Saturday Night Art Walk: Rain, Rain, Rain

It’s been raining here for days. It’s raining right now. And will be all day tomorrow. I know… April Showers Bring May Flowers. But I think we have gotten plenty. Bring in the sun! So tonight I am featuring artwork about, what else, the rain!

What I’m drinking? Something new my friend Suzanne taught me last week: Iced Lemonade with a little red wine slowly poured on top. So pretty. And pretty tasty. However, I’m not listening to any music tonight. Instead I’m in our living room on a chair with a comforter, my feet up and the TV on. I have a little spring cold and I’m a bit cranky which Mr. Basketmaker can attest to.

My first image’s colors and composition depict how I’m feeling right about now… 🙁

Actors in a confrontation before a gate in the rain. Colour woodcut by Yoshitaki, early 1860s.
(Creative Commons Credit: Wellcome Library, London. )
WALKING IN THE RAIN, R. Shakeel
We do not mind if it rains and wets us through- we are not afraid of anything as we have in our basket the genuine “Fer Bravais” which will preserve us from all illnesses. Published: circa 1890. Credit: Wellcome Library

What’s a ‘Fer Bravais’ you ask? I didn’t know either so I looked it up. The above image is an old advertising piece for a newly invented ‘medicine’ product. A French chemist named Raoul Bravais was the first to create a medicine-type preparation on a large scale which was his special formula of dialysed iron. It became known as “Fer Bravais.”

This next one doesn’t depict rain but it involves water since it’s a Watercolor painting. A nice abstract bright one.

If I was going to paint an abstract of rain drops, it would probably be something similar to this. Love this artist’s color palette.

I’ll finish with a photo of rain drops, which is the purpose of my Art Walk to begin with — you never know where you will find inspiration for your next project. Photo below has great composition for the beginnings of an abstract painting, which I will be adding to my painting list.

Photographer: Markus Spiske – Thanks for sharing your talent!

Have a good evening! And let me know if any of the art I curate for y’all has inspired you for a particular project. Would also love to see it!

In The Studio: 3 More Down…

Just finished three more paintings for my upcoming show. I actually work on over a dozen paintings at the same time. These were started about a year ago. It’s a long process of layering and uncovering and layering again. And then I cycle through all the different pieces, reworking, etc. It’s a constant rotation and back and forth between all the open projects.

If I ever get to revising my website (It has been on my TO DO list since 2003, not joking) I could direct you to all the paintings I have ready for my solo show in June. I have to get that site done soon!

Saturday Night Art Walk: Urban Art Inspiration

What I’m drinking tonight?  Merlot (A nice deep Burgundy color).

What I’m listening to? Bare Naked Ladies while waiting for Eric to return with takeout from the Japanese Steak House.

So here we go… Urban Art Inspiration

No matter what kind of artist you are, inspiration comes from all kinds of sources. Urban Art, a.k.a. graffiti showcases great color palettes.

The above photo and the one below feature color combinations I am definitely going to utilize in some of my paintings.

One below has many contrasting colors. Would make a great inspiration for a children’s quilt (I don’t quilt so this is for y’all who do!)

Since I’m an abstract artist, I appreciated this flower image that is broken up in a “grid”.

Love the colors below — will definitely use the scheme for a future painting.

One below utilizes every color imaginable. I thought it was a cool image for the side of a dilapidated city facade.

Have a good evening!