12/12/09

BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA

This 15 x 11" painting could have been painted much bigger and on YUPO. It was finished just before I had my left knee replaced two days ago. The next painting will be of wine bottles.

During my classes' Christmas parties, I usually paint demos for them as entertainment of sorts. Last week, Thursday night's class wanted to see how to paint glass, so this is what caught my eye to paint. The photo was taken a couple of summers ago at Lynne and Jamie's house on the lake and shows the wonderful shapes of their window reflections in several areas on the bottles.

Painting glass is really so very easy. It's all about the shapes and value changes on the surface of the glass container. Creating the right edge with the correct value on each shape on the glass will get you there every time. It's almost like paint by number. The hard part is to NOT paint the glass bottles, but to just paint the shapes on them, with the right edges, the right values. You never really paint the bottle, only the shapes on it. Hope that makes some kind of sense:-)

Update: Surgery went incredibly well, and we were back home 35 hours later. This morning while making my way over to the computer with coffee in hand, I dragged the walker with my other hand. I guess I need the walker in order to be safe... and I do keep using it, but I can amazingly walk without it already. The hard part is taking it slow and easy. This surgery/recovery is just incredible, and I'm so very thankful for God's blessing of not having any pain today and recovering this fast. Dr. Michael Swank is an awesome surgeon, who warned me repeatedly that this total knee replacement would not go as well as my the one in August 'cause my body wasn't really totally ready for another surgery. But it's going even better! Thank you so much, God, and thank you, Dr. Swank.

"KASEY'S CACHE" Transparent Watercolor on 140# Fabriano Artistico 15 x 11" COLLECTED

22 comments:

Lori Barton said...

Yeah Sandy, I am so glad it went well for you. The blessing of not being in pain is definitely a good one!

The painting is beautiful, and I do think it would look even more spectacular on yupo but this one is breathtaking in its own right.

Lori

Kathy Sarlo said...

Hello Sandy - I am so glad your surgery went well and you are back home. My best wishes for a speedy recovery and enjoy your visit with your brothers!! Merry Christmas
Kathy Sarlo

Paul Kasmir said...

Sandy,

Awesome, that your surgery/recovery
is going well I'll Thank God, for making Dr. Michael Swank.

The painting, stunning, I think you are right about it being larger a full sheet or even larger would be a show stopper.

Glad to "see" your doing well!

Paul.

Dawn said...

love your glass painting Sandy and so glad you are doing so well and home too!

debwardart said...

Dramatic, warm (!) painting! And a new knee just in time for Xmas!

Myrna said...

What a nice gift for Christmas...a new knee without pain! Happy to hear it all went well and you are on the mend.

RHCarpenter said...

This painting is fantastic! But just think what it would be on a full sheet of yupo!!! WOW! Talk about knock-your-socks-off award winner! So glad the surgery went so well and you are without pain :)

Linda Schuler said...

The bottles are very wonderful. I will look forward to seeing them in person. It was good to talk to you and know your knee is doing so well. WONDER WOMEN!!!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I'm with Rhonda with her thoughts about a full sheet Yupo with this. It would also be interesting to see the two side-by-side! But, I know that will have to wait until you can stand over a full sheet of Yupo! That is great news that you are doing so well after your surgery, blessings came your way.

When I was planning my painting as a take-off from your Christmas ornament painting on Yupo, I was thinking that I might also try one with Christmas balls inside of a glass brandy snifter, in front of greenery. I had so much fun doing the Christmas ornament painting that I might do another one with that theme. I have not painted glass on Yupo but think it might be better than w/c paper since you can lift it so much more easily?

You have my mind racing with Yupo plans!

Nusret Topuzo─člu said...

Sandy-Thanks to your recent visit to my blog and comment I found this great blog.I have a blog of yours in my favourites but the last post was on 12/31/08 and it wouldn't refresh whenever I visited it.
Fantastic paintings,you're an inspiration!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What absolutely gorgeous colours in this bottle composition. Love the close up to the subjects as well. Lori's got the right word 'breathtaking'. Glad knee op going well - you'll be entering local marathons soon as the bionic woman - I can see you dashing along 'Road Runner' fashion!!!.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thank you all for your kind wishes of good health. I'm so pleased with how well it's going and have plans to head downstairs to the studio to paint today after a short nap. My honey will make sure I take the steps carefully.

The bottles - both paintings, are going to my brothers and wives for Christmas. I get to see them in Austin, Texas on the 28th:-)

I'm thinking God kindly left out dna for pain in my body. This recovery is fabulous. Thank you, Lord Jesus!!!

Time to paint after my snooze...

Cindi said...

sandy thatnk you for visiting my blog and thebestest of wishes on your recent surgery and recovery.. i love the bottles.. WOW!!! double WOW!!!

also when are you doing your next portrait workshop.. im way far away( so ca..) so it will take some planning but id love to attend one.. i can give you my email addy and we can talk or??

any way stay well and have a beautiful christmas!!! and i know your brothers will love their presents!!!!

Jeanette said...

Its amazing what the body can put up with and great that recovery is going so well for you.

I agree with you about painting glass, it is all about shapes and a bit like a puzzle to put together. This is a fabulous piece. You've inspired me to pull out the Christmas booze collection and set up a still life. :)

Chris Beck said...

Fabulous painting!! So glad to hear your knee is doing well and you are not in pain. Christmas joy to you!!

Billie Crain said...

What an interesting and colorful array of bottles.

I'm so glad to hear all went well with the surgery and you are having a quick recovery. How wonderful it will be to enjoy a pain free Xmas.:)

Joyfulartist said...

You and your knee surgeries are amazing. I don't know how old you are but that may have something to do with it. I, too, didn't need the walker after a couple of days but was encouraged to for safety sake. For me, it's my body that's taking longer to recover than the knee. The knee is great, the body is coming along a little slower. But I can still say, "Thank you Jesus!" One fellow whose surgery was the same day as mine is still mostly in bed. It'll be 4 weeks on Friday. YOU GO GIRL!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hey, if anyone needs knee surgery ever, be sure to find a surgeon who specializes in just knees and hips AND uses COMPUTER ASSISTED TECHNOLOGY (developed in Germany.) It allows them to only cut exactly where they should...no guessing, plus the alignment of the new knee can be so fine tuned using the "GPS" computer stuff to show them where they're going. Sure makes recovery a whole lot easier and faster.

Barbara Sailor said...

Sandy...I am so happy your recovery is going so well...having been through a whole knee replacement, I know it is never easy, even under the best circumstances. I love the painting - the bottles are beautiful.

suew said...

Wow--amazing that you're up and about with the knee surgery--I wish you all the best, Sandy, and hope it continues to go so well for you. That's wonderful!

as for your glass paintings, they're beautiful--I really like what you came up with in these. Great job! Happy holidays!

Carrie H. said...

So glad to hear your recuperation is
going so swimmingly - remember, take is slow.
From your experience in Ohio, what is a 'buckeye?' It has to be something other than that part of a deer just below the Antler.

The wine bottles and reflections are really great.

Cynthia said...

Ahh your lucky brothers and their wives....if one of your brothers ever decides to divorce will you have him call me :)
wonderful glass work,,,my jaw won´t close.
I wish you a Merry Xmas and a continued speedy recovery.