Friday, October 24, 2014

Honey tastes good





"Olive stuck one finger in the jar,
the golden goo was sweet and new
and Olive now was sticky too!
Sticky Bear, Oh Sticky Bear"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sticky Bear has his way


Sticky Bear gets his wish.  Olive tries the honey.  This verse and the chorus that follows are not part of the original song but inspired by Sticky Bear in his latest incarnation and Olive herself.


"Olive sticks one finger in the jar....

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sticky Bear Chorus again

We're on the last round of Sticky Bear lyrics.  Sticky Bear begins a more active role in the story.



"Sticky Bear offers Olive some honey,
Olive says, 'Now that isn't very funny',
Sticky Bear,
Oh, Sticky Bear.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sticky Bear - Slips beneath the covs


Every night when Mom turns out the light,
Olive slips beneath the covs with the one she really loves
it's Sticky Bear, Oh Sticky Bear.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sticky Bear - second verse

Sticky Bear put his paws in the honey,
Olive said, "Oh, that isn't very funny,
Sticky Bear, Oh Sticky Bear.


"Every night when Mom turns out the light....."



Friday, October 3, 2014

Sticky Bear #6

The chorus continues:

Sticky Bear put his paws in the honey,
Olive said, "Oh that isn't very funny,
Sticky Bear, Oh Sticky Bear".

Sticky Bear is remorseful in the coloring book version but not in the color version. I will probably change the coloring book version.  At least someone is happy.





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sticky Bear #5

Okay back to the chorus again.  Sticky bear is traveling off on his own here.

Sticky Bear put his paws in the honey.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sticky Bear #4

Here we are so far:
Sticky Bear put his paws in the honey,
Olive said, "Oh that isn't very funny",
Sticky Bear, Oh Sticky Bear.

Olive took sticky bear to the sea,
she washed his sticky paws and head and said,
"Now you can go to bed with me',
Oh Sticky Bear.

More to come soon,




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sticky Bear #3

In this serialized version of Sticky Bear, hot off the computer - Here is the song so far:

Sticky Bear put his paws in the honey,
Olive said,'Oh, that isn't very funny,
Sticky Bear, oh Sticky Bear.

Olive took Sticky Bear to the sea


Monday, September 29, 2014

Sticky Bear #2

Here is the second page of the coloring/song book.  Okay I know this is not A.A. Milne but the lyrics are:  "Sticky Bear put his paws in the honey,  Olive said, 'Oh that isn't very funny',  Sticky Bear, Oh Sticky Bear."  This is the Olive said ,"Oh that isn't very funny page".  

We went to Coney Island to take pictures for this.  It was a beautiful warm day this month.  The water was warm enough to swim and we had a great time.  I hope to get more of the Coney Island experience into the book.


Friday, September 26, 2014

STICKY BEAR

About 45 years ago I made up a song for my little son David called Sticky Bear.  He liked it a lot so it became a favorite to sing to children and grandchildren.  When I sang it to Olive, my 2 year old granddaughter, star of THE RED BIKE, she kept asking for "Bear".  So I have decided to make a coloring book, song book and video of STICKY BEAR with Olive as the main player.  Here is the first page of the coloring book (probably) and the colored version for the song book and video.  I'll post as I go along.  Needed a background for these two, so could not resist using one of the first wall hangings I ever made, Mystic Blue.  All suggestions for additions and changes welcome.




STICKY BEAR PUT HIS PAWS IN THE HONEY

      




Monday, September 8, 2014

UNDER THE TABLE


UNDER THE TABLE
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board

I love all the shades of brown and yellow in this painting.  One rarely looks under the table to see what's going on down there but it can be quite interesting.  I personally hate shoes and consequently love to be barefoot.  These are not my feet but they seem happy to be without shoes and firmly planted on the floor.

$250.00

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beach Books


BEACH BOOKS
Nancy Herman
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board

A good book on the beach on a sunny day with nothing to do but relax and live in another world for an hour or two.  It is especially nice when you know that whenever you get too hot you can dive into the ocean and cool off.  This summer in Ocean City the water was warm, the surf calm and every day a sunny one.  Ah....summer!

$250.00
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/nancy-herman/beach-books/255352

Friday, August 29, 2014

READING AT THE BEACH (BEGINNING)


I began this painting yesterday.  I like the way it looks right now as the woman seems to be working her way into the scene with her glasses and hat, while the boy is engrossed in his book.  I am looking forward to the texture of the sand and the texture of her bathing suit which has little dots, but for now the flatness really appeals to me.  I am going to make a coloring book for sure for my 2 year old granddaughter.  It may not be what the art world would deem a proper introduction to creating 'art', but I had so much fun with coloring books when I was growing up that I have to give her the same experience.

