Saturday, September 8, 2018

Work in Progress - Farmall Tractor

I've been playing with this new painting depicting an old Farmall tractor.  I have a soft spot in my heart for these tractors, since Dad had one on our 120 acre dairy farm, and he's sometimes let me drive it.  Farmalls were manufactured by International Harvester, and were common on small and medium sized family operations. I painted this from a reference photo I took at the recent Walworth County fair, a place that also is nostalgic for me.

There is a local painter who often paints pictures of tractors, and I emulated her style here, with exaggerated color, simplified forms and abstracted backgrounds.  This is the acrylic layer where I work out my composition and play with color.  When the painting feels about right to me I paint over this layer with oil paint, making alterations along the way.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Unusual Perch

Unusual Perch
8x10 inches, oil

So earlier this summer I painted, as a joke, a cow portrait for a friend of my sister-in-law, up in Door County.  The friend was pleased, and claims "the eyes follow me everywhere."  Right.

Anyway, my sister-in-law, got all droopy and said that she liked cows, too.

This is for her.

Monday, August 13, 2018

You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

So this is me today.  I got up this morning with silver hair falling like autumn leaves.  The universe let me keep my locks for our anniversary last week, and then the inevitable happened.  Those first loose strands on my pillow, my shoulders, the shower drain, all letting me know my hair was soon to be history.

Last night I felt almost panicky over the idea of being bald once again.  But this morning I was determined,  so I headed over to Cost Cutters as soon as it opened.  Buzzzzzz - hair gone.  I left the shop with a "halo" hairpiece and a hat, and looked very reasonable, I thought.  But you know, it's summer, hot and humid, so at home I decided to just be bald.  A male friend told be recently when I was saying that this day was coming that I "do bald well."  I'm not so sure, but I am trying to be positive here.  At least I still have my eyebrows and eyelashes, though their day is coming too.

Ah chemo, I hope you are as effective on my tumors as you are on my hair follicles.  Session two is coming up this Friday.