Monday, July 29, 2019

A Blogging Fiasco

Friends - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper

Last month, I downloaded & deleted the blog because I intended on making some big changes in it.  As it went, I got humbled, so I am back on Blogger.  Blogger allowed me to  republish the downloaded blog, but would not let me use the same blog title. Why? I don't know.

And I lost every follower because those connections are attached to the old blog title.

BUT I kept the reading list, so I hope to reconnect with blogging friends.

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Hope your summer is going well, and that you're staying cool.

Here in Eugene, the temps have been hot lately, so we've been taking trips to the Oregon coast (about 60 miles / 96 km).

Tim and I also did some exploring in the opposite direction (central Oregon).  He was a good sport and wandered around Sisters, Oregon with me during their annual Outdoor Quilt Show - 1300 quilts! 

Saw this driving over the Cascade Mountains to Sisters.

The quilts were hung everywhere - on buildings, in parks, on racks in streets and inside businesses.

There are at least 10 quilt / fabric stores in this small town; fiber artist heaven.

So between lots of field trips, a few online classes, and visits from out of town company, it's been a nice summer.   I hope you're enjoying it, too!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Again

Knife practice
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord / 6X6 (15.2X15.2cm)

While digging through the storage unit last week, I came across more than three dozen new Ampersand gessobord painting panels.

These are popular with artists who sell online.  The small size makes paintings more affordable and they are inexpensive to ship.

Luckily, I found some more oil paint, too.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday - Monday

Respite / Pastel / 16X12 

It's good to be back.

Lately I've been wondering where to go with artwork.  I've decided to start building an inventory and go back to

So then I thought I'd better open an Instagram account.  When I signed up, I learned that this is where most of the artists who have fallen off Blogger and Facebook have gone.  It's nice getting reacquainted with old blogging friends.

Will I see you on Instagram?

Monday, May 6, 2019

X, Y and Z

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"X Marks the Spot"

A point of interest is usually placed in a particular spot in a composition
to make the overall image more pleasing to the eye.

You can find these spots by dividing the composition
into threes - vertically and horizontally.

A best spot for the focal point is where any two lines intersect.

This spot is also known as the sweet spot or
X marks the spot.

Of course,  rules are meant to be broken.

Watercolor Batik / 12X16 (30.4X40.6cm)

If you want to emphasize symmetry,
if you want your subject to confront the viewer,
or if you just like the way it looks,
break the rule.

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"Y is for Yupo"

Yupo paper has a slick, non-porous surface a lot like glossy photo paper.
If you have control issues, it might not be for you,
but it is loved by the alcohol ink crowd.

Alcohol ink on Yupo

Alcohol ink on Yupo

If you want to see how to make ink silhouettes,
click here.

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"Z is for Zebra"

Watercolor Batik / 8X10 (20.3X25.4cm)

Zebra - a favorite wild thing.

If you want to see how to make a watercolor batik,
click on the tutorial button at the top of the blog.

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I'm going to southern California in a few days to visit family until the last week of May. 

Since our dog Cobie is too old to board at a kennel, 
Tim and a friend will be dog sitting at home - 
just the guys for a couple of weeks. 

Hope you have a safe, happy month!  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

W is for Where

"Look Into My Lips"
Pastel / 12X12 (30.4cmX30.4cm)

W is for where.  Where to look.  I just wanted you to look at her lips :)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

V is for Vintage

Sketchbook Revival / Mixed Media / 7X5

"The question isn't who's going to let me;
it's who's going to stop me."
Ayn Rand

Another Sketchbook Revival lesson; this time from Australian artist Toni Burt.
The lesson was a mixed media vintage girl.  She doesn't really look that vintage to me, but that's okay.  I loved the assignment.

I'm a little behind in the lessons because the sun was shining and the Oregon coast was calling.

These are a few photos taken yesterday.

 Hope you're having a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

U is for Unusual

Sidewalk crack drawings

These silly figures were inspired by a couple of books written by Seattle artist Carla Sonheim: "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists" and "Drawing & Painting Imaginary Animals."  

 The drawings haven't been "embellished" yet, but they're kind of interesting starts.

The animals were made while doing one of Carla's exercises called "Exploring Sidewalk Cracks."

What you do is take some photographs of cracks in the sidewalk or street and bring them home for a look.  The object is to find pictures or images in the cracks just like you found pictures in clouds when you were a child.

These would make great cards or art pieces (nursery art, mixed media, ACEOs, ...) once finished.

I also signed up for the free annual online Sketchbook Survival workshop.  And guess who was teaching on the first day of instruction?  Carla.  And guess what Carla was teaching? Yes, sidewalk crack animals. 

Might not be too late to sign up, if you're interested.  The classes started just a few days ago and they feature two artists per day.  The free video tutorials have been running about 30 minutes each & will be available for the duration of the workshop (ends May 4th).  Lots of fun.

Carla can also be found on her blog.