Monday, November 30, 2009
There once was an artist named Judy
who was famous for painting the nudie.
She painted the breast
and all the rest,
but her favorite was the patootie!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I added some pieces of a paper, lacy heart to the painting and then darkened more around the edges. I think it's done for now. Time to let this one go and look at it again later on. I might like to replicate the laciness of those paper heart pieces here and there in the background later.
But right now I'm also working on a portrait for the Colorful Watercolor group and I need to slow down and make this work...I tried to do it with dabs of paint like Jeanette Jobson, but I couldn't stop putting dabs here and there and then the skin was covered again. I think her style must take more patience and ability to know when to stop :)
Portraits look spooky if you show them before the eyes are done!
So I put them in and worked a bit more (will definitely change the yellow swirls that mimic her hair - don't like how that turned out and it happened because I was lifting off the color after adding more pigment to her hair while it was still too wet so it bled and blurred outwards - again, a lack of patience!)
There is still a dab of miskit in each eye and on some of her teeth.
I wonder if she'll know this is her - if she checks this blog? Hmmm....we'll see!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
but eat and drink in moderation.
However, if you cannot control yourself
and your love of mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie,
I wish you
(They are on my wish-list for this holiday season, just in case I go overboard after being good and healthy all year!)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
And that is why I miss Laura's Watercolors!! She's been without a new post for a month and, yes, I worry that she's in an artistic slump or a health crisis or something. I miss seeing her brush dance across the paper and create something so lovely and soft and real. Maybe if everyone goes over there, posts a message that she is missed, she will return?
So know this, favorite bloggers who are currently sitting on my sidebar - if you go missing for more than a week or two, I will miss you. If you go missing for a month, I will post a comment asking where you are and when you are going to return. If you go missing for longer than that, I will come and get you!!! Now come back, Laura.
The Heart Journey needs some of that dark/blue/greyed color run throughout it to lead the eye around; and maybe some of those reds needs toned down a bit...will think on this and let it sit and rest tonight. Heart Journey is on 300# Arches watercolor paper and it's heavy so it curves as I'm putting pigment and water on it. I'll have to put it under some books to straighten it at the end.
Monday, November 23, 2009
But you know what, it's still a good painting. I had a member at the last watercolor meeting tell me she walked into the room, looked around and immediately went to my painting to see more. If it has that draw from across the room, I think I did a pretty good job. I don't usually have the ego to say that, but sometimes you have to give yourself a pep talk. Since I didn't get a prize (no medal or ribbon to bring home and hang on the frame), and it didn't sell (in spite of the ridiculously low price), I'll just say I still like it and it will be quite happy hanging in the livingroom.
And here is the latest stage in the Dancing Petals I'm still working on. I'm not too crazy about the color right now so maybe will work some cobalt blue glazes here and there to tone it down.
No special plans for us this Thanksgiving. I may do our own little meal on Thursday, but it will be just another day, other than that. Hope you all enjoy your travels, your family, and your good food...and return to your homes safe and sound and happy.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
A neat trick Charles showed us: he took out small mirrors (about 9 x 11 size) for each of us and had us stand with our backs to the model and our drawings to get some distance on both and see them both in the mirror. You could see what was off almost immediately. Of course, then you had to turn around, put the mirror down, and try to readjust those parts that were off! ha ha
Cropped in to show more of her and less of her surroundings here...
Today I'll be using a mirror to draw my hand and/or doing another pouring on the Heart Journey painting.
Or I will be curled up on the sofa, feeling totally sorry for myself for some unknown reason: Hormone fluctuations? Just out of sorts? Coming down with something? Need more chocolate? Who knows?!?
Maybe I should also do another Twenty-Minute Challenge drawing...
My new mug of choice is from Teresa Palomar Lois - she opened an Etsy shop and a Deviant Art shop and is selling her fantabulous watercolors in prints, on mugs, and other accessories. I had to have this starry night sky on a mug for my coffee.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Come on over and join us.
Thanks, Kathy, for this great idea and new blog.
Here is my simple (looking out the kitchen window at the tree, birdhouse and bird feeders while the birds flitting all around) drawing. It's 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" in my art journal with graphite. Nothing compared to the artwork already on the blog but it's s start.
Here is another little ATC done - wasn't watching the clock on this one but I'm sure it's under the 20-minute mark. Created for my friend, China, after receiving a Thanksgiving card from her.
Now, I must get ready for Life Drawing class today!
For those in the Cincinnati area, the Eden Park Balluminaria is tonight! They place the hot-air balloons around Mirror Lake and light them up at sunset, creating some great photo ops! It shouldn't be too cold this year so try to get out there and see it - and take your camera! Jerry and a few of his photo group friends will be there...
Friday, November 20, 2009
Next step = Spritzed the paper and poured Pyrrol Red on the inside of the painting and a bit of Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet on the outside edges of the painting. I let that dry and then took a brush full of Cobalt Blue and put that into a little misting bottle, mixed it with water to fill it up and sprayed the edges of the painting with the Cobalt Blue to tone it down and push it back.
That has to dry and then I'm going to remove all of the miskit and see if I like what I have in those shapes. Then I'll do more direct painting and no more pouring. That's my plan, anyway!
4. Reapplied miskit, creating a few more heart shapes and spritzing it with a spray bottle to move the miskit around. Waited for that to dry before the next pour.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The names of those who posted comments on my blog from Sunday to this morning were put into my lucky bowler.
Jerry drew the slip of paper with the winner's name on it. I was going to let Smudge choose but he just would have eaten the slip of paper!
the winner of the watercolor/collage is...
Ginny, send me your snail mail address and I will get the prize out to you Monday morning!
Sorry everyone couldn't win but I'm so thankful for your friendship and continued support for this blog.
For those who didn't win, here is something beautiful...a few evenings ago was blazing like the sun was going to melt into the sky...I had to step out onto the deck and take a photo. And is it just me or does the sun and glow look like a heart?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Good luck to you all! And thanks again, for your support for 3 whole years!