Sunday, February 28, 2010
So...I varied the colors in the hills. I added a bit of white rice paper to the sky where some of the canvas/board was showing through just to keep the textured effect. I did the post and I think it's done. And I began gathering dark papers for the crow - reds and greens and blacks and...have to get in some dark blues, too and purples...
Still more work to do and maybe some more layering of the green hills - that single green color needs more breaking up with bits of something else - blue-greens, darker greens toward the bottom, etc. Maybe I'll do that while gathering the darks for the crow.
Again, this is very enjoyable - my only nitpick is all the "glue" I end up with on my fingertips from holding the pieces while gluing the backs of them. But that's a small thing and it won't deter me from doing it (putting on Gloves in a Bottle hand cream before starting seemed to help - I didn't have as much sticky dried glue on my fingers as last time).
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I didn't have the birch wood panels Elizabeth uses, so I used an 11" x 14" piece of Fredrix Watercolor Canvas Board - it has a hardboard core so it's rigid enough to push the "glue" into the paper to get it to stick.
So I started with that, drew my image, then used Da Vinci fluid acrylics to paint the scene - I should have painted it looser but it's fine (going to be almost completely covered when I finish, anyway).
I didn't want the background "sky" to be too busy so used this single sheet of artisan paper I've had a long time. It has inclusions of little green weeds and rose/violet flowers that I think work well. Looks like spring to me.
I've collaged the sky and most of the background hills/grass. Elizabeth says to start collaging the background, then finish with your foreground subject. I tore each strip/piece of the paper so no hard edges but I see a few that need to be covered over to soften them.
Haven't touched the post or the crow yet - that's just fluid acrylic paint so far. So I have work to do to finish it and I want to include some words, perhaps in his legs or feathers. I'm liking the way it looks so far...and there is something meditative about this process. I thought I would get impatient and restless with the process, tearing the paper and gluing each bit here and there, overlapping, etc. - but it calmed me down and took me into a nice place where I enjoyed it very much. (And to think I kept putting this off, making excuses because I didn't have the exact acrylic gloss medium to use as glue, didn't have the birch panels, etc.!) Thanks, Elizabeth, for being so open and sharing with your technique!! I'm already thinking about painting some of my own papers for next time :)
And before I could get around to sending it to some of my favorite and most interesting and creative bloggers, I got it again from Barb Sailor - one of my favorite watercolor painters and teachers! And then my dear friend and artist buddy, Ann Buckner, also "sort of" awarded this to me - I was in the top 12 sidebar blogs for the day so I'm claiming it! ha ha
Now - that's 3! I'm in an Olympic spirit and I'm going to try to get as many as I can of this award. So if you get it, pass it on to me! haha We'll see how many I can accumulate - without having to ski downhill or do a triple lutz!!
And I will pass it on to 12 of my all time favorite, sharing, creative, wonderful blogger artist friends. Anyone whose work touches me - makes me smile, makes me laugh, makes me weep at the beauty of their work, I'm going to send it to you so...please go to these blogs and check out their work - you will NOT be disappointed and you might just fall in love with their work, their words, their wisdom and their open, sharing minds:
Of course, I'm paying it back to:
so 9 more...
Easy as pie - hard to just choose 12!
Sending it on to:
4.Mary Beth of The Common Denominator
5.Katharine of Katherine A. Cartwright Studio (and creator of The Twenty Minute Challenge blog)
6.Elizabeth of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson's Paper Paintings
7.Deb of Deb Ward Art
8.Teresa of Lost in Wonder
9. Deb Leger
10.Dawn of Vulture Cafe
11. Jeanette of Illustrated Life
12. Gillian of The Fading Rose
13. Myrna of Creativity Journey
Originally, each recipient was supposed to send this to 12 more bloggers deserving the sunshine (we can all use it, right - well, my friend in Brazil says she's had enough sun and heat for now but everyone else could use a bit), but I bent the rules a bit, sending it to a lucky 13 (or a baker's dozen, however you want to look at it). It was hard to stop at 13 - any artist on my sidebar is a gold winner to me.
Some of these bloggers are friends, some I've known for years, some I've just become acquainted with through their blogs and have come to look forward to seeing what they post every day or so. Some are so sharing of their talent and skill and knowledge, it's amazing. Some paint or photograph beautifully but find themselves doubting their talent at times - we've all been there! So take a moment to visit these wonderful artists. Drop them a comment if something they have created and shared moves you. Every one of us could use a sunshine award - something to tuck away for those dreary, cold, winter days that keep hanging on. And remember, I'm collecting them - so if you get one, send me one in my race for the most gold! ha ha I'm going for at least 5...or maybe 7...how many medals did Apolo Ono get? At least that many - but I'm not wearing that racing suit and helmet - I'd look like a dork (how come he looks so good in it? - oh, yeah, he's young and cute!)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I finished Their Commitment to Black and began two more (of course, I am crow-crazy!!).
