Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leatrice Perry Galloway

Jennis Roy Galloway

These two paintings were done by a well-known Filipino painter - Fernando Amorsolo - of my mother and father. They are beautifully executed demonstrating the quality of light, softness of touch and thin application of paint that Amorsolo was known for. Here is a portion of what my father had to say about them:

"Following her transfer from the 9th General Hospital on Biak Island and some island hopping, Lee was able to join me in Manila, P.I., where she was put in charge of the WAC Dispensary in De La Salle College. During our service in Manila we met a painter, Fernando Amorsolo. Before the Japanese occupation he had been one of the more prominent Filipino painters. Throughout his long career portraiture was one of the reliable sources of support for his ever-growing family (he sired no less than 18 children).

After some negotiation he agreed to paint Lee and me. Four sittings were scheduled for each of us. These sittings were supplemented by several photographs which he took. Lee decided at the last minute that she did not want to be painted in uniform. She was able to borrow a dress from one of the nurses and Amorsolo obligingly painted this on her.......Amorsolo died in 1972 at the age of eighty. Arts of Asia Magazine devoted the cover and lead article of its May-June, 1984, issue to Amorsolo and his work. His paintings were still being offered for sale by various galleries in the USA as late as 1998."

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Amy #2

Another painting in the "Amy" series - this one is watercolor and graphite. I'm particularly pleased with the red dress! Looking back, red seems to be a favorite color particularly when painting with watercolor and working with pastels. It comes off so beautifully - you just want to keep on going and when done, quickly start on another piece!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"Amy #1"

Finally picked up my pastels after a year and painted this picture of my friend, Amy, whom you might recognize from the previously posted works of "Sunflower Sundress" and "Red Suit" (although she's pictured from the back in that maybe not... :) ). It is such a different medium from watercolor and fluid acrylic that I had to re-orient myself and bumbled around for many hours before getting back into the swing of things. And talk about messy!! The dustbuster had a real work out.

Amy makes a great model and I look forward to doing more with her. Sure beats.........uh......I was going to say "dead flowers" but thought better of it. I actually like flowers dead or not and must try my hand.......oh wait......I did!! I actually bought a watercolor dvd by Shirley Trevena and loved it. Jumped online to purchase some sticks and oil pastels and, along with my watercolor, went for it!! And my favorite tip: the credit card!!!

Untitled experiment

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Diving Divas#1

I finished this painting using watercolor acrylic. As many of you know, this risky (aaaagh) medium enables prolific use of the water bottle without having the color you just put down run. The only drawback is the speed with which you have to move to get the color right lest the paper dry. Very tricky!! I bang around in my small studio space tilting the paper this way and that while the air turns blue from my slightly inventive language. But all's well that ends well after a bit of tedious clean up. Oh, and the fun thing about this composition is that you can actually, turn the paper any which way and it works. So if you like another angle - feel free!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The finished product

"Sunflower Sundress"

I'm getting there - added these sunflowers - still not sure about it or them...

Filling it out a bit - the paper is really warped now - better straighten it out....

A little bit further along.....

Here is the beginning of a painting I am doing of my friend this point I have no idea where I'm going with it..

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Can't resist...more New York and the boys in blue....

310 E. 44th - the Beaux Arts - where I spent a few hemmed in years - my studio apartment faced a brick wall

The Metropolitan...and some entertainers at the bottom of the steps - smart moves on a nice day...harmonizing and selling their cd.

Some of my favorites those big blocks of color

Degas - his beautiful ballerinas..

Renoir - I love this painting and Bill said to be sure and mention his favorite part - the splash of red behind mademoiselles's head.....

Miro - a new-found passion


More Modigliani


"Red Suit"

Incredibly cheeky...but, after all the agony it took to create this blog entry, I needed a small gift to myself! :) Pardonnez-moi and have a giggle at the same time. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

OK - so New York isn't THAT exotic compared to..say...China! (More on that anon.) Marilyn, from Las Vegas, and I stalked NYC this past week in conjunction with our friend Bill, my old neighbor from East 44th Street. We did the usual tourist stuff, things I never did when I lived in Manhattan (unless friends come to mooch - er - visit, does one ever??).

So off to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island we went. Marilyn's mom entered the country through EI and so it was a sentimental journey of sorts. And it was fun!! The ferry ride was the best with stellar views of NY Harbor and Jersey. The wind was blowing at gale force intensity but the sun was shining and the ferries rocked and rolled across the water. I was very impressed with the handling of the boats that were being blown either on or off the dock....good captaining!!!! (Old yacht charter broker here....)

"Billy Elliott" was our Broadway treat and it was a tasty one. A fabulous show if you ever get the chance. But the hight point had to be a reunion with my friend Marina from early, early (age 12 or so) days at the infamous and strict boarding school - Prealpina. We hadn't seen each other in @#$%& years but fell right back into the easy friendship of our youth!

What with an allergy/cold attack the previous week and then a week of fun in NYC, I haven't had time to paint. And I feel the urge badly. Maybe I'll be renewed and reinvigorated with happy results! We'll soon find out.....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Here is the same painting pushed as much as I could using the cutout filter alone. I need to learn how to produce some of the other effects to enhance the result. This playing around with photoshop produces some really interesting images that are fun and very challenging to paint. I feel like I'm lost in the "60's when playing with all the colors and form distortions....I am you and you are me and we are all together........

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ladies-in Waiting 2

I took this painting and fooled around with it in Photoshop after one of Nick Simmons' suggestions, and the following images show the original LIW 2 painting with two different levels of the cutout feature applied. It is a lot of fun to do the Photoshop thing with actual photos but to do it with an original painting is really FAB!! Now if I can just paint them this way........

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Start swimming

I'm working on paintings having to do with swimmers and swimming related stuff.. A former competitive swimmer myself, it seems a natural habitat... In fact, apart from being on a mountainside, I love nothing more than being in the water.

The top picture's final result was an accident. I ruined the water originally (doesn't everyone at some point?) and was determined not to lose the swimmers. So I cut them out and redid the background using fluid acrylic for a stronger statement. Then I pasted the original racers on. It's titled (since I'm new to blogging I didn't get the sequence correct for adding a title before posting another image) "Into the Blue 1"

The second one, "Ladies-in-Waiting 1", is a combination of watercolor and fluid acrylic.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Getting started....

It is with a bit of arm-twisting from Nick Simmons that I launch myself into the blogosphere. And not without a lot of trepidation, I might add. What is easy and natural for my youngest friends looms large in my psyche. So, for those of you who stumble across me, please read and comment gently if you wish. My ramblings should improve with time - I hope.

These pictures are from my last trip to one of my most favorite places in the world - Scotland! And, as you can guess by my last name, the country of my heritage. I spent time with Margaret Evans on one of her wonderful "Paintaways" (OK - I tried to make this a link but failed...) to the Isle of Skye and then drove north to Nairn - a small, seaside town on the Moray Firth. Scotland is a painter's paradise and I even love the weather! No extremes of heat just bountiful beauty. And that's the extent of my lyrical waxing for now...