Friday, October 15, 2021

POKE BERRIES


 Poke berries.  These plants grow 6-7 feet tall with berries and red stems; lots in our wooded walks.  I have one in my planter on the deck (put there by a bird, I’m sure) - was going to take a photo of it (about 2 feet tall) but a mockingbird jumped onto it, pulled it down to the dirt, and ate every berry off it while I was watching the other day!  Guess those red and black berries taste good.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

GREENS A’PLENTY


 On Aches rough paper.  Needs a bit more work but almost there.  

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

SAVANNAH MAGNOLIA


 I’ve painted a version of this one several times.  I think this one comes closest to what I envisioned when I saw the magnolia bud on a trip to Savannah, GA.  


Friday, October 1, 2021

AND MORE MILKWEEDS

 


This one was painted directly, with no drawing.  I did have to use gouache for the white stuff holding the seeds.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

PITCHER PLANTS FOR DEBBIE

 


Debbie asked if I’d ever seen pitcher plants - these are the ones I saw during a walk through a nature/park area in Florida one year - took several photos of them hanging down from the pots (which were at the top) for sale.  Pretty cool plants but I’m not sure they grow here in KY.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

ANOTHER WAY OF PAINTING MILKWEEDS

 


This one has some pods and pods that have opened, trailing the white stuff and seeds.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

FRUITS OF SUMMER

 


Another started - fruits of summer, which is now over, but FALL is here = YAY!!!



Thursday, September 23, 2021

BLUES IN THE LANDSCAPE


 From an online demo…can’t recall who or where and it looks nothing like the painting the artist did but it was fun playing.  Went in after I figured it was finished but it wasn’t working so…more changes.  All monotone and looking like winter coming…not too soon, I hope!


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

MILKWEED PODS - 2ND VERSION


 Much better after going back into the background with darker colors and more variety of colors.  Sometimes I quit before the painting is finished and I should go back and revisit some after they sit for a few days.

Friday, September 17, 2021

MILKWEED PODS

 

 

Milkweed pods before they burst open and have all that white fluff blowing around.  Hadn’t seen a milkweed pod since I was a kid - but the Extension Center in our neighborhood has a wonderful pollinator/butterfly garden full of flowers the butterflies and bees love.  

Every time I take a walk there, I think I should learn more about gardening - but I don’t.  I just paint flowers.  

Monday, September 13, 2021

PITCHER PLANTS - 2

 


Another version.  Wanted it to look somewhat like a fence behind it.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

PITCHER PLANTS

 


From photos taken at a garden center during a recent walk.  Pitcher plants were in a large orange pot with black fence railings behind them, but I didn’t want to do it that way.  


I’ll try another version and see how it turns out.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

PLAYING WITH COLOR AND SHAPE

 




A couple of small pieces on scraps of watercolor paper. 


Just playing with colors and shapes and seeing what happens.  


No rhyme or reason in mind when I start.  They still look pretty organic to me so that seems to be my thing.





Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A LITTLE VASE - JUST FIDDLING

 


Just a little vase using watercolor dabs and some oil pastels here and there.  

Trying to play to get myself back in the mood.

Friday, August 27, 2021

EVEN MORE UNSURE


 Since this wasn’t going to work out anyway, I took some inks and played with this painting.  I guess it’s just practice with the inks but now I’m not sure when or if I’ll use these inks - what made me buy them in the first place?  I should not purchase art supplies when I’m not feeling well - I make rash decisions about wanting things!! ha ha


But Laura wanted some line work on the trunks and this is what I came up with, spending the most time and effort on the central trunk.  


Monday, August 23, 2021

UNSURE

 


The ink is going to take some getting used to as the 2 dip pens I have tend to drop blobs of color down every so often so just trying to learn with the green and yellow ink on the leaves.  I don’t think marking the trunks will do anything but be a learning experience.  May just use the inks for sketching.


Saturday, August 21, 2021

CURVES

 

From a photo taken in Florida of beautifully colored and shaped banyan (?) trees outside our rental that year.  I’ve cut it down into a square to get rid of unnecessary stuff at the bottom (leaf litter I could not create to look right) and the top (more green) so the focus is more on those few leaves and the tree color and shape.  I need to darken the tree trunks more to show the sunlight was behind them.

