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. 

 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.
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.


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