Friday, December 28, 2012

"on the same wavelength" & "serenity"

on the same wavelength
8" x 10" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

serenity
8" x 10" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood
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A couple of paintings to finish out 2012 combined with wishes for a healthy,  happy, and peaceful 2013.  Thanks so much for following my art this year and for all of your encouragement.  It made my year sweet! Have a wonderful last few days of 2012 and I will see you in the New Year with a big kickoff of 30 paintings in 30 days ..... Cheers!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"lush" .....

lush
24" x 36" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

Just finished this today.  The pink camellias in my front yard are as big as salad plates and when the morning sun hits them, they just glow.  I wanted to play up the swirl of petals and light with my brushstrokes.  Its all about the movement and pattern and color. I love the looseness of it.  Not to mention that the color scheme in this painting is very appropriate for this time of year.  Speaking of which, I would like to wish you the happiest of holidays and thank you for supporting my art this year.  Your encouragement and support are the best gifts I could ever receive! Peace and joy to you and yours!  

Monday, December 17, 2012

grace...

grace
12" x 16" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

I was thinking of so many things when I titled this painting.  The tragedy in Newtown, CT was all over the news and I just couldn't absorb any more of the awful news.  I wanted to lose myself for a bit and paint.  So I finished this painting of sunflowers.  They are such happy flowers.  Bright and cheerful.  I was thinking the whole time of Grace.  The graceful arc of the stems and nodding heads of the sunflowers.  But more than that, the grace that we need to get through the saddest of times and move on to try and make tomorrow a better day.  Leave the world a bit better than how we found it, somehow.  It seems so cliche to say but when it comes right down to it... that is what life is all about.  I didn't know any other way to do that on Friday than to paint.  May grace be with us all.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Folly....

another gray day in paradise
16" x 12" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

So yesterday I succumbed to the gray weather we've been having all week.  I just couldn't fight it anymore.  I started a sunflower painting and then decided that if I couldn't beat the weather I would join in ..... and I painted this gray seascape.  It was fun playing around with all the grays and of course I love the subject matter.  But as you can see, there is some brightness showing through here and there.  I just couldn't keep the glimmer of sunlight out :)  So, I'm not sure whether painting the grays, or starting the sunflower painting or maybe my daughter driving home from college today was the turning point but as you can see in the picture below.....the sun is out this morning!!!  And I am loving it!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

loads of sunflowers....

"here comes the sun"
"three amigos"
"sunshine and blue sky"
©2012dottietleatherwood

Sunflowers in December may seem a little off.  But when the short, gray days of winter start closing in I crave the sunshine and blue sky of summer.  So I just paint it.  Sometimes you have to make your own happy .... right?  Each of these paintings is a 16" x 12" on gallery wrapped canvas.  If you would like to see them individually then click on the link above.  Hope your day is filled with happy and bright!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Randy Higbee 6" Squared Show......

"blue skies" and "workday warrior"
©2012dottietleatherwood

The two paintings above were juried into this year's Randy Higbee 6" Squared Show in Costa Mesa, CA.  This is my second year entering this show and being accepted.   Last year I had one painting in the show and this year two.  I can't tell you how exciting that is for me.  This show, although the paintings are small, has some very BIG name artists in it every year.  It is such an honor and privilege to be hanging on the same wall!  Not only that but over 700 works were turned down for this show so there was some pretty stiff competition.  

I decided this year, I would continue my series of landscape vignettes for my entries.  It was not as easy as I'd hoped.  I have been painting this series on a much larger scale.  Two and three and four foot canvases.  Translating the idea to a 6" x 6" canvas proved much more difficult.  I wanted to still capture the same sense of light and color and pattern that I had been working on in the larger canvases.  More than a few tries went sailing across the studio in frustration :) !! However, be it good or bad, I am not someone who gives up easily and I am really happy with the way these two turned out.  

The show is up at the gallery and the reception will be this Saturday, December 8th.  I wish I could fly to California for the opening but I am content that my paintings will be there representing me.  And for the first time this year, Randy Higbee has set up a webpage with all of the paintings in the show for those that would like to purchase over the internet.  Please take a few minutes and look at all of the wonderful paintings.  Here is the link:  6" Squared Show  They are truly beautiful gems!