Thursday, May 21, 2009

Practice Buddha - Done

I finished ( I think...) my practice Buddha and feel a lot wiser about the process. I'm glad I tried this before attempting the bigger one I sketched out. I'll probably do a few more like this but in different colors so I can play around and see what I like best.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mini Portfolio

Here's the mini portfolio I started to keep track of my paintings and colors I used to create.

Practice Buddha - WIP

I'm working on this Buddha as a practice for a larger piece I'm planning to do for my son. This is on a 9x12 block and the larger piece will be on a 18x20 block.
I wanted to work out some colors and get into the flow for the larger piece. I'm glad I did, since I ran into some challenges like remember how much Quin Gold doesn't like to be disturbed once laid down on the paper. To overcome that, I've found to lay additional layers of the paint on dry and then spray with a fine mist pump and gently brush the areas and it smoothes out on it's own. And to remember to use a BIG brush, I had trouble just using the regular brushes on this piece which is weird, but I'm keeping that in mind when I tackle the big piece.
Also, I'm not sure I like the colors I chose so I'm going to work on that as well. Next to the painting is my little workout card that I'm using to work and record colors I chose for each painting. I then will put them in a album I'm using as a mini portfolio, which will help me keep track of what colors I use for each painting.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Smile it's good for you - done!

It was great fun painting smiling Gino, a very pleasurable experiencing to having someone smiling back at you!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Smile! It's good for you! - WIP

Here's my happy friend Gino after a good walk in the hills. He's always got a smile for you, especially after walks or if you have food!
Still a work in progress, but I love how Phthalo green and Aliz Crimson makes a great black. I mixed more of the green than red and I like the shadow cast it makes. More to come..... and
Smile it's good for you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mother's Day Dragon Fly

Here's a special dragonfly I painted for my sweet Mother in law and my hubby's sister Charlene. I wanted to paint them something special because they are so special to us.
Happy Mother's Day Mom and Charlene!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Following the Masters #2 complete

Yeah! I'm ready to submit my art to Michelle's Following the Masters challenge. I've had a lot of fun challenging myself and participating. It's enjoyable being part of a group activity and seeing the creative ways people are expressing their work. Thanks Michelle for setting this up and facilitating it!