The Art Fly

“Karin’s Boots”

Posted on by Norine


Oil Painting
6×6″ bevel-edge panel

“Karin’s Boots” is based on a photo from Different Strokes From Different Folks blog, where artists are encouraged to work creatively, not slavishly, from a photograph that is posted every two weeks. It’s very interesting to see the same thing through the eyes of another!

To the buyer: This painting “floats” on a frame that I designed and painted, which is included in the price. A photo of the framed work will be provided upon request.





“The Thunderer”

Posted on by Norine


Silverpoint Drawing
4.5×6.5″ gray-blue prepared paper

I find some of my favorite things to draw at flea markets: bells, lots of unusual tools, whistles! This beauty is called The Thunderer. It works great!

This was drawn with a silver stylus on a prepared gray-blue tone heightened with white charcoal. A drawing rendered with silver wire is known as silverpoint, which pre-dates the pencil. This drawing medium was used extensively during the Renaissance era, though some of the earliest silverpoints date back to the 12th century.

To learn more about Silverpoint and to see the box and tools that I made please visit my website.

To the buyer: A mat or frame will be added to this drawing, which is included in the price.





“Bell”

Posted on by Norine


Silverpoint Drawing
5×5″ gray-green prepared paper

Did you know that silverpoint pre-dates the pencil as a drawing medium and reached its height during the Renaissance? This drawing was done with a silver stylus; I prepared the paper with a gray-green tone, and heightened the drawing with white charcoal. The lines are actually silver and will tarnish over time to a metallic sepia tone. To learn more about Silverpoint please visit my website by clicking on the link at right.

The buyer will receive this drawing matted or framed. A Silverpoint Description card will accompany it.





“To the Meadow”

Posted on by Norine


Oil Painting
5×7″ panel

This scene was at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA – a long wooden bridge to the bright open meadow. Setting up of easels and painting aren’t allowed on the grounds so I did this from a photo and my imagination.

If ever you paint from photos, at some point let them go and finish up with the creative side of your brain. Being a slave to the photo serves no purpose, in my humble opinion.





“Single Bell”

Posted on by Norine


Silverpoint Drawing
5×7″ gray-greenprepared paper

Lots of drawing lately – of bells and whistles! I love the negative space of these objects, the dark hollow…more to come.

“Single Bell” was drawn with a silver stylus – a drawing medium known as silverpoint, which pre-dates the pencil. This technique was used extensively during the Renaissance era, though some of the earliest silverpoints date back to the 12th century.

I prepared the paper with a gray-green tone and heightened the drawing with white charcoal. To learn more about Silverpoint and to see the box and tools that I made please visit my website.

“Three Acorns”

Posted on by Norine


Acrylic Painting
4.5×6.5″ panel, framed

This is the earliest of the acorn paintings that I did a few years ago. You don’t see it in this photo but the edges of the painting are beveled and I designed the frame so that the painting panel “floats” off the back panel.

Please email me if you are interested in this one.

“Acorn”

Posted on by Norine


Oil Painting
6×6″

Since I’ve been focused on acorns lately, I thought I’d show you an earlier painting. I try to see each object or scene as if for the first time, without a formula or rule.

Some of you may wonder about the discipline involved in these daily paintings and silverpoint drawings – and the pressure to “produce” work to post on art blogs. I paint and draw nearly every day but am not always happy with the results. Many a painting gets scraped off and many a drawing gets tossed that I don’t feel is working – or that I’m asleep to. It’s best to put it aside and turn to something else that inspires you. Go back later and try to re-connect. But, sometimes running it through the band saw feels like the perfect thing to do! Let it go and move on.

Most of the time: the more you look, the more you see. There are layers and depths of understanding all throughout the creative process!

Check out my previous posts on acorns: Nov. 28 and Oct. 30.