Saturday, July 23, 2016

PASSAGES

Paint Party Friday


  A healthy human environment is one
 in which we try to make sense of our limits, 
of the accidents that can always befall us 
and the passage of time
 which inexorably changes us.
                                                               Rowan Williams
A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us. Rowan Williams
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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us. Rowan Williams
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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.
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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and t
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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and t
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/passage.html
an environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us. Rowan Williams
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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us. Rowan Williams
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 Painting
is the passage 
from the chaos of the emotions
 to the order of the possible.
                                                                            Balthus


Old age
 and the passage of time
 teach all things. 
                                                    Sophocles

Some thoughts on the passage of time and some related paintings from my watercolor series for World Watercolor Month
The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. James Taylor
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MY WORKDESK and WATERCOLOR



I have been trying to take a good photo of the place where I work.
I think this is about as good as it will get.
This big window is in my kitchen breakfast area.  
I love the light but it makes picture taking a little difficult
 due to back lighting.

On my computer screen is a photo from Virtual Sketch Walk
Right now the background colors are drying. 



  One of my favorite things
 is my mug that my husband bought for me.
Unfortunately he dropped it as soon as we got home.
I was able to repair the handle but I don't really trust it for coffee so I use it for paint water.

 




Behind that is a little figurine that was my mothers.
It had been glued back together many times and over time
 all the glued pieces came apart.
So I glued it back together and now she waters her imaginary plants and watches me paint.


Another thing I am proud of is my home made paint palette.
I use Prang watercolor sets almost exclusively
replacing the paint cups with tube paint when they are used up.
My palette is a plastic storage box lid.
Taking the bars of paint cups out of the tins,
 I glued them on this leaving the middle portion for mixing.
Perfect.
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This month I am in a challenge to make a watercolor painting
every day for a month.  


We are about half way through the month and I have learned,
or re-learned, a few things.




I re-learned the importance of thoroughly wetting the paper
and taping it to a work board.
This prevents buckling and  surprise puddle spots.


I have also learned that my favorite brushes, the ones that work best for me are big soft ones, smaller ones with very long and soft bristles 
and really tiny brushes for fine lines.

The second thing is don't try to paint too many details.
KISS... Keep It Simple Stupid.
The fewer strokes of a color one uses,
the better it looks.

And the third thing that I have learned is to be patient and let the paint dry before applying another color.
This keeps colors sharp and prevents muddy colors.

 Here is the finished painting that is on my board in the first photo.


And a couple of other watercolor paintings for WWM


 




Friday, July 8, 2016

LITTLE GREEN BANANAS



I have a large clump of banana trees in my backyard. 
 This summer I have harvested two bunches of bananas
 from these trees. 
 They are fairly small and have some spots on them
 but they still taste good.


And they make yummy desserts too.

 
 For World Watercolor Month I painted these little beauties.


 World Watercolor Month is a program for all artists to post a watercolor painting each day in the month of July
 to focus attention on watercolor painting 
and the need of art education for underprivileged children.  
See details here and join us.  It' not too late.



 I have seen so many beautiful watercolor paintings 
so I am hoping to improve my watercolor skills. 
 I have quite a long way to go. 
 I really think that I like working in acrylic better. 

 For one thing, watercolor changes as it dries. 
 It gets paler and puddles will leave unintended designs
 in a solid area of color. 
Sometimes these are sometimes interesting,
  but not always.
 The waterlily was done in colored inks.
They do not perform quite the same as watercolor
The yellow flowers have some acrylic on them.  
That was the only way I could get an intense yellow.


 Watercolor seems to work better for me in simple landscapes 
like this one of the Exxon industrial comple
located on the Houston Ship Chanel.

Thanks for viewing.
 Linking up to Paint Party Friday
See you there. 


   



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Little Things


I have been working on a piece larger
 than usual for me. 
More about that in a later post.
 It took all my "art" time" for about a week. 
 It is done now and I can work on small pieces which take only a few hours at the most and afford much needed quick gratification.

On Kate Powell's Facebook site, Virtual Sketchwalk,
 member Michael Gettys posted some fabulous photos
 from his trip to Oahu, Hawaii for members
 of the group to paint or draw. 
I have been to Hawaii.  The islands are so 
heavenly who could resist trying one's hand at 
drawing some of those great photos.
 I chose two of them to draw in ink 
and one other for a pencil work.

