Before enjoying the paintings in this article, Kitchen Inspiration from Art History, I was aware how kitchens have evolved over time. Kitchens moved from outdoors to indoors, then from the edges of the house to the middle of the house. To really see how kitchens have changed, the link has some awesome paintings.
In our home, Andy is Chef. He's the one that makes scrumptious meals. I clean the kitchen. It works very well for us as I barely read recipes and he makes one-offs.
Check out some of the kitchens in art, here, and also let me know which is your favorite. Mine, I believe is a tie between Edouard Pingret, Cocina Poblana and Liza Lou, Kitchen, just for colors not so much functionality, lol! To choose one, click over to Kitchen Inspiration from Art History.
Oh! Question for you, all! Why is it when I watch a home show, it's the woman who squeals with delight over the kitchen makeover, or the kitchen makeover is mandatory, or the kitchen is the deal breaker? I can remember only a single man wanting the kitchen made over and that's because he was a stay-at-home with two small children. Why not the men? Aren't kitchens essential? Also, then why are top chefs mostly men if the home kitchen doesn't seem to matter to most men?
Bird with Pumpkin, Grapes, Basket, 23 by 30 inches, acrylics on paper, available for $450, not framed, SH $25 for rolled in tube. Items are from my studio stash of stuff for still lives, lol, not necessarily from our kitchen.
The first ever drawing book was published in 1608 by Italian painter and printmaker Odoardo Fialetti.
For the first time, anyone could learn how to draw at home.
I wonder who is accredited with the first ever online drawing class? Yes, I Googled, but couldn’t find who has that credit.
For some awesome drawings from 1600s and forward, plus more about the story of drawing books and where the exhibit is being held, please click here:
In the meantime, you might find me drawing!
Above: my studio armoire with most of my how to draw, etc. books. Yes, a 2020 goal is to organize it, lol!
Below: A detail section of a dog portrait, Maya. A basic skill for painting is drawing. I love painting pet portraits because it means I'm drawing, lol!
Do you enjoy “adult” beverages?
I already know you love art, because you’re reading this, lol.
Do you, like my Awesome Husband Bartender, like to play mixologist?
Then THIS is the link for you! https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/books-van-gogh/
It pairs the artwork with the drink! It gives you the recipe! My attention went to the red velvet martini. YUMMMMM. I’ll be checking our mixing supplies right after sharing this with you!
About this painting: 2 Pears with Silver Goblet
This is 8 by 10 inches, acrylics on canvas. It is on canvas, ready for you to frame. $150
All I have left about current events and what's been happening.
How about we all take a break and welcome some new cats on my studio block?
The lovely at the top left is Moconi. She went home in January.
Maya is the lovely happy pup on the right. She also went home in January.
The first two cats were born during the Quarantine. The last one just came out of hiding, but had to share because it's sooooo appropriate!
All three are available and $80, 6x6 inches, acrylics on paper. If you'd like it have it ready to hang, $95 on 6x6 inch wood panel or $125 on 8x8 inch wood panel. Shipping and handling is extra.
Polchoir is French for "stencil." I just learned this while researching public domain Art Deco and Art Nouveau stencil designs!
Why public domain?
The good about buying stencils (or stamps):
When you purchase a stencil, you are supporting the artists and manufacturers that designed that stencil. Everyone wins.
The bad about using bought stencils (or stamps):
You are placing limitations on how many times you may use that stencil in designs for sale. I read the fine print on most things... I don't recall if it was a rubber stamp or a stencil but the item said "up to 10." If you're into scrapbooking and giving away your handmade cards, etc., you have no limits on how you use your purchased stencil (or stamp).
As much as possible, I seek to make my own. It's therapeutic making the cuts as well as freeing, lol. Cutting vinyl is sometimes better than drawing or sketching.
The photo shows one of my latest stencils, hand cut 10ml vinyl using an exacto knife and scissors. I used a slightly crumpled paper sheet to test it, with some "leftover" paint and a make up sponge. When I find a design I like, I manipulate it on my iPad, print, and then cut.
2020 is about IMPROVING my art tools as well as using what I already have.
The top tool is a color wheel from Bob Burridge that I purchased in early 2016. I really love it. It helps me figure out focus points and color combinations.
The big color chart is totally new for me. I wonder how I figured things out before I bought it! It's helping me figure out how to QUICKLY mix a color, add it to my painting, and MOVE ON! Oh YEAH! I've so many paintings in Stuck Mode that are coming to life with this new tool!
See the top two flowery paintings? I'm using both color tools to figure those out. Both paintings have been hanging out on my truly messy studio table, tossed from one side to the other, until now. So far, so fun!
I'm keeping both color tools on my easel itself, using velcro tape. Before the velcro tape, I kept losing the wheel, lol!
What's your favorite tool?
ack at the iPad 2, I thought I was going to try digital art: draw, manipulate photos, all kinds of things.
My fantasy lasted about a year. The apps I could find where clumsy, boring, and limited. No one around me wanted to do the same things...so I had only myself to teach me. My iPad became a more portable laptop...with great video and books.
Fast forward a few years later...when I meet artist and quilter Susie Monday in Lisa Call's Master Class. This artist has some seriously cool, colorful, wacky, quirky, serious artworks in digital formats...AND SHE TEACHES HOW!
I'm so excited and scared but I'm going to give this a go. It's time. I WILL continue to use paper sketchbooks, but I'm excited about the new tools and apps that will push me into different designs and colors.
Artist Danny Gregory is a serious sketcher with published drawing books. He explains and shows why he's using his iPad so much here: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-inspiration/me-myself-and-ipad-art/
If you're interested in learning more about art on the iPad, go here: http://susiemonday.com/online-courses
In the meantime, I'm trying to using only Susie's "tease list" of apps before class starts. That means I'm actually painting more, lol!!!!
A sketchbook and a couple of pens I use. More traditional and way less expensive supplies that I love!
Written by Angeline
With every intention to write about whatever might interest about art, making art, and paintings.