Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
First, a little sketch in my Exacompta sketchbook of a more realistically drawn heart. Yep, another heart - you are going to be sick of them.
Then a self-portrait from a photo in the early morning without my glasses on (the photo - I had my glasses on to draw the SP - not that it helped all that much). I think the photo is a bit skewed due to the angle at which I was trying to take my own photo and I drew it that way, too, so what the heck...
I admit, I made myself prettier in this one so tried again.
Next try for a SP using the Tombow - I learned 2 things:
1) If you do not get a wet brush and blend the ink right away, it dries and you cannot blend it and
2) If you are not using paper that takes wet media, it's not going to look good anyway even if you do blend it so check your paper.
I have an idea using the heart and another photo I took a while back...I'll work on that and share later...
At the end it was determined that genetically we are born to be more optimistic or more pessimistic - but that's not bad as both can work for you. But isn't it more fun to be optimistic? Since it is - and makes other enjoy being around you more than when you are being pessimistic, I am going to fake it (because I know I was born pessimistic and sarcastic and touchy and...well there is a lot of nurture in that outcome, too, so I got it from both sides).
But...if you can fake it, you can make it.
Today...is going to be a good day. Today...I am going to read a funny blog or two and maybe watch a comedy and read something upbeat. Today...I am going to post some sketches I've been fiddling with even if they aren't that great (ooops, of course they are great!!! They are wonderful!! They are creative and they are from my little hands and why wouldn't you just love them to pieces...too much optimism? I'll try to tone it down some! ha ha)
Have a day - good or bad, up or down, in or out, sweet or sour. As Murr says at http://murrbrewster.blogspot.com, every day you're alive is a good "funeral alternative"!!! Check her out - she made me laugh so hard, I spit my coffee on my monitor (and you know, the pessimist in me would say, "That's a mess! Clean that up now before it ruins everything." But the optimist in me says, "Time for another cup!"
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I intend to do something but instead I pick up my pencil and sketchbook and...put it back down.
Visiting my new cardiologist is like being in an episode of House - that test showed up nothing, well, let's have her do this one and take some more blood just for good measure. Check her cholesterol. Not high? Hmmm...well, do a complete blood workup, there must be something I can find here. No? Everything normal? Well, her ankles swell. Let's check her kidneys. Give her an IV of iodine and run her through a CT scan, oh, and in the meantime, take some more blood. (As you read this, I will be in said CT scanner having this delightful procedure done.)
I swear, this is not going to last long because soon I am going to be without a cardiologist again.
The only creative thing I've done is play with my Tombow pen (it's not waterproof so you get some bleeding to a nice blue-grey that works but I need to learn more how to use it and not just cover everything and lose my whites - what is it with me and whites?).
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
For some reason, we still have 5 paintings that have not found their new homes and all of those were mailed in the US to a US address! They can't all have a wrong number on them...I hope...
You can view the previous SWAP paintings here:
We have a very talented bunch of people willing to share their paintings with others in this small (less than 40 participants each time) group.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
First Set =
The blues run across the top (there are 6 of them).
Cerulean (PB 36).........Phthalo (Red Shade) (PB 15:6).........Cobalt (PB 28).........
French Ultramarine (PB 29).........Prussian (PB 27).........Indanthrone (PB 60)
The yellows run down the left edge (there are 3 of them in this first set).
Bismuth Vanadate Yellow (PY 184)
Hansa Yellow Light (PY 3)
Naples Yellow (PW 4 + PY 35 + PR 101)
All are Daniel Smith colors.
Second Set =
The blues are the same, of course.
The next set of yellows running down the left side are
New Gamboge (PY 153)
Hansa Yellow Deep (PY 65)
Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (PBr7 - Natural Sienna) - this was a freebie when I placed an order some time ago.
You can see the difference in the lighter, more lemony colors and the darker, more orangey colors of the yellows as they mix with the same blues.
Bismuth Vandate and Naples Yellow are both more opaque colors - I like the crisp greens mixed with BVanadate and all the blues but the Naples didn't seem to mix with the blues much and so that strip looks more blue than green, as if the Naples, put down first, just sat there and the blue covered it so well it wasn't affected much - so not very green.
Blues the same across the top.
