Tag Archives: Uplifting Art

Two Gems

Two Gems

This blog is just a quick show and tell, to share with you two commissions completed recently.

I am showing you the reference photo given to me, next to the artwork I created for a friend.

Notice all the things that are removed (background and shirt logo) and the things added (bottom of shoe and ball), the cropping, and the slight changes in color.  I gave it an abstract background that micmics some of the angles and shapes in the figure. Notice the quilt stitching too, showing the upward swing of the kicking leg.

 

 

Flame Shoes, 11 X 11, mounted on 12 X 12 canvas

 

 

The client knew that I prefer candid outdoor photos to work from. Each of these reference photos was just right. I really like the reflection of the girl’s legs in the wet sand.

Cool Sand , 13 X 9, mounted on 20 X 16 canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Chicken Salad: Combine these ingredients in a big bowl: 15 oz. can of black beans (rinsed, drained, and spread on a towel to dry a bit), one cooked chicken thigh diced, handful of raisins, a little chopped parseley or cilantro, 2 c. chopped purple cabbage (or more), 3 – 4 thick slices of jack cheese cut into small cubes, optional 1/3 c. cooked brown rice or quinoa or leftover pasta. Toss salad with olive oil, juice of one lemon, and salt to taste.

What to do next?

What to do next?

We grapple with this question over and over in our lives, year to year, day to day, and hour to hour. There are some big questions about what to do next, but there are the simple prioritize-my-time sort as well. Because it is summer, I’ve had difficulty smashing-cramming-condensing four hours of exercise and gardening into… Continue Reading

Inspiration Found in Relationships

Inspiration Found in Relationships

My artist statement has drifted this way and that over the years, but one thing remains the same. People Together. Relationship. Of course dogs and horses and cats are also ‘people’. There are other Sowada characteristics of outdoors, seasons, reflections, and shadows that usually appear as well.     Here are some examples of reference… Continue Reading

Pendulum Swinging

Pendulum Swinging

Politics also go through a seasonal cycle, but instead of the sweet and nurturing circle we experience within seasons of the year, political climates are right and left, pendulum swinging back and forth. The trapeze is up so very high! The political tribes have opposite view points on so many things – Are rules for the… Continue Reading

Use What You Have

I am often heard saying “Use what you have.”  I am pretty good at practicing what I preach. I design new garden beds with easy to move perennials in mind, those already in other beds and ready to thin. I take pleasure in finding a wonderful way to use three leftovers in the refrigerator. At… Continue Reading