Friday, August 8, 2014

SELF REFLECTION

This is a rather strange painting, I admit.  I have been fascinated by this image for a couple of years.  It is one of me reflected in the window of an antique shop.  I am wearing my folding sun hat, which is rather odd, but handy, sun glasses, and I am peering so intently at....what, myself?  The crooked window frame and the odd shapes of the antiques (looks like an old coffee grinder to me) complete the scenario.  I feel there is a story here that I haven't figured out yet.


SELF REFLECTION
Nancy Herman
9' x 12"
oil on canvas board


$250.00



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Love on the Beach

Going back to the seashore in my mind and my heart brings back all the memories of past years there.  The teen years were especially memorable with all that longing.  What was it all about?  At the time it seemed to be centered on the oposite sex but it was more than that I think.  A longing to be accepted, to be a part of something bigger than the family or maybe longing is simply built in to being a teenager.  We loose the unselfconscious joy-hood that childhood can be and don't have any skills to master the great chore of adulthood.  We want to have sex for sure but have no idea what the ramifications of sex will be and certainly don't want to be parents.  It is truly a period between a rock and a hard place.
Life guards are always a focus of a young girl's heart.  The beach is a hunting ground.  Bodies are exposed and on parade.


LIFEGUARD STAND
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board
SOLD


WALKERS PASSING
6" x 8" 
oil on ccanvas board
SOLD


THE KISS
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TOMATOES

Back to the reality of life at home.  It has been a glorious summer in my garden.  Plenty of rain and, with the exception of a very persistent band of Japanese Beatles, no series bugs.  I have been adding fresh vegetables to my salad every day.  This is for me one of the joys of daily life in the summer.  Planting, harvesting and eating my own food.  It gives me a good reason to enjoy nature, watch things grow and feel that I am doing something good for myself every day.  The flowers encourage bees and butterflies, both in need of unpolluted nectar, and they are a joy every day to anyone who loves color as I do.  Tomatoes from the supermarket are a sad version of the real thing.  I had my first large tomato from the garden yesterday and it was fabulous.  The small golden ones have been flavoring my salads for weeks with their bursts of sugar.  Hooray for summer!



TOMATOES
Nancy Herman
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board
$250.00


Monday, August 4, 2014

Kids at the beach

Who hasn't thrilled at the prospect of a week or two at the beach when you were young?  At any age making sand castles is fun and a morning swim in the ocean is an ecstatic experience. i am revisiting paintings from the shore to get ready for my next visit.  Half the fun of a vacation is anticipation.



DIGGING
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board
SOLD


MORNING SWIM
6" x 8"
oil on canvas
SOLD


Saturday, August 2, 2014

BEACH IN THE MORNING

First thing in the morning it's onto the beach for a stroll.  As the sun comes up there is often noone there but you and the seagulls.  





RISING SUN
6' x 8"
oil on canvas board
sold


SEA GULL
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board
sold


Friday, August 1, 2014

Ocean City Houses

One of the things I like about Ocean City is the sidewalks.  You can walk anywhere on a sidewalk, unlike many seaside places where there may be more spaces between homes but very often you end up walking along a highway to get anywhere.  Everything is very civilized in Ocean City - some would say too civilized as there is no alcohol allowed.  The housing stock says "seashore" to me and I love it.  Here are two paintings of those houses including one of Grace Kelly's home at the shore when she was young.



GRACE'S HOUSE
16" x 16"
oil on stretched canvas


WALL SHADOW
16" x 16'
oil on streched canvas

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sea Shore

It is getting to be seashore time for me.  Every year (almost) since I was born I have gone to the Jersey shore for at least a week.  Usually it's Ocean City but sometimes Long Beach Island.

My grandparents had a house on Bay Road in Ocean City.  For many years I sat on their porch, which was on the second floor, so we had a good view of the bay, and gazed longingly at the boats going by.  We never crossed the street to visit our neighbors on the other side.  I didn't think this was odd for many years.
  
There were awnings on this porch and one of the more debated topics of the porch sitters was when to put them up or down.  It is no accident that I have painted awnings more than once.  I find them interesting.  They keep out the hot sun but they also filter the light so you can be bathed in a golden glow.  For me those days on the porch in the innocence of my youth are bathed in that kind of light.  Time is the awning blocking out all the unhappiness and leaving only that rosy glow.


YELLOW AWNING
12" x 12"
oil on streched canvas



WHITES
6" x 9"
oil on canvas board
SOLD
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Here is a link to another post about porch sitting: http://postcardsfromthemainline.blogspot.com/2011/09/whites.html




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Camp

I'm not making any headway with my large painting as I was recruited by my daughter Anna to teach some city kids how to make a video at a camp described today in this article:

http://www.inquirer.com/features/lifestyle/20140717_Growing_veggies_and_leaders.html

This is  quite a good article as it gives you some idea of the atmosphere at the camp.  I have had a little difficulty getting some of the kids to knuckle down and get to work.  They are good natured, for the most part, but sadly lacking in the ability to concentrate on the task at hand.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we are outside and it is summer.  Anyway they are making a video about the camp and I am making a video about the camp and they are also breaking up in groups of two to make a video of one minute in length.  It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.  Stay tuned.

