I decided to have some fun so I painted a series of cherries that I'm calling "Cherry Expressions". Most of them will have a title that came from the song Sway written by Michael Buble. This is the first in the series. I call it "Shall We Dance".
The shadows in this piece are very colorful and the cherries bright and red however the background is more of an eggshell rather than light blue or gray as it may appear on your monitor.
From 1987 to 1997 I subscribed to Southwest Art Magazine. Receiving my copy soon became the highlight of my month. If you had told me back then that someday my work would be in Southwest Art and that I would be considered as an "artist to watch" I know I would not have believed you. If I could have gotten the words out of my mouth, I'm sure I would have asked, "how could that be possible & when?". So you see, for me it's a really big deal and one of the highlights of my life. If you'd like to read the article click HERE. If you pick up the magazine be sure to check out the contents page...that one is mine too.
I decided to change the name of my blog from “Little Gems” to ‘travels to the edge’. Why not? There’s more security being on the edge than there is walking a tightrope, wouldn’t you say? So being on the edge is where I am and where I plan to stay. You may wonder what that has to do with anything. If you do not know for the last 17 years I’ve been working in colored pencil & I’ve been very successful. I actually thrived on the control I got from a pencil, so getting used to a brush proved challenging. But I wanted to paint & that meant leaving my comfort zone & my area of expertise. Some say it’s good when you do that but I must admit, for a while, I was on shaky ground. Nevertheless I’d made up my mind &I was determined. I’ve been painting now since January & I’m relaxing more every day. I’m learning what works but especially what does not work. I hate dumb mistakes but I’ve found them to be excellent teachers. Anyway, everything in art is a challenge because it’s basically problem solving. We don’t ever have all the problems solved no matter what medium we work in. It sure can make life interesting though when you move away from the one you know the most about.