Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To Soothe the Savage Beast

My new card line is ready to greet the world! Bird Calls is now available for ordering and has five images of birds with their chosen instruments. Included is my popular Blues Bird on the harmonica. To get one of your own, contact me at:   ofcorsa3@gmail.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Heaven and Earth wrapped up in a shell

I am encountering turtles everywhere, every day. And that's just fine with me since they represent longevity and awakening to opportunities. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven and the underside represented earth. It is said the turtle was an invitation for the blessings of both heaven and earth.

Bring those sweet shells on!

copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Knock, Knock

I decided I would spend some time outside on this beautiful fall morning, doing a few things that needed doing in the yard. I trimmed some limbs, stored away some summer items and decided to clean the birdhouses since all five of them had been used all summer long.

I was working on number three, neglecting my manners by barging in without knocking, when I realized I had disturbed a fat Cinderella mouse who had been fast asleep dreaming of cheese. He skipped onto my hand, gave me a impolite look, then dove into the underbrush, poor thing. He had made a lovely nest for himself so after a quick peek, I secured the house and hopefully he'll bravely return for an afternoon nap.

The rest of my work went smoothly, knocking on every house before forcing my way inside, and I got to visit with my friend the box turtle and some lizards, crows, chickadees, catbirds and mockingbirds.

Lesson Learned: Manners count, no matter who you're encountering!

We see each other on a regular basis by my grinding wheel.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue sky (and clouds) smiling at me...

Finally, after days and days of gloom, the sky began to clear today producing bright blue patches surrounded by frumpy gray masses. It felt so good to step outside with a brush in my hand and the wind kissing my cheek while I eagerly threw down color.

September 26, 2014   4:10 pm   NE

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sky Boxes

So while the sky stays depressed, weeping tears and feeling gloomy, I have gone back to my vintage watercolor tins to create my Sky Boxes. It's hard to see but I have dressed each one with an original cloudscape as well as other vintage elements. There's even a "cloud" stuffed into a small glass bottle! Hope they amuse you my readers.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

You, Me and YUPO

My idea of a fun Saturday night is not going out to dinner and a movie, it's having a friend over to feast on pizza and create art. So last evening, a friend arrived bearing a box full of dough, sauce and cheese, and we spent the night eating and experimenting with Yupo "paper."  (Actually, it's not a paper at all; it's plastic, and so much fun to play with. You've seen my work on it in past posts.) We laughed, talked about serious stuff and took a cake break.

What I find exciting about being an artist is trying new things instead of relying on the tried and true - getting over the fear and giving new things a try. So that's what I've been doing lately. Some of these experiments are frustrating and not for me, but the joy I feel when I get something right reminds me of why I became attracted to creating art in the first place. Yes, I will continue painting what I'm known for. I still enjoy creating those pieces and of course I have to earn a living. But every so often I will try something new. And this will bring a freshness back into my regular work.

Here's a little experimental cloud study I did last night. It isn't good. I know that. I kept working it, over and over till it resembled nothing I had originally intended. BUT I learned something, a lot actually, and that's the point. I will get better with practice just like with any new skill,  improving as time goes on.

To see someone who has mastered this "paper" and various other media, go to the website of Randall David Tipton. He is a true artist in every aspect of the word. And his kindness has encouraged me.

Try something new. Get out of the rut. Have some fun. Open new doors. Get the message?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Finished Painting

Here's the finished painting.

I've framed it in a lovely 5 by 7 gold frame. I just love the effect of the cloud background, giving it a touch of magic.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Step 2

Here's Step 2. I've now added graphite to make a rich base for my watercolors.

Small Works

So with the holidays not that far off, I've been getting questions regarding what I will be offering this year. I've decided, besides the Heavenly Celebrations and Compass Roses, I am going to produce a line of small works in sizes 5 X 7 and 8 X 10 inches. These will be a nice alternative to the larger paintings; more affordable and will fit in a small space.

So here's Step 1 of my new swan image. I want all of these to have a cloud background because I really like the effect it gives. Plus it's a nice way to use up those so-so cloud paintings that are piling up in the drawer!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Helplessly Hoping

So once again this week I am waiting patiently for one of those dramatic skies, a chance to flex my paintbrush and show myself what I can do. But alas, this week hasn't offered much other than some soft wisps. And beautiful as they are, I'm longing to throw down some crimsons and orange, teals and purples. So my tools sit at the ready on the leaf strewn deck...waiting.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy

I haven't had a lot of time this week to paint. The season has slowed down but I am still busy. I tend to sell more work in the fall than in the summer so I'm still filling orders and making deliveries. Plus some friends were visiting and I wanted to be sure to spend some time with them.