Palm Tress and Umbrellas, ink with background 
made with pastel pencil.
 
Fierce Hawaiian carving drawn with ink with a 
 background done in Prismacolor pencils.


 
Hawaiian Dancer done with No. 2 Paper Mate mechanical pencil
 with alcohol ink background.





I drew these three in a sketch book 
that my daughter gave me for Christmas last year.
I guess I could call them my Sketch Book Project.

Hop over to (00ps)
Paint Party Friday 
and check out this week's fabulous painters.





Friday, June 10, 2016

Make Something Out of a Mess.



I wanted to try an abstract painting. 
I like many abstract paintings but I could not
tell anyone what makes a good abstract.  
"Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable."         (Wikipedia)

 It looks like it should be easy doesn't  it.
  All you have to do is splash some paint around 
in a pleasing manner.  
Easy Peasy. 
 WRONG!  

 A few years ago I made some collage pieces of an abstract nature.
That was fun. 
 Then I took one and made a pencil drawing.


From there I added some paint and ink and some textures, but the attractive arrangement of paint and textures I wished to create did not happen.  Unfortunately I did not take a photo of that mess before I cut it into pieces.


To the largest piece I added a vase and some flowers made of 
torn pieces of a colorful Easter newspaper add. 
The eye changed directions and gender, the spider
was removed and a nose and lips were added, 
 an indication of hair and then more texture. 
 This is a variation of abstract which I feel more comfortable with.
Paper Flowers submitted to 30 Faces in 30 Days
One more drawing for this week, done in pencil,
 submitted to 13 Goddesses.
Meeooowwwrrrr.
The Egyptian cat goddess, Bast. 
Her first identity as Bast in the 2nd Dynasty (2890 BC)
was as a warrior goddess with the head of a lion.
 By  the 22nd Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC,
  she became known as Bastet the protector.


Linking up to Paint Party Friday

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Faces and Goddesses








Not much to say this week.  I have been involved in a number of group challenges that have kept me busy and the yard is too wet to do much gardening.

This is my interpretation of Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth and home.  This one took me longer than usual, lots of blending as it is done mostly in colored pencil. 

 Baba Yaga in Slavic folklore is a fearsome looking old woman who flies around in a mortar and wielding the pestle. She sometimes plays a maternal role and has associations with forest wildlife.  She may be helpful or she may hinder those who seek her out.  This one is done in ink stipple.


 



 Paper Flowers
A mixed media of collage, acrylic, gesso, Cray-Pas and pencil.

Linking up with  Paint Party Friday
and 13 Goddesses


 

I discovered a grapevine growing in my backyard.  Hopefully they are human edible and not hard and sour like most wild grapes in Texas.



So many unfortunate people here in the Houston area have lost everything they own due to the extremely heavy rains we have had for the last month.  I consider my self so very fortunate.  This is a brilliant orange and purple sunset after a heavy rain one day.  The photo does not do it justice.





Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Week in Review


Week Off


Only two offerings this week for Paint Party Friday.
This one for the theme of "Abundance" for Color Me Positive.
I used ball point pen and graphite pencil here except for her face.  Faces can be obtained with ball point but only in strong color.  I used oil pastels for her face and hand.


This is "Dawn".  She was made with Prismacolor pencils, gel pen and acrylic applied with a rubber stamp.
Linking today with Paint Party Friday

 


 



Very little work was accomplished this week.  I've been on vacation.  Yum, lunch at Mi Tierra in the old Market Square in San Antonio, Tx.  I love that city.  It has been one of my favorite places ever since I was a small child.  The heart of the city is the beautiful river walk and lush, green Brackenridge Park with its winding river, lush gardens and ancient oak trees.




 
Of course one must visit the Alamo no matter how many times one has seen it and I still love the zoo. 





 


San Antonio is a wonderful blend of the very old and the new.







I also accomplished one of my long time wishes, to go up in a helicopter.  It was just a short 45 second ride.  Left me wanting more.


Have a great and safe holiday weekend folks.  Come back next week.