Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Starts and Finishes, and The Graduate

"An Apple a Day"
© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
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Yep, I'm still here. It has been an incredibly busy spring! My painting time has been just small chunks here and there and so 4" x 4"s (I like to call them Petite Peintures) are the perfect size for working on those starts and finishes of the painting process. It's learning to work through the exciting, adrenaline-filled starts, the middle "what the heck am I thinking? this isn't going to work" talk, to the finishing touches that make a painting come together. It's the process--experimenting with brushwork, subject matter, color, lighting and all of that good stuff that makes me keep coming back for more. 

This painting looks great sitting on a shelf or desk and would also make a great teacher thank you gift.

The (happy!) Graduate

And a congratulatory shout out to my daughter Erika who recently graduated from Wausau East High School as co-Valedictorian. She will be heading to Ripon College this fall. I think the smile says it all. 


Crystal Cook said...

That apple painting is fab nancy. Very simple but powerful brushstrokes. And your graduate is a beaming beauty!! Congrats to both of you! Although maybe i should be consoling you too? It's a bittersweet thing I guess. Baby girl growing up and all. :)

Nancy Laliberte said...

Thanks, Crystal! Simple is better when getting back in the painting groove. And yes, definitely bittersweet.

Marilyn R Miller said...

What a spring!!! Congratulations!

I am happy to see you back with a brush and the Apple is beautiful. Love the soft edges!
Your grad is gorgeous!
So is you Blog... I think this is a new look....

Barbara Muir said...

Love the apple. Congratulations to your gorgeous graduate too.

XO Barbara

Nancy Laliberte said...

Thanks so much, Marilyn, and yes, I have made a few tweaks here and there. It is a process, just like painting! ; )
Thank you, Barbara. Always good to see your happy face!