Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nature study. Agapanthus.

I had nothing to draw this am at senior art group. So I wandered out on patio and found this  stem with the blooms gone. The structure is interesting and challenging.  

Nature study. Agapanthus.

I had nothing to draw this am at senior art group. So I wandered out on patio and found this  stem with the blooms gone. The structure is interesting and challenging.  

Nature study . Succulent.

Another succulent from my collection.

Nature study . Plums.

Danielle brought plums to share at senior art group.    I needed a subject.   

Nature study. Lantana.

From my lantana grown in tree form

Nature study succulent

Florals for tiles

I found that in the hundreds of 1 inch tiles I cut from discarded paintings there were some colors in short supply. So this morning I painted these for the express purpose of cutting them up.    They will go into my inchie stash for use in paper mosaics.    

Friday morning in Colorado high country

Photo is from in Nov 2014 Country Extra magazine.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Grape festival

Here is my friend Jean next to her award winning watercolor of barn on the delta.

Lodi Grape Festival

2nd place in needlework.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pine beetle damage

The Sierras are suffering from pine beetle infestation which is partially a result of the previous years of drought.    The campground shown here has been forced to cut down hundreds of trees in what used to be a lush forest of pines and oaks.  

Zoom in and scan side to side to get a better view.    

I noticed a lot of dead pines in Yosemite.   And elsewhere in Sierras you cant find any areas not affected.     It really changes the landscape when our beloved trees are dying and can only be removed before they fall.    

Thursday morning bird studies.

Cloudy cool day here.  Such a sudden change. Made me think of foggy cool beach mornings.    So I looked at this book How To Paint Shore Birds by David Mohrhardt and did a couple quick sketches. Then I added the backgrounds.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday morning bird

Quick sketch.  Not realistic but decidedly cute.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bits and pieces.

Ive been cutting paper tiles from old paintings and finally starting to lay out a new piece.  Ive already changed it since taking the pic.   A photo really helps in this process.   

Todays sketch

This a scene we passrd yesterday on the way home from the sierras.   It has been dry and hot so not much green... golden fields.  

Country road

Another in my series of country roads done while eating breakfast in my studio.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Morning drive.

Friday is my day off from group activities. So its errand day.   But studio was so comfortable with this weather break from high 90s up to 112 degrees down to 80s for next few days - i could not bear to leave.    So i did two breakfast sketches.  

The one on the right you will recognize. Ive painted it before but today I left out the power poles and fence.    

The one on the left inspired by photo of lupine in bloom in Washington.   I put in the fields fron Napa County photo.  

Now I need to run those errands.    

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Breakfast with Harriet Marshall Goode

In the Fall issue of watercolor magic there was a feature article titled Flatten Your Picture Plane by artist Goode.   I tore itvout so I could reread it and also for inspiration.   Her use of color blocks and is something I admire.   I love her work. So studying and sketching from it may influence my own development.   This is a painting she titled Sara in a Green Dress which she says is her first acrylic painting.  

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thrilled to pieces

I opened a drawer marked backgrounds.  A  drawer I have not opened in the past year. It was full of interesting backgrounds created as experiments. Marbeling. Web sprays. Acrylics. Gold paste.   Etc.   I thought i might use them for atcs or decos or mail art  but they never seemed to inspire me until today.     Yay!!!   So glad I kept them.  I got out paper cutter and cut into 1 inch strips.    Later will cut them with scissors to 1 inch squares. They will make awesome paper tiles for a mosaic.    

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Babana split for breakfast.

I hadnt thought this out. How do you paint vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on white paper.   With watercolors.   Hmmm.   So here I sat with a big question mark over my head and paintbrush in hand.  

We had an ice cream social here yesterday for senior residents.   I served at counter.  I saw a lot of banana splits.   We had butterscotch, strawberry and chocolate syrups.   Most people wanted the works.  Although quite a few did not want nuts.   

Anyhow my solution was to surround the white spaces.   Its far from a masterpiece....   lol..... but will serve as a thank ypu card for event hostess.     

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse light show

Shadows through leaves on patio.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Little bird

One of thee gals in mixed media group called to ask if she should gesso the tp tube.  I had sent message to group to tell them the tubes would be used as painting tools.......       so no painting of tube necessary.     But the idea of tp tube as a canvas stuck in my thoughts. So this morning before I put away the acrylic paints used yestetday - i decided to paint some of my little birds on one to see if the group might like that as a challenge.   We are always looking for something new.     

Wc bird sitting on tp tube painting tool.

Bird side 3

Bird side 2

Mixed media tp roll flowers

This was our art play today.   Idea from you tube videos.      Easy fun.

Breakfast birdies

Thursday and friday.     soooo cute. 

Love birds 2

Here they are again in clown attire.    

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Peeps and Tweet

I had a pair of clownish bachelor love birds for many years.  They were second and third hand birds from different failed adoptions.   Once they found their forever home here and met each other they were never parted. Silly cheerful little companions. 

  They liked to. play jokes on my old dog.   She was blind. They would go rattle her dish on the floor which brought her running.    Naughty birds.   Unrolling toilet paper rolls and eating edges off my mail - or climbing down an arm to snatch some lettuce off the plate were other fav passtimes.   

Im repainting this to show them as the little clowns they were at heart.

Birdies 2

Birdie breakfast

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Flea market find.

This is the piece I bought at White Pines Flea Market for $1.        It started me on redecorating my room.     It is fresh and airy now.     the green frame caught my eye before we dug it out of a stack.   Delighted to find the needlework.   

Machine free style embroidery

I did this a few years ago.   Ive been using it as a sewing machine cover. It is stitched on an old dinner napkin.   Lol.  Now it is framed completing my theme of celebrating handiwork in my bedroom.   It all looks so fresh and dear.    

Pretty kitties embroidery

Another piece Ive had for longer than I remember.    Frame painted green and hanging in bedroom.    

Thrift store roses

Bedroom decor.

Celebrating embroidery

I had this embroidered pillow case for decades.   I decided to frame it but found I needed filler co cut up flea market green doily.     Hanging in bedroom.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday morning experiment.

This is a sample I did based on various you tube demos.   Tools included toilet paper roll. Cotton swabs. Stick. And finally a brush to put in partial background.    Our mixed media group will be experimenting with alternative tools and acrylics this week.   I hope they have some fun with this.    

Saturday morning at the beach.

My aunt took this photo on one of our fun day excursions.    I sure miss her and our drives around the coast.     This brings it back.    

Monday, August 7, 2017

Old friends

Jean and i had a nice visit with Frances at White Pines annual flea market yesterday.    Left to right.  Me, Frances, Jean.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Its finished.

Ive been tweaking this all week.    There were a few places on it that needed help.   Strengthening the focal point and keeping the eye moving  without falling off the canvas.   I think they are resolved now.  Plus I added three postage stamps for old times sake.    

Colorful rose

Just outside my studio. This rose greets me every morning.    It is eye candy. 

The light bulb

This little light bulb as added for the dimension and shine.    Helps hilight the focal point which is the angel under the arch.      Added the postage to the left at bottom  to create barrier and cover the light colored tile.  

Two tweaks.

The large yellow area was just a block. I loved the color but it needed the little bird which I cut out of that painting study I did earlier in the week.   

Below that the strips of colors tended to lead theceue away. I added that little red watercolor strip as a barrier.