Yellow Ochre (PY 43)
Raw Sienna (PBr 7)
Quinacridone Gold (PO 49)
I see no difference between the Yellow Ochre and the Monte Amiata Natural Sienna. (Daniel Smith says his Yellow Ochre is not opaque but transparent - although I believe other manufacturer's and artists' books say this is an opaque color). So no need to keep the Monte Amiata Natural Sienna - plus, I don't like the fact that it's not a real yellow pigment, hence the PBr designation - a brown pigment. That PBr pigment is the same number (7) as the Raw Sienna and look at the difference in color mixing!!! The Raw Sienna and all the blues look muddy, dirty and very reddish - yuck!
I think a chart of your greens is important if you are going to be doing any landscapes or foliage. I don't do that often but when I do, I think I'll pull this out and keep it on my bulletin board over my art table so I have a good choice of colors - otherwise, I tend to pick up the same colors all over and often mix 4-5 colors to get my greens and that can't be good (and you don't get clear, clean greens with that method).
How about you? Are you afraid of greens? Do you love them? If you check my sidebar blogroll you will find several artists who are masters at painting greens - check them out!
Monday, May 25, 2009
and a brownish stain on the front and around the door/window
After: Coconut Scent (a pale yellowish cream color) over mustard and shutters
and Chocolate Cherry covering the brown front and around window/door.
If it needs another coat of the Chocolate Cherry, it probably is going to wait because we have 3 days of rain predicted (raining slightly now) and Jerry and I could use a week off.
It looks awfully bright and reddish but the color does match exactly some of the reddish bricks in the house so I'm not worried too much about that...yet.
We would have finished this yesterday but had a group birthday/Mother's Day party to attend. I made cards for all the birthday girls (4 of them).
A couple (showing just the fronts) that are mostly collage using bird stamps for the birders...
...and a couple of painted ones for the younger ladies.
They are simple but they seem to go over very well with anyone who gets one - which is nice!
And I got my first Mother's Day present - ever - from Jenny. She gave one to each mother at the party and I was included even though I'm not a mom, but a step-mom. Each mother got a decorated planter stake that had a different saying on it. Pretty, eh?
Okay, now time to veg out in front of the TV or read a book or take a nap or...anything but pick up a paint brush for a day or so...
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Chocolate Cherry :)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Red and yellow peppers to Joyce in Washington.
And since I'll finish my SWAP painting today, I will get back to the frisson of flamingos, too, and share that later today.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Here's the info from the CAM site:
"Surrealism and Beyond In the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
February 15 through May 17, 2009
Surrealism and Beyond is an in-depth survey of the Dada and Surrealism movements, which emerged in response to the wars that devastated Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Selected from the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Surrealism and Beyond will bring the major highlights of this renowned collection to the Cincinnati Art Museum for its exclusive showing in the United States. Over 200 works in a variety of media are featured, including works by Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Man Ray.
Organized by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem."
And I am painting - but it's on my SWAP painting for my partner so cannot show it until it's received later this week because it has to be a surprise!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Top Mix: Hansa Yellow Light (Aylide Yellow 10G, PY 3) and French Ultramarine (PB 29)
The Hansa Yellow Light is a Very Good Lightfast, Low Staining, Non-Granulating, Semi-Transparent single pigment.
It has a tangy, lemony, zesty color to it.
The French Ultramarine Blue is an Excellent Lightfast, Medium Staining, Granulating, Semi-Transparent single pigment.
I like the color of the FUB, a muted, darker blue than cobalt, and I like the granulation of it.
New Gamboge (Nickel Dioxizine Yellow, PY 153) and Cobalt Blue (PB 28)
The New Gamboge is an Excellent Lightfast, Low Staining, Non-Granulating, Transparent single pigment color.
The Cobalt Blue is an Excellent Lightfast, Low Staining, Granulating, Semi-Transparent single pigment color.
You get a nice, warm green with this mix and some good granulation. Cobalt Blue is a color I wouldn't do without because it is great for glazing over colors to push them back a bit in any painting. I know Tom Lynch sprays Cobalt Blue on the edges of his paintings to push them back and make them less important.
The smaller swatches at the bottom are where I switched the mixes: I mixed the Hansa Yellow Light with the Cobalt Blue and mixed the New Gamboge with the FUB. I can think of some spring paintings that have the HYL and CB mix in them = bright and clean colors that make a good, clean, bright green.
