Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Joshua Trees will bloom

I am excited, because yesterday, while cruising around in the desert, I noticed that the Joshua Trees are going to bloom!!! Not all of them have buds on them, but I did take photos of three different trees, in various stages of getting ready to bloom. How cool! For those of you who haven't read my earlier post about the Joshua Tree, they don't bloom every year. It seems they require certain conditions for that to happen. It is so exciting. This also means, that by the fall, I should have some Joshua Tree seed pods for someone I promised them to. (you know who you are!) I love that this kind of excitement can make me happy for days.

The other good news is that I took a few of the new paintings down to Christopher Morgan Galleries in Palm Desert yesterday. The owner seemed to be pleased by the direction of my new work. In fact, I put Damar Varnish on three of them, and they will be going back down to the gallery tomorrow. For those of you who aren't painters, Damar Varnish helps seal the painting, and protects it from dirt and scratches. It also provides the surface of the painting with an even gloss or matte finish.

I have been experimenting on small pieces of board, and I thought I would post one for you. I think this one turned out particularly well. It is only about 5 1/2 x 7 1/2" or so, but still, I think it is successful. I have layered several coats of oil paint over the top of heavy acrylic medium that was applied with a palette knife. Once the surface of this painting is dry, I will most likely be listing it on my etsy site, so check back!


Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Karine!
I love your new painting! The texture and colors are wonderful! How exciting about your new paintings arriving at the gallery. I know they will sell quick. They are amazing!

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Happy Valentines Day!
Melissa and Emmitt

Abby Creek Art said...

Oooh...I love the texture of this one, Karine.

Happy Valentine's Day, sweetie! Big schmooch to Pono.

priya said...

happy valentine's day.
i love the way this painting has turned out. and i am also excited for the other reason! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Karine
I'm another Breakthrough Program participant. I enjoyed seeing your post and website. Susie

kate smudges said...

Oh Karine,

I am glad that I read this before going to sleep. This is really exciting - I am willing those buds to open so that I can enjoy seeing the pictures (please take lots & lots!)

These are such unusual-looking trees. When I see them, I always think they look as if they have withstood so much.

When I first saw your painting I thought it looked as if you had sculpted a torso underneath and the square was like a window opening out on the world. I like when I have a sudden image upon looking at a painting. I also love the colours.

Lytton, my dog, was annoyed that I hadn't wished Pono Happy Birthday on his behalf too!