Sunday, September 28, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
This series of collages was inspired by something I read the other day about how our fears keep us in an untrusting state and over time we become blind to beauty. It is about turning obstacles into opportunities and not closing ourselves off from what we most fear - turn arrows (or in this case guns) into flowers.
Posted by vivienne strauss at 11:28 AM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was realizing a few days ago that I hadn't worked in watercolors in a very long time and was missing it. Finally found some inspiration - I often peruse my collection of college annuals for interesting faces and names. In a 1945 yearbook I was struck by how popular certain names were - Dorothy and Jean being the top contenders - followed up by Helen and Antoinette. Here are a couple of pieces as a result of my exploring.
Posted by vivienne strauss at 7:19 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Nearly all summer I've been watching an osprey family (2 parents & 3 youngsters) via a live webcam in Bremen, Maine from when they hatched until they left for South America. This is Pia - the last youngster to hatch, fledge and finally migrate. After watching their progress daily, I'm afraid I'm suffering a bit from empty nest syndrome.
5x5" oil painting on panel
Posted by vivienne strauss at 4:33 PM