My interview

Recently, I was contacted by an online magazine for an interview. No clue how they found me. Voyage Magazine is national online magazine with sites in various cities around the countries. They cover up-and-comers, entrepreneurs, creatives, & underdogs. Which is very cool. And who am I to pass up free pr? So I said yes & here it is.

Ok, that’s all for today because I have to head into the studio. Someone made an offer on eBay for an older painting. And of course it’s scratched. Ugh. But hat’s what happens when you’re storing over 90 paintings & they’ve been sitting around for a while. And moved around. It’s a finger painting, so trying to match the hues can be near impossible. I took at whack at it yesterday, but it didn’t go well so I’m heading back for another try. Since it’s a smaller, older finger painting if I can’t fix it, it’s not the end of the world. But I’m up for the challenge.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and sane. Naomi

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Undaunted (2021)

Undaunted (2021), 24×48 painting on stretched canvas

Yeah, I know. It’s been a while. Again.

I based this painting on the Gore Mountain range near Vail, Colorado. I always research the people who mountains are named after and it sounds like Gore was not a good egg, to say the least: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Range

So I posted on Facebook that I was looking for a title and a friend came up with “Undaunted.” Which pretty much describes how I’m feeling about the art world right now. Undaunted by the long periods of no sales. Undaunted by the gallery that recently rejected my submission of my mountain paintings after not having shown my art in a gallery since 2017. Undaunted by the fact that I have “no pedigree,” as I call it. I don’t have an art degree, never took any college-level art classes, never wanted to. Undaunted by people repeatedly telling me how difficult it is to sell art. The more you tell me I can’t do something, the more determined I become.

But in the end, with everything going on in the world, I know I am beyond lucky. I’m safe, healthy, have shelter, enough money, plenty of food, and friends and family.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and sane. Naomi

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Sleeping Giants

Many people may feel like they have gone into some sort of sleep mode or hibernation over the past year due having their lives curtailed to one degree or another thanks to the pandemic. For months, my productivity in the studio was zilch due to the stress, anxiety and sheer shock at what was happening. But in recent months, I’ve found myself in the studio almost every day, in my own little world where everything else is secondary.

Still painting seated on the floot. I just can’t wrap my head around using an easel. 😮

Speaking of sleep or hibernation, my most recent paintings are titled “Sleeping Giants.” The paintings came about because a collector started talking about a finger painting he wanted based on time he had spent in Silverton, Colorado. So I went online and found an image of the San Juan mountains near Silverton, fell in love with a photo I found, and did these paintings (the commission is on hold for now). I couldn’t come up with a title, so I posted on Instagram asking if anybody had any ideas, and my friend and talented singer Elleven suggested “Sleeping Giants.” I think it fits these paintings perfectly because the white shapes look like giants in the mountains. Or perhaps the mountains, themselves, are the giants. 😊

Sleeping Giants
10x10x1.5
Sleeping Giants no. 2
20 x 20 x 1

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and sane. Naomi

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Refuge from the cold.

I’m sure many of you can relate when I say I’m kind of been there done that with cold weather. We have much to be grateful for- all we’ve had to worry about was a dead car battery and one semi-frozen house in the pipe that we easily thawed after running the water for a few minutes. I absolutely love winter and I act like a five year old in the snow, but this has been a bit much!

I love the shadows cast by the sun on a beautiful blanket of snow.

Luckily, I can retreat to my studio with the Christmas lights, the basil plants, and my cozy rug and the outside world pretty much disappears.

Can you tell how much I love Ikea? 😏

How is everybody else coping with this crazy winter?

Hope you are all doing well. Stay warm, stay safe and stay sane. Naomi

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Cascade (2020)

One of 5 or so paintings based on a friend’s photo of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. I finished this painting about a year ago, in February of 2020.
The painting hanging on my pretend exposed brick wall over my pretend couch. 😉
Bottom edge of the painting.
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Has it really been over a year???!!!

OMG, I had no idea it had been over a year since my last post! I’ll just blame it on the pandemic and/or politics, just like everything else. Lol

So no surprise I’ve continued to paint, what else, but mountains. I’ve spent the last year refining my technique. These paintings may look simple, but just interpreting a 3D photo into a 2D painting that still looks like a 3D mountain is tricky. And it’s taken hours and hours of painting to figure out which brushes work the best and then get the hang of creating both very sharp lines as well as a painting that’s as smooth as possible. And I’m still learning with every session in the studio. Which is good because otherwise what would be the point, right?

So here is one of my favorites from 2020, a commission for a good friend. He is one of the best lute players/experts in St. Louis (if not in the country), so I told him I’d like to see the painting titled with something related to music. He gave me a few suggestions and I chose “Stretto.” If you don’t know what stretto means (I didn’t), click here.

I based “Stretto” on a photo of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. I chose the photo, not having realized there is actually a lower mountain range in front of the other one. That took some finagling on my part. I hope you can see a little bit of the lower range in the front.

So again, my apologies for being such a slacker and I promise to post on a more regular basis! Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and sane!

Naomi

Stretto (2020)
Dimensions:  60″x12″x1″
“Stretto” happily hanging in his new home.

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Whose studio is this? ;)

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“Cascade,” a 24×48 in progress. “Solitude,” a commission, is hanging on the wall. The 20×20 leaning up against the wall is in progress.

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Getting some of the sketched areas filled in on the 36×36.

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More progress on the 36×36.

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Next step is touch-ups and the sky on the 36×36. “Cascade” is in the background (and still in progress).

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A new painting style for an (almost) new year

Solitude30x40Version2-12-22-19SmallSolitude (2019)

30×40 commissioned painting in acrylic based on a photo of Mt. Rainier in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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Ascent (2019)

AscentSmall-24x24x1-9-3-1924×24 acrylic painting in stretched canvas. Inspired by 5 days spent in Chamonix, France this past July.

 

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Drift (2019)

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12×16 finger painting in acrylic

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