Work. Fun.

Yesterday afternoon, I finally got the edges painted on 10 small paintings I’d done. As you may know, painting edges is not my favorite part of the process. It’s stressful, due to having to continuously wipe paint off the front of the canvases with a wet sponge. You see, there is not a 90-degree angle between the side of the canvas and the front of the canvas, but I need to make sure the sides of the canvases are also painted to look good as well. Not an easy balancing act. Gratefully, a podcast of Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s awesome show The Splendid Table made the process a bit more tolerable.


So this morning while I was anxiously waiting to hear back from two hair salons I was considering (the women out there will totally get this!), I decided to not only reward myself for yesterday’s grunt work but also to escape from reality for a bit by knocking out a quick, little landscape. Ah…relief.


Irises in May
6×12 acrylic painting on stretched canvas


My abstract paintings are created through the spontaneous application of paint with my fingers. This technique has enabled me to create a variety of textures and designs that I cannot achieve with a brush. Although I have spent most of my art career as a finger painting artist, I also use a very fine brush to create surreal landscapes. While these landscapes retain the dreamy feel of my abstracts, they incorporate more realistic details such as grass and flowers. The colors in my work are saturated, yet you'll find subtle variations in the hues. My paintings are not only known for their vibrant and profound colors, but also for their textures. People often report feeling both energized and calm while looking at my work. About the artist Naomi’s art has been seen in numerous venues in St. Louis since she began painting in 2009. Her work has also been shown in Lexington, Kentucky, Boston, Massachusetts, and Lyon, France. Naomi’s paintings can be found in private collections throughout United States and Europe. Naomi holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Areas Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has never received formal training as an artist, but she can trace her somewhat twisted path from ESL teacher, to political consultant, to website creator (just to name a few) to artist. Naomi is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, where she lives with her husband.

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4 comments on “Work. Fun.
  1. Sabiscuit says:

    First of all, ten paintings at a time means you’re phenomenal. I can do only two at a time, but I see the value in spreading the love around and not wasting time and paint or inspiration. Best wishes for this and future projects. x


  2. Oh, thanks! But I really do consider myself a bit of a slacker artist compared to most. 😦


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