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Getting back in the studio

I have been away for a long time and now I am where I can create again.
Setting up the studio yesterday was a step back toward being myself. I have
so many ideas for painting that it is hard to know where to start. I am inspired by many things. Nature is probably at the top of the list. I love doing abstracts but I want to explore some new territory. Portraits interest me a great deal. This painting is a visionary piece I did a few years ago. It is called Earth Spirit. More to come soon.

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Art education and appreciation

http://artbookguy.com/contemporary-art-is-a-woolly-mammoth_1185.html

I thought this article was also noteworthy. He has some valid points about people’s attitude toward art today. My feelings arethat taking time to look at and understand art is like stopping and smelling the roses. People need to take time to digest art, question it, feel it, etc. Are people geared to stop and consider art in this fast food, digitally geared world?

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Cat portrait

And so it is now a week since my Cassie passed away. She was almost 20 years young. Not bad. She was spunky and full of life up until the last couple of weeks. Her purr could be heard on the next block. She was one of those sweet, white and fluffy types. Her self-appointed positions included secretary extraordinare, wardrobe consultant and reliable alarm clock. She always performed these tasks well and with gusto.

So here is the picture I used to do her pet portrait:

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Cassie photograph

 

And here is the portrait I did from it:

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Cassie Pet Portrait

 

I still have her brother Thor. I hope he sticks around for a bit. Took this recently:

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He’s a real sweetheart.

I am the fortunate one.

For more info about pet portraits that I do please visit my Pet Portraits page.

Love and Light,

Ellen

Landscape progress

Finally starting to look like a painting! I started this Plein Air and have wrestled with it ever since. Some paintings or drawings come more easily than others.

 

Landscape painting

Loxahatchee landscape

 
I just looked to see when I started this painting, omg, where did the time go. I went in February to a paint out with the Palm Beach Plein Air group. Maybe I will finish it this month!
 

Into the Light

Out of the chaos, I cling to hope and a brighter future. Presently I project to invest my time and energy in producing new artwork and living my life from a clear center of defined purpose. This last year has been a bleeping rollercoaster.  I used to like rollercoasters, but not the emotional/financial kind that I have been on since my mother died.

I am an artist. I enjoy doing portraits, pets or people. I like working with old photos.  I plan on doing more nostalgic art. I enjoy working in different media.  I am available for commissioned artwork. Please contact me at eeschwege@gmail.com if you have a sincere interest in having a custom artwork done for you.

 

Charcoal portrait drawing

Charcoal drawing from old photo

Pastel Pet Portrait by Ellen Eschwege

Pet portrait