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.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Serious painting vs. fun painting

"Mac" 8" X 10" acrylic on canvas board

While I am trying to learn how to paint impressionistically, but also realistically, sometimes I need a break just to have fun.  I had taken some photos of our lab mix puppy (now 1 year old) who is all black and decided to have fun with colors.  I based the outside on the painting I had made last year following the Art Sherpa (see my Oct. 24th post)(These are free instructional videos available online).  Then I decided blue and orange (complementary colors) would certainly be more fun than a black dog.  What I learned: Next time I would put the sunflower that is hanging right over the corner of the inset painting. I think overlapping it would look nicer, but this was my first time trying an inset design like this so I'm o.k. with the end result.


Cirrus Clouds over Yellowstone study, 11" X 14", WIP, acrylic on canvas board

Meanwhile I started another landscape, but done more loosely. I like this study and may make a full 16" X 20" painting of it. I'll probably spend some more time on the study as well to finish it off a little.

Glacier National Park, WIP, 16" X 20" on stretch wrapped canvas, oil

I have worked on this painting a little more, but I need to learn how to do shadows on faces before I can call it finished.  Actually, I need a good lesson on painting shadows wherever I see them. I am never happy with the way they come out.  More to study.


Two Jack Lake, 16" x 20" on stretch wrapped canvas, oil

I think this one is done. Two Jack Lake was on our tour of the Canadian Rockies last year (Alberta, Canada). I haven't put it up on my website yet as I'm still thinking about it. Sometimes it is hard to decide if a painting is done or not.