Work in Progress

Watercolor.jpeg I have been having fun working with and reworking watercolor painting. I had always thought that once it was on the paper, that was it. This one has been repainted a couple of times and will most likely get at least one more go round to remove the circle texture on the mountain and the bleeding into the sky.

Trying to find the Rhythm again

Originally published

Autumn Barn, Rennata M. Tropeano, ©2010 The kids are back in school and suddenly I have an hour of time that I did not have before.  My oldest daughter has her license and can drive the carpool giving me this gift of time. 

The other thing that has me off rhythm is that in this last month I had more vacation days than I did normal days.  It started with a week off to take the above mentioned daughter to flight camp, and then later in the month on a trip to visit family.  That vacation was extended due to hurricane Irene arriving the same time as our original flight.  Then there was labor day weekend, thus my Monday check in on works in progress is now on Tuesday and not at all what I intended. 

The plane is still underway, as is a lot of website development.  I am working on a series of fall scarves, trying a couple of new methods. The new writing project is starting slow, but coming together better than previous works.  The last on the list of underway is two new themed competition pieces.  It was my intent to have pictures of these various projects, and I may add them later.

Back to School or How I Spent my Summer


New blog post, cross posted from

Mountain Lake

Things here on the blog have been a little bit spotty.  It is my intention that as we get back into that school routine that I get back into the swing of posting on a regular basis.  The last couple of weeks have been exciting for me. I was stranded due to hurricane Irene in Colorado. As you can see in today’s photo, that if you have to be stranded, Colorado is certainly a nice place to be.

I was reviewing my posts and discovered that a number of the designing your internet home posts were never published to the blog due to technical reasons.  I am going to be revising them a little based on my most recent research and will be trying to post one of those a week.  I am going to be playing around with the format, and try and develop a pattern of topics.  The categories that I have been thinking about are Business of Art, Work in Progress,  Review or Interview, How to, and Thoughts.

The new category of review or interview came out of my visiting several galleries and meeting some working artists over the summer.  Looking back on this, I decided that there was a lot to be learned from these visits, both good and bad.  Reviewing can be a tricky thing, as most artists have fragile egos that are easily shattered. I decided that good reviews will be accompanied by links and information.  When the lesson that I took away from a situation is “what not to do”, I am going to leave off the who, and where.

Time to head off to work.  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the new ideas.