We had our first–soon-to-be-annual–event today. Watched Groundhog Day streaming. Ate salad from close by. Held hands.
Since December I have been haunted by a mysterious bug plus cold. Hauled my as into my studio to at least play a bit. Imaginary flower with Inktense blocks on paper. Way fun with intense color. More drying on my board today.
I’ve been sick for more than a month. Sitting out here in the 70-degree sunshine. Helps a lot. Paint today I hope.
Using my beloved QoR watercolor, this is Michael in his element
Feeling better these days and publishing some older stuff for sale. Watercolor quartersheet, $200 sale.
This painting won me a finalist position in the Artist’s Magazine annual. i still love it so I’m showing it off again.
Feeder fodder for the birds
I always paint a pink one for this month, but Florida’s man many colors have kept me busy. So here is my 2013-14 edition. Sunflowers ending their run. Sennelier watercolor and ink on WC paper.
Watercolor, coffee, ink on WC postcard (Arches, QoR)
Cazenovia, NY: Valley from Toloa’s house
Here’s the fifteenth ink drawing from a live model session. It took two hours of intense practice, practice, practice to get to here. Pen and ink is great for learning form, while splashing paint (tomorrow’s post) is for learning color.
North Carolina treeline from a previous life
The flowers that bloom
Posting oldies till I can shoot some newer ones. Keep your brushes wet. Red, my treeing walker coonhound rescue.
This is a shot at sunset on Lake Lowery, Florida and below is a watercolor-in-progress, i.e. What I did to it.
Still doing a lot of doctor stuff here. Pain is currently winning, so I am sharing a couple from a few years ago. Oldies but goodies. #watercolor #worldwatercolorgroup
And Tom’s studio
Here’s one I liked from a couple years ago. Not the best shot but I like the colors. #worldwatercolorgroup
I shared this one on Facebook the other day and got lots of positive responses, so I’m doing it again. We need more positives now. The world is a mess, all colors, sizes and political practices. We are so polarized in this country that I am sad.
So I stop political rants, yes, again and post or share only art, music and things which feed us.
Ergo, Peace on the day after. Thanks. More to come.
I’m so pissed off about Donald John Trump–AKA the yapping yam–that I am going to repost this spectacularly well-writ piece by Keith Olbermann. All of the attributions are there, the way journalists were taught to use them. As a former journalist–now artist, blogger and ranter–I just cannot stand it anymore! Even an exclamation point!
Wake up, America. Trump is a danger to us all.
Now I need bourbon.
Go watch Broadcast News for the late great Albert Finley. After you watch this video by Keith Olbermann
At it again. Comments welcome, critique too
As we wait for Hermine’s travel decision, I paint inside on my iPad. Procreate app. Skies blow me away here.
Celebrating the colors, heat and humidity of Florida. I’ve survived eight months now, including the h0ttest month ever. The natives tell me I will make it.
Color here is just so HERE. From living in upstate NY and wearing black, seeing gray skies and loving it there to here has been a culture shock. I love, love the hot food, always fresh produce, the choices, and even the nightly fireworks sounds from, I think, Disney.
We accidentally got caught in the come-hither-purple Disney web the other day. Moving toward the gates, I screamed “No, no no!” But thankfully a worker there told us how to get out. It is a machine, Disney. People like zombies in the heat waiting in line to pay too much money. Enough.
Here’s a work in progress for today.
The full moon over our salt lake in the Florida Keys inspired this iPad painting in Procreate app.
We took a complicated road trip last week, involving Key West. Good. And Jeep engine gone. Not good. I got to swim in the ocean and romp with our dog in the ocean. My sweetie and I cooked yellowfin tuna, drank iced coffee and beer.
I painted some, but those are for a later post.
Here is a Key West sunset
Heard it sizzle into the ocean.
This week has been full of adventure: a dead Jeep (being repaired); our first RV trip with Charlie (below) our beloved rescue dog. Charlie is almost as hardheaded as James Michael Pensinger, my first and now last sweetheart.
