Charlie is the newest addition to our family. Charlie is a Cavachon puppy - his father was a Cavalier King Charles and his mother was a Bichon Frise. Here is the whole litter!
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
There are times when I look around the studio and am surprised by the sameness of my work that hangs on the walls.
And there are other times, like today, when I look around and think to myself, "My goodness, what an odd collection of media and style of working!"
Above, a feather collection, library, art & craft supplies, plus two watercolors and a fabric collage.
Below, acrylic baby crow, gold foiling on black canvas, and a watercolor cat.
The sliding door leads to the covered porch, where I spend most mornings drinking my hot tea and swinging while watching the birds who stop to visit.
Below, I'm sitting on the wicker porch swing enjoying my morning tea.
Hope you enjoyed a little visual tour of my creating space. I love the light in this room - it really helps, especially in winter and on dark, gloomy days, to remain more cheerful and creative! Nasturtiums help, too!
Friday, September 18, 2020
Stone Chats in Scotland ~ 10"w x 21" h ~ Watercolor ~ (c)Pat Dolan
Between the Pandemic and Politics, I've had a very hard time stepping out of time and space and into the altered state of creativity. However, after a few weeks off from the tragic news stories, I'm beginning to feel more like myself. I know many others find creating as their path to surviving the current situation, both personally and globally. But for me, it was as though I hit a wall and simply couldn't stop seeing the "black holes" in front of me.
But this week, my creative juices started to flow ever so slowly once again, and I've finally completed a painting I set up months ago. You see the finished painting above. I'll show my painting process below. All questions welcomed and will be answered!
First, here is the inspiration for this painting - a photo by a Facebook friend, Keith Clark, found on the Scottish Clans page. Keith kindly gave me permission to use his photo as my inspiration. As an aside, I have Scottish ancestors, Grant & Stephen, from the northeastern counties of Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire. When we visited in 2007, we saw a lot of wildlife, including birds. We asked the server at an outdoor refreshment stand in Banchory or Durris next to the River Dee what kinds of birds there were, she replied "Chirpy-chirpy, Cheep-cheep!" We all had a good laugh!Photo of Stone Chats by Keith Clark, Scotland
Adding more shades of greens, to add depth to the background and interest to the foreground. Also some blues and browns, to provide interest and contrast.