Just a quick post to note that I am back to my brushes and terribly far behind. My plan is to finish this piece by tomorrow evening and then get back to the other piece that I put back because I had plenty of time. Well, so much for working my plan. Back to my brushes.
"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity." - Walt Whitman
Got a sick one at home, so there has been no painting since Thursday. So I have spent my time making chicken soup, bread, followed by disinfecting the house and doing laundry. I did post the art documentary review finally. Remember new reviews are at the bottom of that page. Hopefully I will be back to my brushes soon.
"There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you." - Peter De Vries
Still going well, but I have added some elements to the composition. I liked the edginess of the piece but felt it was off balance. Drove me nuts, so I changed it. Will be able to paint all day tomorrow. I'm hoping to finish, but we'll see. Sorry, still don't have the documentary review up yet but I will get to it soon. Back to my brushes.
"Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later." - Dana Stewart Scott
Experiencing some winter weather. Makes for some great light and is perfect for painting. Spent 18 hours painting the last two days and it has been wonderful. I'm very happy with the way this painting is progressing. I'm very pleased to share that I received word that my painting "The Tool of Measure" has been accepted in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) Annual Exhibit. I'll try and get the newest documentary review up soon. Back to my brushes.
"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." - Eddie Cantor
Look at this stunning paintbrush holder that my dear friend Cheryl made for me! I love it so much, I had to share. How thoughtful, beautiful, and functional. The decoration is Asian inspired and so well executed. Even the sides and underneath are beautiful! She made it "furniture friendly" so it won't scratch the surface on which I work. Wonderful! I am so touched by this gift. I will use it daily and treasure it always. Back to my brushes.
"The best gifts are those we not only cherish but put to use." - Les Brown
Spent the entire day working on two paintings. I'm very far behind. But I am thrilled to have my brushes in hand. These pieces are both going quite well. The second being a continuation of the "Measure" series...my sixth piece. Yep, I love this study and I know it will not be the last in this series. I have to say again that I am so enjoying my new palette. If you are ever feeling stuck, or ready for a change, consider changing your paint colors. It is challenging and wonderful. Study. Consider. It was a quest and I couldn't be happier with the results. Try it! Should have a new art documentary review posted soon.
"Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope of a cure." - Jane Austen
Had a great time in LR seeing friends and family. The highlight would have to be the presentation by Linda Baker last Wednesday evening. I enjoy her work tremendously and was thrilled to finally meet her in person. To top it off, for traveling the farthest distance, I won her DVD. Sweet! I watched it before going to bed that night. Great trip, but I am very happy to be home and back to my brushes.
"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." - Stephen Hawking
Punt of course. I started on a new painting while the other rests. After I had laid in the wash I decided I wasn't thrilled with the composition. Funny, because I had considered the question while I was drawing it and decided I wanted to keep it. But, after blocking in, it looked too confusing. My brain was screaming "Shared line issue, shared line issue", so I listened. Perhaps you have never run into this problem...but you will. So give it a shot, erase your guidelines and try to fill in the space with a matching wash. We are talking about a large space here folks, not an inch or a leaf, I'm talking a foot wide. Nope it doesn't work. there is a tiny overlap, the color isn't perfect, etc., etc. So you consider your options. I considered a gouache wash, but wasn't convinced it was the look I wanted. For a small space, I might consider a scrubber and some stippling work, but again, this was huge. So how did I fix it? I taped it all off, which was considerable with lots of curves, and used my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, only slightly damp, and cleaned off the entire area. It worked like a charm. Some slight color adjustment and voila, back in business. Hope you can use this tip. Back to my brushes.
"I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be." - Douglas Adams