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New Painting and a Day Outdoors

October 2, 2009

Cosmos 11 Sm“Cosmos 11″ – Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 16 x 16 x 2”

This is another one in the series I recently did for the gallery. There is so much reflection on the glossy surface that the blacks don’t come through completely. But this gives you an idea.

Today we spent most of the day working in the yard. I have pruned back a big, gangly rambling rose out in front of my living room window. It had a whole portion that was dead, so I had to cut a bunch of it all the way to the ground. It was a time-consuming endeavor to carefully chop up the branches and get them into a bag without getting injured. My husband is anti-rose. He keeps saying, halfway jokingly, that we should just get rid of all the rose bushes. (There are about five of them underneath the windows.) He doesn’t like thorns. I happen to believe that the roses are worth dealing with thorns. So I tell him to go away and mind his own business.

I have great expectations for this rose bush next season . . .

Rose Bush

And look what a sky we had today. And cool breezes, perfect for working outside.


16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 7:12 pm

    I love this series so much!

  2. janet permalink
    October 3, 2009 6:55 am

    I believe you would enjoy looking at Jose Parla’s work on the Art Propelled blog. Perhaps you already have.

    • October 3, 2009 7:41 am

      I do like it, Janet — and I hadn’t seen it before. I like his work very much, and I especially like his artist’s statement. Thanks for sharing that.

  3. October 3, 2009 9:16 am

    This series is quite wonderful. The colors and textures in this piece are especially appealing to me. There is such depth and interested created in the composition. Very inspirational.

    • October 3, 2009 9:49 am

      Thank you, Miki. So nice of you to take the time to comment. I’ve been looking at your blog and will peruse it some more. I like what you’re doing.

  4. October 3, 2009 9:20 am

    Keep the roses tell they give artists inspiration, by the way do you get more variable weather now?Like painting as well of course!

    • October 3, 2009 9:52 am

      Chris, you’re right about the roses! He wouldn’t dare take them out. Anyway, he’s afraid of the thorns so no danger in that happening.

      Yes, there are real seasons here. Since this is my childhood home, I have a need for seasons and always missed them in the sub-tropics. It doesn’t stay very cold in the winters, though, which is nice. It can freeze here and sometimes snow, but it only stays for a few days. I think I had two white Christmases as a child.

      Glad you like the painting!

  5. October 3, 2009 9:48 am

    Who was it that said, “I’d rather have fresh flowers on my table than diamonds around my neck.” ?
    I agree. 🙂

  6. October 3, 2009 10:26 am

    I agree about the roses. They are worth the bother. And they have blossoms in late autumn, this is so beautiful! I made a photo series about these mature roses, you might like them:
    Thank you for your latest comment!

    • October 3, 2009 12:55 pm

      Eva, this one:

      is amazing!! I have been lucky in the past with roses. I’m excited to try them in a proper environment. In Florida they were a little bit tricky to care for.

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