A new painting for our Dining Room…

Hey, it’s been awhile………..

I have been wanting a big-ish painting for our dining room, and I had a 24″ x 30″ canvas laying around, and today I actually started working on it, yay!!

Since I haven’t done any figurative work in a long time, I decided to put more than my usual effort (None!) into actual PREP WORK regarding what I wanted this piece to be.

I’d like it to be a woman lounging on a couch or chair, but it’s obvious from her face that this woman has attitude.  Not a BAD attitude, just kind of saucy, and indifferent to what anyone thinks of her.  (yeah, yeah, I know what you’re going to say, but sadly I actually DO care about what people think of me……..sometimes……….)

I’d like mainly bright playful colors, but in order for that to work, I’ll need some Darks to make the Brights pop.

I’d like it to be fairly realistic in it’s proportions, but I’m definitely NOT aiming for photo-realism.

Soooooooooooooooo, here’s what I’ve got so far:

I roughed in the basic shapes of woman, couch, and background.

I decided on the main color, which will be her poufy Fancy Dress.

I’m can’t decide if I want her left arm along the top of the couch, or resting on her tummy.

I used napkins to add a pattern to the couch.  Wow, are her breasts ever out of whack!  Remember, this is just getting the basic shapes laid down.

That’s a very busy pattern, and it will be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay knocked back, so that it’s barely noticeable, but if you DO notice it, you’ll be like “Wow, what great detail!”

Since the face is, to me, the most important part of this painting, I’m not starting it till I feel that I’ve got the rest of the painting 90% nailed down.

Wish me luck!

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Cement Planter – FAIL!!!

I am intrigued by the cool stuff being made out of cement.  I have clay, and my own kiln, but the thing about cement is that you do NOT need to fire it, and once it’s set, it’s weather-impermeable.

Sooooooooooo, inspired by MadeByBarb, I attempted to make a couple of cement planters.  They’re meant to have gaping holes in them so that your succulents can tumble out of the holes up and down the vertical column.

We had some Mortar sitting around, and I thought that Mortar and Cement would work the same – let me assure you, they do NOT.  I’d already made a couple of things with cement, such as these low vessels with shattered glass on the exposed edge, and this teacup wall planter, so I knew what the final product should look and feel like.

When I attempted the tall planter with mortar, the mortar just crumbled when dry.   (My finger’s in the shot so that you can see the relative size.  I’d like them to be taller.)   There’s something in cement that mortar doesn’t have, and it’s that “something” that gives the final product it’s strength and durability.

I will re-do these planters in cement, because I think they’ll look gorgeous, once I get it right.

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Art With The Ladies – Another Address Day

So, some friends had seen the Colorful Painted Address that I’d made for our place and wanted to try it for themselves.  They both made gorgeous signs, and went home feeling very pleased with themselves!

Here’s the two of them hard at work

Lorna’s Sign

Gwen’s Sign

I love my studio, and I love sharing it with art buddies!

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Watercolor ArtDay With The Ladies

Another wonderful day in my studio with some creative, playful, fabulous friends!  2 have experience with watercolor, one has used watercolor 3 times.

Here’s my version of the Koi that we painted:

and Lorna’s

Jackie’s

Marilyn’s

The Group

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #30

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

30 Books Down, 81 to go….

The Watercolor Flower Painter’s A to Z by Adelene Fletcher

I watched an Instruction Video from SkillShare to do this Magnolia.  They’ve got a “two months free” thing going on right now, and I’ve watched at least a dozen Videos so far.

This turned out really well.  I went against my natural tendencies and worked very slowly, with minimal color, letting layers dry in between applications.  Jen, you would have been proud of me!

 

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #29

(As usual, click any image to see it bigger, in a new tab)

I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

29 Books Down, 82 to go….

Practical Guide to Drawing by Vicenc Ballestar

The premise of this book is the simple yet true concept of “the more you draw, the better you get”.

I did a Draw/Paint-Along with Peter Sheeler, one of my favorite Ink and Watercolor Artists.

My sketch – I did it in pencil, then finalized it with indelible ink.  It took me at least an hour to draw this………

The colored version.

I’m pretty pleased.  This is very much outside my comfort zone because of the detail and the need for at least a small level of accurate perspective.

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #28

(As usual, click any image to see it bigger, in a new tab)

I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

28 Books Down, 83 to go….

Making Journals By Hand by Jason Thompson

I am intrigued by this latest craze on the ‘net – making your own Junk Journal.  It’s such a good way to use up papers and books and ephemera, and costs next to nothing.  You take pages torn out of old books, atlases, newspapers, calendars, music books, etc, and embellish them in some way, and then hand stitch, glue, or machine stitch them into a cover, and Voila, you’ve got a new Journal!

I began by painting some old lightweight canvas fabric that I had laying around.  I used this for the cover.

I then stamped and spritzed and drizzled paint over pages from assorted “junk”, including empty envelopes……..  I used the sewing machine to stitch them into three sections, and then glued those sections into the Cover.

This is my very first attempt and I really love it.  I’ll be more mindful of color choices next time.  I’ll also use more small bits of ephemera that I’ll adhere to individual pages – things like stamps and ribbon and Decorative Tape, for example.

You will definitely see more of these being created over the next couple of months!

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