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Perifish

I invented this word, perifish.

I thought it was an interesting word for this post about a pear and a fish.

I was experimenting with Rembrandt soft pastels yesterday and this wild pear apPEARed:

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Do you think it is of the Rainbow variety?

And Sennelier extra soft pastels for this colorful fish:

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It looks like a happy, Clown fish to me!

Color always brightens a cloudy day for me – I hope it brings you a smile!

Cheers! 🙂

Face It

OK, it was not easy to come up with a title for today’s post… if I must “face it!”

How do I describe these silly faces?!

They were created from my faces I did on Tuesday and then cut them up and mixed them up to create these new wacky faces!

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It kind of reminded me of a meeting I had yesterday with a group of people where I felt totally out of place…  Not because they made me feel this way but because I realized that I didn’t fit into this group.  Have you ever felt this way?

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They were all “left brains” and I’m more of a “right brain” thinker…

I realized that it was OK that we are different – we don’t have to ALL think alike…

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Or look alike!

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Or create art alike!!

Cheers to being different!  🙂

Flowers In Her Hair

In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt.  I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.

I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it.  As you can see below:

After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.

I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:

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I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.

Cheers! 🌹

My First “REAL” Selfie

I have been reading about drawing faces from various sources and decided to try a go at a more “realistic” selfie using my new set of Rembrandt Soft Pastels:

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I have only used soft pastels for drawing flowers so this was a bit of a stretch for me!

It helped me to focus on the “shadows” when drawing my face and NOT see it as a face – or MY FACE, eek!  That’s really scary as I would spend waaay too much time focusing on wrinkles and double chins…

OH, I see I’m digressing! Lol! 😉  Here I am in my red glasses:

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So I’m proud of myself for completing this first “REAL” selfie and to posting it here and on Instagram!!

Phew!  🙂

Happy Monday!

Painting Progress

I’m making progress on the two acrylic flower paintings on canvas that I started last week that you can find, here.

I’m adding details with soft pastels which is a fairly new medium for me.  But first, I added a layer of Liquitex clear gesso over the acrylic painting.  It is like a pastel ground.  It dries clear but feels a little like sandpaper to the touch.  Without it, the pastels aren’t as vibrant.

Here is my liquid lava one:

And the more subdued one:

I’m not sure if they are done.  I will let them rest a few days to see how I feel about them.  If I am done, I will spray them with a fixative.

Take time to smell some flowers today – if only in your imagination!  🙂

A Dust Whirl

In the U.S., a dust whirl is also called a dust devil or a dustnado (a dust tornado).  In Austrailia, they are called, “willy willy” or “whirly whirly.”  (Sounds like one of my weird birds, huh?)  Lol!

According to weather.about.com, “Dust whirls form under clear skies usually in the summer.  These occur when one part of the ground heats up faster than the surrounding ground.  These hot spots then draw in cooler air from around them which causes spiraling of the air.  The column of air stretches vertically, which acts to intensify the spinning effect.  The swirling air is made visible by loose dust, dirt and soil.”

Here is my abstract interpretation in watercolor:

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Dust whirls may look like tornadoes (both are rotating columns of wind), but this is where the similarities begin and end.  They are usually harmless and dissipate minutes after forming.

I added soft pastels to my whirl of watercolor:

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I experienced a dust whirl as a child when I was lying on a dock and one picked me up and put me in the water.  It was a big surprise!  😉

Sometimes life feels like a whirl wind… I hope you breeze through your day with a smile on your lips and a paint brush in your hand!

Happy Painting!  🙂

Wine And Flowers

I recently completed a mixed media painting that I’m calling, “Wine and Flowers.”

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I discovered during the process of completing this painting that some paintings must “age” just like a bottle of fine red wine.  It was a long process to get to the point that I was satisfied with it.  The size is 16 x 20 inches on canvas.

I thought you might enjoy seeing my process.  I started by covering the canvas with 2 greens using Liquitex Heavy Body Paints.  I then drew a quick sketch with soft vine charcoal and just started adding to the shapes with Golden Fluid Acrylics:

I found that it helped me to buy a few flowers for inspiration even if I wasn’t painting them exactly.  It was fun to add a few drips for what I call the syrupy stage on the left.  Next, I added some collage papers as you can see on the right.  I used my gelli-printed deli papers for my collage and glued them with Liquitex Matte Medium.  I added collage to the flowers, the wine bottle, the flower vase, wine glasses and the bowl for the grapes.

