"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Paint On A Canvas






I finished the palette knife impasto oil painting.  I really enjoyed doing it.  It was a completely different style for me.  I always know when I'm finished with a piece.  It isn't something I can explain.  Just know.  But then again, I can go back another time and change something if I want (and I can see some things 'I want'.)

The name of the painting is Lipstick On Her Reefer.  Don't be shocked.  I was a hippie once.  The title comes from a Laura Nyro song (one of two of my all time favorite singer/songwriters.)  One of the lyrics "lipstick on her reefer," is from the song Blackpatch.  

Haven't had time to work on anything since the sale/purchase of houses and my husband's illnesses et al.  Hopefully, soon, I can move all my art supplies to the new house.  An empty room is waiting.  I have many things I want to work on, including some very large canvasses. 

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    1. Yes, I might add some jowls, a few creases. I did mean to make her older, it just came out like this. I think her hands look older. My grandmother used to wear bright red lipstick, something I have never done.

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  2. Love it.
    Knowing when to stop is a gift. Too many people don't. Or don't listen to their muse.

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    1. Thank you Child. I am definitely going to keep working in this style for a while. It was fun because it was really different/interesting/freeing.

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    1. Tom, I really appreciate that. Thank you.

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  4. I love the way she looks:)
    I thought it was a cigarette..I loved looking at Hippies:) I wan't one..My neghbor went to Woodstock..she was older than I was..I thought she was so cool:)
    I was born in 54..so I think I was too young to be one..
    anyways.
    This turned out fantastic and I hope you hang her up in your new home..I agree..it's young..and hip and cool:)
    I love all the rich colors.. remember my friend Nancy? You both love the grandes toiles and beautiful colors..


    By the way..I wish you would join an online US library..to read a few books on your IPad..then if it doesn't work for you..the book..you won't be disappointed..you book them out..and there you go..free.

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  5. Monique, thank you so much. It means a lot. My perfect Monique image in bellbottoms, braless and dare I say (high?) I cannot imagine that. I am really happy with the way it turned out and will be doing more of them. I hesitated before pushing publish, not wanting to offend anyone (but then, I thought, what is the term the French use, meh?)
    I have never heard of reading book for free online and will check into it. My iPad is so old, the battery would probably only hold a paragraph.

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    1. Does not offend me..in the least..hip hugger bell bottoms;)
      Email moi..I will talk to you about it..

      I would be very proud of the way it turned out.
      Gallery quality.

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  6. I absolutely love your work Donna, this would look wonderful in my downstairs guest room

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    1. What a sweet thing to say Doc. Thank you.

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  7. WOOO Donna!

    Time to paint amongst the moving, and "An empty room is waiting." I cannot imagine either, as I've scurried about amidst two unfamiliar ladies cleaning my house today---same service, new-to-me people, and I'm trying to keep ahead moving chairs and stuff from one room to another as they work.

    No time, said the Rabbit (I'm SURE he said that sometime) so I'll come back and devour that painting later.

    rachel

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    1. Oh Rachel, it all sounds like too much. And messing with my new kitchen? That would do me in.

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  8. Wow Donna - such a colourful picture (a self portrait I am guessing) :) - amazing what can be achieved with a palette knife. Looking forward to seeing many more.

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    1. Oh Lord no Elaine, not me. Just out of my head. It was an amazing process with the knives, though I had no clue the use of each one. It will be a learning curve. More will come one day.

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  9. Donna this painting has such great texture and the portrait certainly speaks volumes. The piercing blue eye says so much. Bet you cannot wait to be settled in and painting in your special place.

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    1. Yes Debbie, I can't wait to start painting again. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea: my son said, Mom, you're going to put off some people. I said, oh well...

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  10. I like it! Very different for you... in fact, very different for me to like this style. I love her face, her imperfect nose, red lips and platinum hair, and slinky bod.
    Laura Nyro, now there is a voice from the past, I discovered her in Highschool and would play her albums full blast when I was home alone. "Tom Cat, tom cat, you ol rat, you ol rat...WHERE'VE you gone to?!!!!"

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    1. Thank you so Jeri. Laura wrote better than anyone. Her voice too was sublime. I was sad when she died.

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  11. Dear Donna - you won the Novica gift code on my blog!
    email me at elizabethwix@hotmail.com so I can send you your code.

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    1. I will and thank you so much Elizabeth. The website looks great.

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  12. Oh my...I can't tell you how much I love what you did for the couple at the vet (as per your comment.) What a beautiful thing! Sings to my heart...as do you. Congrats on the painting...and getting moved in. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with the fam!

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    1. Kirsten, thank you much and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with you and yours too.

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