But I think I’ll get out my new inks and play with the leaves a bit and see what happens, just to experiment. I have 2 pens and some odds and ends of things (sticks, bamboo stick pen, etc.) to use with the inks and I’ll play with those.  

I’ve been in a rut with painting and drawing lately (haven’t even finished my weekly lesson in the Strathmore Artist Series online course).  But might be coming back and it seems playing with the new inks will help get me back in the mood.  

I did read on the boxes of inks and found they are not lightfast - so…maybe they are just for quick sketching or learning rather than for finished works?  

Sunday, August 15, 2021

ART SUPPLIES

 


Sometimes you just need new art supplies.  Have never tried the inks, but I think they might add interesting elements to my paintings.  And have always wanted to try a Lamy fountain pen.  We’ll see.  Also, just a couple of well-loved colors and 2 new ones (small 5 ml) to try.  

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

WARM AND COOL IRIS FINISHED


Went ahead and finished it.  I think the variety of yellows and oranges give it a nice glow.  

Now I wish I had made the violet/purple blue - might do this again and change that color and be more delicate with the white lines.  

Monday, August 9, 2021

WARM AND COOL IRIS


Working on the interesting shapes of an iris - closeup.  Used the white candle to mark the whites (resist technique) and got too heavy-handed with it.  It should be much more delicate - will learn and do better next time and, probably, use white gouache for those whites after trying to save the white of the paper more in those lines.  

Saturday, August 7, 2021

LITTLE LANDSCAPE

 


Just another little landscape with a stormy sky.  We haven’t had rain for a while and now hot and steamy weather again after a short break of cooler weather.  August in Northern KY.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

GREENS, REEDS AND POND WATER


 A fourth sheet Hahnemuhle paper (140# cold press).  Just playing and trying to get good greens with some variety.  The reeds a the pond side are too dark and I may go back in with light colored pencil.  Unfortunately, the water reed refletions are indented so can’t lift them out = too harsh right now but I’ll do better next time.  


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

RED ROCK POOL AGAIN


 Roughed up the texture of the rocks a bit more - I like it more now but still think that water/pool at the bottom doesn’t look grounded.  Perhaps darken the center of the pool area?

Saturday, July 31, 2021

LANDSCAPE AND TREE


 Just fiddling with granulating colors, darks, lights, a sense of distance (maybe).  This one is very small on a a scrap I had and wanted to just warm up.



And a kinda sad looking little tree.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

THIS AND THAT


Another couple of small paintings done while watching and listening to Angela Fehr in the online course (which is, actually, over now).  

My landscapes need more practice to get used to trees, tree lines, grasses, etc.  It will come along after many more hours.











I am not the only person saddened by the fact that, once again, we are being asked to mask up (I never really stopped and am the only one in the grocery wearing a mask when I go, rarely.).  I got my vaccine.  I’m sick of this selfishness by others - it is making it hard to do anything but be sad or angry, but I’ll keep trying to work through it and painting helps - until it doesn’t.  So while I’m painting landscapes with bright, granulating colors and some good shapes, this is how I’m actually feeling…





 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

BEES

 

Just some small bee paintings.


 

THIS ONE IS ON GOOD PAPER

 


The planning stages and sketches/paintings helped but I’m still not crazy about this one.  Perhaps it needs more texture in the rocks?


Sunday, July 25, 2021

RUSTY ROCKS AND WATER FALLING


 This one is on better paper but I see things I need to change in the next, final, version:

Don’t make the trees spaced so evenly and maybe just have 3 of them.

Get some better darks in parts of the orange rocks so they stand out more.

Flatten the orange pool underneath the rocks because right now it doesn’t look like a pool of water.

Other things may happen, but if I keep those three thoughts in mind, I may need up with a better painting in the end.


Friday, July 23, 2021

STARTING SOMETHING NEW

 

Photo was taken on a short day trip to Yellow Springs, OH and the Glen Helen forest.  The red in the rocks is from the colorful minerals (iron + ?) flowing through the water.  

