Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I kind of like this one.
Now I'll work more on the second painting of crows.
And Your Point Is...?
Watercolor on 1/2 sheet Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press, Daniel Smith paints.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So this is "Crow 2 Crow" and I don't know where it's going, I just know where it began...with artists tape and two crows and some splattering at the top that was fun (and maybe was just a way to release anxiety?).
On our way into the hospital yesterday morning for Jerry's heart testing, a single crow flew over and caw caw cawed at me - I took it as a sign that things would be okay. I think crows are messengers for me...so be looking for more crows (and finished crows) to come in the days ahead as I get back to painting.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
“Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever,
and we'll meet now and then when we wish,
in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.” --- Richard Bach
Today I am 53.
I don't have anything else to say about that.
I guess that means I'm speechless!
(Jerry says, "Remember, this is as old as you've ever been!")
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Well, I guess it's not wrong...yet. But I know that green strand is going to be the end of me unless I back off, get in the right mood, and do it right...so time to move on to the others and see if they are more amenable to being shaped by me. I think the green is tooo green right now, too, so it needs some toning down and warming up and...well.....we'll see who wins! I am going to have to get in there with some opaques and do some better shaping of the orange, too. The blue one turned out well and I'm wondering how I even did that? Should have written something down!
And needing a break, I began something that was walking around in my head for a while and just came out. Started with a drawing on tracing paper and then traced that onto the half sheet Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press. And started on the crows.
Going to be playing with some design elements around the birds and also playing with lots of colors in the darks.
I'm calling it "And Your Point Is...?" Hope you return to see where this one has flown later!
Got some bad news: My Life Drawing Class didn't make it - not enough for the minimum class number. Sad :( I was so looking forward to that. Here I am, in an area where this is offered and I hear others out there wishing for this opportunity and not having it...too bad we can't all get together on this. I'm hoping it returns in the spring. Until then, I should devote one day a week to life drawing, if I can, just so I can keep my hand in. (Oh, well, more money for Starbucks when I get my refund!)
Friday, January 22, 2010
I just received a notice that Nicholas Simmons will be having a workshop in Ohio at the Town and Country Fine Art Center in Kettering, OH. The workshop runs from May 17th - May 21st, 2010 with a cost of $450 per person. If you're interested and you're in that area of OH, check it out and sign up - you won't be sorry. Contact Leonard Williams to register at email@example.com and check out Nick's work at his site:
If you can't make those dates or are closer to the Cincinnati, OH area, check out his workshop at Sandy Maudlin's studio. Those dates are August 6th - August 9th, 2010 and will be in Sandy's Greentree Studio in Indiana (just across the river from Cincinnati, OH). Only a couple of spaces left for this $400 workshop, so contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in! (I am already signed up for this one so come on and join me!)
and if that's not convenient enough,
the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is working on getting Nicholas to do a 1- or 2-day workshop for us right before his workshop at Sandy's!! So stay tuned for that.
So it will be all Nick Simmons, all the time!!! What fun :)
You should take the opportunity to jump on board and learn what Nick can teach you about reaching new heights in your water media (whether watercolor or fluid acrylics).
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I do feel better now that I have a blush of color or more on each of the skeins so I feel like I don't have to look at all that white paper.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
and the demo on video Jeanette Jobson has done on her Illustrated Life blog.
Because of the synchronicity of the seashells, I've been looking at the shells we've collected over the years of traveling that are scattered all over the house. This led me to do another TwentyMinuteChallenge painting of the snails (well, they have shells!) that are a kitchen set of salt-and-pepper shakers I don't use but just have sitting on the stove.
Another on hot press paper - about 6" x 10 1/2". I had to put in the little snail slime behind them (well, okay, I didn't have to do that...but I did!).
And then this led to this...which just came from nowhere...
Jerry didn't know what it was. He looked and moved the paper and looked some more...
So a direction was taken...percolating and coming forth. And now I think I may have an idea for something for our first Life Drawing class coming up the 23rd...we'll see.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
A few sketches, done while taking a break from the Egon Schiele book. The first one is in the style of Egon but isn't a copy of any of his work in the book.
The second was done while watching a Twilight Movie (New Moon). I've never read the books and only watch the movies when they are on cable TV (so much teenaged angst gets me down).
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Also small, at 6" x 7 1/2" on Arches hot press 140# paper, and the most fun to paint.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I recently watched The Little Chocolatiers on TLC, about a couple who own and run a chocolate shop in Salt Lake City. I enjoyed watching them create a huge garden using just chocolate. Then I watched a contest for the world's best chocolatier. Chefs came from all countries to try to win the coveted award. And the things they created with chocolate were amazing! Much too elegant and pretty to even eat :)
So, I've been thinking about chocolate! I decided to paint something with that in mind, found reference photos from Google Images, and painted this for an online group. Using the same 3 colors on different surfaces, I used Lunar Earth, Quinacridone Gold and French Ultramarine Blue on Arches 140# rough paper and on Yupo plastic paper. You can see the difference in the look. I like them both but they are very different :)
Painting on Arches rough 140# paper.
Painting on medium weight, white Yupo paper
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I'm glad to be taking a break.
I think I'll hibernate now until the temperatures go back up to 40F.
Here is the info from the postcard:
Cordially Invites You to the
RECENT WORKS BY ‘JEAN VANCE’
Friday, January 8, 2010
From 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Middletown Arts Center
130 N. Verity Parkway
Middletown OH 45042
Sunday, January 3, 2010
right in the middle...
right over her head!!!
I tried to fix/hide it by gessoing thinly all over the crack and around the white areas in the background. But the crack still looked like it was there when the gesso dried.
So I used white artist tape and taped it just at the crack and then painted the line to hide the tape (which it doesn't do well but I had to try something).
I wanted to mail this to Teresa for her birthday - her birthday is tomorrow and it has to go to Spain - so that isn't going to happen. Now I'm afraid if I don't wrap it in a dozen layers of paper and bubble wrap and stuff, it will get there in 2 pieces!
Such is life.
I have begun another, same pose, same photo reference...this time on 140# watercolor paper. Not sure it will get done, though, as lethargic as I am - maybe I should do a quick watercolor sketch on small paper?!?
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
With all the talk of a blue moon, I had to try my hand at one. Not sure where the mountains came from but they seemed to want to be there. Just a watercolor sketch on 9" x 12" Arches rough 140# paper, done quickly, within nothing in mind but the moon and the heart cloud (do you see it?)
I was up before 6 AM this morning and the moonlight was shining in the window, creating bars of light across the kitchen floor. I looked out and up and saw the bright, white moon shining behind the black, winter limbs of trees. So beautiful and serene.
(My mother was discharged from the hospital late yesterday afternoon and spent her first night since Christmas night at home in her own bed again. That's a good way to start the new year...and she actually is aware, this time, that the respiratory care physician saved her life. Thanks so much to everyone who expressed their concerns about this.)
And Barb, your painting and other goodie give-away stuff was mailed out yesterday. Vicki, your package is ready and will be mailed out tomorrow!