painting and painting…

“Creativity is

inventing,

experimenting,

growing,

taking risks,

breaking rules,

making mistakes,

and having fun.”

~Mary Lou Cook~

Here are the latest 4×4’s I have finished.  I’m up to 112 now :)

I felt like I needed to do something else to this first set.  I couldn’t think what, so, I’m letting them stand as they are.  It’s acrylic paint on Bristol paper.  This set numbers 101-104:

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I glued down very small squares on a painted background for this next set.  I used some scraps from painted papers and other collage scraps.  This set numbers 105-108:

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I used acrylic paint, collage pieces, black Stabilo pencil, and a handmade stencil on this set.  I like the combination of red and raw umber.  This set numbers 109-112:

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I am painting an old chest to put back into our newly refurbished bedroom.  It measures a little over five feet long. My husband remembers it being around when he was very young. I decided to paint this because I looked for a new one but couldn’t find anything as well made as this old piece.  It had a few dings and the veneer peeled off in a few areas.  I filled those with wood filler and sanded it down.  It’s a work in progress:

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This is the first coat of Kilz 2.  The drawer fronts are all  “Kilzed” too.  I plan to glue (Mod Podge) some old maps on each end.  The dresser will be painted 21st Century Blue semi-gloss by Valspar. My next decision to make about this project is:  do I keep the old drawer pulls or find something more modern.  Since I am a big believer in using what you have and recycling, I’m thinking I’ll just go with the old pulls and spray paint them with sort of faux metal paint.

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Here are the bedroom colors:

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The accent wall color is the wall behind our bed. It’s actually a Behr color(Solar Flare)  but all our paint is from our local building supply store and they carry Valspar paints. I took a chance when I picked the orange color for that wall but we both really love it!  We used the Valspar Medallion paint and primer all in one.  It covered the walls with one coat.  When I get everything back in place, I’ll post some photos of the room.

That’s all for now…

100 down…100 more to go

“I want to meet a guy named Art.  I’d take him to a museum, hang him on the wall, criticize him, and leave.”  ~Jarod Kintz from I Want

 

We had a bedroom remodel going on last week.  When I get everything moved back after painting a dresser, I may post some photos of the room. It really looks great…such a drastic change from 60’s dark paneling!

I have hit the 100 mark making my series of 4×4’s.  My goal is to have 200 4×4’s completed by the end of the year.  I’m going to have to step up my game if I succeed in meeting my goal.  I think I can, I think I can.

This first set of 4×4’s started with different color pen marks.  Then, I used oil pastels, acrylic paints, and some soft pastels.  These number 93-96:

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This set started with a watercolor background, then, acrylic paints, black ink,  plus,  various markers.  These number 97 – 100:

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This set of washi tape came in the mail today. I ordered them from the Peachy Cheap website.  I have ordered markers, washi tape, scrapbooking papers, and stencils from them.  They usually have excellent deals and change their offers every few days.  They look much better than this in person :)

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“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”  ~Robin Williams

I have been working on the quilt I started three years ago :)  I’ll post photos next time of some new blocks I have finished the past few days.  I want to get that project finished soon so I can start on some other quilt blocks.

In the meantime, I have a few sketchbook pages to share.  This first photo is actually watercolor on a sheet of  9×12 Strathmore Sketch loose paper. It’s only 50 lb weight and it wrinkled a bit.   I started with a watercolor wash, let that dry and used black paint and drew the face over the colors.  I also used a black marker to further define the features and hair.

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These are random drawings from a flower and plant motif book:

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This are some strips of watercolor that I glued down and doodled over them:

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Metal rooster drawing made from a photo taken at a local steak house:

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Violet lady watercolor sketch with brush:

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Altoids collage:

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Painting on an old book page glued into my sketchbook:

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Black watercolor on wet paper:

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These last two are watercolor abstracts:

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton

I have a few things to share.  Sketchbookery class has ended but I’m still drawing and painting.  I am using student grade watercolors until I see if my interest in this medium will last beyond a few months.  I also have a Prang’s set of cheapie watercolors that work very well for beginners(me).

