Tuesday, June 30, 2009
When a group of children (about 9 plus 2 adults) came running up to the owls, the barred owl began hooting...maybe saying, "Slow down! It's too hot to be running!" or were they saying, "Too many kids...go away...go away!!" The little screech owl began huffing, too, and since she had just gotten dipped in a tub of water and was looking a little worse for wear, she wasn't in any mood!
Monday, June 29, 2009
We have returned - without heat stroke (by nothing but sheer luck) - and I have photos to share. But let me get caught up first and then you'll have some photos to see of the things we saw.
Southwestern Kentucky and Land Between the Lakes was 95-98F with a heat index of 100F each day there but St. Louis, Missouri!!! was 98F-99F with a heat index of 105F each day there. The zoo animals were not even out, being much smarter than the few humans walking around and wilting in the heat. It felt absolutely refreshing to come home to 85F weather and a nice breeze.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Painting here -
The painting is on Tyvek that I pretreated by brushing a thin coat of acrylic matte medium over it (so the paint didn't totally bubble up off the tyvek).
There are some things to change:
I don't like the white stripes I used to separate the colors because they seem too strong now, esp. on the right side, so maybe I'll carry the "black" through to the right side of the painting; and I need to shape the face a bit more but maybe it's about right.
What do you think? Love it or hate it? I'm doing anything to keep from doing a traditional self-portrait (out of fear that I can't do it?).
Well, do leave your comments BUT
I'm taking a little driving trip for a few days and will return soon to see what you've posted about this one. Be back soon!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Comments welcome - I have until the end of the month to send something in and I'm working on something else that might be better. So let me know what you think of this one.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
or a surrogate father for a child who is small,
or who has grown and has a child of his or her own,
by Gregory Orr
my daughter balanced on the couch back,
fell and cut her mouth.
Because I saw it happen I knew
she was not hurt, and yet
a child's blood so red
it stops a father's heart.
I held some ice
against her lip.
That was the end of it.
Round and round: bow and kiss.
I try to teach her caution;
she tried to teach me risk.
Friday, June 19, 2009
So here are a few of mine to choose from. I hope you find one or more you like, Soul, to make you smile!
Top Left = Ice Skating (watercolor)--- traded
Top Right = Snail Mail? (watercolor)
Bottom Left = The Spelling Bee (watercolor with some pen/ink) --- traded
Bottom Right = Untitled (but it's a sea nettle/jellyfish) (watercolor)
Next set coming up....
Top Left = Striving for the Light (watercolor with a bit of pen and ink) --- traded
Top Right = untitled but it's based on the Lunar New Year Stamp I got at the post office, so you get a little collage added of that stamp) --- traded
Bottom Left = untitled, it's hay bales in a field in Wales - hey, that rhymes, maybe I should add text to this one? ha ha (watercolor) traded to Margaret Ann/Waterblossoms
Bottom Right = untitled little lambie with rice paper over him to give him some nice texture
All cards will come in a handy heavy-duty card holder to protect them. If anyone else is interested in trading, just let me know and we'll work something out via emails.
Update: You snooze, you lose! Soul and I are trading 4 cards!! So off to the post office on Monday morning with a smile on my face to think that these little atcs will be travelling to her home and 4 of her lovely atcs will be coming to live with me :) I've marked the ones traded in red beside the descriptions above. And if you want to have any of the ones left in trade, just let me know. And I can always make more (wasn't that a Frito Lays slogan at one time?)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Now, nothing she said was anything I hadn't heard Sandy Maudlin say over and over and yet, even Sandy says sometimes you have to hear more than 1 person say it before the light comes on. Or maybe I had to mature to this step in my artwork for it to sink in and for me to be actually using it.
So...if you have the money, do buy this one. It is wonderful and the creative process she uses (gouache on gold gessoed watercolor paper) is wonderful and allows you to wipe back to gold, add color, glaze color, make textures, etc. But it's not just a gouache DVD - you can use everything she talks about in any medium because it's about design and seeing and making changes and arranging shapes shapes shapes!!
And thanks again to Teresa for the coupon!!
Here are two of the designs I came up with while listening to Carla talk and doodling and taking notes at the same time...
And I have my watercolor paper gessoed and ready to go (white gesso this time, not gold) and I'm going to use watercolor, not gouache (since I only have white).
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I finally got around to finishing the front door. Had ideas, you see, and just couldn't get up and bring them to fruition. Now that I have, and from a suggestion from my dear friend Susan in Vancouver Island, Jerry wants me to paint a sunflower on the panels. Oh, and the sunflower goes from the top yellow panel to the bottom so at the bottom is the stem with, oh, yeah, how about a frog on it?? We're not getting too carried away here, are we?
Sorry for the warped view - it's obviously from above and inside the house and I can't get a good spot from which to take a photo inside to show the bottom of the door and all 4 panels.
So, if this was your door, would you paint on those panels?
Here's the template that I can use for each panel - one facing to the right and one facing to the left (using the back side)...
Don't look for the frog - it isn't there yet and may not be - a little frog on a stem may be beyond me. Afterall, this has to be in acrylic and I don't paint in acrylic, just watercolor...and I have to paint this upright so I can't paint very wet and juicy unless I'm prepared for runs...and I can hear myself trying to talk myself out of this!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is all watercolors on yupo. Daturas we saw in our only trip to New Orleans - or maybe it was from the trip to Vancouver Island and the Butchert Gardens? Anyway, from one of our photos. I still need to finish that bottom little one that got left out and it's done. Calling this one Fallen Angels (in case you go, ??? - because daturas are often called angel trumpets).
Friday, June 12, 2009
Just go to the bottom of the icon list, click SHOW ALL and the whole list will come up as icons.
I worked on a yupo painting in class, too. Will share that later. For now, rest time is up and time to get back to waxing the floors!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
And the painted version of the notan photo, using my own mix to make black (Perinone Orange + Ultramarine Turquoise). I didn't make a big enough, or juicy enough, or concentrated enough puddle of black to work with so it looks a bit greyed in places. But it will work. And I certainly see where I cut too much into the white here to maybe I should do another before beginning the painting...I think I was rushing and not slowing down and looking closely enough.