Friday, May 31, 2013

Again and Again and Again They Bloom

Peach Daylily, 7" x 7", Oil on Panel, Unframed
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013
$145.00

Okay, I'm finally done with this painting!  I know I struggled with that Purple Iris I posted about last time but this one, well, it was much harder than I thought it would be.  The image here - and, mind you, I tried several photos of this - is not that good.  Photography, if you don't know how to work a camera properly (ME!), can mess with your mind and your images.  I have other images of this painting that handled the darks and lights differently.  So, with all that being said, the photo doesn't justify the colors in this painting.  I don't know why.  I am sure I could ask my husband because he understands all of that.  But why do that?  

These daylilies are still blooming in my front yard.  The days are continuing with a certain amount of coolness that keeps these babies coming back again and again this year.  I think this is the best they have been since we planted them 8 years ago.  It's amazing what installing a little watering system can do to your plants!  Hah!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In Your Face!

Purple Iris, 10" x 10", Oil on Panel
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013
$225.00


I struggled this with painting for a couple of days.  The colors in the highlighted areas were driving me crazy!  They were too dark and the wrong color.  I kept squinting to see it but couldn't get my color mixing to cooperate with what I was seeing and envisioning for the petals.  I waited and finally worked it out.  It's 10 inches by 10 inches - larger than my usual daily paintings.  I am learning that I can only do paintings smaller than this size in one day.  This size or larger will take a day or two.  I'm okay with that.  It's one of those things I have learned in the process of working faster and looser.  I am more in control of how the painting will come together and that's important.  I can see what is wrong with the painting and have the patience to know that it the "fix" will come to me.  Some areas are painted over a few times until it works out the way I want it to.  The results surprise me sometimes and it's a good surprise. A vibrant surprise, in this case.

Although you can purchase this painting here through the PayPal link, I am including this piece in the Open House at Lagniappe Frame Shoppe's Open House scheduled for June 7th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  The shop will be opened all day but the party really starts at 5:00 p.m.!

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Bit More Complex

Peach Daylily 1, 7" x 7", Oil on Panel
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013
$145.00
I have found a middle ground with this painting.  It is still one of my works in the daily paintings, however, I chose to make the subject a little more complex.  As I was outside this morning looking at these plants I noticed that I have different colored day lilies growing up all around them now.  I must get back out there and paint them.  These are so gorgeous as they open up and the sunlight hits them just right to get these beautiful colors.  I love springtime. I just wish it would last a little bit longer.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Giveaway Time!

Magnolia 6, 8" x 8" Signed and Dated Print
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013
Today is the day I have been putting off for awhile but something I have been wanting to do.  I wasn't sure how I was going to do it but after some thought, I now know.  I am giving away one of my signed prints.  I plan to post this on Facebook and all I am asking is (1) that you LIKE my Facebook fan page if you haven't already done so.  If you have, please let me know.  That still counts! (2) SHARE the link on to your Facebook page. AND (3) COMMENT and let me know that you have shared.  You can either comment here or leave me a comment on Facebook.  Please don't forget to leave me a way to contact you should you win.  If you sign up to follow my blog through Feedburner, that is a good way to do so.  (See box on top right of this blog post page). This also allows you the opportunity to receive my blog posts in your email account on the day I post.  At the end of the month, May 30th, I will do a random drawing and pick a winner of this print.  I will mail the print to you, or if you live in the area, personally deliver it to you.  I will, over the next two weeks, re-post this link on Facebook a few times.  I am trying to increase the number of likes on my Facebook Fan Page and I'm hoping you can help and perhaps win something free at the same time.  Good luck, y'all!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Brainstorming, Creative Writing


This morning I sat down to write.  I didn't intend to make a new blog post today.  I still didn't have anything in my head about what to write.  I know I had the Mid City Art Hop on Friday and I know I want to post something about it, but I've not felt motivated to write about it.  What I know that I needed to do was to just write for myself.  I needed to write to myself.  Perhaps I should do more of this on a more regular basis.  Below is exactly what I wrote for me today.  It's not directed at you or anyone else out there but, then again, maybe it could be for you or by you.  Who knows.


