April 27, 2014

A little shading makes all the difference ... plus

a new piece on the easel. Re: Red Wing. It was suggested to me by a colleague that I might think about shading the angels dress - which, when I looked at it --- OF COURSE it needed it. I believe such a small thing can make such a huge difference.
Here she is before shading her dress:

and after shading - also darkened her hoofs.
Big difference, don't  you think.

As I said, I have a new piece on the easel.  I seem to be doing a series on Angels with Animals.  Not sure quite what to call it.  I think the next one will be an elephant with an angel.  Mean time - here is the block in of the camel (Love camels!)

I think she will be quite a lot of fun to do.

So that's about it for today my sweets.  It's getting hot and dusty here in San Miguel - so Sangria is a must.  :o)

Thanks for dropping by.  Thanks for all your lovely comments.  See you in blog land. 

April 22, 2014

Red Wing

Just finishing up with 'Red Wing' so thought I'd post her. I think there are a couple little touches when she is completely dry, but for the most part
she's done.

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“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon


April 20, 2014

Red Wing

Getting there. Still on the easel - can't seem to stop adding details. Lots needs to be finished. The light was bad - we are having a thunder storm - so here it is - as good as it gets for now.

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“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
― Joss Whedon 

April 16, 2014

Two Important Men .....

An article which appeared in today's paper.

  •   Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two important men

By Donna Parker
There are two important men in my life. One is Toller Cranston, who shares with me his knowledge, wisdom and incredible expertise of the painting world. However, this is not about Toller (shock and awe)! This is about a man named Ivan Padjen who hails from Chicago.
I fell in love with him the first day we met when I asked if he was a Buddhist. Not a sensual kind of love. It was a soulful love, which worked its way to the depths of my being. I knew we had met for purposes yet unknown.
Since then I have learned much from Ivan. I have come to know, respect and honor a very old soul upon this earth who possesses and shares the great wisdom he holds within.
The first time he saw my art he was deeply moved. I knew he valued my creativity more than I ever could at the time. Now I have come to cherish my own work, to have a deep knowing that I have found my life’s work, my purpose, and my way to give back the gifts I have been given.
During this trip to San Miguel, Ivan felt compelled to purchase 10 of my paintings. It shocked me. It stunned me. “Donna’s art represents the ages,” commented Ivan. “It makes me think, reflect, and allows the soul to smile. My spirit always feels refreshed after spending time with her works of art.”
Finally I was filled by an overwhelming gratefulness. The purchase was not about money. It was about the gift of learning that my work was appreciated and receiving the gift with grace and the love with which it was given. Ivan Padjen, has, over the time I have known him, changed my life. It’s important that you know, so too has Toller Cranston. I am a better person for having both these men in my life.

Donna Parker’s paintings were featured as part of the recent “Art and Influence” exhibit at the Toller Cranston Gallery. Parker also had a solo exhibition at Galeria Izamal, where some of her paintings are now on permanent display.

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April 15, 2014

In the Studio and on the Easel

First of all, thank you for all your wonderful comments, my dear friends. Thanks for all the emails and notes. I can't tell you how much it all means to me. I simply have not had time to blog or visit, and really don't know how this is going to work out in the end. We shall see. I know I miss seeing all your wonderful creativity which inspires me so much!

A couple of smaller pieces are finished. I reworked the donkey and like him much better. What do you

"Finding Herself"

"For Sale"

Still on the easel, and as yet unnamed.
On the easel

That's what I've been up to.  Lots of ideas whirring in my head!  Hope you are all well and happy.  Take care and thanks so much for dropping by.

“F@*# self-doubt. I despise it. I hold it in contempt, along with the hell-spawned ooze-pit of Resistance from which it crawled. I will NEVER back off. I will NEVER give the work anything less than 100%. If I go down in flames, so be it. I’ll be back.” -Steven Pressfield


April 6, 2014

Some photos from the opening

A few photos from the opening and the extended days of the show. It's been fun and I'm exhausted.

The Grand Duke and Duchess.  :o)

both paintings SOLD.

Hannah Jarmaine's work

Two in the middle and one at the bottom SOLD.  Also the lady walking the monkey's, SOLD.  Thank you!

Andrew Osta's Work

 Thanks for dropping by.  Really appreciate it.  No time for anything else at the moment, however hope you are all having a wonderful creative live and SPRING is coming to your part of the world. 


April 2, 2014

Tomorrow is THE DAY

Art Exhibition opening at Tollers. The Four of us, Jarmain, Cranston, Parker and Osta I'm EXCITED!

Wish you were ALL here!  No time for quotes today.  Wish me luck.