Paint and Draw Together is one of my favorite painting challenge site, the photo's for the challenge is always top notch and beautiful. I highly recommend joining along.
This month's really pushed my boundaries on painting lace, ugh! to many details! ugh! my inner immature painting child was whining about doing it because I was sure to mess it up. So I left it for last and struggled along and was ready to forget about posting it, till dear hubby walks in and says that looks great! (Love this guy!) so voila! here it is and Thanks for looking!
3.13.11- Updated E1 Abstract. I've been messing with this since I last posted it and have done a few revisions to it, seeing something I didnt like and tweaking it. Mainly softening the distracting center ball, lines leading off and toning down whites which I liked at first, but distracting later. I've also deepened the colors and added more darks. Sorry for all the varying lighting issues, I wanted to take this in natural lighting but time was limited on catching the best light. Thanks for looking!
Got up early on Saturday to prepare food for my granddaughter Emily's 1st birthday. At least that's what I intended to do... Get up early, prepare food, get ready for party, and maybe start a painting. Uh, it went more like start painting, keep painting, oh crap, I gotta stop painting, and on and on because I couldn't tear myself away from painting this. Eventually I did force myself to go make the food and get ready and finally leave the house for the party!
So the title of this painting is "E1" abstract for my granddaughter "Emily 1st" birthday. It started out with simple things I found around my desk. Traced around the items and painted with Aliz Crimson, Aureolin, Burnt Sienna & Black (pthalo green+aliz crimson)
Aloha! My sister-in-law Noreen, just came back from a 14 day cruise to Hawaii, Lucky girl! She has a zillion photo's to process but chose this lovely orchid for us to paint. I actually was surprised that Noreen brought this over because I thought she was coming over to finish up a Cala Lily painting we started at Birgit O'Conner's workshop a previous weekend (will be posting soon after I finish it!). I love surprises and this was fun to paint.
Was searching through my pictures on my computer and found this delightful Ewe that I snapped in Avebury in England. It was a wonderful trip I hope to make again. Doesn't she look so cute smiling there!
Friday night Pastel class subject was a still life of vegetables. Jeff (teacher) has this setup before we get there to max out 2.5 hrs we are there. I like his teaching style because he gives us the lecture part up front that's interesting and very informative, all the while we are sketching our picture. After he gives his mini lecture he get's busy with own painting. Then walks around time to time to give tips and encouragement with ours. Usually, I get 3/4 finished then have to finish up at home. The drapery is so challenging in these still lifes, but I keep at it! Have a great evening!
I painted this on some watercolor paper that I had torn off a 1/2 sheet, so it's a odd size. I was going to use it for a long portrait of some kind of flower but found it fun to use it for the Butterfly. I'm still debating if I want to add some wording on the left side, but I guess that I can do that in photoshop later.
I'm taking a Friday night pastel class with Jeff Bramschreiber at the Triton Museum. It's a ten week class for all levels. It's been fun and I've gotten my husband Arnold to join me! (it's a couple thing..lol). Arnold's never done any type of art outside of drawing so this is new experience for him. And he's doing great!
What I discovered is that I love taking this class on Friday night because it moves the energy inside me to create over the weekend. I feel so free and unbounded. Usually I'm all worked up to create something that I wake up early on Saturday only to feel stressed about finding something to paint! But the last two weekends, I've been less stressed since I've created something that didn't take any planning other than showing up :-) and just going for it. Fun!
Guitars Watercolor 1/4 sheet Working on some guitar paintings for DOH (dear o'l husband" ) whose favorite thing to do is play guitar. So I thought I could make some paintings that I could print up on tshirts for him to wear.
Holiday Angel - WIP Watercolor 1/4 sheet
Happy New Year to all! Wishing the very best for all of you!