Friday, August 31, 2018

Is It Fall Yet?

Silent film actress Maude Fealy

It's a little early, but Inktober is looking interesting this year.
It is an international challenge
 to do one ink drawing a day for 31 days from October 1-31.

To get ready for the challenge, 
I've been collecting vintage photographs of silent film actresses.
Their faces are a little imperfect, a little less generic - just interesting.

They're also fun because some of these actresses were quite the "drama queens"
in their poses.

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And thanks to our old dog, who now refuses to sit outside alone,
I've been spending more time in the backyard.

Thought I'd doodle on some rocks out there.
It was pretty relaxing.

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It's hard to believe another week is almost gone.
Hope you have a safe, happy weekend!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Still Waters

Still Waters / Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6X6 / 15.2X15.2cm

The reference photo for this painting
was taken on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California in 2011
during a palette knife workshop taught by artist Leslie Saeta.

If you're interested in learning more about the workshop, 
click the link under "Pages" on the right side of the blog.

It still remains my favorite workshop - great teacher, 
lots of individual attention,
and scenery like this:

For those of you who are artists, 
Leslie hosts a weekly radio show on Blog Talk Radio 

It's fun to listen to while you create!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

By the Sea

By the Sea
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
8X10 / 20.3X25.4cm

It's been quite a while since the palette knives have been used,
so I thought I would start with something simple.

A sea theme appealed to me because Tim and I
spent Sunday on the coast.
We live about 50 miles (80 km) from the seaside town of Florence.

As usual, there was a little coastal fog in the morning.

We had breakfast in the fishing village of Newport, 
and then took a quick walk around town.

Artist Wyland has painted 100 international marine murals,
and one of them is on a building on Bay Street (below) in Newport.
It is 100 feet long X 35 feet high,

Wayland Foundation photo

and it's a show stopper.

By early afternoon, the fog had burned off,
so we headed over to Heceta Head Lighthouse
for a long walk on the beach.

Someone made a rock stack (cairn).
In the past, they have been used to mark trails.

Conservationists are not happy
because moving the rocks to create the stacks
is thought to disrupt the ecosystem.

Rock stacks are natural graffiti to some,
but I think they are beautiful.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Five on Friday in Eugene

Our skies have been really hazy this week due to the wildfires in southern Oregon
 and northern California. 

Thankfully, the smoke is staying pretty high in the sky, 
so we are not smelling it like we did last year.

These are photographs from our walks around the neighborhood.

There is usually sidewalk art to enjoy.

And people are always willing to share the love.

Tim and I also took a trip to the storage unit today.
I have been looking for our oil painting panels & canvasses since we moved here, 
and finally found them way in the back of the unit.

And there is still more art stuff in the unit - studio furniture, plein air gear, easels, art books & DVDs, mat cutters, and piles of drawings, ...

We currently have space issues since moving to Eugene, 
but I know we are blessed.

I'm off to grab a cup of coffee and try to figure out where to put these treasures.

Hope you have a safe and very happy weekend.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Girl Talk

Eyes of Green
Watercolor Batik
10X8 / 25.4cmX20.3cm)

She's almost finished - a few teaks to the eyes and hat, maybe the hair.
My mentor Helen told me to put paintings aside for a few days
 and then look at them with fresh eyes.

Silhouettes are still fun to paint with alcohol inks.

And having the light box makes these much easier to color correct.

Here are a few photos of the light box that Tim made for a few dollars.
He used an old cardboard box, an old white sheet, glue, two desk lamps with
flexible necks and two LED spotlight bulbs.

Tim cut away the top of a cardboard box.
He then cut away two sides which were opposite each other.

Tthe interior of the box was covered with white material
 which was glued in place.
Tim used an old sheet, but plain white paper or foam core would work also.

After that, the two opposite open ends were draped
 with the sheet material.
This is where the light shines through into the box. 

Two desk lamp light bulbs were replaced with LED spotlights.

Then Tim flipped on the lights.

I take photographs of the artwork from above.

The light box can also sit upright on a tabletop, of course.
A tripod would help hold the camera steady. 

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And why did I do this?
I signed up for the Dirtyfootprints Studio's 
online class.
I jumped in during early registration and haven't done one session yet...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Watercolor Batik
10 X 8 / 25.4cm X 20.3cm  

I started this batik on Monday, but stopped because of the heat (93F / 33.8C).
It's almost finished - just a few tweaks to strengthen the values (tones).

And then yesterday, we got central air conditioning installed.
Wow - so nice!  
It's just in time for tomorrow's nasty high temperature of 96F / 35.5C.

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Another thing I'm thankful for is a light box for photographing artwork.
Since the air conditioning was kind of pricey, 
Tim rigged up a homemade box using cardboard, an old white bed sheet 
  & two small desk lamps.

The photo on the left
was taken outside last week.

The photo on the right
was taken using the light box.
The colors are more accurate, so that was a good plan.

And that's it for today.
It's almost 8PM - time for a nice cold drink.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Four Blues and a Gecko

"Old Friend" 
 Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper
8X10 /20.3cmX25.4cm

"Heaven goes by favor.
If it went by merit,
you would stay out and your dog would go in."
Mark Twain
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The fun with silhouettes continues
as well as the problems in getting accurate photographs of them.

Photographing in sun or shade, inside or outside makes no difference.

I think a photographing in a light box would solve the problem 
with uneven color / shadows.
Hoping to accumulate a few more silhouettes and make some prints.

Have a safe, happy weekend.