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Friday, September 03, 2010

Lady Bug and Praying Mantis Abstracts

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16 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

I'm really enjoying your recent work lately. Rain and I were talking about it the other day. I told her that I didn't leave comments often because while an art aficionado, I really don't know much about it and how many times should I just write 'fabulous' -- my perennial reaction to your work. She said that was okay so here goes:

Fabulous!!!!!!!
(and expect more of the same!)

Parapluie said...

Thanks for letting me know that you are still looking at my paintings. I think you might be surprised at how much you really know about art. A good art appreciation class or blog would demonstrate that to you.

Kay Dennison said...

Thanks!!!! I did take art appreciation in college (and got an A) and I am a member of the Art Institute here. Growing up in Toledo, they took us to the wonderful museum for culture -- we alternated prograns on art and classical music and it began, for me a lifelong interest but I'm still not really confident about what I know technically but I do know what I like and I think that's half the battle. I'm having fun watching Rain's efforts as well and am seriously considering trying my hand at sketching a little just to get a feel for it.

And I'll keep commenting here!!!

Parapluie said...

Kay,
Some more thoughts I will share.
Hearing that people like my work does make me feel good, but of course saying that over and over reduces the compliment some how. Here are some questions that would help me out. What is the first thing you see in the painting? Do you see an object that probably wasn't my intention? How does the painting make you feel? Do my titles help you enjoy them? Have you clicked on the images for an enlargement? What color do you like best in the painting?

Parapluie said...

Thank you Kay.
I had a notion that you have an important basic background for appreciation. I look forward to enthusing you in doing some painting yourself.

Kay Dennison said...

Wow!!! You're really making me think -- and that's a good thing!!!! Usually I'm taken by composition and color. The subject is incidental. If this helps you, my favorite artists are mostly the Impressionists. I'm looking at the poster above my desk -- Vangogh's Irises -- and marvelling at how he built the color and the boldness of his strokes.

Me? Paint? Hmmmmm I can hardly write. Then again, a local artist friend (we have an really excellent active art community here) told me that it would be interesting to see how my disability would manifest itself in my art.

I really appreciate your kind words and taking the time to talk on your art.

Parapluie said...

I am eager to see what you paint, I am sure you are an artist inside.

Rain said...

That's an interesting thread. And the disability might show up interestingly in your art, Kay. There is a painter who I have liked her work-- Nancy Glazer (spelling I think) and when she injured her dominant hand, she had to use her other one to paint. The work was totally different, much looser and impressionistic while with her dominant hand she painted more realistically romantic.

Kay Dennison said...

Smiling here. I've been thinking about taking a class at the institute but I'm not sure what would be best. I just did a fabric art workshop at a friend's gallery and I think I surprised her because I didn't exactly follow the program and did mine 3-D. I just did what the fabrics I chose wanted me to do. I like to color outside the lines. lol

Parapluie said...

Sounds like we are kindered spirits especially when I take workshops. Some claim it is my astrological sign to have to do things differently than the group. But it is because my mother was an original doll artist from Berkeley, California during my early formative years. I frequently looked her art books about historic artists who started new directions in art from Botticelli to Picasso.

Kay Dennison said...

I'm an Aries -- we just butt our heads against the wall in frustration a lot and then we do it our way -- just as we should have done it in the first place.

I've collection of that sort of books, too. It's one of the things that drives everyone crazy when I move.

Parapluie said...

The way I write up my blog, it sounds like I have painted small pairs of abstracts and then proceeded to larger. Actually this is a first and I hope that working on two at a time keeps me from obsessing. Switching back and forth I should maximize creative energy continuing to work when diverted by the other canvas. How I will utilize these recent abstracts in seeing and feeling out the new stimulating landscape is unknown. I see the old World War II battleships used as docks in Yaquina Bay. I was painting them when we went to war in Iraq. I wrote my frustrations all over the old ships. Now that we have a new noncombative direction, I fear that remaining such could be difficult dep;ending on who the commander-in-chief is. Politics may creep into my consciousness and color my vision as I paint.

Kay Dennison said...

I learn a lot from looking at your paintings and enjoy looking at them, too. I hope that on my next visit to Toledo, that I can manage a visit to the wonderful museum that started my interest in the arts. I've been sick since I got back so I haven't done a thing toward trying my hand art-- or anything else for that matter. I hope I feel better soon. There's a longggggggg list of gottados.

Parapluie said...

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I sure wish you could join my watercolor accordion folded workshop even if you don't feel like painting. Just being there is participating as is reading my blog.

Kay Dennison said...

Thank you!!! I'm hoping to get some supplies in the coming week! I had hoped to get some when I was in Toledo where they have more stores but my stepmom wasn't feeling well and preferred not to run around too much!!!

Parapluie said...

I was thinking incorrectly that you meant Toledo, Oregon just hop away from where I will be teaching a free workshop next Saturday.