Friday, January 27, 2012
I put the meadow with the yellow and purple tiny flowers and a hill that originally had pines all along it...and at the bottom is the dark color laid in for what will eventually be aspen. The aspen will come much above the dark color...THIS is where I make decisions...
First...just what do I do about the pines on the steep sloping hill...will I put some in and lay aspen in on top for added depth or do I skip them.?..I will play with that decision today...
Second...Do I bring the dark colors up a bit to eliminate the "line" that always screams BORING negative shape...probably so I answer myself...
Third...the foliage on the aspen trees...hmmm...this piece has shown itself to be a spring"ish" piece with the spring snow on the mountains, but color bursting on the scene of the lower elevations...so a decision as to HOW I will approach the leaves of the aspen as well as COLOR of the foliage will be another decision...COLOR and VALUE will play a big part here as I see where the tops of the trees will land and what is behind them...all the while keeping in mind the fact that one "layer" blends into another...AND...always keeping in mind the negative shapes that are made (the outlines of the subject matter at hand) can sometimes make or break a painting...
ALL IN ALL...it's a fun piece to do as it is a challenge and things can change in an instant. The next photo will be quite a change from what you see here as far as what happens towards the lower parts of this..so stay tuned!!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
This detail section is me laying in the water and beginning to put trees in and going down to prepare for the next layer...at this point I'M not even sure what scene I will incorporate....that is exciting stuff for me!!
So...as life demands I'm off to do asundry things and hopefully back this afternoon to play some more!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Time has been my enemy of late...the good news is I've been preparing and delivering paintings for various shows, competitions and shops in the area...this takes time...precious time...but important to keep things moving along! The frustrating news is it leaves me only moments here and there to come in and slap down some paint or paper! LOL...this too shall pass!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Yesterday was a frustrating technical day at our house which left me precious little time to paint. We got an update for Cisco (the makers of our Lynksys router)...my husband innocently clicked on it and that caused us to loose our wireless connection on our laptops and ipad. As I spent over 3 hours on the phone with their technical department I became more frustrated. What started out as a request for passwords that the update didn't supply ended up with them telling us our router was broken and they could do nothing for us! I had to argue with them for half that time as they wanted us to buy an extended warranty before they would help us! SORRY...but NO...so, after much discussion and explaining to the service people out in the Philippines they got on with my husband and led him through an exhaustive diagnostic which left our router non functional and him late leaving for a very important conference out of town! WHEW!
WELL...as I should have done FIRST I called my friend and computer expert who had us back to functionality within minutes on the phone...still with the wireless problem...but functional all the same! SO, today she is driving up here to help fix the situation...The moral of the story for me...DON'T LET CISCO TRY TO HELP!! DON'T automatically click on updates...they mess up your system!! WHEW...as much as I love our techno world...I HATE how complicated they make the fix!!
SO, as soon as I'm back to 100% on my computers and other wireless devices I'm back at the easel! Here's hoping your day is MUCH more CREATIVE!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Playing with images of Gore Mountains in Colorado.
A while back I had someone ask me to do a painting of the Gore range in the same manner as I did "Colorado Layers" and "Nebraska"...only BIG...well...there was no commission, and I am playing with different images that I might put in a long skinny (as I call them). The size I'm doing this on is like these two...apx 24" x 6" on MDF cradle. If I like what comes out I may do a larger one for the collectors if they decide they want me to do a big piece.
The Gore Range (elevation approximately 12,000 ft) is a mountain range in the Rocky Mountains of north central Colorado in the United States. The range runs for approximately 60 miles (100 km) northwest-to-southeast, through western Grand and Summit counties, and eastern Routt and Eagle counties. If I could pick a city that you would recognize that is near a part of the range it would be Vail. So...of I go on this little challenge.
My most wonderful son Jonathan, who lives out it California is training to hopefully make it to Calgary in a few months for another world Skatebording championship. The last one he competed at he won 6th in the world in his Freestyle Skating division. I saw these pics on his facebook over the weekend of him training...He is so talented and has unique tricks...I'm ever amazed and EVER proud!! YOU GO JONATHAN!! This is HIS art form...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
"SITTING PRETTY" ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTING OF RED CARDINAL SITTING ON ASPEN BRANCH © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY
12" x 36" mixed media on canvas/MDF
framed in grey metal frame
$400; includes shipping in the US
This is the re-work of the original piece titled "Tree Line" as seen below...
When I began working in mixed media this painting just nagged me to death...screaming to be spruced up with my papers and paint...I added a few papers...making sure to include a bit of red to help the unity of the piece when I added this little red cardinal. I thought about adding more...but folks, more is not always better...so, this little pretty red bird sits enjoying all the attention among these most beloved aspen!