And this coming Monday, I will once again begin teaching drawing classes. It seems everyone loves to draw but for some reason, through the years, they have lost interest or just didn't make time to continue with the practice. It is incredibly rewarding to be the catalyst in reviving that interest and seeing the joy that it brings. If everyone is agreeable, I'll take a pic during class and post it later in the week. Drawing is my favorite thing to do and I'm so eager to show people all the possibilities it can offer them.

So because we're entering pumpkin time, I've been working with some color studies of a pumpkin vine. I promise, I'll try to offer a more interesting post next time.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Moon Magic

Sept. 5, 2014   8:40 pm SE
I've been watching the moon "grow" over the last few days, hovering in the night sky, lightly shining its charm upon my island. This past week, I decided to venture outside to try to capture an image of it, surrounded by wisps of clouds sporting a lemon-yellow halo hinting at weather to come. I braved the mosquitoes and came up with what I think is an enchanting little picture.

Night painting is an adventure; trying to get your eyes to adjust, dipping your brush into Payne's Gray instead of Ultramarine. Many painters use a headlamp but I don't take well to contraptions fastened to my head. And my neighbors find me crazy enough without adding to my reputation.

I prefer using these clip on lamps. I have one for my easel and one for my palette. They give just enough focused light for me to have somewhat of an idea about what I'm doing. It helps to know exactly where your colors sit on your palette and what mixes well with what for a night sky. Once the mosquitoes give up and the weather turns cooler, I'll be exploring more nocturnes from my deck.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Generosity of Spirit

I live in a place where artists are constantly asked to donate work for all types of fundraisers. And for the most part, everyone does their best to respond positively. But what I find odd is the reluctance on the part of some artists to share information with other artists. I don't know if they feel they need to keep information to themselves because they fear competition or maybe they just feel they "earned" this information and others should figure it out on their own. Another reason might be, in this society, we don't give anything away for free. But I just don't get it.

So this brings me to my point - generosity. I recently discovered an incredible artist, quite well-respected, who lives on the other coast in a far away land called Oregon. He is a much better painter than I'll ever be yet I decided to muster my courage and comment on his blog to tell him how much I enjoy his work. This man, with such a generous spirit, not only took the time to respond but has turned me on to some wonderful new techniques.  I so hope he will read this one day. I don't feel comfortable sharing his information without asking permission first. After all, I might have some crazy readers, and I don't want to inflict that on him. ;) But one day soon, I'll share a link. He recently helped me learn how to work on Yupo paper, a synthetic paper that doesn't absorb water. Very tricky indeed. And I had questions - lots of them - which he took the time to answer.

I am sharing a painting I recently did of a favorite spot, Alligator River. It is not particularly well done. But I will get better with help from more accomplished artists like Randall. That's how we learn. And I feel as artists, we MUST share what we have learned. No one can paint as we do so there should be no fear of giving away secrets. All you will be giving away is knowledge and a bit of confidence to ensure we will always have artists to admire. Thank you Randall.

Alligator River     copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Just Can't Quit

September 2, 2014   4:10 pm   S
I keep thinking, I cannot continue to paint clouds every single day. People will get sick of seeing them and honestly, I'm going to run out of paper - again. And the good stuff isn't cheap. Maybe I need to get a sponsor to supply me with paper.

Anyways, just when I go back on my diet and tell myself everything in moderation, including clouds, I am presented with a glorious display over the last couple of days. So how can I resist? It's like that bag of chips sitting on the counter. I can't take a single serving. If it's there, I'm going to eat it. And if the clouds are there I'm going to paint them - a first class performance with a front row seat for free!

September 3, 2014   7:40 pm   NW

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Here's my finished crow compass rose. Want one of your very own? Send me an email at  ofcorsa3@gmail for more information.
Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Compass Rose Crow

Here's Step 2. I'm hoping the feeling of magic is coming out.

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Next Step

Having some internet issues so will try to quickly post this:
Here's step 1 of my crow compass rose.

copyright E.M. Corsa 2014