Friday, July 16, 2010

Peace and Calm

Just a quick post before I head to the studio to keep painting on these small paintings. One of the joys (and there are many) of spending this summer painting is that I have been able to work on a number of different series, plus return to old, unfinished work (like in the previous post). I am not a fast painter, so having this time is a treasure. These paintings are primarily small--lots of 6x6's, some 6x12's and a few larger. Eventually I think there will be some larger paintings. They are a part of these paintings--

The colors--muted teals, purples, pinks-- and the subjects, flowers and birds, are lending a sense of peace and calm to me. I'm sure my blood pressure drops a few points every time I'm painting them. And I'm hoping those feelings will be transferred to the viewer as well.

I would also like to introduce you to my new studio mascot pictured below. He sits quietly atop a Sobe water bottle and encourages me to paint in peace and calm. He's quite regal don't you think? What should I call him?

Anyways, I'm off to the studio. It's good that I'm being so productive, cause I'm gearing up for some shows in August...I'll fill you in soon!


Anonymous said...

Hi Risa! this is too funny! i just posted about a little studio birdie of my own...and i've named her! come by and have a peek! you know what they say about great minds..!!!!!

you should give him a Lincoln! or Mr. Plumeberry!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Anonymous said...

I love your bird paintings. They definitely exude a sense of peace. Love your mascot. Hmmm...I'll have to think about name suggestions. I do think painting reduces blood pressure--isn't it amazing how that happens? Have a happy painting weekend! XOXO Carrie Schmitt at

Johwey Redington said...

I love the birds. There is definitely a sense of calmness.

Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

Great production. These look like so much fun and summery, too!

carol gourley said...

Risa I love your colours, your birds, and your ambition.

It's inspiring.

Your birdie is adorable, what a nice addition to a studio. I'll have to get myself a mascot too!
Great idea.