Paintings from Florence

I figured it’s way past time to show you all the work that was the reason I went to Europe in the first place. As you all know, I was there studying art, and I took a few classes. My favorite by far was my intermediate painting class with Rossana Pinero. She’s an amazing artist and lives in Florence, and you should all go google her right now. I’m serious. I’ll wait.

Okay, so I made quite a few things while I was over there, but I’m just going to show my top four for today. Maybe another day I’ll show my sketches and that kind of thing. Here are my four favorite paintings I made in Florence!

Aliya

Aliya

This was our portrait assignment. This model was a young woman who moved to Italy from the Ivory Coast and was working in Florence as a translator. She was really nice and very interesting. She read a book while sitting for us, which is why her eyes are downcast. Working with her was great for me first of all because she was such an interesting person, but also because I haven’t had a chance to work with a model with such dark skin before. I don’t think I quite did her justice around the face. You’re supposed to leave the darker areas very thin and build up the lighter areas with thicker paint, but I had trouble keeping the dark parts from being transparent so it ended up being too thick. Even so, it’s one of my favorite paintings I’ve done and she was a pleasure to work with. Hopefully I’ll have an opportunity soon to get more practice with darker skin tones.

Africa

Africa

This woman is not from Africa, that’s just her name. She sat for our figure project. I had a lot of fun experimenting with the background with this one, and Africa was good for me to work with because of her olive skin tones. I usually practice skin looking at myself or at one of my sisters or my roommate, but we all have blue, yellow, or red undertones. Africa’s undertones are green (Aliya’s were purple), so it was great practice.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

I hate self portrait assignments. I find them dull. So I painted myself sleeping, which was rather rude of me, but Rossana loved it. And I really like it now too. It’s the first piece on my portfolio.

Skyline

Skyline

This was my final project. In the center of the skyline is the Florence Cathedral, which defines Florence’s cityscape, but with this picture, I was trying to reference Florence without painting Florence. I spent a whole semester immersed in the idea of a global community, so that’s what I tried to paint.

Thanks for reading! None of these paintings are up on my Etsy page yet, but there’s lots of other stuff there to look at. I’ll try to get these up in the next few days.

New Puppy Pictures

Hi all! Y’all don’t want to hear me apologize for the fact that I can’t remember what day of the week it is, right? Cool, we’ll skip that part.

Three of our babies now have families and I have up-to-date pictures of everybody but Tristan. When I took the pictures we knew Tristan already had a home so we didn’t do new ones for him, but his family now wants an update so I might do more when I get home if my family doesn’t do it first. Right now I’m visiting Kevin so I can’t.

Beorn 1

Beorn 1

Here’s Beorn, named for Bjorn the Beserker from The Hobbit, the shape shifter who can turn into a bear, because our boy is basically a living teddy bear. We just found out a few days ago that he will be going with Tristan on the transport to his forever home on Friday!

Beorn 2

Beorn 2

Brindle 1

Brindle 1

Brindle’s our second baby who’s going home soon! She is getting an extra week to get strong, so we’ll have her till a week from Friday. Our Brindle had such a hard time when we first got her, it’s so great to see how healthy and strong she’s become.

Brindle 2

Brindle 2

Charming 1

Charming 1

This is little Charming. He came to us at 2.2 pounds and has climbed up to eleven, only two and a half pounds left than Beorn, who’s so much bigger than the rest we legitimately think he has a different father. Charming might look rough and tough, but he’s a big baby. He loves hugs and he’s always looking for a mother figure. He actually tried to nurse from my cat, Toby, the other day, much to Toby’s displeasure. He got swatted in the face for his troubles, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to proclaim his love for Toby, our older puppy Poppy (who likes the babies) and our old lady dog Frisky (who doesn’t).

Charming 2

Charming 2

Leo 1

Leo 1

This is baby Leo, my sister Emily’s favorite. She is going to study in London next year but loves Leo so much she keeps joking that she’s going to buy him a seat on the plane so he can come too. Leo is one of the most social of the puppies, which is saying something. He’s definitely a lover, and even though he weighs over ten pounds now he still loves to be held on his back like a baby. He has adorable black spots coming into view all over his body, though he was almost pure white when he first came to us.

(If any of these puppies look a little muddy in these pictures, it’s because they all snuck under the porch steps and dug a disgusting mud pit of puppy joy and had completely soaked themselves before we realized what they were up to. They all had to have baths, as did I, but red clay leaves a little bit of a stain on white fur. Not permanent of course, but that’s why his paws are orange.)

Leo 2

Leo 2

Peeta 1

Peeta 1

This is Peeta. He has a very sweet and mild personality. He and Charming are definitely the quiet, sleepy ones of the group. He likes attention but rarely barks for it or climbs over brothers and sister to get it a la Leo. He’s a very relaxed and friendly little dog. Peeta has very lovely dark blue eyes and is almost pure white except for a gray spot on the base of his tail and a couple of scattered small ones.

Peeta 2

Peeta 2

Romeo 1

Romeo 1

This is little baby Romeo. He’s such a loving little guy, and very playful. He also happens to be ridiculously cute, and his cuddliness definitely exacerbates the effect. He’s one of the most adventurous puppies, despite the fact that he’s one of the smallest. He likes to follow wise older puppy Poppy around like a big boy. Romeo does have an adoption application pending, I believe, but nothing has gone through yet so you can still apply!

Romeo 2

Romeo 2

To apply to adopt any of these puppies, go to rutherfordcountyhumanesociety.org and click Dog Adoptions under Applications. For more information on any or all of the puppies, contact me at ellie.oconnor07@gmail.com. Have a nice weekend everybody, and thanks for reading!

