Friday, September 8, 2017

Rosh Hashanah 5778

This new design and others for the Jewish new year are now available on my web site. The new year of 5778 starts at sunset on September 20th.

Here is a link to my gallery with Jewish holiday designs: https://linda-feinberg.pixels.com/collections/jewish+holidays

May it be a sweet year for all.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Online classes

I signed up for wet into wet oil painting classes with Alexander Art. I learned that I don't have the patience for this technique.  I wasn't happy with any of my paintings and they take way too long to dry. The paint is excellent though as are the brushes and I will probably get some use of these items in the future.  Meanwhile, I signed up for regular oil painting classes near my new home and those start next week. I'm looking forward to the classes and meeting some new people.

Here are some of my failures from the classes. I also learned that I don't like painting from other people's photos.  I like to paint what I have seen in my travels. That way it has some meaning for me.





I was glad I had leftover canvas to experiment on so I didn't waste good materials. I just taped up some to a board. The trees lesson (above) just taught all different kinds of trees.  I did pick up a few techniques that I will use in the future.  

The mountain with clouds was on an old board that I gessoed and painted.  I couldn't get the technique right with the palette knife. I was very unhappy with that one.

The mood painting (3rd up from bottom) was kind of fun and I wouldn't mind doing something like that in the future. Again, I just taped leftover canvas onto a board to practice.

The top one I actually used a stretched canvas to see if that would help my attitude, but it didn't really.  I used the palette knife on that one too and it was a little better than the first mountain painting, perhaps because that was canvas and the other was a board. I would have to practice a lot to get it to look better.

Meanwhile I've pulled out some photos from our recent drive on Route 21 to Idaho City and also from our previous trip to Canada (Waterton in Alberta). I hope to do a better painting of one of those when my class starts next week.  I didn't feel that the online classes were a waste of my time or money as I did learn some new techniques and I have some supplies to work with in the future.  I've taken other online classes in the past and felt that they were a better match with my level of art and my patience.

On the positive side, some of my past customers found me and ordered Jewish new year images and cards.  It was nice to feel appreciated. I made this image using a photo of the glass mezuzah I made in a class last year.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Dreams

Paper Clips

I dreamed I was emptying drawers of paper clips
the dream was confused with images of Gert
and the photos my daughter posted last night.
Gert, my former mom, is now in assisted living
 I guess in my dream state I was helping
to empty drawers and get stuff ready to move
similar to my decluttering for our recent move
the images changed to going through houses
meeting women I did not know
driving a car down a street that turned into grass
and finally coming to a place where I could
set up my easel and paint an interesting house
that reminded me of the old house on Harrison Street
where I lived in the 1960’s
Dreams are so confusing but I felt a sense of peace
Gert is getting to the end of her life,
but she is in a good place and is not distressed.
I suppose the decluttering symbolized my recent move
and my sadness at whether or not I will see her again.

August 11, 2017
Boise, Idaho

©Linda H Feinberg

I'm still thinking about the symbolism of paper clips. They connect papers to other papers. Despite my divorce many years ago I stayed connected to my former mother-in-law and she considers us (both me and my second husband) as family. She is in her late 90's now and I didn't get to say good-bye when we left New Hampshire.  

While we have family in Idaho, I will still miss the Jewish holiday meals with my eastern family.  My Idaho family will now learn about round challah with raisins, latkes, chopped liver and matzah balls as well as Jewish holidays.  I think the term "stepchildren" is misleading. These children are my children too and I am grateful for them helping us and accepting me as another "mom". I feel very welcomed in Idaho and the people I have met are very warm and friendly. My new floor is going in today and I hope to have my studio set up over the weekend so I can start painting again next week.




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Idaho, home sweet home

We are gradually unpacking and settling in to our new home in Boise, Idaho.  It took us 8 days and 7 nights traveling across the USA to get here. Our dog learned about motels, hotels and elevators. He was a very good traveler.

Except for the first day, the traveling was easy and the interstate highways clear.  We learned never to go near the metropolitan NYC area on a Friday. That was a nightmare. We detoured through Long Island so I could pray at my parents' graves.  We made it 15 minutes before the cemetery closed for the sabbath even though we had left early in the morning.  Then it took us another 3 hours to go 35 miles to get to our hotel in NJ.  We had picked a chain of hotels (Red Roof Inn) that accepts dogs and does not charge extra for them. We stayed in many of them along our route.

Leaving NJ, we went first to the cemetery where my husband's mother was buried.  Then we followed our GPS back to the main highways and onto Route 80.  For the most part we were on Interstate 80 across NJ, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming into Utah.  Then we picked up Route 84 to Idaho.  The GPS was easy, we set it each morning for the next evening's hotel.  We tried to do around 350 miles per day with the last day a big one of 497 miles so we didn't have an extra night in a hotel.  Altogether, we drove (taking 2 hours shifts) about 2900 miles across.  Even where there was construction, the traffic moved along.

The most interesting stop for me was in Iowa City, lots of public art. It is a lively college town.