This painting was an experiment to add collage papers in between my layers of paint.  Unlike my last painting that I added all the collage papers at the end.  I then added more paint to soften the collage papers – below, left photo.  Then I got a little crazy and decided to add some white paint because the painting was looking like I didn’t have a good focal point – too many colors!

I call this state the “ugly stage” because it is when I add many layers to find the right balance in my painting – much like a winemaker blends the grapes together to create the ideal wine.

As you can see I first added more paint and then more collage papers to the above photos.  I also tried to consider what direction my light was coming from which I decided from the right – even though this is not an still life, I think it helps to direct the eye.

It was still looking pretty wild so I added a light yellow house paint sample to the background and a purple to the table.  I then scrapped off the paint and scratched into it with the end of my paint brush as you can see below on the left.  This was a totally spontaneous experiment and I loved the result!  I added two colors of Golden fluid translucent paints to warm up the painting as you can see on the right:

It now has an Oaxacan feel to me that I like.  So I added a little more collage to the vase, grapes and wine glass stems.  (Using part of a map that I previously gelli-printed).  In addition, I added details with soft pastels and soft vine charcoal.  I added a few highlights with white charcoal pencil and signed my name.

To finish it, I added several layers of Krylon Low Odor Clear Finish.  It seems to keep the vibrancy of the soft pastels the best.

Now you can see why it took me several weeks to complete this painting.  I think it’s time to celebrate with a glass of wine!

Cheers Friends!!!  🙂

Big Bold Blooms #2!

I just finished my second, big,  24 x 30 inch flower painting from Lynn Whipple’s Big Bold Bloom Painting class that I’m taking online.  I just LOVE Lynn’s enthusiasm!  🙂

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I know how much you enjoyed seeing my process photos from my last big painting so here are some more for you!

The beginning:

More additions with drips and splatters:

 

Painted the background a dark blue and added an orange table top:

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Added pastels – here are some close-up images:

After I sprayed my piece with a varnish, I lost some of my pastels so I added some oil pastels on top.

My finished piece on a shelf in my dining room:

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All this from a beautiful flower bouquet – my inspiration:

Happy Spring!  🙂

 

 

 

 

Big Bold Blooms

I finished my first flower painting yesterday from an online class I’m taking from Lynn Whipple called, “Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting.” It is a 5-week class that ends next week but I’d really encourage you to take it if you like painting flowers.  Lynn’s enthusiasm is contagious!

Here is my finished painting on a 24 x 30 inch canvas:

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It is the first time that I have ever painted flowers this big and I absolutely loved it!  It is amazing how great it looks in my dining room, huh?

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my progress photos.

I started by creating an underpainting of bold shapes in muted colors and then drew a rough sketch with soft vine charcoal:

I’m using Behr house paint samples from Home Depot which is a fabulous idea from Lynn Whipple.  I also used some of my Golden Fluid Acrylic paints in my next steps:

It was fun to add drips and splatters!  I then painted a soft gray color around the flowers, added a tabletop and some soft pastels:

I continued to tweak it until I was satisfied with it.  I then sprayed it with a fixative which did darken some of the pastels but I am still very pleased with it:

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Spring!  🙂

The Old Neighborhood – Part 2

Do you remember my story of Ellen that previously posted here?

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Today I want to  finish my story with a little poem – thank you everyone who helped me complete my story!

What DID Ellen see?!  Here is her response:

Did I see a little green man?

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Or maybe a miniature unicorn on the corner stand?

A Super Mouse doll?  Oh, so grand!!!

Or perhaps a big hairy spider with two sharp fangs?

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A little dancing statue that looks brand new –

Is that the god of Vishnu?  I have no clue…

A rather noisy Parrot, who keeps saying, “Moo?”

Or maybe a rare Hairy Bird, stuffed and glued?!

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Is it Waldo, smiling over at me?

Did I FINALLY find him?!  Oh, no!  This cannot be!

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I realize now as I sit here with glee…

What I saw in the corner was just a reflection of me!

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Hope you enjoyed my story!

Happy Creating!!!  😊🎨💜