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Veteran's Day- In Memoriam

Posted on 2008.11.11 at 14:06
Those of you who read my blog may be wondering why I haven't posted in several months. Although my blog is usually about my art, today's post will be about something else. This post is in honor of my favorite veteran, my dad, who died from cancer earlier this year.


Robert Turner 1930-2008

My dad served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Like many other young men at the time, he joined the military while still in high school, and received his GED while in the service.


My dad, age 18, at Biggs Air Force Base in Texas


As a Veteran, my dad was active with the American Legion, the VWF, and the Delaware County Veteran's Association. He placed great importance on participating in funerals for American Veterans, and marched in parades each year on the 4th of July and Veteran's Day.

Over the last couple of years, my dad was very active in lobbying for and helping to build the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, which honors men and women from Ohio who have given their lives in military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most days he was there working, rain or shine, along with many other members of his local Legion Post, #457, to make this memorial a reality.


My dad and Col. Bowman (Ret.)


In summer of 2007, my dad was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Following surgery and radiation treatment, he passed away this spring shortly after his 78th birthday.


Crosses at the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial


My dad felt it was important to honor the contributions of America's Veterans. As my favorite veteran, I dedicate today's blog post to him.

dog

Newest Celtic Tree of Life Drawing

Posted on 2008.02.11 at 13:19
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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I started this on the weekend, and just finished it this morning. It's the latest in my Tree of Life series of drawings, done in ink on textured handmade mulberry paper. The paper has real leaf and petal inclusions, for a wonderful earthy feel. This piece would make a unique addition to a collection of Celtic or spiritual art.


TREE OF LIFE XIV
Now available in my Etsy shop!

dog

Tree of Life Abstract Painting

Posted on 2008.02.06 at 12:28
Current Location: Id By Sdudio
Current Mood: sicksick
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I was supposed to be over helping my folks out this week, but I picked up a cold and didn't want to risk passing it along. I'm taking advantage of the time here to get some painting done, though I'm not working at top efficiency.


This is my newest painting, the first in a series of small abstract paintings based on the Celtic tree of life. The tree of life is a common theme in my work, but I thought it would be fun to explore some modern interpretations inspired by this classic motif.

TREE OF LIFE
Original acrylics on gallery canvas
6" x 6"
Now available in my Etsy shop!


dog

View of Camelot

Posted on 2008.01.31 at 16:59
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: busybusy
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After being out of town a lot lately, I was finally able to finish up and scan a painting I'd started ages ago. This painting was inspired by the poem "The Lady of Shallot". It shows my rendition of the view from her window, with Camelot visible in the distance. (Here Camelot is based on Caernafon, one of the many castles I visited in Wales.)


dog

The best laid plans...

Posted on 2008.01.31 at 11:17
Current Location: Home for now
Current Mood: tiredtired
I can't believe several months have gone by since I had a chance to post to my blog! A quick update: Following my dad's cancer surgery in September, I've spent an inordinate amount of time out of town. I'm glad I've been able to give my folks a hand, but wow is all that back-and-forth tiring! I've gained a whole new level of respect for people who serve as primary caregivers. How they manage to find time for everything is beyond me.

Although I've spent more time away than home, I have managed to catch up on some things here in my studio. I've got something resembling organization back in here again (YAY!) and will be posting a pick of my latest painting this afternoon, with a few others over the next couple of days.


dog

Ever feel like you're in a blender?

Posted on 2007.08.31 at 14:39
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: workingworking
Current Music: It's quiet! :)
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This has been one crazy year! Between packing and getting ready to move, then unpacking, and lots of things going wrong since then, I haven't had a chance to post in months. I'm starting to feel like someone stuck my life in a blender and pushed the "Frappe" button. If you've ever felt that way, you'll understand. I keep hoping things will settle down and get back to some kind of normality. It hasn't happened yet, but hope springs eternal.