I hope they learn something.  I sure am.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

News

I hope you are wondering where I have been.  My absence began because I had some minor surgery and decided to just sit around quietly and read on the porch to heal and revive my spirit.  That was very satisfying as I had several good books.  Then there were men working on the roof who had to be moving through my studio and I just couldn't face the constant interruptions.  Underneath it all however was the desire to do something different with my work.  I didn't know esactly what I wanted to do, but I couldn't get excited about any of the projects I had ready to go.

I have been gardening quite happily this year after last year's very unpleasant need to remove lots of perrenials for the whole season into pots and cover my garden in order to get rid of the dread Pinellia and Gout weed.  The garden replanted in the fall looks great this year, in spite of the year spent in pots.

While admiring the lovely shades of purple and blue reflected in the swimming pool I realized this is my next painting....and it has to be big.  It is going to require a lot of photos and painting from life to get the colors just right and I will be telling you all about it as I go along.

Here is a photo collage of about twelve images pieced together in Photoshop that is something like what I'm shooting for.  It happens around 7:30 in the morning and will be 40" x 32".  The flowers will fade before I get it finished so my job now is to make enough notes of the colors so that I will be able to get into the final work whatever it is about the color combinations that move me now.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ROADSIDE STAND


ROADSIDE STAND
Nancy Herman
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board

Traveling by Google maps into Russia, I was cruising down a major highway looking for something to paint when I came upon this colorful roadside stand and two bearded gents peering out from the forest waiting for customers.  Looks like something from a Russian novel.

$250.00


Monday, June 16, 2014

Trash Day


TRASH DAY
9' x 12"
oil on canvas board

'Trash Day' is finished and dry.  After all the choices I found in Photoshop I ended up painting a piece of the photograph pretty much the way it was minus the trash barrel.  The dramatic tree shadow will have to wait for a square canvas.  I am pleased with the outcome.  The boy seems somewhat burdened by his load of trash but cozy in the sun with the tree pushing him forward into the net of shadows.

$250.00






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CAUGHT


CAUGHT
Nancy Herman
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board

While I am removing the barrel from the 'Boy with the Trash' painting and it is drying, here is the painting I did before that one.
I had a hard time deciding what to call this one, as you might imagine.  It is an odd subject but it fits in with my objective of catching everyday activities.
This girl is caught, first of all in the space.  Second she is caught in the duty of walking her dog when she would probably rather simply be roller skating down the street. Third she is caught in the civic responsibility of cleaning up after the dog.  Third I caught her, all dressed in her matching outfit with pom poms on her toes,  in the always embarrassing act of picking up dog poop.

$250.00


Monday, June 9, 2014

On to the canvas (process)

The next thing I do is to trace the outline of the painting on to the canvas using graphite paper.  In the first shot you can see the lines on the right.  (I began painting before I started this series so I don't have a picture of the whole drawing but you get the idea.)
  
I start painting at the upper left hand corner and work to the lower right hand corner when I paint.  This leaves room for my hand to rest on the canvas without getting paint covered, as these are small paintings and I work with them on a table not an easel.  I need a steady hand as the details are small.

This is not the way one is "supposed to paint".  The usual method suggested in art school is to begin the whole painting at once going into the dark areas with thin paint and working all over the canvas at the same time, gradually getting thicker and thicker and into the lighter areas. 

I have painted this way and when working outside must use this method.  However, I really enjoy the 'coloring book' method much better.  There is something soothing about simply going along inch by inch filling in until you get to the end.  It requires patience and a sense of the whole while you are working and of course I must go back and edit sometimes.  In this case I am having second thoughts about the trash barrel.  I like the way the boy is pushed by the tree but the barrel is an awkward, heavy shape and maybe I will paint it out.  I can eliminate it in photoshop and see what I think before I do that.  We'll see.




Saturday, June 7, 2014

more process

Too much information in yesterday's version so I moved the boy again, this time right into the blue green area.  I like this but  - whoops it's not the right size and if I'm going to go with the shadow I want the whole tree shadow.  That would make a nice square painting - but I don't have a square canvas so that composition too is for another day.

What is this painting about anyway?  Well we have a guy carrying trash and we have a barrel full of trash on a lovely day.  This is what life is often about.  Shall I zero in and make it just the guy with the trash or include the looming tree and the trash barrel?  I adjusted the light and went with the looming tree and the trash barrel.  Tomorrow - on to the canvas.