Thursday, November 12, 2009

More Landscape

Along the Levee, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas

I came across an old photo taken somewhere in Southern Illinois years ago. The color in the photograph had faded to dull blue-green, but I liked the composition with the great sweep of water reaching toward the foreground. I decided to improvise my own palette. The end result is this combination of soft and vibrant color.

And just for fun, here's a look at some of the commercial work I used to do. For nearly ten years I designed painted furniture for a few small - and one large high end - furniture manufacturers, during the 1990's heyday of painted furniture. The design end usually meant painting a sample board or panels which were submitted to the company for consideration. These samples were then returned to me and I would copy my own work - or farm out the painting to artist friends for completion.This is one such sample.

Ruth's Stats, 28 x 28, sepia tone acrylics on hardboard, framed

I did a series of sports-related designs including this one depicting the statistics of Babe Ruth. It was intended as the top of a side table or small trunk, but could be adapted for other pieces. I painted quite a few of these!

I came across it as I was cleaning out my workshop and it is for sale. ($185) Here's hoping some baseball fan will like it enough to take it home. Me? Not much of a big-league baseball fan - though I enjoy the often slow pace of a minor league or even high school game. Give me a volley-ball game any day! I used to be the setter on a Philly YMCA team and I had a mean roundhouse serve. And yes - I was the only woman on the team. (heh) Momma didn't raise no fool.


PD said...

I am in absolute awe of your talent.

'nuff said.

What a priviledge to have one of your pieces hanging in our home!!!

Thank you my penpal :-)

Roy said...

I love those fields along the curve of the levee. Good work!

Patrice said...

PD - Thank you g/f. The honor is mine.

Roy - Bottomland, the fields adjacent to water are always the most productive. As a little girl, I learned to covet land near the levee because my father's family struggled to farm poor upland fields and I was always hearing how much better things would be if only they'd had bottomland.

DJ said...

Patrice, I love your way with color...whether a landscape with rapturous blue-green mixes, or a nostalgic sepia illustration of the Babe...
Create on.

Martha Marshall said...

Patrice, your landscapes are really beautiful. Now that I'm seeing a lot of them, I am so tempted to paint them.