Monday, August 31, 2009
When you leave your bathroom window open all night to get the nice, fall-like air inside, you wake to find some interesting little things in your bathroom the next morning. Isn't he/she cute?
And outside, on a sunny day, this little acorn seems ready to travel far - what a journey that would be for this little one, so tiny with the world so large and looming ahead.
Some squirrel dropped this one, having his/her pick of the hundreds that line the sidewalk beside our house from our huge oak tree. When the wind blows, the sound of acorns hitting the roof on the sunroom is like a shot: POW!!! Enough to make you jump!
Off to the chiropractor's again today to be adjusted one more time. My back is better but I have to not stand for long periods of time, not sit for long periods of time, and I guess that means keep moving moving moving!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Kathy came by and we had to go out to lunch together and share more time visiting and chatting and eating while sitting beside the lake and watching the boats, the green of the landscape and feeling the soft touch of the breeze on our faces as we talked, ate and smiled.
I do have 2 things to share, including the finished (!!!) Queen of Hearts painting. It was a lot of touch the paper with this pigment/value, step back, think, look away, look again, touch the paper again here, step back, etc etc etc. But that's the way a painting gets finished and I find I need another set of eyes just watching me to help me get there and tend to rush and ruin on my own in my little art room. So just having Sandy there helped me stop and listen to what the painting was telling me.
Sandy shared a painting on her blog and talked about me climbing in the window - an exercise in my flexibility, to say the least! ha ha So I won't talk about that here. You can imagine - one leg in and body through and over but not before working on a stable platform that ended with my shoes caked in mud and my blue pants mud-streaked. And I didn't mind at all because it was silly and funny and it was done so we all could get back inside to our painting supplies!
I haven't photographed the work I did yesterday...but I will and will share it later today. But for now, I'm just enjoying the morning. Can you believe it gets down to the 50Fs at night now - in August? I love that it already feels like autumn sneaking towards us, day by day getting closer.
Enjoy your day - create something - call or visit a friend - hug your dog or cat or horse or guinea pig - have a lovely, rich, delicious drink to savor as you stand at an open door or window and breathe in the scent of autumn calling...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I'm still playing with this one. I know it doesn't look like I want it to look. So...step back and think.
What don't I like? Well, that black stripe on the left, for one. So get rid of it.
Then why not get rid of the background around her as it does nothing for the painting. So...now what?
Fiddling, playing, needs more whites so get out the gouache and opaque paints to brighten it a bit.
But now it needs some darks...but where?
Hmmm...still working and reworking. Do any of you go through this process or do you know where you are going as soon as you put down the first brushstroke?
Friday, August 21, 2009
Ann has signed up for this and I might, too.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
And then there are times when it would be so much wiser to admit defeat. I am admitting defeat with this glazing technique. It's bested me. Going back to what I know and not struggling so much with this.
I got a nice big blossom when I put in the cobalt blue glaze - don't know why more water seeped there, because I was working the same way as when I got the nice yellow and red glazes. So...I'll never be Catherine Anderson with her dozens of glazes. But then, I'll just be me and that's okay for today!
So your painting efforts have given you lemons, grapefruits and limes. What do you do? Fix the mistakes as best as you can and move on. Drink the lemon- and limeade (yum), pucker up and go out and kiss a Frenchman!
I'll pull the miskit off this and finish it but it won't be a great painting - not even a good painting. I bow to those who has mastered the layered glaze. Now time to move on!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
from his 1995 book, The Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist
Now how appropriate is it that I received this book in the mail today, an order I placed a week or so ago! He has a nice set-up with photos and instructions on wet in dry watercolor washes (both flat and graded), and wet in wet washes (both flat and graded). Also a nice trick:
Put oxgall in your water container (just a few drops - I probably put too many but what are a few? 3-5 or 7-11? Anything under a dozen is a few, I think!). Yep, put drops of oxgall in your water and it causes the brush to dance lightly over the paper but no white spaces left - it's smoother and flows. That's what oxgall is supposed to do - and I just happened to have some.
So, here we go again!
1. Drew a simple shape and put Pebeo Drawing Gum over that to keep parts white or pale and let that dry completely
2. Wet the back side of the paper and the front and, putting a paper towel over the paper in places to protect it, I stapled the edges all around (the paper towel was to keep any grit and dirt scratching the paper as I pressed the stapler to the paper edges).
3. Let that dry but not bone dry. When I laid the back of my hand to the paper, it was cool which means there was still water in the paper that hadn't dried.
4. Using a Tony Van Hasselt Muslin flat wash brush (forgot I had this!), I put a thin wash of Hansa Yellow Medium (a warm yellow) from top to bottom and then tilted the board to let it all wash to the bottom. I cleaned off the edges and around the miskited area where it pooled, too.
That will dry lighter and then, when it's bone dry, I'll put on the red glaze/wash.
Thanks to everyone for their comments on how to do this better/easier :)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
So I colored it. I used the same brand and same color I've used several times before. It must have been defective labeling or a mix-up in the bottles because now my hair is dark. Too dark.
The only thing I can think of to do now is try, after about a dozen washings, to get it to fade out - but it's permanent color that is supposed to last 6 weeks.
Or, I could head out to Las Vegas and join the Elvis Presley impersonators. So let's practice, shall we:
Lift that lip
and curl it on one corner
So if I'm not posting for a while you'll know I'm either in Vegas, baby! or busy washing my hair.)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Self-portrait with Bowler, before (cropped to show less of the white background at the time):
American Lotus Batik, before:
American Lotus Batik, after (just a bit more warms and defining values in places on the rice paper and then did the line work with black ink since you could still see the pencil lines anyway):
Blushing Magnolia, before:
Monday, August 3, 2009
Here's what Angela wanted in trade - it's a little art card that's watercolor and collage on rice paper over watercolor paper.
No painting for me today. On the phone a lot asking people to fill positions that will be open for our watercolor society. Getting a lot of no's - maybe I'm not cut out to be a telephone solicitor?
BTW, I was a big winner at the track but since Jerry was my betting agent, it all stayed in the same household and just rearranged whose pocket the money was in - so I didn't even have to bet at the window, just told Jerry and he covered my bet. Poor thing! Even though it was his birthday, he lost 5 out of 7 bets he took, including 4 for me and one for Jenny! Of course, no bet was over $2 so it didn't break the bank - or allow me to fly off to Paris for the weekend!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
so until Monday...when I'll try to get motivated again to work on the magnolia and lotus paintings...