Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In and Out

Well, the in-laws moved out about as quickly as they moved in. So many life lessons were learned during their stay, but none more meaningful than how to be an unselfish houseguest. What a blessing they are to me and my family! And I thought I would share a little artwork that I have been working on in class. My mother and I have the best time painting together, and it's really quite a wonder that we get any painting done at all. But here are a few...

This first one is finished. Not my favorite but my teacher thinks those of us (me) who are trying to paint too realistically need to loosen up. I really did try in this painting of a spot in Norway which he shot a photo of on his recent trip there.

This next picture is of a few bottles. Something in this photo just caught my attention, and I had to paint it. I am not quite done with it yet... still need to work on the table as it looks like the bottles are falling off the back.

And this one is really loosely done... about 30 minutes of work in it, so far. I am by no means finished with it... a field of wildflowers. Can you guess what is missing?

Hope everyone is staying out of this wretched heat. My car thermometer read 104 degrees today, for the fourth day in a row. I think I could stand that kind of heat if the humidity were not at 95%. I feel like a piece of steamed broccoli wilting my way here and there to my various errands. Surely this can't go on and on.

I am also busy with a couple of new commissioned home drawings and staying busy with website and logo design, too. Not much time to visit my friends during these busy days. Hope to come for a visit to your place very soon.



  1. So nice to see your artwork, Christi. I especially like the top one - of Norway, I think you said. You do lovely work.
    We have lots of forest fires burning in our province and the smoke has drifted over the Island making it feel hotter and muggier, I think. We don't have your heat, thankfully. But no air conditioning either!

  2. Love to see your new work. Do you paint mostly from photographs?

    We are having fun on my Art Blog. About 6 artists are doing a art challenge. So fun to see the different interpretations of each.

    Tonight was the last week in a six month Bible Study I've been teaching... so it will be great to have more time to be creative instead of my nose in a book!

  3. I love the picture of the bottles! Glad to see you popping in once in a while.

  4. I love your artwork whether it is interpretive or realistic. I'm personally a great fan of realism, but I understand when art teachers say that that is what a camera does. Anyway, hope that you are having good fun with the loosening up. I'd be very intrigued to know more about being a good houseguest, too, if you're ever inclined to share. Stay cool!

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  6. Love your artwork.... especially the first, second and third (LOL).... well, it was hard to choose.

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  7. Christi, your paintings are wonderful! I especially like the bottles.

  8. HI Christi,
    This is my first time to your blog. It's so nice to meet you!

    First of all I must say, the words "in-laws" and "blessing" are so unusual to see together! ha!! Good for you! :) (hee hee)

    Your paintings are so pretty. I would love to be able to paint. Maybe I'll try my hand at it someday. With six kids and homeschooling, I don't have much extra time. (and when I do, I blog - ha!)

    I enjoyed my visit!
    Have a lovely day.
    Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

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  10. I've missed you lately. :) Just wanted you to know!

  11. Sounds like your life is flying around at top speed as is mine these days.

    I love that you are trying some new looser work...haha because I am trying to do the same thing.

    I actually love the landscape as peaceful.

    Be blessed Chrisi till we get a chance to bump into each other again in blogland =]

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