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.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
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
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
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.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
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
Friday, August 18, 2017
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.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
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.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
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.