Here’s a chart of my Pelikan Paints. I assigned names for the colors:

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Charts of my other paints:

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Here’s a spread in my handmade booklet I mentioned in a previous post:

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Last week my mother had a procedure at the hospital.  I took some photos of people waiting and waiting out in the wait area.  I drew these with a brush and burnt umber(Van Gogh student paint ):

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This next effort is from two different photos taken of my two sisters waiting with me.  Sisters, if you are reading this, I know it doesn’t look like you….you two are much prettier and more attractive than this. Also, I know I need some anatomy drawing lessons :)

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I drew this next one with a Bic grip ballpoint pen.  I was looking at a black and white drawing in Women, a pictorial archive from nineteenth-century sources by Dover Books. I had a second try at drawing the hands.  It’s still not correct but I liked it when I finished painting it.

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And, here’s Happy from my Happy Meal bag.  I know he’s supposed to have legs.  The Happy I was looking at didn’t have legs and I didn’t notice until I finished him:

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I’m so far behind on my 4×4 series.  I will have to catch up, somehow.

I can’t believe it’s the last day of July!

watercolor woes…

“For the artist, drawing is discovery.  And that is not just a quick phrase; it is quite literally true.” ~John Berger

 

I’m taking Mary Ann’s class “Sketchbookery.”  There’s only one more week of class after this week.  It is possible for old dogs to learn new tricks, I hope, I hope?  I have always enjoyed Mary Ann’s style of teaching.  She makes sketching fun.  Just “keep on going” if you make a mistake, she says.

I made a sketchbook using the covers of a composition book.  I wanted something small that wouldn’t have lots of pages.  The book has about 20 pages counting all the flap pages as a page.  I stitched the signature to the cover using a running stitch.  Here is the front cover.  It’s not a watercolor…it’s a page from a magazine that I painted over with gesso and acrylic paints.

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This is the back cover… bright watercolors:

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This is the first page in my sketchbook:

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Page two is a flap page.  I sketched this face from a Dover book:

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Here are some small sketches in another sketchbook.  It doesn’t take watercolors very well:

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(click on the small photos for a closer look)

…until next time

its been awhile…

 

“Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil” ~Bernard Baruch

I have no excuses, just haven’t been particularly creative lately.  I am looking forward to a new class with Mary Ann Moss that begins next Tuesday.  She is closing this session after July 4.  She will offer it again next fall.  Go here to read more about it.

I did manage to complete three sets of 4x4s.  I wanted to do something different.  This first set is doodling with a Sharpie markers, both fine and ultra fine.  Here’s what it looked like before cutting into four sections:

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This set numbers 81-84:

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This blue and red set numbers 85-88.  I used inks, acrylic paints, graphite, and lots of gel medium.

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This last set is collage, charcoal, oil pastels and acrylic paints.  I used Mi-Teintes Pastel paper by Canson.  This paper is the darkest shade in the pad…a dark gray.

This set numbers 89-92:

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Have a great rest of the week…until next time…

grace to evolve…

 

“We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve.”  ~T.D. Jakes

Sometimes, we don’t give ourselves the grace to evolve.  Most of us, if we are honest with ourselves,  can usually see what someone else is doing “wrong.” So, most of the time, the above quote is right on!

I finally had some time to work on some 4×4’s last week.  I made it to 80 and I hope to be at 100 by the end of this month.   I need to step up my game because the end of this month will be halfway.  My goal is to complete a series of 2oo 4 x 4 tiny pieces of art by the end of this year.  There’s no way that I can do  ICAD this time.  I hope that project is going well…I did enjoy doing it last year. See my last post if you are interested in doing the index card a day art project.

This first set of 4×4’s number 73-76.  I used water-based markers, watercolors and some acrylic paints.

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The next set in the series are numbers 77-80.  I was experimenting with all kinds of red and pink markers and pens.  The last one has some acrylic paint on it.  I used black pen work on all but the second one(number 78).

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looking in my sketchbook and a new book I purchased two weeks ago….

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I haven’t taken the time to fully explore this book.  Her project using a photo and translating it to a stitched portrait looks interesting.  Check the reviews on Amazon before deciding if this book is for you.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  My last words are…enough rain…for now :)