Sunday, June 25, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Finished this one. I "cheated" by using some gouache in the center to pop the stamen and the bee. I don't really consider it cheating - at this point in my painting, I want to use whatever works best.
Honey Bee Magnolia
15 x 18.5 inches
on Arches 140# coldpress paper
And I returned to this to work it a bit more. Not happy with the pop of the petals on this so tried to make it more so. Still not 100% happy but...whatever.
15 x 22 inches
on Arches 140# coldpress paper
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Using a photo reference from our trip to Savannah, Sweetie captured a honeybee inside the magnolia flower and I had to try it. First wash - using only Lapis Lazuli blue pigment for the shadows so far. That center will need to be slowly worked to bring out the curving pieces and the red in the bottom of the stamen(?) and then the little honeybee full of pollen.
The background dark is Shadow Green and it is a bit varied in real life but looks almost black here.
This one is a half sheet (15 x 22 inches).
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A Delicate Balance
22 x 30 inches
on Arches 140# coldpress
Time has ticked right by since June began. We worked on painting the deck, I cleaned in prep for Sweetie's sister to come and stay a while, we took a long weekend trip to the Chicago area and back (to see Sweetie's brother and sister and kin), and we had more visiting with Sweetie's sister as she saw people she wanted to see here in our area after returning back from the Chicago trip. And, for some reason, I was in horrible back pain by Wednesday evening. Why? Oh, could be from painting the deck, cleaning the house, doing laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, entertaining, sleeping on an air mattress for 2 nights during Chicago area visit. Whatever caused it (or accumulated to it), it was painful to sit in the hard bottomed chair and listen to the program at Newport Aquarium Wednesday evening (although it was a good program, I was getting fidgety but it hurt to move and hurt not to move).
This was as bad as it's been for a while - so took it easy, reading, feet propped up and ice on my back for 2 days but I was getting so antsy to get to my little art room and paint. It's been so long!
So today - Saturday - I finally made it back to the magnolia painting I started earlier this month - and it's finished (or very close = may soften some edges).
Hope it was worth the wait!
And what have you been doing this June??
Monday, June 5, 2017
I don't know when we began painting the deck. But it seems to be going on - forever.
So tired, we didn't even do anything (didn't go out, didn't see Summerfair, didn't get a meal, etc.) on our Anniversary (Saturday). Just stayed around the house trying to rest for Sunday's major cleaning of the inside of the house.
I really hope this stuff lasts for years and years because I can't imagine having to do this again next year or even in 2-3 years. What a job!
I have to say, it's looking really good, though. And the birds like it (the red-bellied woodpecker came back to the suet feeder today so he/she is either tired of cicadas or says, "Thanks for making the place look nice for me!" ha ha). We have the suet feeder, the birdseed (on the table) and the finch feeder back out and we have a male - who chirps and cheeps and pips when he arrives - and female hummingbird - who is silent except for the whirring of her wings - coming to the feeder now. I don't mind the mess - although it did cause a twinge when I first went out and saw all the seed and stuff on that pristine deck floor (knocked there from the feeders and 2 little chipmunks, squirrels and several birds).
But - there is still more to do...how can that be?
Sweetie's sister coming for a week's visit Wednesday so housecleaning is the job of the day (or two).
Sorry no artwork...and you may have to wait a while (maybe I should just take the whole month of June off from the blog