Sunday, August 21, 2016

ART ABANDONMENT

August 21,2o16




Not sure I like the word abandonment.  I prefer gifting. The object is to leave random bits of art work in public places for others to find and hopefully appreciate.  See more here https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/

 




 
I have left a few items but have no idea if anyone took them home or threw them away.  One was in a park near my home and I know it disappeared.  If the grounds keeper found it I hope he took it home rather than throwing it away.  Oh well, that is part of the game.

 
Hen and Chickens
 I may take this one to  hide in 
my sister in law's house this week.

I want to gift this one in a coffee shop

My favorite.  I may keep him for a while.

Perhaps in a garden shop


And I think these two are for my grand kids.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Cherished Blogfest 2016 - The Heart Stone


I Like Rocks


Yes, I am a rock hound.  I am always searching
 the ground, looking for interesting  rocks.  
I have a small collection of crystals, geodes
 and interestingly shaped and colored stones.
Though they are not displayed in a case,
 I try to keep up with them by placing them
 on window sills and in flower pots.


My daughters and I found a very special rock
 one summer at the Little River drag strip
 near Temple, Texas.
Little River is a small strip of asphalt
 and grandstands nestled among lush green oak trees  where car hobbyists come to show off their pride and joy toys,  their fast self built,
 or at least self maintained, cars.
 


  My husband has been a car nut all his life 
and had dabbled in drag racing as a hobby
 in his younger years.
 He has had a variety of hobby automobiles
 over the years, 
some fast ones and some that were 
restored classics. 
While he was playing with his latest love,
which at the time of this story was
 a shiny black 1986 Corvette,
 (that's him in the photo above)
 our young daughters and I would relax 
in the shade of the large oak trees in the area 
where the families of the racers would park. 
 People would bring their picnics and cookers
 and make a fun day of it which, 
if your car wins,  could last long into the night.


Unfortunately the only picture I could find 
was taken before the big trees had leafed out.
   There was a lot of gravel where
families and visitors parked their cars. 
As I said earlier, I am a rock hound.  
So enlisting my little helpers, 
we searched the gravel and found this special stone 
which was perfectly shaped like a heart.


 It 's a tumbled river stone which over thousands of years  has acquired a dull patina  as all river stones do.
 I have had it laying around in various locations 
in my home ever since we found it. 
 Over the years it has gained a slight shine
 due to much loving handling.  
I have often wondered what  glorious colors are concealed
 by its dull exterior  but I do not want to risk losing its shape through the tumbling and polishing process. 



A few years ago, I tried my hand at writing a short novel or long story about various fictitious people that would find this stone during  different eras throughout time.
  Of course I never finished it. 
We recently moved and for six months 
I could not find my stone. 
 I feared this story would be all that I had left of it. 
 But eureka!
 While going through my overloaded, 
and unused, sewing box,
 I found it.
 





The heart stone in the photo above,  I painted myself with water color.
However the background stones were made 
with a marvelous little program called Waterlogue.



 Someday, I must finish that story.

This blog post was created for 
 Cherished Blogfest 2016


also linking to  
Paint Party Friday 


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 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