Comments: Christmas Presents

I did not get one and my fingers are itching!
I paint what bring me joy, though I have never ever worked in oils. What a wonderful present!

Posted by Blair at January 9, 2006 10:36 PM

We were reading Gary Paulen's picture book "The Tortilla Factory", which has gorgeous illustrations (by his wife) done in oils: piles of smudgy golden corn, faded pink stucco buildings, brown workman's hands. Nothing detailed, but the colors! Oh, to have that skill!

Posted by Meredith at January 9, 2006 10:46 PM

Jordana, years ago, more years than 10 I used to do a lot of painting (acrylics). And this year I also got a surprise -- a watercolor set with instruction booklet, lovely paper, and all those muted browns, sennas, that make the loveliest landscapes. So first I tried a complex landscape with people and horses. It was frustrating and discouraging. Way too complex. So I extracted a portion of a simple landscape from a photo I had on the computer, and using a computer program I reduced it to basically browns and blues, dappled the colors like a Van Gogh, and now I'm anxious to start. I'm going to have a ball with the colors and this will allow me to avoid the stress of too much perfection in my art rather than real enjoyment. Of course, if I could paint like you do I would sit down and paint whatever stuck my fancy (even a sheer drape on a window or dew on the flowers) but I'm forced to start at the very beginning and I expect that is where I'll be for a while.

Posted by Roberta S at January 10, 2006 03:29 AM

Well, if it were me, I'd probably fill it with dreck, since I draw like a five year old. Come to think of it, I draw WORSE than a 5YO, as my oldest child has far more artistic ability than I do.

I suspect I'd just fill it with corn chips and salsa, but maybe that's because Meredith mentioned tortillas.

Posted by skinnydan at January 10, 2006 10:52 AM

A regional Arts/crafts chain is closing its local store. The art supplies are half priced. I saw a French easel marked to $50. I have no need for one but the original price was 220-marked down to 199—marked to 99 then to 50. I got it for $25. I couldn’t turn it down even if I give it away. Being a bargaining hunter and cheap is a terrible affliction.

Posted by jim at January 10, 2006 02:50 PM