Friday, May 26, 2006

Have a Nice Long Weekend

Fall Around the Water, 2005, Oil on Panel, 8x8

Ok, so I agree with those of you who left comments or emailed me to say that they liked the painting that I have by Mark English, but weren't into his other paintings so much. However, I do actually have another one of his paintings, which happens to also be included on his website. I am planning to write a post about it at some point, but anyone want to venture a guess about which one it is? It seems obvious to me, but maybe that's because I see it all of the time. Whoever guesses correctly gets a free lifetime subscription to my blog. Heh.

I plan on taking a major break from the computer (been spending way too much time on my butt staring at it) this weekend in order to reconnect with my gardens, have a cookout with friends, work in the studio and clean my house. Our weather has turned beautiful, stunning, and warm. So we have a ton of outside work to catch up on, putting in the vegetable garden, landscaping the patio we have been working on for two summers now, and of course the never ending weeding. We are also getting bees on Saturday. Yes, bees. When Doug was a kid he raised bees and he has always wanted to do it again, but we have moved around so much that it wasn't practical until now. So we are starting with one hive, painted orange and yellow (our daughter chose the colors) and are looking forward to honey, the occasional bee sting and wearing ever so fashionable helmets with netting.

One of these days I'll put up pictures of the hive, the gardens and yard. It's just starting to look like heaven here.

See you Tuesday.


Schuivert said...

Nr 11 from the image gallery?

Have a nice weekend Tracy!

tlwest said...

Take the break ! I am !! God Bless!

Karen Jacobs said...

Thanks for the intro to Mark English. Don't think I knew his work, but I really like it. Something about an illustration background seems to give a leg up to the ranks of fine art. Or am I just jealous?

Jeffrey Hayes said...

The luminosity of that piece is just gorgeous.

You have a fabulous weekend, and when can I buy a jar of honey?

Tracy Helgeson said...

Sorry, Bart, but that was a really good guess. I like that particular piece.

Thanks TL, have a good weekend.

Hi KJ, I, personally think illustration can give someone a good start, especially with the basics like drawing, but I often feel that illustrators are looked down on in the art world. That may be changing a bit though.

Thanks, Jeff. Alas, the bees will not produce honey until next year....

Olga Norris said...

I guess either 5 or 18.

Thank you for the introduction to Mark English. I actually do like his other stuff too. It is good to see an illustrator break out into the 'fine' art arena. As an ex publisher, having commissioned many illustrators, I know how difficult it is for them to sell their work as art.

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a lovely weekend and come back to painting feeling refreshed.

I also wanted to tell you (and your readers) about a very new blog on Abstract Art by a German artist, Max Rence ... he is asking for contributors. He will post one example of your work + put in your details and a link to your blog.

might be worth a look.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Hi Omega, Glad you like Mark English's work. It's funny how many prejudices exist in the art world, huh? Though I must admit I probably have a few too.

Thanks, Lesly, for the link. I checked it out and may try it, though it looks like he wants to focus on abstract art. Your piece looked good!