Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Koi (work in progress)

Acrylic painting in progress. Koi swimming in pond at Red Butte Gardens, Utah (Salt Lake City). From photo taken in 2006. I'm going to stop at this point in my painting and wait until I start classes again next month. I'm not sure what else I need to do to make this look better. I keep fiddling with it and I think if I keep doing that, I might make it look worse! This is a larger canvas for me. I am getting more confident as I learn more (12" X 16")

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Idaho 2011

Wonderful trip to Idaho to visit family. This picture was taken in Idaho City. I posted the album with more pictures on Picasa, in my web album

The synagogue was moved from downtown Boise to another area where they built an adjacent school and administrative building.
I teased our son that the only animals we saw were the stuffed ones at Cabelas! Finally, toward the end of a long loop on a dirt road through the mountains, we did see a black bear.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beaver Brook Falls

I think this is just about done now. I will bring it with me to class in September and see what the teacher says. I am happier with the changes I made. Always tempted to keep fiddling, but I will stop and give it  a break.


dancing cloud watches the wind
blowing the clouds
maybe snow tomorrow

dancing cloud hears
the beat of the drums
feet stomping in time with them
but her hips would rather sway
to salsa rhythms

dancing cloud is quiet
and shy as she listens
to the girls chattering
all around her

she doesn’t know who she is now
but soon she will find her voice
and be heard
watching clouds moving
and changing shapes
she knows she is changing too
blending old and new
growing from girl to woman
a quiet feeling of joy inside
with her secret name
and she is dancing once again
copyright 2011 Linda H. Feinberg

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Still playing with paint

Worked on my abstract painting of Beaver Brook Falls again today. I'm not happy with the right side shrubbery. I'll keep tinkering with it for a while. I like the rest of the painting. This was a very different way for me to work on a landscape and I enjoyed the process.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Just playing with paint today

I think I like this one enough to work on it some more and finish it. I used a palette knife and brush, odd colors, acrylic paints on canvas board. The original photo is from Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook, on the way to Pittsburg, NH, but I abstracted it. This was fun to do today.

Another fun project. Just drip paint on the paper (either watercolor or acrylic paper) and then use an old credit card or flat palette knife to pull it down vertically. To keep white space, drip glazing medium first. I probably won't do anything with these, but I enjoyed making a big mess! Make sure you have newspaper underneath or something that's easy to clean. As you pull the paint down, it gets all over the bottom of the paper. You can use the pooled paint with your brush and paint with it. If the paint is still wet, you can use stamps or other items to make marks in the paint.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Havurah retreat in Rindge, NH

The annual retreat we attended last week was held at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. We also took a detour to Cathedral of the Pines which was nearby. The photo above is from the home of the  founders of the site. We enjoyed the walk around, the tower and sculptures, the beautiful gardens. They have services here from all denominations at different times. Even though we have gone to Rindge many times, this was the first time we went to this historic site.

This is a view of Mount Monadnock from our dorm room at FPU. We had a wonderful time at the retreat and enjoyed the classes as well as meeting interesting people from all over the U.S. and Canada. I took a class on "Jews, Jazz and Swing" and another class on "Giving Songs in the Night: The art of singing for consolation" - this was appropriate for the holiday of Tisha B'Av (Fast of 9th of Av, starts this evening, lamentation for the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago). We also discussed the Hevra Kadisha (Holy Burial Society) and singing while doing the taharah (cleansing of the body). Joe took some classes that were a bit more intellectual, but I preferred to just enjoy myself and not think too hard while on vacation. I also did the "shuk" (marketplace) and sold my cards there.

That is Joe and a new friend, Natalie, on the trail down to the pond at Cathedral in the Pines. This is a trail made by the local Eagle Scouts. We found some delicious black raspberries and high bush blueberries along the way.

I don't know what these flowers are, but they were pretty. We enjoyed the gardens and the statues as we walked around. This is a beautiful site to visit.