Sunday, May 31, 2009

Time for Class!

Heading off to class. Will tell you all about it when I get back.
Might even do some sketching while there.
Been inspired by Urban Sketchers.
Will be good practice instead of just doing it before I start a painting.
We'll see.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Strange Eye

Just had to post photos of my two-colour eyed kitten. One is gold, the other is silver; almost like ice. and yes he sees very well. I call him Strange Eye for obvious reasons.
Art and creativity can come in any form.

Friday, May 29, 2009


It's here people! Resurface radio can be listened to at

We are still in testing so all you'll hear for now is really good music. Music that will soothe your soul and inspire you artistc ones.
Soon you'll hear people and yes... one of them might be me :))

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Work

20x16 Oil on canvas panel
It's simply amazing what you can do with a hand-held mirror.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's a wonderful thing to have a loving and supportive husband and family.

God has blessed me with both and I give Him thanks.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

From the Wild Fowl Trust

The sun made it's presence felt today. Not a cloud dared show it's face. The birds were out in all their glory and sang loudly and lustily, paying ode to a glorious day for painting.

My only regret is that I got to the Trust after lunch so did not get to capitalize on the day. Nevertheless, a good time was had.

Among the lily Pads
8x10 oil on canvas panel

There is so much I would have liked to capture...

Beautiful vistas

My friend Robert Dillworth drawing his birds

Where did they go?

One is back, at least.
This place deserves a return visit.

Paint Out and Other Things

Resurface International Radio launch yesterday was great. Testing starts from Monday at Listen out for when we actually go on air with live announcers.

Painting out today at Wild Fowl Trust. Stay tuned for photos later.
And if you're in Trinidad and want to come along, do try.
Wonderful vistas to paint there.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My Hands are Tied wip

This is what I'm working on, in addition to my painting.
This is my first piece of sculpture entitled My Hands are Tied
She's about 24cm in height using air-dry clay over an aluminium armature (See earlier posts for armature)

1. My hands are Tied (front view)

2.Back view

3. Side view

New Developments

Art has always fascinated me. I remember trying to draw as a teen; making little cards for my boyfriend from the little "Love Is" cartoons. He would laugh beause they would come out funny but he would still put them up.

The highways would bring such joy and pleasure and a hint of wistfulness. I wanted to paint them. I would wish for the ability to just capture the colour on the distant hill or the mood of the evening or what I call God's grandeur: the sun shining through the clouds on an evening just before the sun decides it's time to shine somewhere else.

God granted me the ability as an adult and I'm so grateful for the privilege. Art has become, not just a means of earning a living. It has become a passion and a voice. A tool that I can use to reach someone who needs to have an outlet or develop his/her creative side. I cannot think of doing anything else and if I do it must involve painting and drawing and yes, even sculpting.

I want to experience and experiment and dabble with different things so I bought myself some clay and I learned how to make an armature. I posted them so that you can share in the triumph and pleasure of discovery and also learn for those who may be wondering.

God has been good to me. I bless Him for giving me so much.

1. My jig

2. Armature (wire form)

3. Completed armature (front view)
4. (profile)

5. Armature
(left side and back view)

Happy Sabbath!

Happy Sabbath!

Friday, May 15, 2009


See Miss Mary Dance: step 2

Check it out here.

Values have been added.

Completed Still life

Here it is.
Still-life with old grater, dented bowl and garlic.

8x10 oil on canvas board.

I made the decision to walk away. Did not want to spoil it by working on it too much.

So let me know what you think.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New wip

Really excited about this: New painting started.
"See Miss Mary Dance"
Check out my facebook page for step by step progress reports.
I am moving out of my comfort zone and I'm excited about it. Yes, scared too.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Still-life wip cont'd

Changes have been made to the background in order to bring the focal point forward. The garlic has also been redefined and shadows added.

The reflection on the bowl is starting to come together.

The cast shadow has also been redefined a bit.

I do not want to overwork the piece so I am trying to be very economical in the changes and brushstrokes that I use. I find someimes in my desire for 'perfection' and to get the piece just so I end up doing more harm than good so I'm trying to curb my compulsion to fix. Just lay down a stroke and leave it alone.

This piece has proven to be a challenge, not necessarily in the technical aspects but in the length of time that I have spent on it because of other commitments that take away from my paining time.

Any critique or helpful suggestions are welcome, so feel free to comment you artists following this blog.

Gallery opening of Kerry Collins last night.
(From left) Fraulein Rudder (founder and President of Women In Art), Kerry Collins, Greta M. Joachim
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