Saturday, September 30, 2006

rootbound

Rootbound
24" x 24"

Of course I get behind in preparing for an exhibition just when I have a list of must-dos plus extra social commitments (OK, OK -- social commitments period), including entertaining a gaggle of 12 year olds with pizza, a movie out and a sleepover (you only turn 12 once after all), so I have been seriously stressing myself out with this painting, working and re-working it. I cut it so close that the isolation coat is drying now (overnight), I will varnish it way too soon but hopefully without ill consequence tomorrow morning, and very carefully get it to the gallery tomorrow afternoon.

And it looks like it's leaning to the left ... but it's not. Maybe I'm leaning to the right.

17 Comments:

Blogger Carlotti said...

I love your house paintings. Hope your 12-year-old birthday party was a smash. It's so much nicer when you're 12 and your mom does the planning and cleaning up.....

1/10/06 12:26 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Ah...lovely! There's such a feeling a peace and security in this painting. I really like the roof details and the light in the downstairs window. Is that where the pizza party's going on:> Hope it was fun!

1/10/06 4:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like someone has bitten a nice chunk out of the moon! Tasted like pizza?
Great illustration!

1/10/06 4:59 AM  
Blogger kj said...

andrea, i love love love love love this painting. this conjures up all kinds of feelings for me--safety, home, certain comforting rooms. and the color in this world is peaceful and cozy. i'm intrigued by the black surface where the tree roots grow: is it a road, a river? is it the darker places that home protects me from?

hope the show goes great. and by now the slumber party is over and hopefully you were a good mom throughout!

:)

1/10/06 7:50 AM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

I so love your work! This is just wonderful and seeing it, something clicked and me want to (finally!) learn how to paint with acrylics (though I don't know if my brain has room for any more learning or information right now). I'd never liked acrylic painting before I saw yours--it always looked like wannabe oil painting. But your paintings are really unique and make the most of what acrylic can do.

Maybe in a couple of months when your life settles down a little (hah!) and I'm done teaching another series of watercolor classes, I might ask for your recommendation for getting started with acrylics (paints and brushes you like, maybe a good instructional book).

1/10/06 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice house! Hope the rabble have gone home and peace reigns again.
Ill put the tea on for next sunday! Wouldnt that be nice?

1/10/06 11:41 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

The tree is wonderful, and I would like to go right on inside the house! Hope you survive the gaggle of girls!

1/10/06 3:32 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Oh...I forgot...like me, you have two boys....I don't think they're quite as noisy as girls that age.

1/10/06 3:38 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Oh Andrea - it is stunning! Wow. The highlighting is fantastic! The roots are a wonderful touch. Awesome. No worries you should have that is for sure!!

1/10/06 5:27 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Yes, it's a gorgeous picture, Andrea. I guess your home is where you can put down some roots, and feel more settled?

2/10/06 12:17 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Fabulous I want to live there.
My house is leaning to the right but since my equilibrium is fercockt it doesn't really matter.

2/10/06 7:41 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Carlotti: At least at this age I can forget about the goody bag thing.

Carla & Cream (sounds like a new ice cream flavour): Thanks.

KJ: The dark place is where the roots can rest. The house represents human roots. And I was good to the kids but not so good to the mom who forgot to pick up her kids after I'd had him for 18 hours!

Muddy: A short hop over to Brittany would be the perfect battery recharger!

Janet: Yes, we only do boys here. :)

Tiffinix: These comments help me breathe a sigh of relief that yes, the effort and angst this painting required were worth it.

Justin: Bang on!

HE: Fercockt? Cool word, even if I don't know what it means.

2/10/06 9:07 AM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Beautiful painting! It feels like home.

And I know what you mean about preparing for an exhibition always seeming to bring on distractions. I've got one coming up at the end off the month and ideas for other projects keep claiming my attention.

2/10/06 9:58 AM  
Blogger Within Without said...

This is superb, Andrea...reminds me of growing up at 196 Kitson (which will mean nothing to you) and the huge oak trees and all and the imperfections but the feeling that this is home...

If it's got any imperfections, then that makes it more real and beautiful.

2/10/06 5:15 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I love this one it has so much character.
The glow from the window and the moon are wonderful and inviting. the whole piece sofly says come on in.

2/10/06 6:19 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Nice painting. :-) And please lean left!

4/10/06 2:42 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Hey Andrea, this is the first time I've visited your site. I love this picture, I have a bit of an obsession with these houses, as we do not have anything like them in the UK. Fabulous colours, I'll be back!

13/10/06 12:41 PM  

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