This first sketch is on student grade paper - just a study to see what I can put where and what I want to change in the final painting.  With landscapes, unless they are almost all imagination, I am going to do 3 versions with the 3rd being the final painting - maybe that will help me paint landscapes?  We’ll see.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

HEART-LED, NOT PHOTO-LED

 


In the Angela Fehr workshop, Heart-led Landscapes, she does a video each week and takes us on a journey of exploring how to paint landscapes and all the elements.  She suggests we paint two versions of the scene and does it - we can follow along to learn and then use what we’ve learned in our own works.  These two are from a photo she took in Ireland and neither her paintings nor mine look anything like the photo - but that’s the idea.  No one sees the photo but us…and then we can do what we want with it, leaving parts in, taking parts out, using colors that speak to us.  

I like this one best.  But still, just a practice piece playing with colors and shapes.  I will need to paint many more trees before I feel comfortable painting trees.


Monday, July 19, 2021

IT’S A TURTLE

 


A little turtle sunning herself on a log sticking out of a muddy pond.  

If I seem to be jumping all over the place lately with my paintings, it’s because I am.  Will finish the previous painting with the masking fluid off soon…

Saturday, July 17, 2021

AND DONE

 


The left side was doing nothing for the painting so I cropped it off.  Better.  

Thursday, July 15, 2021

PAINTING ALONG

 

Painted this small one along with Angela Fehr in the course - doesn’t look anything like her’s but playing with greens and values/shapes…

She said the bright yellow from her scene was canola growing - when I lived in Wales, there were fields of this stuff and they called it rape seed (same as canola) and it was a bright mark across the green landscape.  I’ve never seen it growing around here so maybe it takes a certain climate?  



Tuesday, July 13, 2021

AND NOW WE DO A FINAL PAINTING - MAYBE



What has the planning and painting small studies done to help me with the final painting?  Let’s see…


I used masking fluid to mask off the areas I will paint pink and the bridge area as well as the white egret and the white pelican in the foreground.  I moved a few things around and brought the bridge farther into the painting - not so far to the right.  




Using the masking fluid frees me up to put down more darks in between the slats of the bridge and darken the underneath area and posts 

Friday, July 9, 2021

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE IN THE HEART-LED LANDSCAPE COURSE

 

Working through the Angela Fehr online course, Heart-led Landscapes.  Doing color studies before starting the painting.  This is in my Strathmore Visual Journal, 90# cold press; good for working up things but won’t react like good paper.  









A larger painting on Saunders Waterford paper given to me by an art buddy (thanks, Laura!).  I am going to need to use masking fluid to keep those whites of the egret (and the pelican if I want to add it).  And I’m not going to use saran wrap on the background trees - that was just a thing to play with since Angela introduced it.  Haven’t used plastic wrap or salt in ages but she says to try both.  I never cared for salt - could never get it all off the paper when dried.

I will do this again on Arches cold press paper (which I am more familiar with).  

Monday, July 5, 2021

PEONY ALMOST FINISHED


 I’d like to work on the center whites and pinks to make them stand out more - but unsure how to do that with the white scraggly bits.  Will think about it a while.  Almost finished.  

Half sheet Arches 140# cold press.


I’ve been using Moonglow from Daniel Smith for years and never had a problem with it.  Now I hear on Facebook that it’s fugitive?  I don’t know where that rumor came from but I did see a thread recently that disputed it because they, too, have been using Moonglow for years and it’s never changed (the rumor is it changes to a dull blue color after 6 months).  I wonder if some art teacher said it and now it’s making the rounds of all the artists out there who have never tried it.  All paint manufacturers will test their colors and tell you which ones are lightfast and which are not.  (Why am I mentioning this?  Because that dark color that isn’t green is Moonglow.). 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

PEONY BEFORE AND AFTER - 3


 Finished except for the center bits that are mainly orange/yellow and a pale pinkish white.  Will get back to it soon.  Right now, have started another online course with Angela Fehr on Heart-led Landscapes - started this week and it will be a month-long or longer course.  I would like to paint landscapes much better than I do right now so hoping to learn and grow a bit more.  


It’s July already.  The heat of June doesn’t bode well for July and August (our hottest months).  Hope everyone can stay cool…and well.  


Thursday, July 1, 2021

PEONY BEFORE AND AFTER - 2



A bit more done, still in the flow of it.






A couple of close-ups so you can see how it’s coming together.  I am happy with this one and just have the center bits to do.