I haven't found my oil paints yet, but I'm gradually unpacking all my studio items so I hope to get back to painting soon.  The piano will be tuned this week and I've already started practicing.  I unpacked all my sheet music already.

Our family has been stopping by to help and to say hello.  It feels really good to be near them.  I never expected to be moving at age 71, but I think this was a good decision for all.  We'll be going back east every summer and have an in-law apartment to stay in while we are there.  I look forward to that too.

I am gradually learning my way around.  After living in New England for so many years, Boise seems like a very big city to me, but I'm also happy to see the mountains surrounding the "Treasure Valley".  Once my knee is fixed (maybe in the fall), I'll be out hiking again.


We drove through the southern part of Wyoming and found it to be surprisingly flat.  After a while we did see some mountains.  We had been in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons before so I was expecting the same kind of scenery.  Nebraska and Iowa were mostly farmer's fields of corn, also cattle, both black and brown. I did see one antelope in Wyoming and thought of the "Home on the Range" song.

I'll try to go back to posting on a more regular basis now that we are settling in. This has been a big adventure for us seniors and a good one.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Moving on

My last mural in Manchester, NH. I painted the homage to Van Gogh on the left of this garage door on Litchfield Lane.  My paints and brushes are all packed now.  We sold our house in Manchester and bought a house in Boise Idaho to be closer to family.  We leave for Boise on July 14th so I probably will not be posting again for a while.

To see more murals by other artists of Friends of Art Manchester, check out the blog post:
http://friends-of-art-manchester.blogspot.com/2017/06/litchfield-lane-murals.html
I was very impressed with the work of all the artists, especially the lion painted by Christine Keenan. I don't paint in that style, but I would love to try a piece like that. It looks like it would be a fun painting.

We spent 10 days in Idaho, house hunting, and visiting with family.  The house we picked is one level (Yay!, no stairs - I need a new knee, but that has to wait a while) and has a family room which I would make over into an art studio.  I'm really looking forward to this move even though it is a lot of work.  Boise is a nice city, although I'm not used to city sprawl.  The city is on a grid system and I don't think it will be difficult to learn once I remember which main roads are east-west and which ones are north-south.  I noticed that the road signage was much better than what we have in NH.

Once outside the city, it looks like NH as well although the mountains are certainly much higher. My daughter and I walked around this park which is near our new home. There are bike trails here too and I'm looking forward to biking in our new neighborhood as it is flat, not hilly like here.


We visited a friend in Idaho City. He lives in a hilly area with great views.  

Great restaurant in Idaho City.  We had lunch there but did not have room for pie.  I want to go back at some time just for coffee and huckleberry pie.

Our new home with the Sold sign. I am bringing a sketch book on the road (it is about a 10 day trip across country). This is the first time we have driven this far with a dog.  My husband and I share the driving and have done other trips of 1000 miles, but this is closer to 3000.  I hope to have wi fi at the hotels so I may post something in between.  Have camera and laptop, will travel. :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Are we there yet?



I'm never sure when paintings are done. These have been sitting for a while in my studio and I'm not tempted to keep working on them, so I guess I'll call them done.  Top painting "Hot Springs" is from my trip to Yellowstone a few years ago. Oil on gesso'ed hardboard, 16" X 20". Middle photo "What's Out There?" are the tourists looking out at Glacier National Park, Oil on stretched canvas, 16" X 20". Bottom Photo, Bar U Ranch, (National historic site) oil on stretched canvas, 11" X 14". I haven't posted these to my web site yet. I'll do that this week. These two are from our trip to Canadian Rockies (Alberta, Canada).

I'm working on a larger canvas now, 20" x 24" of a scene from Idaho. I had sold the original one I did of this scene several years ago, that was monochrome, and now I'm working in color. I wanted a bigger picture to put in my new home when we move to Idaho in a couple of months. I'm not ready to post that one yet.


Spring has been a long time in coming to NH. The trees are finally blossoming, but there is still snow up in the northern part of the state. It's cold enough here that I had to turn on the heat for a little while this morning to take the chill off my studio. I still need a jacket and gloves to walk outside most days.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April is National Poetry Month

I haven't been writing much poetry this past year with all the changes going on in my life, but yesterday I decided to write.  This one is not part of my collections that are available as e-books on Amazon. The Hebrew title is for the word "In the image" from Genesis quote.



B’Tzelem*

We are made in the image of God according to Genesis.
Does that mean that now that I am old, God is old too?
Does God have wrinkles, aches and pains like I do?
I have led an interesting life and have no regrets
despite all the mistakes I’ve made.
Retirement has agreed with me and
I keep painting all the places we’ve seen
as we’ve traveled.

Soon we’ll be off to a new adventure,
moving cross country to join our family out west.
While it’s hard to pack up our 30 years in this house,
I don’t have any emotional attachment to it.
It’s been a good home to raise children and dogs,
and I enjoyed having my office here for 23 years,
while not having to work for other people.
I think home is not a physical place, but the
spiritual and emotional place with my husband
and family.

