Back in the Studio

I took the day to spend in my Art Studio and redid a painting I did last year.  Purple was my favorite color for many years and I always put it in paintings. I took the purple out of this one, replaced it with my new neutral – Gray.  I defined the flowers a little more with oil crayons and feel the result is much more successful.  It really seems to pop!

While I was in the studio, I wanted to paint something new for my entry, as I had repainted the wall and redid the wood.  Originally it was fence wood, unpainted with purple on the wall.  The new look is shown below, so I think my new painting will be perfect. I had one I was going to use that I was showing at Interiors of Edmonds, but when I called to pick it up for a photo shoot, I found out it had been sold.

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So I think this new 30″ x 40″ will work well.

Upside down sunrise

Sometimes knowing you have something coming gets the creativity flowing.  Our beach home is going to be featured in West Sound Home and Garden magazine this summer, so I wanted something fun to be on the entry wall.  By jove, I think I got it.

Back in the Studio

Airstream Potholders

Airstream

Since I am always making something for someone else, I decided it was time for some new Potholders for my own lovely kitchen.  Making these reminded me of years ago when I was determined to make the perfect crepe.  I made one; I made two; I made 20, I threw the pan across the room and the 21st attempt produced the first perfect crepe.

My temper has mellowed and throwing away the first three or four potholders did not produce the effect of picking up my sewing machine and wanting to throw it and/or using a variety of swear words to express my feelings.

As you grow older, you know eventually you will make it work or not and move on without extreme emotional responses.

That is where I feel I am in my life right now.  Retirement sounded good at the time, but two years later I miss the challenges and successes of working.  I miss producing income on a solid basis and I miss more interaction with people of all backgrounds.  Having finished my Phd, I miss the challenge of the classes and researching and writing papers and I wonder what next in this life?

There must be more to life than making Potholders for fun??

Airstream Potholders

Newest Collage

Newest Collage

Love the idea on this but did not like how in the original some of the transfer was a little cloudy. This is great fun to do and watch art dvds while you are playing/working.

Thinking about developing card series using these and putting them on small blocks. Kind of sharing my sense of humor and view on life.

Would love to shear what you think.

Don’t forget my paintings and drawings can be seen and bought at http://www.dianakingsley.net

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Coffee in Paris

Coffe in Paris

My best friend and I have been friends for over thirty years. We have sons, the same ages, a daughter and son within two weeks of each other and two younger children. Then she had a wonderful surprise and her twins are also my God Sons.

I thought of her when I put this together, thinking we should have coffee in Paris some day before we are too old to enjoy it. Alexandra this is for you!!

Don’t forget to check out my website at http://www.dianakingsley.net

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Blue or Yellow

Blue or Yellow

When I was younger for some reason I decided I really didn’t love blue or yellow, but as I have grown my art in my life I notice those two colors appear in my work more and more.

Ever wonder what attracts us to certain shades or tones and what ones do we not venture toward.

Purple and olive green always catch my attention in clothing stores, but looking at art my eyes don’t toward any particular color just beautiful composition and talent.

What catches your eye? What is your favorite color and do you know why?

Blue or Yellow

In the Pink

This time of year it is such a joy to be out in the garden and enjoy the glory nature can bring us.

The poppies take over the garden and if they were not so spectacular I might not love orange quite that much! But they so complement the purple flowers in the garden.

If you cant get ahead or win, just enjoy. Maybe we could say this about a lot of things.