecilam.com), which, unfortunately, no longer has a link to Facebook.... maybe time to find another web-site host? Anyhoo, the result was that I have finished more paintings than I thought so far this year, and will slowly (of course) try to post more here. Only a few small ones so far...bigger is an awful lot of fun. We had a few days of beautiful spring weather that found me out pruning my raspberries, but now it is cold and wet for a few days. The days get longer and the ground warms up. I love when spring finally comes.
Well, that's what this little guy looks like he's doing. I've been having some fun in the studio the past few days, playing with colour and other stuff. One of the most liberating things is to take some of those paintings that did not sell and that don't move me anymore and rework them. Keeping the 'fat over lean' principle and re-energizing the oils and working the canvas. Lots of fun and quite freeing.