Begun painting this in class Tuesday (I had the drawing on the wc paper - 1/2 sheet Kilimanjaro 140# coldpress - ready to go). I may make these more reddish than orangish and have a more turquoise water...that's a thought right now...we'll see where it goes.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Here are some of the ACEOs I swapped with my class members Tuesday. (I made one special for Sandy - the giraffe because she loves giraffes; and one special for Marian - the Irish cottage that's on rice paper) so they both got 2 cards from me.
Since you laid your cards out on your art table and each person came by and picked, I don't know who got which cards in most cases, but each person got one they wanted, I hope. I think Kathy W got the Snowdrop and Ritzie got the sheep and haybales in the field.
I'm not sure who got most of these - I know Karen got the heart-in-hand one and Linda got the collage of the rounded shapes. I made more than there were members in class so there were plenty to choose from so some of these may not have been chosen (I'll have to check what's in my leftovers).
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I toned down some of the orange that threw everyone for a loop! I hope it isn't so neon bright but still "fierce" as Teresa says :)
And just so you know, I'm not making up these colors (although I wish I was that creative), here's a photo I'm using (photo by Jerry taken over the fence at the pond where the American flamingos were kept in the Jacksonville (FL) Zoo.
Now I'm going to take a trip up to the Evergreen Retirement Center where the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is having their spring show. I missed getting anything in this one (we were travelling), but want to see the show. It's called "Seven Year Itch" and has a theme of 7's throughout. The show runs throughout May and you can visit and view the work any day.
A mix of Ultramarine Blue (PB 29) and Quinacridone Deep Gold (PO 49)
An Excellent Lightfast, Medium Staining, Granulating, Semi-Transparent pigment mix.
I can see keeping this one in my box of tricks when I want to paint some muted, granulating greens of a forest or field.
2. Zoisite Genuine (Daniel Smith)
A pure pigment made from a natural zoisite mineral
An Excellent Lightfast, Low Staining, Granulating, Semi-Transparent single pigment.
Even though this is a single pigment, I've found that the pigments made from minerals are so grainy and granulating I'm not sure what you would do with them - how you would use them. I don't like the dark, almost black color of this one, either. So it's going in the discard pile.
These 2 are the last of my tube greens. Next, I'll make up some mixes and see what I come up with. I think tube greens may be a thing of the past for me and I should mix my own. We'll see!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
A mix of Aureolin (PY 40), Ultramarine Blue (PB 29), and Raw Umber (PBr 7).
A Very Good Lightfast, Low Staining, Granulating, Semi-Transparent pigment mix.
Well, sorry, folks, but as soon as I read that it has Aureolin in the mix, I knew I'd toss this one on the discard pile. Aureolin turns brown over time so what do you think this green will do over time? No, thanks, won't take the chance. Off it goes! (I wasn't that crazy about the color anyway.)
2. Perylene Green (Daniel Smith)
A single pigment, no mix, according to DS. However, the single pigment is PBk 31 which means it is a black pigment. Interesting...
Daniel Smith describes this as an Excellent Lightfast, Medium Staining, Non-granulating, Semi-Transparent single pigment.
Because this is a black mix that has gone to a deep, dark green, it makes gorgeous northwest forests, and it fades out to a misty, foggy, gray-green that is very nice. I think I'll keep this one in my To Use More Often pile. I could see doing some misty seascapes with this color.
So far I've covered 8 different tube greens made by Daniel Smith. For someone who is afraid of greens, rarely uses them, and doesn't really know how to use them, I sure have a lot of tube greens! Ah, the exuberance of youth when I first started painting and had to have every single color. Wait until you see some of the more exotic greens yet to come...
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The emotions the painting created in me welled up and leaked out of my eyes. Why? Because it so reminded me of my father. He was killed in an auto accident when he was 35. Too young. It so reminded me of my father - lean, lanky, strong cheekbones and deep-set eyes; and the guitar which he played all the time. I went back several times to view it again. Then I posted a comment to Myrna telling her how much this painting touched me - and isn't that what great art is all about - the reaction of the viewer that could be something totally unforeseen by the artist.
I am the proud owner of that painting.
And Myrna Wacknov, who already had her angel's wings because she is so open and sharing and giving to everyone she meets online and in person, has those wings in the shop with me now so I can make sure they are shiny, bright, and edged in gold. I'll make sure they are not too heavy and not too bright but just right :)
Thank you, Myrna. I have no other words. Look for those gilded wings to be delivered (FedEx, of course - and if you get the reference to a certain movie that featured Fed Ex and angel wings and Tom Hanks, you get an A).
