Monday, March 24, 2008

Sharon Woods

The day was just lovely Sunday, cool and sunny. A perfect afternoon for a walk in the park. This section of the park is a 4 mile walking trail with natural and paved paths. The trees looked to me like they had been sleeping and were just starting to wake. Even the deer looked sleepy and unfazed by my being there.

The colors were muted and blended into the scenery just like on this paper. The sky was cool looking with that amazing sun pushing its way into the picture and the moss was light and fuzzy and new.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thinking of Spring?

The most exciting thing for me when I think about spring and beauty of the season is the freshness that is in the air. It feels crisp and new and slightly cool even in the sun. Fresh air, what could be better?

Open windows, even if only for a few hours in the afternoon are such a treat. And the birds with their singing; so eager to sing! What wonder and excitement all around!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Just Who's Art is This Anyway???

I was reading an interesting blog today at that asked if art is original when it is a painting made from a photograph that the artist did not take herself?

I think it depends. What is the content of the photograph and where did it come from? The comment was that the photographer was the one to take the picture and it was her vision and her work. Ok. No one can take that away from her. It is her photograph.

Let’s say you do a search for Kahlo on Etsy or Fine Art America. You will most likely get several hits, many of which will be paintings. How many of those paintings where painted from a photograph that the artist took herself during a lunch with Frida? Maybe they come from memory, from personal experience. What if they came from memory but it was a memory of someone else’s photograph? This could really get ridiculous.

What about other art forms that may use a part of a print or copy in a collage or jewelry? Is that original artwork? What about the art made from transfers such as tracing paper and projectors? Is that original??

And I wonder if all the artists over the years that have painted Mt. Rushmore all painted in open air? What if an artist takes a photo of Mt. Rushmore? Is that original art? After all someone else did the design.

I have two pages at my website that are photographs that I am using with permission and are made available for public use. The content of the photograph is not at all original to the photographer; it is organic and NOT MAN MADE. Isn’t the photographer copying someone else’s work when she takes a nature pic? This in no way is an attempt to discredit photography; it is a wonderful and much needed medium and important tool for the arts and humanity. But when a painting is made there is nothing on the canvas, the artist is going to recreate and form a new image... from that photograph.

All creative people get their cues and ideas from somewhere, something, some place. A painting most certainly can be original when inspired from a photograph if the artist is using it as a guide, a tool. The painting will take on an identify of its own. If the painter wanted to, she could give credit and note that the painting was inspired by a photograph; she could even list the photographer. But her painting is her own.

The point is this; if it is your work, and it is coming out of you, and it is being expressed by you, then it will be an original work, your original work By the way, I would be so flattered if someone painted my jewelry.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Evening in Paris and Welcome Home

Evening in Paris in a small oil painting of a young woman sitting in a wooden chair. She is dressed and ready for an evening in Paris. There is something very sweet and rich about that time when Europe was thinking of the new world and everyone was all a buzz about it.

The other is a larger acrylic painting with a white unpainted edge. It is called Welcome Home. The house sits among the trees in a peaceful and beautiful spot that is covered in lush greenery and wild flowers.
It is a much needed retreat for rest and renewal. A charming abode awaits.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Lilies for Lian

Lilies for Lian

This is a vivid acrylic 11.5x12inch painting of random huge Lily blooms.

I was so inspired and impressed when I saw a painting by Lian Quan Zhen where he had painted lilies in a photographic demonstration and painted all the foliage in nutmeg, butternut squash, black and brown (my colors). It was most beautiful and very cool. There was something about that style that was classic and true to form but then that unexpected twist. Painting the stems and leaves black, brown, and gold gave this lovely piece a fresh funky feel that was most appealing and attractive.

Lian Qaun Zhen teaches Chinese and watercolor painting workshops, which I would very much like to take part in. To see his work and learn more about this artist and his work just follow the link below.

Flowers for the teacher.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Red-winged Blackbird

This is a painting I did in acrylic from a photograph of a male blackbird perched on a branch over the water. The Red-winged Blackbird is a wetlands dweller and is also a songbird. The female Red-winged blackbird appears more like a sparrow.
I first made this painting 12x12. However, I found a textured linen colored mat and brown wood frame and decided to trim it down, cutting off much of the water. It is now all contained in a 8x10 frame and is adding cheer to my home.

Here is a link to follow to learn more about this bird or other birds.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Some Spring Morning

Some Spring Morning

by Beth Sebring

Some Spring Morning is an 8x10 Oil on Canvas board. The Yellow blooms seem to be everywhere and you can almost feel the warmth of the sun streaming through the branches, not to mention the glorious fragrance.

There's really something special about that spring morning sun, its almost blinding to the eyes but so healing to the muscles and bones.