I started this early then went grocery shopping. Bulky stuff like detergent, dishwaser soap, toilet paper. im glad to have that out of the way so while dishes are washing I can come back to finish this little bird. Its based on a very subtle image on page 123 in Drawing Birds. It was so subtle I could barely see the bird. Here he is with more contrast and enlarged..
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Back in the 50's or 60's I remember reading that hospital rooms were being painted in soft greens. When I went off to college in 1956 my goal was to study interior decoration. Instead I got married the folliwing year and started my adult life as housewife and mother. But I always maintained an interest in interiors. Mostly in relation to color and proportions. Soft green is my peaceful happy color. Thats why my floors are painted that color. It reminds me of meadows and sunshine. When i have extra greens in my paint pallette - i paint leaves....its an old standby.
On page 104 in Drawing Birds by John Busby, he suggests using a little model such as this to help with bird action sketches. After making one and holding it this way and that - i can see how it can be useful. Particularly from above or banking turns in flight. It will help position the wings. I'm glad he included this exercise in his book.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
I accidentally volunteered to paint this stool for someone at the senior center who is entering it in an auction to help pet adoption agency. Im considering adding polka dots around edges. Hmm... we'll see. I thought the birdies would be sure to sell. Who doesnt like funky birds?
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Vogue 2018 calendar arrived in the mail yesterday. I was intrigued with the background landscape for September. The original was painted by Joseph B Platt f or Vogue. July 15,1925. That was such a creative time in the arts. Whoever would have thought to use this pallette for skies and hills.
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.