Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cleopatra... A Classic Beauty

"Cleopatra", watercolor and ink on paper, 8x10, copyright Erin Rogers Pickering

Cleopatra... a brilliant, strong-willed queen who dreamed of a greater world.  
Empowering my daughter with strong female leaders and role models.

I believe this painting painted itself... I was just the middle man.  It has been driving me forward, and not letting me sleep or think of little else.  She is now complete, in all her royal beauty and splendor. 

Now I can rest.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cleopatra... the emerging Queen

Here she is about halfway complete.  Scanning and looking at a painting on the screen gives me a fresh perspective that I don't get as I hover over a piece.  And I do tend to hover over the details... This way I get a better look at the work as a whole.

Tomorrow I get to paint all her beads and jewels- and the Cobra!  Looking forward to working on the decorations.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sketch of the Day - Cleopatra

I woke up this morning with a clear picture of this in my head.  So happy to see on paper what was swirling in my imagination.   Can't wait to add color- vivid, rich and majestic.

Cleopatra in progress... to be continued.

Monday, June 6, 2011

SOMA Artist Open Studio Tour, June 5th

Had a great day at the 2011 SOMA Studio Tour!  Lots of lovely people stopped by the house.  Will be recuperating today and packing up my yellow Gerbera Daisy for shipping to its new home.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

SOMA Artist Open Studio Tour... countdown

"Sunset over Vieques", acrylic on canvas, 30x40, copyright Erin Rogers Pickering

Only 2 days to go to the SOMA Artist Open Studio Tour.  I have a list a mile long of things I still need to do.  Not the least of which is to clean the house.

And, all I really want to do is paint!  Preparing for an exhibition like this makes me take a really good look at my work. Inhabit it.  Be back in the space when I created each piece.  
It feels good. 
And it inspires me to want to create more... and more.

Though there is no time or space for painting in the final days/hours leading up to the show that is where my thoughts keep returning. So I am taking notes on what I want to work on come Monday and, I will be super charged to jump right in.