Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
"Naperville" 10 x 7.5 inches...watercolor on gessoed paper
This is the beautiful view out of my brother-in-laws home in Naperville, Ill. Gorgeous home...gorgeous view...fun little town. Just wanted to do a small warm up painting before I head back into the aerial view series....
I prepared some sheets of this paper quite a while ago....I brushed the gesso onto the paper with a stiff house painting brush, that created a vertical pattern of brush strokes. It's fun to paint on...and easy to wipe back the watercolor to lighten areas...This is a good thing to do with the watercolor paintings that just don't quite cut the mustard....who doesn't love to be able to call "DO OVER!" :)
Below is another painting done on the same paper....This cute cherub sits in the gardens at Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills Michigan....A great place to visit...and a greater place to spend the day painting! :)
"Garden Watcher" 8 x 8 watercolor on gessoed paper
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
“Arte Y Pico” is described by Ana, the award originator, like this: "Basically, ironically, it translates into a wonderful phrase in Mexico, 'lo maximo'. It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top". Now how can I not be thrilled with that!?
There are some responsibilities that come with this honor and they are:
The award winners must….
1. Pick FIVE blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
4. The Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: Arte y Pico.
So, stay tuned to see who I will pass this honor to….It could be you!
Monday, July 21, 2008
"Aerial 9 Euphrates" 15 x 11 inches mixed media
I jumped back into my aerial series today...I think what's going to happen is that I'll work out some compositions in this smaller scale (11 x 15)...then re-do them larger....I used watercolor paper, coated with gesso....then added watercolor, colored pencil, gouache and india ink.
Edit....I've worked more on this one...here is the most recent view.
Friday, July 18, 2008
"Hide Out" 12 x 12 watercolor
I spent a profitable morning at my garage sale :)....then I closed the doors, and the afternoon was spent painting "Hide Out." It is so rare for me to do a painting that's all watercolor these days..(I'm usually mixing media).....but this image seemed to want "pure."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Lake Michigan, after a whopper of a storm took out the electricity at my mom's house in northern Michigan....(the picture was taken a couple of years ago)
I've spent a lot of today, in the garage that didn't get cleaned up yesterday....Procrastination has it's price......
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
"Orange Roof at Night"... 11.5 x 15 inches... acrylic
I've been procrastinating today... I'm supposed to be organizing and cleaning out our garage to be ready for our neighborhood garage sale this Friday and Saturday....but I painted this instead :) "Orange Roof at Night" didn't photograph very well....there is a lot of subtle color and value changes within each shape....Ok...now I HAVE to go out to the garage....yuck.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
My nephew is in the Marines, serving in Iraq. He sent some photos from a recent mission, and I thought the patterning in a small section of one of his shots was interesting....So I played a bit in photoshop...cropping and changing color and contrast just to see if something tripped my switch....Below are a couple of options.....
Friday, July 4, 2008
I'm up in northern Michigan, visiting my mom and her husband, Bill. I had made her this flag out of old barn wood, probably 5 years ago...I bought the wood from ebay....You know the old adage "there is a sucker born every minute"...well, I am one of them. The package arrived...extra heavy...because the wood was damp...and peee-yew! I paid extra for the barn animal smell....Luckily, when it dried out...the pungent aroma went away....She was pleased anyway! (The stars were snipped from roof flashing....they appear white on this photo...but are actually silver.)
We are going to watch the Traverse City Beach Bums baseball game tonight....Fireworks after the game.... "ooooohhhhh.....aaaaaaaaahhhhhh!"
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
"Blue Welsh Corgi" 5 x 5 watercolor and colored pencil
I've been painting each day...(and not always my aerial view series...or I'd start to go nuts working on the same thing all of the time)....I was browsing the copywrite free reference image library at Wet Canvas and found some really cute dog photos to paint from....Thanks to Crias at Wet Canvas for generously sharing many wonderful doggy shots...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Backyard blooms.... I like this combination of plants...Peachy orange lilies and the tall white thingys that I can't remember the name of. :) My dasies are in full bloom right now too....dasies are such a happy flower.
Did you ever wonder just what color "Puce" is? Here is a fun site that will show you....Name that color
I'm still working on the Comerica Park aerial painting....I'm a bit stumped with it at the moment.....hmmmmmmmm