But wait, that's not all! Laura Trevey of Watercolors by Laura had a giveaway to EVERYONE who read her blog during the month of April and posted 3 comments during the month. Now how easy was that? Checking a wonderful, colorful, beautiful blog every day or so during April and taking a moment to comment on some of her postings that month? And did I say EVERYONE who did this and sent her their snail mail address got a print of one of her original watercolors? Yes!! How wonderful - and you could choose the one you wanted and I knew immediately which one I wanted because, well, because it's so wonderful and blue and beachy and...well, I just love it.
And it arrived in the mail today!
Thank you, Laura, for your generosity and sharing attitude!
I never thought I'd meet so many angels when joining this world of blogging artists.
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention here (although I've posted on this before) that I also won the anniversary giveaway Chris Beck had on her blog recently, winning a colorful, funny, lovely, bright painting of one her little ducky salt-and-pepper shakers.
I never thought I'd meet so many wonderful people when joining this world of blogging artists. I am amazed and so thankful for each one of you - and you all know who you are - who are so caring and giving of artwork, of time, of talent, of knowledge. WOW!
Now I've got to get to the framers to pick out some mats and frames for these beautiful works of art so they can grace my home for years to come. And for you, Myrna, Laura and Chris, a little youtube Dido saying, I....want to thank you....
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
A mix of Viridian (PG 18) and Raw Umber (PBr 7). DS lists this one as an Excellent Lightfast, Non-Staining, Granulating, Transparent pigment mix.
I found it so grainy that it was unpleasant to put brush to paper with pigment on it! It definitely granulates and makes a nice, dark, woodsy look - but you have to get past the "feel" of it. You may be better of just mixing your own Viridian and Raw Umber instead. This is another green I never use and was in my discard pile.
In the third row, I've mixed the two together in the middle. And in the last photo, I've played with all 4 greens we've introduced so far (Sap Green, Phthalo Turquoise, Permanent Green Light and Terre Verte).
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I won't have time or energy for it this month - it is going to start out very busy for me next week so...what about working with greens? Doesn't May make you think of greens. And if you're like me, you may be afraid of greens - you don't know what to do with them, how to mix them well, etc.
So I'm calling this
Every Green in May
and I'm going to put down a nice layer of a green, put down the information about it from the manufacturer and then mix it with something else and see what I get. By the end of the month, I may be past my fear enough to actually paint something in greens - a landscape? Perhaps...we'll see :)
1. Sap Green
(made by Daniel Smith - all my pigments except a rare few are by Daniel Smith)
DS says this pigment is a mix of
Quinacridone Deep Gold (PO 49) and Phthalo Gree (PG 7)
It has Excellent Lightfast quality, Transparent pigment.
It is Medium Staining and it Granulates in a wash.
In a light, water-filled wash it is clean and pure looking. When you bring it to the paper much darker and fuller strength, you can see the granulation - you could let it do it's think and create trees or shrubs from that process alone. I think it's time to put it back in my palette. I wonder what it will mix well with - is it too pretty alone?
2. Phthalo Turquoise (by Daniel Smith)
DS says this is a mix of Phthalo Blue (PB 15) and Phthalo Green (PG 36)
It is an Excellent Lightfast, Transparent pigment mix.
It's very Staining (be careful for blue-green fingers and clothes), and not Granulating at all.
It definitely is too pretty and much to strong to go at it with a lot of pigment in the brush, but what a gorgeous sweep of blue-green it makes when well wetted down! Could you imagine the northern lights or a cascade forest in this color? Since it's staining and not granulating, you could use this as an underlayer before putting on other colors and it won't lift off the paper when glazing and it would be nice and smooth.
The bottom slice of the photo inserted is a mix of the two - one coming from one end of the sheet and the other coming from the opposite end of the sheet and meeting in the middle just to see what they'd look like. Not bad - seems to take away the candy-like intensity of the phthalo turquoise and settles the golden green of the sap, too.
So I've begun Every Green in May with 2 nice colors. What do you think? Might you use them? I can hear foghorns when viewing the Phthalo Turquoise...maybe a Washington state or Oregon...or British Columbia scene in the making with this one?
Two more greens next time...