Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It has been a busy couple of weeks as we prepare us and the house for visitors on Mother's Day weekend which is also our local Strawberry Festival and school class reunions. I grab what time I can just to lay down paint and hope that the next week I will have more time to devote to painting.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Yesterday, a friend sent me a copy of "Chief Seattle's Thoughts" by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish. It is beautiful and a reminder that we are caretakers of this earth.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I quickly did this today.
I placed big blobs of water on the paper with a brush then first dropped in a lemon yellow.
Placed more blobs of water, large and small, dropped in quin. violet.
Used a brush to connect the dots and let the paint run.
Then flicked warm and cool greens along with pthalo blue, sprayed lightly some areas with a mister.
Next, I used a thin brush to put in quin. burnt orange in zig zaggy lines.
Last, I placed saran wrap on it and placed a book on it.
Let it dry for just a few minutes and lifted. Once the paint and paper were thoroughly dry I added touches of Quin. Gold and darkened areas. I see a couple of fish, a couple of figures and even a mermaid possibly. Such a fun way to paint!
Then I cropped the painting using photo imagining software.
This was such a fun sketch to do and very quick. I sharpened a woodless pencil and emptied the graphite from the sharpener on to paper. I smudged the paper with my finger then began lifting lights with a kneaded eraser and a paper towel. Then I used the same woodless HB pencil to place the eyes, ears and form a bit of the life preserver and clothing Sadie was wearing. Hope you enjoy it.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
In the image below, you can see the work done on the windows. I have to repaint parts of that area to correct and bring in line with they way they actually looked. It is slow going as I try to get the look of the windows. One large window has approximately 18 panes of glass so I want to give the look of that many panes even if I don't actually paint that many.
I stopped painting for a bit to plant a "Peace" rose bush sent to me by dear friends. My BIL (brother-in-law) kindly dug the hole for me. Hopefully the colder weather is behind us.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
To help resolve the prospective issues, I drew the eye level or horizon line on a picture of the painting then started drawing with Microsoft paint the perspective lines. That has been printed and so now I can proceed. It has been storming here all afternoon and pouring rain which is great for the crops but I unplug the computer so no printing, etc. Right now it is nice and calm but more storms are expected. The rain is at least good for the crops, greening up grass and napping or reading a book.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I have devoted artist friends who regularly provide encouragement and support. We met through Watercolor Workshop, a yahoo group, about five years ago. During that time, we did a year long monthly painting project, and often have projects such as underpainting the pears, that we all do together (or as many of us that can.) So to Deb(Canada), Rhonda(Kentucky), Paulette(New York) and Teresa(Spain), many, many thanks for offering solid critiques, insightful comments, and kind words when I needed my flagging ego boosted.
On a side note, today (and maybe part of tomorrow) is being devoted to preparing the ANA (Artists of Northwest Arkansas) monthly newsletter for printing. From that information, the ANA website is updated. Which means, in case you are wondering, there won't be a lot of painting or sketching done today, if any. Unless everything goes very smoothly and I finish quicker than expected. Wouldn't that be a bonus (for me anyway.)