Daub du Jour

My name is Marianne Plumridge. I am an artist of mythic fantasy works and fine art images. More of which can be seen at my website, 'MariannePlumridge.com', and also my main Blog, 'Muse du Jour'. These sites are in the links section of this page. This site began life as a painting a day blog in 2007. However that project has now passed, but I still find myself painting in that way. So this site will now be the showcase my new paintings as inspired by those previous efforts.

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Location: New England, United States

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Whisper of Rain...

(14x18", Oils on Linen)    Price: $ 1000.00
I somehow managed to fall on my birthday in June, fracturing my right elbow, spraining the same wrist and opposing left foot. Not at ALL how I planned to spend half of that day. Thankfully, I had done a bunch of design drawings all through that month as preparation for forthcoming paintings. Those paintings are in progress. To jumpstart my lost momentum, I thought I'd start with something simple. I had taken snapshots of fellow artist, the lovely and charismatic Rain Delmar while she was in Halloween costume at Illuxcon in Reading, PA two years ago, and decided that it was about time that I put them to good use. So I tentatively drew Rain...my first attempt in over six weeks to draw again...and was pleased with how it came out. I drew the sketch down on to a Linen board, took a deep breath, swallowed the same old fears I have when not having painted for several months...and began to paint.  The usual array of colours on my palette: Gold Ochre, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Titanium White, Buff Titanium, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Sap Green, Chrome Green, and  tiny bit of Alizarin Crimson. The result is very rich in hue and texture, and I am quite happy with it.

 "Firebird" Painted Sketch
(5x10", Oil on Linen) Price: $300.00
I was trying to tidy up a bunch of boxes in our studio space last week, trying to make room for a dedicated photography set up. I sort of got fed up with some of it and felt my paints calling to me. Since I wasn't ready to go back to work on the large painting on the easel, I pulled out a small linen canvas and a couple more snaps I took of Rain. OMG she is so photogenic, with natural presence. I decided just to go with whatever I could carve out in paint on this minute surface. This photo doesn't do the original justice, and I feel that maybe I overworked a couple of things...but it was getting late and my eyes were beginning to get squinty. However, using the leftover paint on BOTH my palettes, I managed to make a credible painted sketch toward a larger work in the future.

If you want to see what Rain is up to, this is the link for her website...

There's more to see in the coming weeks, now that I actually have the set up to photograph on a regular basis again. So, please come back for a look, meanwhile, thanks for stopping by.