Last night was a fun reception at the Madden Museum of Art in Fiddler's Green near Denver. I was tickled to find out my painting "Late Summer Aspen" had been added to their post cards...
and...I always take a pic for my mom and hubby...
The Madden Museum is a wonderful place in a beautiful building where Mr. Madden (a real estate tycoon I hear) made room among his famous works by famous artists for 100 artists to display their paintings. IF you are in the area...hop on down to see some beautiful pieces!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
12" x 36" print
it's back...well, in print form
The original was mixed media; which is SOLD, but due to many requests I've brought it back for prints at my RE-OPENED ZAZZLE STORE...you can click on the Title to go to my re-opened store; well, give it 24 hours as I think it takes that long to show up in the store.
I don't know if you've noticed or not, but several things have dissappeared from my side-bar. I did some thinking the past few months and have pared down my involvement in different associations. I considered what was working and what wasn't...so, I'm no longer with CFAI on line and have focused on the things that have worked...like my website and associations with different guilds in my area. I've been terribly remiss in working on my newsletter for my website and a few other things like finding a place where people can order quality prints of my work...After much consideration I closed my FINE ART AMERICA store (just too many zillions of artists where work is often lost in the crowd) and decided to re-open my zazzle store where you can not only make prints but can put images on other products as well. I actually ordered a print from Zazzle of my mom's cat and it came out beautifully on canvas...so, I can attest that the quality is awesome! SO...bear with me...there are only three little ole paintings on Zazzle right now...BUT, IF YOU SEE A PAINTING YOU LIKE...e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a request to add it to my Zazzle store and I will!! I want everyone to be able to purchase work as they can afford!!
SO, that done I had a few minutes to work on my RE-WORK of Tree Line...I added papers and have begun to paint the trees I want to stand out...and, if I'm feeling like it I want to add a redbird to the mix...I've been thinking about it for awhile...so...stay tuned!!
"Tree Line" rework in process...you can already see where my focal tree is...and most likely where the little bird will go...:)
"Tree Line" rework detail...
So, off I go...again!! HAPPY CREATING!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
2'x2' mixed media on cradled panel
FINALLY!...Santa is finished...well, at least for this year...SINCE he is for our house...no telling how I may change him when I pull him out for next season! BUT, for today...for now...he's done! WHEW...I played with the beard and put a few tiles for accent on his buttons...
I enjoyed slapping paint on his face...now that's more me!! It was fun, but as I said I'm SO over him by now!
My next project will be to do some fun collage and painting stuff to an old painting...
acrylic on mounted canvas to MDF...
This painting was a beginning of my collage work. I had grown tired of the typical painting and sort of abstracted my beloved aspen...BUT, since I've moved into mixed media I've had my eye on this for some time to do MORE...so...off I go!
Monday, January 9, 2012
For those of you who have followed along...NO, I didn't take the dark out of his eyes...it's just waning light this evening so some of it washed out...BUT, the final product will be tomorrow and we are supposed to have sunshine...so the pic should be better!
Things left to do...finalize the beard...some of it is just quickly thrown in...put some bling (maybe) on his buttons...and look at those little things that can enhance...BUT, to be honest with you...I'M OVER THIS ONE! HA...so hopefully I can hang in for those final moments and then MOVE ON TO OTHER THINGS!! Wish me luck!!
Friday, January 6, 2012
When I got up this morning the skies were fascinating...I'm sharing...clouds swirling around our trees, and in a matter of a few seconds the sky was orange...LOVE LOVE our skies up here!!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
SO, I started this 2'x2' cradled piece with some acrylic painting. I actually looked at a lot of Santa paintings; specifically the background colors...and, ultimately I decided on this less traditional color of a coffee "ish" color with some red oxide thrown in...AND, of course my papers...I think I will paint him next and THEN decide if I want others in there...but, for now I like what is beginning to be...
Santa will be painted in oil...so, for this...mixed media really speaks loudly. I love trying to fit as many elements as possible...ooooohhhhh...while typing I just remembered I wanted to add other collage materials...thanks for the reminder!! SO, off I go!!...a little slowly as is kind of typical for the first of the year for me...but...it's not a race now is it??
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Jerry and I trying to keep ourselves busy after everyone left today...We miss our kids and that grandbaby already! We tried to get a photo of that baby and his parents in front of the tree...but life got too busy...so you'll have to settle for just us wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Paxton chillin with the headphones on his way home!! Miss he and his momma and dad!!
So, now it begins...shows to enter...paintings to deliver...like...
LATE SUMMER ASPEN that will be hanging at the Madden Museum for awhile...
and...COLORADO COLOR will be hanging at the Foothills Art Center in Golden...
and on it goes...so, family gone and it's back to work!! HAPPY CREATING!!
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