Sunday, December 29, 2013
Like the Funky Parrot (entry below), this painting uses Twinks on Yupo. Again, the class lesson called for outlining the flowers and stems with black India ink, but when I started to do that, it looked terrible, Once again, I removed the ink -- and that also took the paint off in that area -- repainted the damaged section, and stared at it for a while. I decided to use ink, but instead of black, which was too harsh, I used a deep purple ink around the flowers and deep green along the stems and leaves. I also enhanced the sky, added clouds and shaded the clouds with graphite. This I liked much better, so here is the final painting.
|Thistles on a Cloudy Day|
The painting is done with Twinkling H2Os, sometimes called Twinks. These are a watercolor paint which is full of simmer and glimmer from the mica ground into the pigment. The :paper: is Yupo, a plastic that looks like paper but is made from recycled soft drink bottles. It is very different to work with, and can pose challenges and provide great fun at the same time.
Although it doesn't show well in this snapshot, the background is a mottled pink. The design was first drawn with a squeeze bottle full of Pouring Medium, using a very fine tip. Then you essentially paint inside the lines. The plan was to use India ink inside and outside the lines, but my pouring was too thick and the ink looked absurd. I removed it and repainted the area where the ink had been applied (one of the benefits of Yupo...). You can see the clear, shiny lines of the pouring medium. I think if I did this technique again, I would first color the medium black, so that I could have black lines and a stained glass look without the inking and wide white spaces.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I have already begun to dream of going to the Bahamas. Usually, I don't get this way until late January or early February. If I'm dreaming of a vacation to a warmer clime at this point, what will it be like in a month or two?
|Garage roof on 12-26-13|
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
How do you sign up? Leave a commend that says you want to play.
The pay it forward spans the entire year, not just one month, and all you are committing to is sending one surprise item to someone during that year. Since I issued this, I will be sending out dozens of items to dozens of people, but they only commit to one surprise gift to anyone of their choosing. Pretty easy. In other words, when you have signed up, I send you a small gift of some type during the course of the year -- it may be in January, it may be in May, it may be at the end of the year...my whim. In turn, sometime during the year, you send someone else a little gift whenever the mood strikes you. You have the full 12 months in which to send off one gift to someone of your own choosing. It isn't very time consuming, and it is a small item -- a picture, a package of tea, some fancy paper, a yard of ribbon, some beads, a charm or two. Something that will fit inside a regular envelope and use regular postage works just fine. Or it can be a gift OF you -- a gift of your time, help with a project, a ride on a sunny day for someone who is housebound, the offer of a simple picnic. What you give is purely up to you.
I've done this for the last several years, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I hope you will choose to join me in this during 2014. If you want to play, please let me know by Dec. 31st. I want to start the New Year right.
This is one of two challenges I am issuing. The other one is Pay it Forward, and I will send a separate reminder about that one.
Art Every Day is a challenge ONLY for the month of January. For that one month, you create something and post about it -- on your blog, on Facebook, or Flickr. If you don't have any of those -- if you want to participate, you can message me with the picture of your work for the day and I will post it on my blog and Flickr accounts. I have started a new set for challenge pictures on my Flickr account. The work that you do every day need not always be finished that same day. For example, if you are knitting a scarf, or pair of socks, you simply take a picture of the sock or scarf each day, showing how much -- or little! -- progress you made that day. If it is a piece of CQ, a picture of the motif or seam or beading done that day is what you would submit, plus a sentence or a few sentences about what the project is and what is shown in the picture.
We all know that this will require a bit of time, that is why it is a challenge. But, in truth, most of us have something to report every day. Even if it is just two rows of knitting or a square inch of stitching, a few lines of paint, a 4 line poem, a flower arrangement, a different way of decorating your home, a created garment, whatever. What I am challenging you to do is DOCUMENT the wonderful things you do every day and be proud of your accomplishments.
I currently have a few folks who plan to play along for January. My intention is to continue this challenge for myself for the entire year. SO, I will be offering this challenge to each of you on a month-by-month basis. If January is a rugged month for you, maybe April is better. Your choices are many.
I do hope that you will consider joining me on this challenge. I think it will be fun, and help us to recognize and appreciate just how much art is in our daily lives.
Monday, December 23, 2013
|Garage roof, 12-23-13|
Friday, December 20, 2013
|Sunday morning, 15 Dec 013 just over a foot if snow.|
|Wednesday morning, 18 Dec 2013, just over 2 feet of snow|
|Friday morning, 20 Dec 2013, melting fast...|
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
SO>>>>> I am going to start my own challenge, to begin on January 1st 2014. Do part or all of one piece of art -- a post card, a tag, a painting, a scrapbook page, a CQ block section, a quilt square, a placemat, a poem. haiku -- whatever, EVERY DAY in January. And post it on your blog, Send me the link to your blog and I will add it on mine. I guess that is sort of a doable New Year's resolution. Not a diet, not exercise, no broken promises to myself.
Every. Day. Yep. A big challenge. I will win this fight with ADD.
Two things, then:
1. What shall I call this challenge? Any ideas? Maybe ADD - Art in Daily Doses ... CLOD - Create Little Objects Daily ...
2. Is anyone else willing to take on this challenge?
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Book of Quotes, a set on Flickr.
I just added 68 new photos to Flickr, in a set called "The Book of Quotes." As I come across a quote that appeals to me, I create an art tag to suit the quote. Over time, this book will continue to grow. I hope you enjoy the tags and the quotes.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I've been doing a ton of artsy stuff, and need to have a really long post to show you some of what I've been doing.
This last month, I took a great class from Jody Ohl called "Texturize This!" Jodi is a great teacher and her video tutorials are in-depth and very friendly. She has a very distinct, fresh painting style that is great fun and not in the least fussy or rule-ridden. No rules??? That's right up my alley.
We had a number of exercise pieces to do during the class. The first was to create an landscape of three colors. Here is the first layer:
|Exercise 1: First Layer of three color landscape|
|Final Version: Forest Sunset|
|Draft: river landscape|
|Final Version: River Running|
I like the way the bubbles produced by the heat gun look like trees or brush in the final version.
Next up, a two-color landscape that was to be water and heat gun distressed:
|Draft: Exercise 3|
|Final Version: Desert Starlight|
For the fourth exercise, we were to use stencils and white acrylic paint to add texture to the claybord, as a resist for color. Then, add color and wipe it back to reveal the stenciled designs. I have not yet completed the final version, but it won't be much different.
|Draft: Exercise 4|
Our next exercise was to carve a simple design into the claybord and flood the carved areas with black India ink. My arthritic fingers refused to work when I used the Speedball carving tool, so I slapped the engraving tip onto my little Dremel tool and went to work. It was a great idea! Then we were to wipe the black off the surface, leaving only the ink in the grooves. This was really messy and I got ink everywhere. And my enthusiastic wiping back removed ink from some of the grooved areas as well. As I was reluctant to do that messy business all over again, I decided to use my dip pin to add ink to the grooves. Clearly the biggest part of this exercise was to improvise...
Then, I added paint. That was easy enough. I used the heat gun again, this time to add bubbly, rough texture to the center of the flower. And here is the completed piece:
|Final Version: Sun-flower|
That's it for this post ... I need to take more pictures!