Tuesday, January 31, 2012

White Flowers

I really like this one actually. It's a 5x7.
I am reorganizing my studio to make the back sun room just for painting. I put the big easel out there but doing this involves a complete reorganization of all the supplies that were out in that room. This is a huge job and I have been working on it for several days. I have to leave it for now because I am off to Greenville this morning for a week to see Macaulay, Marc and Morgan while Daddy Marc is out of town.  I should be back sometimes next week. I am hoping everyone will have a wonderful rest of the week!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Green Pear

"It's not easy being green," said the pear.
Actually I think that was Kermit.
Well, that's just the first thing that come to my mind about this pear 'cause I paint so many of these so just what is there left to say? Ok, here's something... I actually painted this pear with Windsor Yellow then added some Antwerp blue to turn it green. No green paint on this pear.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This was that...

I finished up this painting so it could go into my spot at the Women's center. I like the way it turned out. Good thing I like green! Maybe some green-loving person will buy it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Art of Your Heart

I write this little saying all the time because it is just so true for me. It is so amazing to me how different (and better) my art is when it comes spontaneously and serendipitously straight out of my heart. Most (99%) of the art I post on my art du jour blog is created this way.  I have had to do many commissions and other art on demand throughout the years and although I love my art and love to create it, if it is "on demand" from an outside source I feel that it is forced and contrived. I don't think the viewer can see (I hope not!) it but I sure can.

This was written quickly with my new fabulous Pentel Pocket cartridge brush fountain pen. I also got out my Pan Pastels for the sun and one of my favorite stencils. I should do that more often because that was awesomely fun!

So today was quick and fun = art du jour!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

More in the Pear-ology Series

Painting pears definitely makes me happy. This is another piece of 5x7 Twinrocker paper with the fabulous deckled edges. Ok, gotta go now and do my happy dance. :))

Monday, January 23, 2012

CalligraFUN in Orlando

I just can't tell you how much fun it was to teach CalligraFUN to my fellow scribes. They are all such a talented bunch as you can see from the images. They had great success and I am so proud of them!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

OK, I think I am ready now!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

CalligraFUN Samples

I am teaching CalligraFUN to the Scribes of Central Florida on Saturday and I have been really busy getting packets and samples ready for them. They are a great bunch of talented people so it should be lots of fun!
Here are a few examples I have created in the last few days to show them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cinco de pears

This is how I practice glazing the pears. It is just on a scrap strip of 300 lb Arches paper. I never waste any scrap of this paper. I can always paint something on the scrap and make a "snippet." I love the 300 lb and even though it is much more expensive I try to watch for sales and buy it then. Dick Blick is usually the lowest but Jerry's Artarama and Cheap Joe's are great too. 
My try to paint the pears so they will appear to glow in the light. A lot has to do with the paint colors too. Here are the 3 main colors I use:
Windsor Yellow---Windsor Newton
Quinacridone Gold--Daniel Smith (WN has a good one too)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange--Daniel Smith
I also mix up a shade color.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Reds in Water

Here is another 5 x 7 "Burridge" style floral which I love to paint. They are getting easier, 
at least for the 5x7s. 
I am certainly collecting a big stack of these! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pear on Pink

This pear is on a 5x7 sheet of St. Armand's paper. I am trying different watercolor papers and still my favorite is Arches 140 lb cold press. There is nothing much better than that for watercolor. Fabriano is good too but I think that Arches beats it for watercolor.
As I told you I am on a "pear tear" so you will see lots of pears in the coming days. I try to paint one everyday. I plan to do them in watercolor and acrylic.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Abstract 1

I have always been very drawn to abstract art but some abstract art is hideous (to me) but some is very pleasing to my eye. So with that being said, from time to time I delve (again) into the abstract area and try my hand. This one is on a 10x10 piece of 300 lb Fabriano paper. It's ok but I am still going to try to be a bit less busy. I guess I don't need to throw everything plus the kitchen sink into every piece. But I will say that I did enjoy painting it and watching it change and go in different directions. The focal point is guilded with 22 Karat patent gold leaf. So easy to do.
So, the question is, which way does it go?  This way...
Or this way...

Hummm..I really don't have a clue. I painted it turned the top way but turned it all around when I painted. I guess it can go anyway.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Repeat Pattern Blocks=FUN!

During one of my Pinterest wanderings where I sit and drool and become glary-eyed and sometimes go into an eye-candy coma (don't laugh you know you do it too) I saw this site. You might have seen it too. But I have gone crazy doodling these repeat pattern stacks. There is a help sheet in the site so you can do it. It is extremely easy and so fun so... go do it!
You'll thank me for it later!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Three Illusion Pears

I called these pears "Illusion" pears because they are in the Illusion Floater frames that I got from Jerry's Artarama. They are a really great way to display different size canvases and it really makes a big difference.  They come in silver, gold, black and white. I absolutely love them.

I thought I should take a picture of the 3 pears before they went into the show at the Women's Center here in Jacksonville. They are on the curb outside of the center. These were really fun to paint. Hopefully they will sell. These are 5x7s.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More on Twinrocker

I have been saving this Twinrocker paper and actually I probably shouldn't gesso over it and paint with acrylic. It is great watercolor paper so maybe this is the last time I will use this for acrylic. I do like the deckled edges though.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Flowers for a New Year

I have been down with a nasty old cold and coughing thing since right after Christmas but I have gotten up to paint when I would have an upswing. I painted this yesterday. I got some new paints (to add to the warehouse of other paints I have!) It is Australian Sienna Structure Acrylic by Matisse.  I know that I could easily mix this color it's nice to have it in a jar. It comes pretty dark in the jar but mixes down to almost a lemon yellow. I love it.
Since I have been in my "pear phase" I haven't painted in flowers in a far in so long I was afraid I had forgotten how.
This one is on a 6x8 sheet of Twinrocker 140 lb watercolor paper. I love the deckled edge.
Hope everyone is well and feeling creative!

Also, here is something I thought was really funny!


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