Years ago I saw a photo in Vogue magazine that is similar to this one I painted here and saved it because I loved it and said I’d paint it one day. Well, that day took over a decade!
The main reason I made a spontaneous decision to paint it was simply because I said, “one day” I would and really, when you think about it, “one day” is shorter everyday we say that. That’s a big concept to get because more often than not, we take time for granted in the daily constructs of life and I’ve spent my life pretty alert on time and it still managed to zip by me. As I approach another birthday in my 40s, I can’t help reflection, contemplation and ultimately thoughts about how to make this year better than the last.
Changing my perceptions of time is leading to a lot more doing and a lot less planning. With that in mind, I painted “Scarlet Gardens” to finally do it. I feel pretty good about that.
What have you been putting off you can do or begin today? Go do it. You’ll feel so good about yourself. I guarantee it.
“Scarlet Gardens” is painted with Natural Earth Paints with acrylic medium and measures approx. 11×15 inches. View more art you may have missed right here.
Venus In Fur by Tatiana von Tauber
Here’s my latest in new paintings, “Venus In Fur”. I painted her around the time of the 66th Annual Cannes Festival with the unveiling of film director, Roman Polinski’s movie adaptation of a screenplay by the same name.
Though the starring actress, Polinski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner showed up at the event in an amazing dress instead of fur, holding hands with her husband and co-star, actor Mathieu Amalric no less, I felt the various elements crossed quite well since the painting, the movie plot and Emmanuelle’s red dress, plus the photo of her with the two men contained sultry elements worthy of linking together. Therfore, “Venus In Fur” she is.
Venus In Fur
Natural Earth Paint Acrylic on canvas
40x30cm (11in. x 15 3/4 in.) $245
Now that you’ve seen my wild garden, which has been an inspiration behind some paintings recently, I’d like to introduce you to “The Girl from Ipanema”. Her inspiration came from the gorgeous blue skies I get to see each day and summer’s heat forcing one to take cover…all while I was comfortably painting in my air-conditioned home. :) When it comes to summer temperature comfort, I’m so glad to be back in America!
The title, if you don’t know, came from a Frank Sinatra’s popularized Bossa Nova song, “The Girl from Ipanema” and Ipanema is a neighborhood located in the southern region of Rio de Janeiro. You can listen to the tune here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y5TuWlvNkI. I love listening to Bossa Nova tunes and my music choices often inspire my color palettes. This painting definitely had sun and fun in mind.
“Girl from Ipanema”
50cm x 70cm (19.70″ x 27.56″)
Natural Earth Paint Acrylic on canvas
“The Girl from Ipanema”
I’ve been spending a lot of time tending my garden since the onset of spring and in between a full summer schedule. Pardon if I’ve left the reader feeling abandoned. I’ve been trying to not think or plan much but instead enjoy the moments of sunshine I’ve been longing for while in Wiesbaden. They’re here, right now and it’d be a shame to miss them.
I want to share with you some photos of my wildflower garden, (14 actually!) my daily inspiration of happiness since I planted in the spring and it’s had direct impact on my art and the directions I’m choosing to go.
Along with my flower garden postcards you can print or share, I’d like to accompany them with this wonderful quote:
“Nobody sees a flower, really – it is so small – we haven’t time, and to see takes time, like to be a friend takes time.” (Georgia O’Keeffe)
Flowers and nature are life’s simplistic beauty that we take for granted without realizing it. Our daily reality is so hung up on everything that is wrong with the world (and ourselves) that we forget to stop and enjoy the reality of what actually goes right, such as the simplicity of these blooms and “fruits of labor”, and friendships too.
Enjoy the postcards from my garden. Click photo to view larger. Save and share.
I’ll be back soon with new art I’ve painted to showcase. I’m just putting the finishing touches on them.
I came back from a five-day business trip a few days ago that left my soul so relaxed I felt as I though I came back from a vacation. I couldn’t wait to share some of the highlights of my trip and my new paintings but very sadly, upon my return I learned a woman I had met several years ago – only twice but she made a positive imprint – committed suicide last week. It somewhat knocked the wind out of me for a few days because here I was enjoying Tennessee’s beautiful landscape while making positive connections with friends and new artists I met, contemplating potential future opportunities, feeling very connected and quite frankly, so happy wanted to come home to Savannah, pack up the family and move ASAP. Not quite literally but you know, I felt seeds thrown into the wind…as they bopped me on the head along their flight.
And sometime during my positive experience, trying to reconnect with nature and people and life, art and purpose and the Universe and everything so that I may embark on my next creative journey because I’ve got a slight stagnation going on, someone I had thought of on occasion over the past few years in a fond way was in so much turmoil she took her own life. That is a very painful darkness to surrender to and I am very sad to know she couldn’t pull through it. I really haven’t been in the mood to blog since my return. Sorry about the longer than expected absence.
Showgirls playing chess between shows at Latin Quarter Nightclub
I found this photo series from Life Magazine of showgirls at work back in the 50s. It’s beautiful imagery I wanted to share with you. You can see all 16 images here: http://life.time.com/culture/showgirls-gordon-parks-color-photos-new-york-nightclubs-1958/
…not just for fellow Americans, but to all citizens who have suffered, lost or struggled for what is still an honorable attainment: freedom for all.