Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011

Wishing each of you the very best in the coming year.  It has been a wonderful year and I feel very fortunate to share with you a love of art.  Thank you for your encouragement, support and friendship. I look forward to our continuing art journey and can't wait to see what all of you have in store for us in the coming year. 

With many Blessings wished for you,

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Indian Territory
Wishing you a merry day with your family, friends and loved ones with many blessings in the years to come.  A special thanks to each of you for your continued support and encouragement.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Delightful Card from a Friend

This surprise card came from one of the sweetest cyber friends I have.  Teresa of the Lost in Wonder blog, sent this card and it looks even better in real life.  Teresa has a way with a brush that I admire and her personality is reflected in each of her paintings.  She is a zany, humorous, kind, and delightful person with a "straight from the shoulder" way of looking at life.  Thanks Teresa, you are a blessing!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Peanut Butter Jar cont'd

Slow progress on this one.  One thing I had forgotten is that acrylics dry darker.  At least it is colorful. :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Five Minutes Worth

I haven't painted or sketched this week so spent five minutes this morning using a 1" brush to thinly apply acrylic to a gessoed canvas pad sheet. My goal was to get the initial mass shapes down and to practice using a larger brush.  It has been so long since I've used acrylic it will be fun and a challenge to shape this knife and peanut butter jar.  Can you see that the shadow direction needs to be changed?  The set up is right beside my easel and I'm looking down on the jar.  There is no direct light on the setup but is bounced light from the lamps pointing up to the ceiling. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Oops, I did it again

Where is that icon for an embarrassed face.  Not paying close attention, I managed to delete most of the watercolor blogs I had in the sidebar this morning.  With time I will be adding to the sidebar (again) because I enjoy visiting other artists' blogs.  It is a wonderful way to see what is happening around the world. 

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bed of Thorns

This painting was done for a Christmas card exchange and is now in North Carolina. The image size is approximately 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I used a photo by idahoeditor at Morgue File for the baby and looked at photos from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library for ideas on the holly.. 

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Child Sketch

This sketch is from a reference photo by Babasteve (Steve Evans) on Flickr with his permission to use for our online portrait group practice. I can see that the shadow dark on the nose is a bit too dark or the shadows around the eyes and right side of her face are not dark enough.  Now I will look at it and do a comparison with the photo so I can get a more accurate line drawing for a watercolor portrait. 

Chatter & TWSA 2010 Exhibition

This is a cropped photo taken last winter. I love the shape of the tree and how the snow has decorated it.  Perfect look for our Christmas Holiday.  Did you notice the "S" shape of the graceful snow covered branches?

I've been looking at artwork again this morning while a photo of a young girl I want to draw simmers in the back of my mind.  Check out the TWSA 2010 Exhibition and enjoy the fine artwork.  Click on an image to enlarge and enjoy the show.

For an aspiring artist like myself, seeing such fine work is an inspiration and always brings the question, "how did they do that."

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Playing with Red & Green

Do you ever have days where it is hard to settle to doing any one thing?  That is what is happening with me today so I decided to just doodle.  Being Christmas I wanted to paint with red and green so I tried painting ornaments, mistletoe and then a ribbon from my imagination - plus a crocheted doily.  The painting is a mess but still I like the clean reds and some of the greens.  I liked the metal top of the front ornament before part of it was covered with my attempt at a ribbon.  All in all good fun even if it is being discarded in the round file. 

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Baby Sketch

Sketched this little baby on tracing paper using an H and 4B pencil.  It measures approximately 4" x 4".  The copyright free reference photo used was by idahoeditor at Morgue File.