Monday, December 24, 2012

People Who Have Changed My Life: My Dad

 This is the second in a series of posts about people who have changed my life. The painting on the left is an oil sketch my dad, Charles F. Keck, did of me when I was a little girl. He was a graduate student at UCLA. He also taught part-time  at an art school in Hollywood.
I guess we didn't have much money, but I never thought about that. Thanks to my parents' ingenuity, we had everything we needed.
Every weekend, we went "sketching" with a friend of my dad's from Chouinard Art Institute, Marjorie Matthews.
She had been left unable to walk by polio, so she sat in the front seat of her Chevy
to paint. Dad took a stool and easel to the side of the road. Poor Mom was in the back seat with me, and I was probably a stinker, but those days were a treasure for  me. They had so much fun capturing the fleeting beauty of the Southern California landscape in the early 1950s. It was still very rural. The small landscape below is an example of one of Dad's plein air works.
I also enjoyed being a mouse in the corner at gallery shows in Laguna and in the living room of our apartment when my parents' interesting friends came to visit.
Thanks to those early days, I have always thought that art was the very best calling.



Amy’s Abstract Fingerpainting « One Way to Wonder


Yesterday, I started a new series of posts about people who have changed my life. There is a link to the first one below. It is about my daughter, Amy, who taught me how to draw and paint.
Amy’s Abstract Fingerpainting « One Way to Wonder

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Art With Mr. E: Abstract Cityscapes w/ Value: 2nd Grade

Here's another great art lesson from Mr. E. He used it with Grade 2, but it could be adapted for any grade level. Even adult professionals would enjoy a version of this.
Art With Mr. E: Abstract Cityscapes w/ Value: 2nd Grade

Monday, October 22, 2012

Black Bridge Over The North Fork Of The Gunnison River Royalty Free Stock Photo, Pictures, Images And Stock Photography. Image 11865661.

Earlier this week we drove along the North Fork of the Gunnison River to the little coal mining village of Somerset.

On the way back, we detoured on the side road to Bowie, also a coal-mining town. The two-lane road is like a time machine. Railroad tracks cross the pavement several times. We saw a flock of about a dozen wild turkeys enjoying the sun on one of the pullouts.

Continuing down toward Paonia, we took a back road leading to Black Bridge Winery. If you click on the link below, you will see the Black Bridge. It is a classic single-lane road bridge. I haven't seen any like it since I was a child.

It crosses the North Fork, which this time of year is a silvery mountain creek, singing over the worn rocks in its bed as it passes between stands of glowing golden willows and cottonwoods.

Black Bridge Over The North Fork Of The Gunnison River Royalty Free Stock Photo, Pictures, Images And Stock Photography. Image 11865661.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saatchi Online Artist: Linda J Armstrong; Photomanipulation, 2011, Digital "Changeup

Check out this website I found at saatchionline.com

Here's my new portfolio on Saachi. I've been experimenting with digital overlays. It's a new way to explore some of my paintings. The ones displayed here are based on my Bridge Series.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Linda J Armstrong

Linda J Armstrong: Click "Collect Me" to help me win $10,000 and a show in the most immense exhibition of art in New York City : Art Takes Times Square.

I just created a portfolio of my digital layered works on Artists Wanted for the competition. Take a look and if you like what you see click.