Sunday, May 31, 2015

Garden shapes

So no peonies today...I sat in front of the front border and tried to sketch negative (but also positive) shapes in front of me. The first one is just too blah----no value changes, kind of boring. The second one at least has some change in value...maybe I'm getting the idea....

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Direct painted peonies

So I did this one after reading a little more about negative painting.. This isn't really negative painting, although it started out to be, but it is direct painted and I like it better than the other ones I've done.....I did this entirely with a flat brush and I like the angular lines!

Friday, May 29, 2015

First peonies

I had a great day, working out in the yard, cutting back bushes to let the light in to the daisies, roses and peonies. Last week I discovered that within the structure of a forsythia our peonies had sent blooms up into the branches. This looks like it may be the best year yet for the peonies so I hope cutting back the shrubs won't inhibit them next year!

I experimented with negative painting and it was looking fairly good, then I added that heavy ink border---what was I thinking?!! Then I went into the painting with ink to try to tie it all together and I think it suffered some...oh, well, our flowers are just beginning so I'l have more opportunities.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Nick of time

I was getting more and more disgusted with this face, the third version of something I'd painted on this panel. I'd painted over  the previous faces in Gesso and acrylic, adding a piece of collage to be another face to try and get a smooth texture after so many layers. I used pastel, trying to get a more even coverage than I get with paint. No deal. I was just about to toss it in what my husband calls the black filing cabinet (the wood stove) when I added a little blue to the face. Suddenly I could live with it again...for now....

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two books

Here are two books I made in Roz Stendahl's online class, making a Round Back Spine casebound book. While neither are perfect (her standards are very high!) I am pleased as they are stronger and more attractive than anything I've made before! The top one (black) has a depression for a label but I'm waiting until I finish that book, then will make a label from some of the art work least that's the plan. The second one I made book cloth from a piece of fabric I had. I made some mistakes casing it and didn't round the spine on the case but I am still pleased with it. Now, on to make a third before I forget how!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The second dog

This is the second of the two paintings commissioned by my neighbor. Wish she'd come look at them so I'd know if I was done!

Monday, May 18, 2015

It was a beautiful, warm summer day today...

Not hot, not yet, but I think that is coming. I think I am finished with the dog portraits requested by my neighbor. I had done one of her dog and she asked me to do one of each dog for another neighbor. Although I'm waiting for Jerianne's approval, I'll go ahead and post the first one. If it changes much I'll re-post...

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Before I could paint I had to weed the strawberries and raspberries....just one more thing I haven't gotten done with the onset of 3 online classes! But here is a page for Jane LaFazio's Watercolor Designs class.....and also my daily painting!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Crazy day

We never saw the sun today (although I'll bet it was sunny south of us....we seem to stay in this low cloud weather longer). But it was great for me getting stuff done. I spent the day tearing paper down to make the second book for the bookmaking class I'm taking with Roz Stendahl through Ruzuku. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning to make case bound books. And when I wasn't doing that I was working on two pet paintings I'm doing---a commission!!!--for a neighbor. I tried napping a couple of times when I realized I kept tearing the paper wrong because I was tired! But that didn't work and I"d get back to it. After painting over one of the dog's faces I called it a day, came in and poured a glass of wine, and started looking at Pinterest. Then I noticed the roses I'd cut earlier in the day, and the pure geometricalness of the biggest bloom. And I grabbed my watercolors and did this. It was a pleasure! This is what I love to do, fast watercolor sketches.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time, a love hate relationship

I love it, I value it, and it goes so quickly. I try to hold on to it with a white knuckled grip....and it squeezes through my grasp and breezes away....

I'm taking a class in bookbinding and can't seem to finish the first book. I love the paper, a new one for me, and had several long narrow strips of waste after tearing down paper for signatures. So just to try to keep up with my days, and play with the new paper, I folded it up to be a 7 day journal....and have done 4 days so for....but that's 4/4! Almost like daily painting...except it's just quick sketches and words...whatever, I'll use it!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

That vacation went fast!

The only sketch I have to show for it is this wonky sketch of my sister's house....and her ocean wave Adirondack bench (that's not the wonky sketch part, that bench really does look like that!) that I'm home I'm immersed in one of three online classes that all started at the same time....I am crazy! If not now, then soon, trying to keep up with all that and daily sketching, too. So once again the daily sketching will probably take the back seat...but soon I hope I'll be making my own hardbound sketchbooks thanks to Roz Stendahl's class....