I'm getting ready to go out of town for part of September, because my dad's going in the hospital. After that...? Hopefully I'll be back to enough of a regular schedule that I can post about a bunch of new work.

One project I'll be doing soon are some holiday cards with this image from one of my little comical paintings:



A couple of people had asked me about it, so I thought I'd better get going on it now before the holidays creep up on me.

In the meantime, I'm back to revamping my web site. Hopefully I'll be posting again soon!

What's the best advice you've given or gotten for taking good photos?

The best advice I've gotten on taking photos is to take them in natural light. Too often people will try to take photos indoors, only to be unhappy with the results. Artificial lighting isn't balanced the same was that natural light is, which results in color-shift.

dog

Giverny Garden Hat

Posted on 2007.05.18 at 11:54
Current Location: A sunny day!
Current Mood: sillysilly
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I love hats. Maybe I've just grown to love them because (owing partly to my Scottish & Irish heritage) I do not ever tan, and must wear a hat all summer. Or maybe it's because hats are such a fun way to accessorize. But I love them.

One problem with hats, though, is that it can be hard to find fun, unique hats which also have some level of practicality to them. Some of the niftiest ones I've seen don't travel well, or are only suited to getting dressed up and going out on the town. What about those times when a hat is needed for walking to the market or going to an outdoor barbecue? What about stuffing it into a travel bag to take on a plane, or in the car? It was this that led me to start making my own hats. (That, and being unable to find what I was looking for.) Sewing is another (more practical) creative outlet for me, but I don't do it as often as I'd like.

Here is one of my latest hats. This one is made from a summery cotton with a pattern which reminds me of Monet's paintings from the gardens at Giverny. It can be folded flat for travel or storage, and can be customized by changing the scarf. This hat is currently available in my Etsy shop.


dog

Tuscan Sunflowers Mini Painting

Posted on 2007.05.09 at 17:35
Current Location: A sunny afternoon
Current Mood: artisticartistic
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Here is a mini painting I did this week, inspired by the fields of sunflowers found in Tuscany. This tiny painting measures just 1 inch high, and would be a wonderful addition to a collection of miniature art, or a unique accent in a classically furnished 1/12 scale dollhouse. This painting is currently available for purchase on ebay.


dog

Egyptian Scarab Sculpted Pendant

Posted on 2007.05.09 at 08:41
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
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Although I've done wearable sculpture pieces for years, it wasn't until last year that I started listing some of them online, and playing around with different techniques and materials. Here is a pendant I created using a couple of different colors of polymer clay, with faux gold leaf inclusions.



This pendant is currently available in my etsy store.


dog

Newest art pendant

Posted on 2007.05.01 at 17:29
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: chipperchipper
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This is my latest pendant, which has cheeful handpainted daisies using a wooden domino as the base. I created it to have a stained glass feel, using India ink for the lines. This pendant is now available in my Etsy shop.


dog

OOAK Original Pendants

Posted on 2007.04.30 at 12:28
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Birds chirping outside
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I've been experimenting using different techniques to create art pendants. These are art you can wear, but they can also be hung from a simple cord or ribbon to decorate any small space, such as inside a computer armoire or in an office cubicle. Here are two of the ones I now have listed in my etsy store:



The one on the left is a mixed-media pendant with a dragonfly in 3D skimming across the surface of an impressionist lily pond. The one on the right has a vine motif loosely inspired by decoration found in the borders of medieval manuscripts. Both are handpainted using a wooden domino as the base, and sealed with a durable varnish.

dog

Newest trio of abstract paintings

Posted on 2007.04.30 at 09:57
Current Location: A beautiful day!
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Birds chirping
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I finished another triptych in my fluid abstracts series. This one is entitled FLOURISH, and is inspired by curled tendrils of spring foliage. It is done on three acid-free canvas panels, each of which is 6" x 8". This painting is currently available on ebay:


FLOURISH
8" x 18"

dog

A Trio of Poppy Paintings

Posted on 2007.04.24 at 18:43
Current Location: Back home
Current Mood: happyhappy
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I finished this set of three paintings before going out of town for the weekend, but didn't have a chance to post about them until now. This triptych of cheerful poppy blossoms is done in acrylics on three 6" x 6" gallery wrap canvases in abstract style. The set is currently listed on ebay.


