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Monday, October 17, 2022
I just have to pause for a day on art posts and show you this adorable new member of the fammily. We lost our little precious dog about two months ago. Ricky and the dog were best buds and now we are sad and alone ........so.......good idea....we got a new kitten. If you've ever tried to introduce a young kitten to an older cat you know it has to be done carefully. Well after a week of separation they got wind of each other. Another week went by and all of a sudden as I was sitting on the bed out of the corner of my eye I saw the little one jump up and start his approach to the 9 year old. I happened to be reading on my ipad at the moment so I could just click the camera record button and got the who interaction. It's adorable. I posted it on the youtube station and give you a link here to see how cute it is. You can fast forward through my "talking" if you want to get to the cute part. Enjoy. MEANWHILE I'm working on an abstract and it's HARD !
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Once again I am letting you know how excited I am about my latest project, putting my high resolution images on the cover of notebooks and planners. I made a video where I show you a few of the 100s that I've posted. I am also becoming a more organized person with my appointment and project management notebook. I love digital things but I have found that anything I post disappears into the depths of the internet. Digital planners are of couse good for tickle notifications but I genuinely like writing things down and enjoy being able to turn pages and see the past and the future. LOOK on your amazon account and type in sally rosenbaumm composition books or planners
Alizarin crimson, indian yellow and prussian blue AGAIN
Sunday, June 26, 2022
I thought it would be impossible to paint a dog. I don't know why. But it really turns out to be an exercise in placement. You have to get the nose and the eyes in the right place and much of the rest is following the outline carefully to get the right shape of that particular dog. I am extremely recently partial to dachshunds because my son got one "BIRDIE" two years ago and she is quite the diva. She isn't black like this one. She is red and I have painted her silliness many times. It's fun. It's a good way to warm up.
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Sunday, March 27, 2022
I am having a ball publishing my vast vast collection of high resolution scans of my paintings on KDP. If you don't know what kdp is yet it's a way to self publish professional results. If you design a high resolution cover the results are stupendous. I have 20 of my paintings listed there. They are in the form of $6.99 regular school or home composition books. The quality is high and i am enjoying giving them to friends and acquaintances and making many sales. I am giving you a link to see what I mean
Each of these are composition books on your amazon channel and only 7.00 I'm excited.
Monday, December 27, 2021
Many painters far greater than I have painted the same subject many many times. Here is the caveat: It is not the same painting. Sometimes something new is added, sometimes something is eliminated. Sometimes the palette is different; sometimes the light source is rearranged. It is the process of arting.....For me, art is a verb. It is basically for the artist and not for the buyer that we paint; that we indulge with our communion of shapes, light and pigment. I like to paint because I like to use paint, color, and shapes probably more than I like to "say" something. From the beginning of time, the question of what do I paint is the persistent voice that a painter hears. For me it is all about what can I use to hang all this color and pigment on? Sometimes it is simply wonderful to already have a tried and true subject matter so that all my attention can be focused on the joy; the color and the light. If you google my name you will see images that have grown, changed, and morphed into other images through the prism of time. How would this scene look if it were painted in the palette of the great swedish painter, Anders Zorn? How would this scene look if I toned the canvas first with napthol crimson? How would this painting look if I only used a large brush to paint it? How about a small brush, how about if it were painted on paper rather than canvas....What if I painted this tiny corner on a huge canvas? What if I used a medium that resembles the glazes of the renaissance? THIS is why I paint. This is why I coninue.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
So many people are creative and yet very few make a life of it. I watched a few videos from ATOMIC HABITS on youtube recently and he continually references the idea of designing your living spaces to support your desired behaviors. How brilliant....In my new home here in Long Beach I have designed my painting area to be right down the hall in the upstairs portion of the house. THe entire room is circumferenced with narrow tables (surfaces) with the easel in the corner by the window. The center area is completely taken over by flat files which not only provide storage for prints, watercolor paper, canvases etc but offer a 32 x 48 inch flat surface at waist level for stretching canvas, organizing photos and ideas and performing general preparations. I have had many many long stretches sometimes lasting weeks where I intend to paint but don't. Somehow the day goes by and I can truthfully say that other than walking the dog and eating three meals I have accomplished absolutely zilch and go to bed feeling less than content with myself. Ah but now I have cracked the code! I wake early....I love to sit in bed and look at my ipad "stuff" for an hour or so. Because I know that I will feel GREAT all day long and go to bed content with myself if I painted that day I have decided that it is the very first thing I do so there's more DAY to enjoy in my contented frame of mind. BEFORE I wash, before I brush, before I even dress.....I shuffle into my studio behind doors 12 feet down the hall where the paints are already layed out, the brushes are clean, and the paper towels are present and begin my work.. I continue with yesterday's work or begin anew. Sometimes it's one hour, sometimes it's two. At the end of the session which corresponds with my need for food and drink, I clean my palette, wash the brushes and set up for tomorrow. I then proceed to the shower and a well deserved breakfast OR lunch. I am loving this routine not only because I have artwork to show for it but the quality of my well being for the rest of the day is A+. I am free to sew, to bake, to get lost on instagram, to watch tv, to shop, to visit, to veg out....whatever......with absolutely no guilt...I love it. All this is in the context of the sale of artwork being my sole income. I designed my space to foster a behavior that I need to do.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
here. I use squarespace and stripe and paypal. It's easy to buy; click, pay and then I ship it directly to you. I like to use frames on my work and I have used jfm frames on the east coast and www.pictureframes.com .....pay attention to shipping. If there's any free shipping that's the way to go because frames are heavy! Here's the new youtube video complete with a list of the paint colors I used to execute it. Be sure to subscribe and give me a like. I'm hoping to really make the channel grow. I want to talk a lot about the evolution of art as well and do some stories about artists I admire as well as collecting advice and display possibilities. I am working on a 30 x 40 landscape with a NAPA oak tree in the background and dry ochre grasses in the foreground. It, of course, is the typical Napa/Sonoma landscape and I love the colors and the visuals of it. I do also love the pine forests of Georgia but I haven't seen them in quite a while! My new computer arrives tomorrow with sooooo many more bells and whistles. I love bells and whistles and SPACE! This will be loaded wtih final cut pro and I will be able to use software that I haven't been able to use. My current computer is loaded with space but it's still old. It lacks a camera; the speakers are nonfunctional and the fans go on constantly. It is not worth fixing. Ah such is the digital life in 2021; new stuff every 5 to 8 years. Here's a connection to the new video. Please subscribe and click the LIKE BUTTON. It helps!!