The Duomo at Night

I’m doing a short post today because I’m lazy. I’m also feeling a little homesick for Florence, so here are some pictures of the duomo at night. This was hands down my favorite view in Florence: the duomo all lit up with the night sky above it. I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Nighttime Duomo

Nighttime Duomo

Sorry the pictures aren’t as steady as they could be. I didn’t have a tripod and I had to use a slow shutter speed.

Cupola

Cupola

Già Mi Manchi, Firenze

Già Mi Manchi, Firenze

Check back Wednesday for more pictures! If you’re interested in purchasing art, email me at ellie.oconnor07@gmail.com, check out my Etsy page, or see my page at art250 on iPad.

Miscellaneous Split Pictures

My last few pictures are completely random. There’s no way to make any sort of cohesive series out of it. So, I didn’t try. Enjoy this incoherent mess. :)

Snails

Snails

Train Tracks

Train Tracks

Dad and Boy

Dad and Boy

Dad and Boy in B&W

Dad and Boy in B&W

Playing in the Sand

Playing in the Sand

The Littlest Pier

The Littlest Pier

Croatia Lizard

Croatia Lizard

Thank you for reading! I’ll be back Monday. I don’t know what I’ll be posting, maybe more pictures from Europe, maybe more puppy pictures.

If you’re interested in my work, you can check out ellieoconnor.see.me to see my portfolio or see my Etsy page to buy art. I’m also on the iPad app, art250.

Walking Around Split

I’m back! Not feeling creative in captions today, but I have more pictures from Split, Croatia!

Girl Feeding a Kitten

Girl Feeding a Kitten

This girl had found a litter of abandoned kittens that morning and was sitting in the doorway of her family’s shop, hand feeding this tiny guy.

Alley

Alley

Have I mentioned that all this white stone is marble? Croatia is full of it. The entire palace is made of it, including the streets. It’s gorgeous, though slippery when wet! Parts of the White House in Washington DC are actually made of Croatian marble.

Main Arch

Main Arch

Right here is the main entrance to the palace. Sometimes you just get a perfect moment like this where all the right colors line up for a perfectly European picture. :)

Canopy

Canopy

Something I loved about all the white stone is that it really shows any moss or other plant growth. The result is all this interesting texture on the walls. Of course, the fact that this garden had an actual leafy canopy over it definitely helps.

Windows

Windows

Marble Street

Marble Street

I just couldn’t get over how charming it was. I seriously considered just looking into how expensive a Split apartment would be. I didn’t though. I just thought about it a lot.

Clothes Lines

Clothes Lines

Graffiti

Graffiti

Tiny House

Tiny House

Looks like a character’s house in a fantasy movie, right?

End of the Tunnel

End of the Tunnel

The Light Fell

The Light Fell

Okay, that’s almost it for Split pictures. I still have images from the beach (just one post’s worth though), then we’re done! After the beach pictures I’ll have photographs from my day trip to Mostar, Bosnia. Check back Friday, and thanks for reading! You can check out my Etsy page for more of my art, or see my Contact Me page for contact information.

Mercy

I’m sorry to say that I have to start today’s post with a little bit of sad news. For any of you who saw my post on Monday about our pit bull foster puppies, our tiniest baby, Marius, passed away yesterday. Apparently he had roundworm in his liver, which our vet tells us is a vanishingly rare occurrence, and wouldn’t have been treated by the worming medication we gave all the puppies. The others have now been given a special medication specifically for roundworm and will hopefully be fine, but positive thoughts and prayers towards our babies are definitely appreciated!

In happier news: today I have pictures of our other foster puppy, Mercy. She came to us with a leg injury that required its amputation. Her surgery was about three weeks ago and she’s doing really well. She gets around great and she’s a really sweet girl.DSC_0040

 

Mercy is about six months old and she loves literally everyone. She weighs approximately ten pounds and won’t get very big. She’s what we in my house call a ‘couch setter’ meaning she would really like to spend most of her life on a couch, and would do best as a mostly indoor dog.

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So far everybody who has met this girl has instantly fallen in love. She’s so cute and such a sweetie you’d be hard-put not to. My dad would really like to keep her, but we have too many predators out here in the country for it to be safe for her.

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Anyone interested in adopting Mercy can send me an email at ellie.oconnor07@gmail.com.

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Thanks for stopping by to read about sweet Mercy! I’ll post again on Monday with more pictures from Europe.

 

Diocletian’s Palace

These week I have a few pictures focusing on the more palatial aspect of Split. This main courtyard was the most overtly Roman part of the palace, and included the Split Cathedral and bell tower. I’ll let you see for yourself how cool it is.

Desaturate Marble

Desaturate Marble

Bell Tower in Color

Bell Tower in Color

Courtyard in B&W

Courtyard in B&W

Bell Tower in B&W

Bell Tower in B&W

Sunspot Cathedral

Sunspot Cathedral

The Crowd in B&W

The Crowd in B&W

Gates

Gates

Thanks for looking at my photographs! If you’re interested in purchasing photography, please check out my Etsy shop, my listings on the arttwo50 iPad app, or see my Contact Me page for contact information.

Unrelated to this post, I just found out today that one of my photographs is going to be featured in a group exhibition this weekend in New York. The show is called One Life and will be in the SeeMe Exhibition Space at 26-19 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, opening Friday night at six.  SeeMe is an artist collective and they’ve shown my work in their exhibition space once before. You can check out their website to see lots of great artists at https://www.see.me.