24" x 24" x 2", Oil on Panel
"Morning Discovery", 24" x 24" x 2", Oil on Panel
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2013


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Brainstorming

Writing better

Creative writing to promote art and ideas for painting.  Is there a course or an artist that can help us reach into ourselves and know where to look within ourselves to find that creative genius?  I want to delve more deeply into the light and the dark of my inner being and bring that forward onto the canvas.  I dream dreams all the time but don’t write them down.  Why is that?  Is it because of time?  I have such a creative mind.  I know this because in the night it comes alive.  It’s colorful and convoluted and fantastical.  Is there another way to take that information and make it come alive?  How do I do this?  How do I create from the imagination when I live in the reality of life.  

Putting my child into a creative landscape is one place I want to take my art.  But, how do I do it? I started on that path a year ago but stopped.  Can I take it up again? Taking my father and making his ideas and images of what a painting of him could be and meshing it with my ideas on the same thing could be a really cool thing.  I am closer to this now than ever before.  This week I will go with him and take the old tools from my grandfather and incorporate them somehow into a story of my dad, overalls and all.  I know his story as a child knows her father.  His story that he knows of himself is all his own.  We can’t know it as well as he does, but maybe a part of this process is to get that story out of him so we can share it.  That’s what I want my art to do.  So far, it hasn’t happened.

I love painting nature.  I love trees, flowers, plants, vegetable gardens, grass.  I love being in nature.  I like hiking, camping, rafting, running, and biking outdoors.  I see so many natural wonders.  I don’t think I will stop painting these things.  What I want, however, is to incorporated these gifts of nature in with people and their stories.  This, I want to pursue.  Can I do it?  I don’t know.  

In talking with a man the other night at the Art Hop and trying to answer his question about what inspires me, I was a little stumped.  Do I really have time for inspiration when it comes to painting especially when my life is already so busy and scheduled?  I know I am inspired to just paint.  I am inspired on a small scale when I see the way the afternoon light catches the petals of a flower and casts a shadow which creates a new shape, absolutely.  Am I inspired each time my son starts to talk and tell a story?  Yes.  He may not think so, but I am.  But how to capture that personality in a story that unfolds on the canvas.  I know I’ve only captured a little bit of who he is.  Probably the best image to create of him would be the one where he is sitting, literally, on a pile of books, new and hand-me-downs, reading as the words are all around him and the stories are unfolding as he reads each word.  I’ve heard a lot of stories from a large amount of literature because of him.  He’s an incessant talker.  Many people already know this.  He has so much information running around and bumping into itself that it has to constantly come out of his mouth.  How do I capture that?  But the truth is, it’s the same for me, although being older and more experienced with life I tend to put a stopper on it and contain it.  But it is still there bubbling around in my head.  I think I’ve stopped it from coming out for so long I’m afraid what might happen if I let the stream of consciousness flow again.  I suppose me letting other people’s opinion control my speech and my actions for so long has contributed to this.  I can change that, I’m sure of it.

But, again, where do we go and how do we learn to open up ourselves and pour it onto the canvas?  How much work are we willing to put into making this happen.  My question tends to be how much time will it take and can I get dinner fixed in time for supper at the same time.  As I’ve said, how can I take the world of imagination and make it work in my orderly and not-so-orderly place of reality.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I'm Your Handyman... Thank you, James Taylor.



In this case, my handyman is not James Taylor.  He's my husband.  He has been helping me get ready for this show this Friday.  In fact, for awhile now he has been busy helping me do a lot of art-related things.  About a year ago he purchased a table saw which he taught me to use and now I use it all the time to cut and make my own panels.  He made me a pochade box which I haven't used yet but will soon. He now has a router but I don't know what to do with that thing.  The latest thing he has done is make a couple of display easels for me which is what you see here.  Well, you don't really see them since the peg board is sitting on top of it.  He made this easel based on the display easel my Daddy made for me for the Baton Rouge Art League Show a couple of weeks ago.  I don't have a photo of that one but he made it out of reclaimed cypress wood and trim.  It was perfect.  

