Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happiness and money plants

On the way back from my Texas trip I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I tried reading it last year but for some reason it didn't quite click. This time, maybe due to the enforced down time on planes and in air ports, I really got into it. I've decided one of my happy habits is going to sketch and post to this blog. After a morning walk and laundry and dishes I did a quick sketch of my prolific money plant blooms and painted it sketchily, too.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Orchids, a first time for everything!

But I was feeling like my first times were mostly done! At any rate, our neighbor Lisa brought these beautiful orchids over last night....and now I am tasked with keeping them alive!! But getting good advice about it on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1

Spring is all around us! The boys'n'girls plant that usually blooms in May has blooms on it today! I think we're in for  a hot summer! Meanwhile, it's March 1, my birthday, and I'm going to aim for daily sketching this month. Here's the first one, tulips I bought for the weekend. They still look good!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Weekend art

I was getting pretty frustrated about painting....and then did this one. Nothing outstanding about it, but I like it! I really loved the underpainting and had thought I'd leave more of it showing, but ended up not. I wish I could find a style of painting that fits...but maybe, as my husband reminds me, it has to be about fun first!

The other thing I did was to try a pot melt with scraps of the fusible glass I have. It made this really cool one of a kind design...I will slump it into a plate, probably, although it still has some bumps from the second fusing....I am so hooked on the process that I've got another one in the kiln now....If it has enough clear in it I might make a face underneath it, looking through all the layers. The dimensionality is what is so cool, and you may not be able to see unless you enlarge the photo.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday artin'

I have four more glass coasters fusing in the kiln but didn't get pictures before I put them in. Then I worked more on the third painting for the online painting abstraction class I'm taking. This was fun and hard  ....I had so much stuff going on it was hard to unite it....but I do love all the layers....

Friday, February 12, 2016

fused glass coasters

Over the last week I've made 4 fused glass coasters to go to the Liberty Bay Gallery in Poulsbo. I need to make a few more, and a couple of big faces....but I also want to do another abstract for the online class I'm taking. Well, I do have the next four days to get things done.....ah! The beginning of the weekend, when time looks so expansive!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Abstract Painting

These are two paintings I did from Betsy Dillard Stroud's online class on Abstract Painting through Artist's Network University. I first read the lesson when it came out and wasn't all that interested...but I was also getting ready for an out of town trip. Today, however, I read the lesson, cut some stamps, and had a blast doing these two paintings. I don't think I left enough room for your eye to rest...but I was loving the texture!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Losing control...

in a controlled kind of way. I did Diana Trout's exercise with India ink, dropped, drawn, and blown around with a straw. I did it on a large sheet of watercolor paper and once the ink was dry I added glazes of acrylic paint....then I cut it into 5 cards, postcard size for another project I'm doing. The idea was to just lose control, paint with your eyes closed, etc., but I saw a cat in one of the cards and I had to let it out.....

Monday, January 25, 2016

Emberly's sunset

My niece, Emberly Ballew, loves photography. And I love that from time to time she'll send me a picture thinking I'd like to paint it! This time she sent me a series of 3 photos of a Central Texas sunset. We both agreed the last one was our favorite so that's the one I painted....of course, I did not paint it exactly! Instead it was inspired by her photo:

The painting:

I guess I just love color! But Emberly said she really likes it so I'll send it to her when it's dry.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Art Journal composite

Today I pulled a card from Orly Avineri's The Art Journal game. It was about using text and number in creating a journal page. I combined it with the Creative Jumpstart's emphasis on Picasso this week, and this was the result!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Satsumas again

Bill keeps buying tangerines and that's fine with me. I like their flavor, but I love how they look piled up in a bowl on top of the blue placemat! Just can't get enough of that orange and blue....

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Catch up

I have painted some other stuff but posted it directly to Facebook rather than blogging. Here are a couple of things I've done in the last several days.

Today I finished this  oil painting that I started with an underpainting of acrylics. I think it's finished---it's too wet for me to do anything else to it right now anyway, but I think it's done.

I also had some paint left over and have been reading about the Wet Paint weekly workouts....this is not a self portrait it but is Fauvist-like.

And working backwards to Friday and yesterday...I watched Diana Trout's video on losing control, so used that technique with India ink, then went back with some acrylics and then with pen and more India ink....I was also thinking about personal symbols, since I'm not clear what mine are...there are a few in here:

And besides all that, I have the loom warped again for a second scarf on dummy warp...but I do seem to consistently be the dummy and this is going to be another short scarf! It reminds me, though, of how much I like to weave with wool.

Monday, January 4, 2016

And my second to last painting from the break...

I should have posted this before the black eyed peas....

A bowl of luck for the new year

I squeezed out one more painting from my holiday break! It's kind of sketchy--does it read as a bowl of black eyed peas with jalapenos?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Iconic Haystack

Probably not a good idea to paint an iconic landmark that's been painted over and over, like Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach....but I love Cannon Beach unabashedly and I did this one for me!