Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Well It is awhile since the Cataracts

I thought I would do an update as to how I am faring with my cataract free eyesight.  I now have my new glasses as I mentioned several posts ago.  Still are fine with them.
Have I noticed any problems since the surgery?  Not really.  My eyes still get tired, but in some ways that may not be a bad thing.  I tend to be a tunnel vision sort, and won't stop something till I am forced to.  So my eyes getting tired is actually a way to save them.
How do I see things?
Very well still.  Because I am no longer looking through a haze, I find that I can "see" the lighting on things much more clearly.  This then results in my being able to work through a photo reference much better, by this I mean:
Photos tend to really have dark shadows, and blown out lights.  Now I am seeing light better, I can paint the proper values for these areas much more easily.

As you can see, details are hard to see in this photo

So, am I still glad I had the surgery?  You bet I am!
Till next time
Happy painting!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some recent paintings

I have been busy at the easel since I finished up the farm books.
I have been working mostly in acrylics lately.
I choose subjects that I find interesting and challenging. 
Below is the painting "Frosty Morn" a 7x12 inch acrylic painting.
As you can see it is hot off the press so to speak.  These are Bohemian Waxwings, for the birders out there.  They have some red around their faces, this makes them different than the Cedar Waxwings.  Believe it or not, the reference for this painting was taken from my office window.  These guys love Mountain Ash berries and there was a few they had missed from the fall before.  The reference was actually taken in April.  Poor things. As you can tell it was a very cold night for them and everything got covered in frost, including the birds!  I hinted at that fact if you look closely, but was not too obvious about it.  I figured not too many people would realize that, as they sleep birds will get frosted as well as the trees!
The one I am working on now is of Burrowing Owls.  These little guys are so cute!  We see them quite often as we seed and harvest.  they will often run along side the drills or the combine headers!  Not sure if it the sounds that attracts them, or the bugs and critters in the form of mice that is the attraction.  Either way they are fun to watch!

Below is a close up of the one owl I am working on.  They can look quite fierce, though they are not much taller than 6 to 8 inches, and often usurp gopher holes!  

I will post the finished product when it is done.
Till then, Enjoy the warm weather that has finally....come our way!

Recap of 2013 activities!

Hi Everyone!
Been awhile since I was on this blogger.  Just too many irons in the fire I guess!
Been busy though.
Health issues  got in the way, but I am on the mend and hope to be back at full tilt soon.

2013 was a fantastic year really.  Lots of good things happened.  I was made a fellow of the American Artists Professional league!  That was such an honor.  I was juried into many shows, that are listed on my website http://www.goldenkstudio.com

  The high point for me was that my husband and I went to Kenya and Tanzania for over two weeks!  Lots of driving around. Lots of new experiences. Lots of sightings of the treasures of Africa.  Made it even more unbelievable that there are those who would destroy the very thing that would make the countries more prosperous! 

Below is the most recent painting I did that was inspired by our trip.  He was a gorgeous fellow and was huge.  I called this painting "Confidence"  It is an acrylic that is 12 x 16.

We were fortunate that we saw all of the "Big Five" as they call them.  This would include the Cape buffalo, the Elephants, Leopards, Lions, and Rhinos.  We were also lucky to see many other animals such as the cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, and crocodiles to name a few!  It was a trip of a lifetime!  I am so glad that after 30 years I finally managed to convince my husband to come with me there!