There is an “art challenge” on Facebook. I was challenged by Juanita Greenspan to show 7 of my artworks in 7 days and to challenge another artist to do the same. Juanita is the epitome of a direct sculptor, finding wonderful forms in the stone as she works. Juanita is also a very interesting person who I met studying stone sculpture at Casa Alexandria in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The challenge excites me because in these strange days of solitude I have found a sense of strength in my art. I will add to this post during the week to keep caught up and include more details of the work that is also on Facebook.
Day 1: A happy tropical bird
On our February 2020 trip to South Africa, my mother and I visited a beautiful aviary full of tropical birds with brilliant colors. We love to travel.
Day 2. Mixing things up. Painting supplies in the living room.
Day 3 Similar painting done outside in oil on canvas (use what you have).
Day 5. For a quick sketch I concentrate on proportions, mood and grace of form rather than trying to capture an exact likeness.
Young Guitar Player, Charcoal, 19×24 framed
Day 6. Strong shadows create the illusion of depth. I use a spotlight in the studio to create shadows on my portraits. This portrait is painted over one which I disliked. It was finished quickly because I aLready had the shadows from the view previous portrait. I like this portrait’s strong colors
Day 7: To end the challenge I present a fun, quick still life I painted in between bouts of work on a new sculpture I will present when it is finished. I nominate my friend Sue Beatrice to show 7 artworks in 7 days and nominate another artist.