And, so, while my husband was buying the lumber to make the display easels, he bought peg board which he cut to size. We were trying to come up with an easy way to display the small paintings but be able to transport the hanging mechanism.  So, you can see here that we will use metal hangers upon which I will set the paintings.  This is adaptable to different size paintings and different arrangements of paintings.  I would like to say it was my idea, but it really wasn't.  Oh, well.  I was considering painting the peg board but once I put the paintings on it, I loved the contrast of the painting again the dark background making a sort of framing for each painting.  

I suppose on Friday night I will see how well it works in practice.  Good luck to me.  And, thank you, dear husband.  You're the greatest.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My New Mouse Pad!



One of the things I learned in Leslie Saeta's marketing class was how to make these collages which can then be used as badges on our blogs and websites, etc.  I have been playing around with these for awhile now.  I finally decided that with the upcoming Hot Art, Cool Nights taking place this Friday, May 10th (from 6 - 10 pm at La Carreta!), I would make some postcards for the event.  The first image above is the card I made.  They have a little bit of a postcard shine to them so the images really look great.  While I was ordering the cards I saw that I could also make a mouse pad.  I couldn't resist.  I ordered two and now my husband wants one for his office.  If anyone else out there wants one, too, just let me know. I will sell you as many as you want!  If you see any of the paintings on the collage that you'd like to purchase, well, you can go over to my website to view and purchase them through the site, you can contact me directly through my facebook page, or you can easily email me at nancicharpentier@gmail.com.  Happy Sunday!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Getting Ready for Hot Art, Cool Nights


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Red Bud in Vase 1
7" x 7", Oil on Panel, Unframed
$145.00



Red Bud in Vase 2
7" x 7", Oil on Panel, Unframed
$145.00



Red Bud in Vase 3
7" x 10", Oil on Panel, Unframed
$195.00



Red Bud in Vase 4
7" x 7", Oil on Panel, Unframed
$145.00

I've been spending the last few days getting myself ready for Hot Art, Cool Nights which takes place next Friday, May 10th, from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm in Mid-City Baton Rouge.  I will be at the La Carreta Restaurant on Government Street.  I am so glad I get to be at this location.  I have eaten at their restaurant many times and just love the food.  The food AND the margaritas are delicious!  Last week I met with one of the owners to look at their location and decide where and how I will set up.  That's when the excitement really started to build for me.  See, I haven't done anything like this before for myself.  I have been painting, for awhile; I have been in galleries, for awhile; I have been selling paintings, for awhile; and I have been in group shows, for awhile; but, what I haven't done is have my own one-woman art show.  Well, in a sense it's a one-woman show.  The good thing about it is that it's within a larger group show setting.  It's an ART HOP.  

There are 36 businesses involved in this event.  There are numerous bands for entertainment with one of those bands playing at La Carreta that night.  There will be food and shuttle buses, too.  It's a can't miss kind of event.  I have gone to this event several times over the last few years and have loved it.  It's a huge social thingie.  It's outright fun.  It really is Hot Art and Cool Nights! Even my husband who begrudgingly attended the first year with me, had a lot of fun and loved all the different art - well, not every piece of art or artist - but that's the great thing about it.  You will find artists whose work you love and work you don't love or don't understand.  Sometimes it takes meeting the artist and seeing their work in this intimate setting that helps you to appreciate the work anew. And then the the love begins.

I sincerely hope to see sooo many people out there.  I know the night will fly by.  I can't wait.  I am already stressed but in a good way.  I'm more confident about this process.  I have been working diligently to push myself as an artist.  This is one more step in making others aware of what I am doing as a painter.  And I thank Sharon Furrate who sent the invite my way as well as Liz Walker of Elizabethan Gallery for helping me get set up and her involvement in this cool event.

These four paintings show here are just a few of the many paintings I will have for sale at this event.  You can buy them now or you can wait and see them in person.  Personally, I'd rather you come out to see my Hot Art on this really Cool Night!
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