Charlie goes south. Our handsome rescue dog.
James Michael Pensinger, my beloved, driving our RV down to the Keys. Just because.
A work in progress of a beauty in the Everglades
The old bridge to the Keys, from the seven mile bridge. Whoopeee
The view from our windshield on Sugarloaf Key. This is a seven-acre saltwater lake.
Now I go out to the day. Stay tuned and thanks for reading. Watercolors await.
Went for an airboat ride in the Everglades. Ancient creatures abide. Our tour guide turned off the noisy boat regularly so we could experience the peace of this place. I will paint here.
One from my bucket list. We are in a park here in the titillating swamp with our little house on wheels. Today I will try to ride an airboat. May chicken out. Stay tuned. Meanwhile here’s last night’s sunset looking east toward Miami. There was a big storm which caught the sun’s last rays.
With classical music in the background, we watched the coming storm.
I have gotten my life back together, am divorced and happily living in Florida (!) with my first–and now last–sweetheart, Michael Pensinger. Even entered Watercolor Artist annual competition. I was a finalist in 2014, so I’m gonna brag, just a little and post it here.
Watercolor painting is interesting down here. I paint outside our home on wheels (RV) and sometimes need to take paintings inside to dry. Humidity is a factor. Anyway, that’s all for today with my 2014 painting:
Feeder fodder for the birds, donated to the children’s center for an auction fundraiser.
This is a quartersheet watercolor, taken into Paper53 to add the orange. I can’t decide if I want to add the orange in real paint. Any observations are welcome. I think this painting has something to do with the heat and humidity here in Florida where I live. The colors here and the stretching blue skies are whelming, maybe overwhelming at first. It rains every afternoon lately so we get all kinds of sky shows.
Thanks, as always. Martha Keim (-used-to-be-St.-Louis)
I am happy to have donated five 4″ by 4″ inch watercolors to the Just Add Water exhibit at the Kirkland Art Gallery in tiny Clinton, NY. The hook for me was Golden QoR watercolors. Participating artists were given QoR sample packs and paper. Great fun to be splashing and flinging on small sheets. Thanks to Linda Bigness for inviting me.
And here they are:
They are only $20 apiece. All proceeds go to KAC.
Thanks for looking.
Martha Keim (-used-to-be St. Louis)
I am tears I am rage I can be both inside the sadness and happiness I am the colors I am dead yet i am living
My life has changed for the better!
That said, thanks for hanging in with me. Full time RV life seems to suit me well. The view always changes. Presenting my first and last sweetheart, James Michael Pensinger whom I’ve known since we were young.
On Monday (is it Thursday already?) I posted a photo I would paint. Then my back got me.
So today here is a tulip. Watercolor on gessoed canvas (11 by 15″). For sale, $300 including shipping.
To paint tomorrow. Will post. How many hues might I use? Three, I think. Can you guess which? Golden Qor water colors.
All the years I lived in NY I had not ridden in a canal boat. Visited recently. Proof below.
I just sold a painting from View Arts in Old Forge, NY! Show ends Memorial weekend with a Saturday reception. Forgive me if this has posted twice.
There are only five left. Thanks for reading.
I just entered a 10 x 10 art sale at View Arts, Old Forge, NY. This is where part of my heart will always live. When I was a kid I helped Mirnie Kashiwa and friends hang the first of many annual art shows at what would become the Central Adirondack Art Gallery, hosting shows after shows until it gained national prestige.
This month, a fundraiser called 10 by 10 is being held there. We artists send paintings measuring ten by ten inches and View Arts (new name) sells them for a hundred smackers. We artists accept $50 and donate the other $50 to View Arts. I am delighted to have sent six little guys. Please make a trek to Old Forge in May and scoop up a few. Many thanks.
I sign Keim now, having almost divorced the St. Louis part. Look for me, please?
Part one: Washing and scraping
Part two: Is it finished?
Happy for any comments, good or bad. Thanks.