I’m watching the snow melt today and enjoying the sunshine.
My earliest flowers have blossomed in a sunny spot,
the others won’t be far behind.
I hope we’ll find a new house with flowers or a big yard.
Our pup will have his “cousins” around to play with and
I will have granddaughters and more family nearby.

We’ll be back every summer to visit our family
in New England, so I don’t feel that I’m leaving
them behind.
As I get creakier, I am also waiting for the arrival
of the newest granddaughter, who appears to
be a few days late.  I think about giving birth
to my children and all the changes since then.
She will also be in the image of God and I think too
about the cycle of life.  I hope her life will be easier
and better than mine has been.

L’Chaim. To Life!

*Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


©Linda H. Feinberg

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Abstracts


I have rarely been attracted to abstract painting, but after working on a realistic painting, I felt that I needed a break. A friend had posted a photo on FaceBook of Chihuly's glass installation and I remembered that I had beautiful photos from his exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston from a few years ago.  I looked at them and decided that would be fun.

I had purchased a few 11" X 14" canvases on sale recently so I pulled out the black gesso and prepared the canvas.  I picked out some bright acrylic paints and had a good time with my inspiration. This was fun to do and I even started a second one, combining the inspiration from the glass sculptures and a photo I took of two sparrows in front of my studio window.  Of course, it's not really spring here yet as we are expecting more snow, but the birds are singing and the plants are trying very hard to come up.  They will be buried under snow again tomorrow.  Mother Nature is not cooperating.

Meanwhile we are still packing and fixing up the house. Target date for our big move to Idaho is end of summer.  Lots of mountains and pretty views to paint in Idaho. :)

This is an oil painting I am still working on, the Bar U Ranch in Alberta, Canada.  I decided to let it dry while I was having fun with my acrylic paints. I will go back to it and finish it up soon.  I'll also finish up my other abstract and post that next time.

On the personal side, I had two eye surgeries this month (cataracts) and I feel really blessed that I can see well now. I am slowly getting used to needing reading glasses (instead of distance glasses or bifocals).  It's great to be able to drive without glasses and to see colors clearly now. My knee is slowly healing (had surgery in December) and I am walking better too.  While I'm enjoying my retirement, I'm not enjoying the aging process with my body, but as our friend Max used to say, "It's better on this side of the grass."








Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Free Poetry e-book

This week only, one of my publishers is having a promotion on their site, not just for my first poetry book, but for other books too.

Here is the link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/442232

The publisher is hoping to promote indie authors with this sale.  My other poetry ebooks are available through Amazon.com  https://www.amazon.com/author/lindafeinberg

I only put the first one on the Smashwords site as their publishing and formatting requirements were quite difficult for me to follow.  Amazon was much easier.



Poetry by author and artist Linda H. Feinberg. She takes the reader on her journey as her marriage ends. Refreshing and simply written, but with passion and joy. As a poet the author creates visual images and emotions with her words. She includes poems about her friends and family who give her the strength to continue her growth and ends with finding her true love and continuing her journey.
Poetry by author and artist Linda H. Feinberg. This poetry is similar to a journal of self-discovery after a divorce. Refreshing and simply written, but with passion and joy. As a poet the author creates visual images and emotions with her words. The poet’s journey starts with a search as her marriage ends, her anguish and fantasy life, her growth and anxiety as she starts a new single life. She includes poems about her friends and family who give her the strength to continue her growth and ends with finding her true love and continuing her journey. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

More fun painting

I enjoyed working on this acrylic painting during the snow storm the last few days.  The wind is really howling outside my window now although the snow is almost finished.  We had 13" on Friday and probably another 10" today. It's a good thing I really like snow!

Meanwhile I saw an image of brightly colored fish online and I knew I had many photos from my trip to Israel in 2012 so I pulled some of them out.  I combined several photos. There were many different kinds of fish in the aquariums at Eilat (Israel) and I enjoyed taking photos.  This painting is 11" X 14" acrylic paint on canvas board.  I used a brayer and fan brush at the top right to try to indicate some light coming in.

I don't want to start another serious painting until after I have my eye surgery next month.  Hopefully I will be able to see colors better once the cataracts are fixed. First the right eye will be done, then 2 weeks later, the left.  I have trouble seeing the different shades of green, also my night vision is terrible.  I'm looking forward to being able to see my toes without glasses!  The new lens that will be put in my eye will also correct my nearsightedness and I'll just need to pick up reading glasses.  I've been wearing glasses for 60 years so this will be a big change and I hope it works.

This one is not done yet. I'm not happy with the cirrus clouds and will need to work on them some more. These are hot springs at Yellowstone National Park. 16" X 20", Oil paint on gesso'ed hardboard.  I do enjoy working on this surface and I have one more board prepared, but have not decided what to paint on it yet. I'm leaning toward a more abstract sunrise or sunset idea, but need to think about it more.


Apparently I have always liked snow. This is a photo of me at almost 2 years old enjoying my sled in front of our house in New York. The storm was in February of 1948.