POPPY ROW

dog

Mixed media assemblage art in celebration of Earth Day

Posted on 2007.04.19 at 16:30
Current Location: In my studio having afternoon tea
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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Today I finished a fun mixed media piece I did in a style of abstract naturalism in celebration of Earth Day. It's done in acrylics on a rigid canvas panel, with 3D accents using archival museum board, brass wire, mica chips, and fabric ribbon. All the materials in it are new, but I created it to look like it's made from reclaimed or recycled materials. It's abstract in style, but has plant-themed designs to be reminiscent of the way that Mother Nature will reclaim an old abandoned area, where new plant growth will sprout up through the pavement.


RECLAMATION

This painting is now available on etsy! The image above links to my etsy store.


dog

Newest abstract painting!

Posted on 2007.04.17 at 17:07
Current Location: In my studio, windows open!
Current Mood: artisticartistic
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I finished another abstract painting today! This is another painting in my fluid abstracts series, entitled LAVENDER BREEZE. It's inspired by the swirling wind, carrying the scent of blossoms in the spring, and is now available in my etsy store.



We finally have another day nice enough to have the windows open. Yay! :)

dog

Back to painting after the move! Yay!

Posted on 2007.04.14 at 20:36
Current Location: In my new studio
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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I finished an abstract painting today. It's the first painting I've done since moving to the new place. :) This one is from my fluid abstract series, and is now listed on ebay.


OCEAN WAVES
Original Acrylics
11" x 14"

My previous painting from this series sold before I could post it to my blog:

VERDANT
Original Acrylics
8" x 18"

dog

Boxes in my studio (and everywhere else...)

Posted on 2007.04.13 at 08:25
Current Location: In my new studio!
Current Mood: busybusy
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We moved at the end of March, so I'm writing this from my new studio! :) I like the new place, but there are still boxes everywhere. My studio space is coming along, though, and I hope to actually have more creative time today.

The worst part of the move wasn't the move itself this time. It was having AT&T screw up our address, so we were without internet access for close to 2 weeks. I think I was so mad I probably looked like one of those cartoon characters with a red face and smoke coming out their ears! They finally got us up and running again this week, so I've been playing catch-up on all the emails and things I missed.

Some good news: the gallery show our women's group (WORLDWIDE WOMEN ARTISTS) had in Florida went well. Lots of pieces sold, including this one of mine entitled Picket Fence Poppies:



I had painted that one after visiting my folks and passing a house which had poppies growing along a picket fence at the edge of their yard. Fortunately I make a habit of taking my camera with me for reference photos, because you never know where inspiration will strike. Speaking of inspiration, I am going to get back to organizing my studio while I am inspired to do so!

dog

Stuff Happens!

Posted on 2006.12.06 at 18:26
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Wow, has it been a long time since I've posted to my blog!! Things have been really crazy lately, with being busy, being sick, doing the Thanksgiving thing... I'm hoping things are getting back to normal enough now (whatever that is) so that I can get back to posting about what I've been working on.

Here's my latest small painting, an ACEO (a small painting the size of a trading card) done in acrylics on archival board. This one is entitled FIRST SNOW:



This painting is available in my etsy store. It is part of the WWAO Theme Exhibition for December, which is called Winter Slumber.

dog

Handpainted Trinket Box

Posted on 2006.10.04 at 19:01
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Rain hitting the window
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Although I enjoy painting on canvas or paper, it's also fun to occasionally paint on other surfaces as well. This is a painting I did on the lid of a little trinket box or jewelry box. It's decorative painting which reminds me a bit of some of the patterns found in ancient textiles or manuscript illuminations.



This box is currently available for purchase in my etsy store. The image links to the listing.


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