Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Another Non Art Related Post - Sunspot

Am thinking about changing my blog title to: Margo Burian Fine Art and Beasties.

Sunshine; a rare commodity in Michigan in January. The only consistently sunny spot here in the house is precisely where the dog bed is at the top of the stairs. In a rare moment, it appears that for once Bodie got to the dog bed first.

No Beasties, just the Art

Friday, January 12, 2007

Not Art related - Why my carpet is even dirtier.

Don't even ask. All I have to say is:

Dog walk, dark out, new construction, when did they remove that sidewalk?, 2 days rain, Merrill gortex shoes completely dry....that would be on the inside.
B-easter bath 11pm.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Not Art Related- Why my carpet is always dirty

I am Jinxed!

I laid the underpainting down on this one yesterday. Its a little larger than I typically work. (note previous post) Whenever the illustration world is slow and I start a large scale painting, its almost guaranteed that a new illustration project will pop up. Usually with a tight deadline. :) Not that I'm complaining....it sure beats working for the man and sellin' my soul. Plus with a little creative time management I can still sleep in.

Homestead Hill

Another image from the Glen Arbor Area. This painting was completed just before Christmas. Its fairly small, in the neighborhood of 6x10. I've found that with my illustration schedule I don't always have the time to work on large images. Plus having unfinished work on my easel drives me crazy; I think its a momentum thing. The small works can be started and finished in a session or two, depending on how often Bodie comes into the studio looking for a walk or tug-of-war!

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Remember July?

This particular piece was completed in July at a Plein Air workshop I took at Thorson Farm in Glen Arbor. The visiting artist was Jerry Powers; a wonderful teacher and exceptional artist. It was a great experience all around, plus I spent 4 days in my favorite place - Sleeping Bear National Forest.

Monday, January 8, 2007

A Couple More

The first image here is of Reeds Lake at sunrise. Though I can't imagine why I ever would have gotten up early enough to be dressed and mobile to even see the sunrise over the lake! The proof lies in the entire roll of film I shot that morning.

This stately pine resides along M22 between Glen Arbor and Leland.


Welcome to my blog and my first post!

"Sentinals" is one of my most recent paintings, completed in December. Currently, most of the paintings I am working on are in pastel or water-based oils. The images I am posting today are pastels done on sanded paper. I love the immediacy of the color with pastels, another big bonus for me is that there is little dry time, with the exception of the underpainting, which I am using Gamsol and a stiff brush to complete.