I cropped this one in a bit so that post wasn't just hanging in the air. Touched some colors into the black and left some lights. Done.
And for my next trick....
I took some white gesso and painted a crow on white paper with it and waited for it to dry. Can you see it? You will...
And the other crow painting is actually a Paper Painting, done like Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson does her paper paintings. I finally got myself in gear and started one. I've been thinking about it for a while - ever since I received her DVD showing her technique - just didn't get started until today. How hard was that? Just starting was the hardest thing and it's flowing well so I'm pleased.
Won't share it yet...have to give you something to look forward to...
OR are you SICK TO DEATH of crows??
Monday, February 22, 2010
Maybe I can get some ideas from the Arts Graphica free online lessons in watercolor and drawing and acrylics and...
Do go over and see them - and all the free lessons you can print out and try.
I think to finish this painting, I need to loosen up...free whatever is trying to get out and stop shoving her into a box of lines and colors and shapes...okay, that doesn't make any sense, I'm sure, but I know exactly what I mean. Just can't seem to get there.
What does this painting need? Another painter! Perhaps I'll sit now and try to channel an artist who isn't afraid to take risks, who doesn't paint to be pretty, and who can slap that bold color on the paper without hesitation - someone like Nicholas Simmons or Carol Carter or...you get my idea!
Speaking of fearless painters who know what they are doing: Sandy Maudlin is giving a demo and talk on painting with fluid acrylics on yupo at our next watercolor society meeting - to be held Wednesday, March 3 at 10 am. If you are in the area, you might want to visit that day and see what she can do on yupo.
Why do we always want to paint
"like us, only better!"
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Smudge doesn't go out - he just sits at the windows/doors in the sunroom and looks out. Wonder what he thinks of all that white stuff?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Is anyone listening to me?
the cars look like big marshmallows in the driveway - the driveway I shoveled out twice yesterday and it looks the same as when I began shoveling yesterday morning.
This is getting old.
This is getting me down.
I think I'm going to get up on the roof and jump off - see what kind of snow angel that makes.
Monday, February 15, 2010
And did a bit more on the Crow 2 Crow painting, working on the tree, the diagonals and a bit more on the bottom crow - just a bit, didn't overwork or ruin him.
Hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day, a Happy New Year (Tibetan and Chinese), and are going to have a Happy Presidents' Day.
What we need
Sunday, February 14, 2010
And here is a heart I carved in the snow for my sweetie - and then threw some pink paint at it.
A few more snow scenes with a bit of sun shining now. We have enough feeders out to keep all the birds - and squirrels - happy.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I hope you get something good from your sweetie - or that you treat yourself, if you see something you want.
I am going to get my brushes full of water and pigment this weekend, no matter what - that is my Valentine's gift to myself!
And if the sun shines, I may get out and take a few more snow photos - it's still pretty pristine around except for the roads and driveways.
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." --- Anonymous
Friday, February 12, 2010
Here's a close-up of the bottom crow, showing the eye and head a bit more.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
6 Personality traits to admire and acquire (Brett thinks these are also the rarest or most difficult to find):
1. Selflessness 2. Tolerance 3. Genuineness
4. Sensitivity 5. Integrity 6. Humility
to read the whole post.
(I only wish she'd listed people who fit all these categories, not those who don't - or are they really so rare, it's hard to find someone for each category?) Do you know a person who fits a specific category? Or perhaps a rare person who fits all six?
I'm working on all but not feeling like I'm doing a very good job lately. Stress brings out the best or the worst in people - maybe I'm somewhere in between?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
After a scheduled and planned total hip replacement on the 3rd, we thought he'd be home and fine by the 5th (he'd had the right replaced and did so well 6 year's ago). Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Some complications led to 2 more days and nights and lots of sleepless hours (for me - he couldn't stay awake or alert or even breathe well), he was discharged this afternoon and is doing well.
Thanks so much to those who sent emails and sent good wishes, thoughts and prayers!
Now for the real recuperation to begin. (I will catch up with comments soon, I promise.) And I saw crows every day but Friday and Saturday (his two worst days) so I'm still saying they bode well for me...and I'll get back to the painting of crows soon.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Here's a start - going to use some neat shapes in this one, too, if you can see the pencil marks.
Close-up of the 2 on the left to show I've used some misket in these and gone really dark with the colors this time.