A very promising box!
Sizes 6, 0, 2, 3, and 4.
Thanks, Lynne Sait!
So I know it’s totally cheating to open presents a week+ before your birthday. I also know that at almost let’s-not-talk-about-it years old, I should have some self-control.
But when that promising box from Jackson’s Art Supplies showed up, I couldn’t resist.
As a watercolorist who has a hard time perceiving myself as anything but an amateur, I’ve been content to pick up my brushes here and there from Michaels and Hobby Lobby. But a few years ago, I treated myself to some tubes of Winsor & Newton’s gorgeously saturated paint…. Then my husband gave me some “grown up” watercolor paper for my last birthday…. And now my sweet parents have dropped some Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes in my lap.
Suffice it to say, I’m a wee bit spoiled. Continue reading “Birthday Presents & Painting Tools”
It’s been a quiet few
weeks (er, months) around Ebb & Flow.
My preoccupation with our newest international move–this time back to the Good Ol’ US of A–is much to blame. There’s a lot involved in purchasing new cars, identifying apartments, catching up with family and friends, and coordinating three different shipments of far too much stuff. (Every time we go through one of these nomadic seasons, I fantasize about burning everything we own–books excepted–and starting from scratch.)
But the biggest culprit behind the “Mysterious Case of the Missing Blog Posts” has been the dedication of all my writing time to a massive overhaul of my historical novel. And I do mean massive: facelift, rhinoplasty, and some serious literary liposuction. As in tens of thousands of words, now gone.
I’m glad about it. With every word felled by my editing machete, I know my book’s becoming better. But… Continue reading “Mugs & Motivation”
Gorgeous work by Overdo Berghout. The top painting is one of my favorites, as it captures so beautifully the gaiety and freedom of Surinamese celebrations like Owru Yari and Holi Pagwa.
A macaw taking flight, again by Overdo Berghout.
A gala tickets: Cutest event name!
Another work by Soeris Dipai.
My offerings: two originals and two prints.
The ornately carved pieces hewn from tropical timber and the rainforest-themed painting make this Suriname in a snapshot.
Our new addition: “let me feel,” by Doro Nuyken.
Close-up of one of my paintings: “Mallards at Dawn.”
That red “sold” dot is ours! The artist generously dropped the price a wee bit… but it was still an expensive night for our household!
Beautiful portraiture by Jona Giovanni.
For my artist’s placards, I prefer the term “handwritten chic” to “unprofessional” or “home-made.”
Check it out–that’s my name! To SIS, I’d like to say: Thanks for having me!
An atmospheric painting of a white lotus by Soeris Dipai.
My first art exhibit! Hence my taking everything but the kitchen sink. You know: Just in case….
A very tropical collection by Frankie Martodikromo (also a member of Suriname’s Ministry of Defense.)
A series by Doro Nuyken.
Because no gala is complete without a few gorgeous floral arrangements.
My “Birds of Suriname” series. With some 700+ species in Suriname to choose from, I may be adding a few more fowl to this flock in the future.
On this blog, I’ve mentioned a time or two that I paint. But it’s purely for my own enjoyment (and the occasional gift-giving to family and friends). I make no claim to being a professional artist. Let’s be honest: trying to make it in the arts can be a heartbreaking business. Attempting to carve out a writing career is artistic excitement enough for me.
So I imagine how honored I felt when one of my dear friends in the Embassy community invited me to participate as an artist in the gala she was throwing to raise funds for one of Suriname’s international schools and a cause it supports: a local home for underprivileged children. Internally, I balked a little at being labelled one of “seven of local artists” (I’m not an artist! I just happen to have a few tubes of paint lying around my house!). But the idea of getting to showcase a few pieces was pretty exhilarating stuff. Continue reading “Art, Auctions, & Wine: Oh My!”
So I know it’s appeared quiet around my part of the blog-o-sphere of late. But there’s a flurry of activity under the surface. I’ve been busy firing off submissions (and clasping my hands in supplication before the deities of writing!), contemplating possible future revisions, resuming work on my next novel project after a year’s absence, and most intently, painting up a tempest. (Not literally!) A dear friend kindly invited me to participate in an upcoming art event, so I’ve been busy applying paint to paper so I have something other than prints to show.
In honor of Suriname’s having some 750 species of birds officially recorded (with some others lurking unknown among the rainforest boughs, I’m sure!), I’ve been working on a Birds of Suriname series. Yesterday saw the completion of my Jacana (see feature photo above), a tribute to a species whose cartoonishly large feet enable it to walk on lily pads.Next up: laying hold of my cadmium red, alizarin crimson, and gold ochre paints to begin work on my Scarlet Ibis…
Spring 2017 Update: And here’s the late arrival: A scarlet ibis balanced upon a bit of driftwood.
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As someone interested in both books and art, I’ve always been easily seduced by a striking cover design, a beautifully executed book jacket. (I know, I know: never judge a book by its cover. I assure you–no judgment is involved! Though a tinge of envy might be….)
Book covers at their very best are eye-catching, but not randomly so. More than just a pretty face, covers that are a cut above the rest manage to capture their books’ essence, communicating at a glance a unique something that makes you choose that story from among all the others on the shelf.
I’ve long been curious about the how behind this aesthetic component of the book-making process. Continue reading ““Publishers Weekly” Unfolds Cover Design”