Thursday, August 27, 2015

Almost September. . . . .

Whew! Here it is almost the end of August and I haven't posted since the end of January. How time flies when you're having fun. . . . and being busy!

I'm in the middle of a big project--writing an Art Docent program for one of the elementary schools here in Sanger. As soon as that is finished, I'm hoping to get back to painting a LOT again and to blogging. Just wanted to let you know that all is well and Life is Good!

More soon, I promise!

P.S. This is a new painting called "Kitty Caretakers" which is entered in the Madera "Celebrate Agriculture" Show coming up very soon. I have two shows to write about so that's where I'll begin when I do my next blog post. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why didn't I think of this sooner?

As I was framing all of the most recent paintings, I thought of using some of my gelli print papers to mount the Funky Five Minute tree on and this is how it looks. I wish I'd thought of it sooner but my mind was occupied with the painting and not too much else.  I mounted the approximately 4" X 3" painting on two different papers with double sided tape and didn't use a separate mat at all. I really like the look! I also recycled a frame that had a badly dinged up corner--refurbished, sort of, by dinging up the WHOLE frame! I also remember Monte Guyne's advice--when you have a problem area in a painting, try to analyze what's wrong with it and either "wipe it out" (remove it) or add more of what ever it is--repeat it until it becomes a pattern instead of an eyesore. I applied that advice to this frame--I didn't want to refinish it and I couldn't hide the ding, so I used the sanding block and smoothed out the ding and removed the finish from the edges all around. I like that, too!

Day 28 and Day 29--almost there!

Day 28:  Once again, small was all I could manage and this time I did 3 trees in watercolor. This is only watercolor, letting the colors run into each other. Size is 4" X 6" and it's framed in a narrow, shiny black frame. Price is $32.50. I call this one "Zero to 3 in 15 Minutes!"

Day 29: This one is watercolor and pen and a little larger at 8" X 10". It's an abstract of the mountains, sky, clouds, river, and trees and that is all. :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 27--posted at midnight and it's #9 on the list of paintings posted so far. :)

Well, since it was almost midnight and that's when the posting begins for each day of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge, I decided to stay up a few more minutes and post the smallest, most primitive painting of the month. I did one of today's paintings with my left hand, but, despite what you may think, it was NOT this one. It's about 4" tall and 3" wide and I call it my "Favorite Funky Five Minute Tree". If it was supposed to be a fir, I could call it my "Favorite Funny Funky Five Minute Fir"! In any case, here it is--

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 25 and Day 26 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge

Yesterday, Sunday January 25th, was a long, wonderful day with 2 Fresno Community Concert Band concerts. We left home at 11 AM and got home about 10 PM. Consequently, I didn't do yesterday's painting. I took a sketchpad and planned to do a hand-drawn and painted map to use as a template for a new art hop map but it didn't work out. I scanned the hand done image just fine and added some digital photos to it as well as some drawings but it just didn't reproduce well enough to use. Maybe I'll work on it more later, but, since it wasn't really appropriate for the challenge anyway, I scrapped it for now.

This morning was spent sleeping in (important!) and creating the Art Hop flyer and a map to accompany it. So I didn't start painting till 3:45 this afternoon. Knowing I had to do a minimum of 2 paintings to just "catch up", I challenged myself to see if I could do 6 in 2 hours--20 minutes a painting. They were small, so it was possible. They might not be my best work of the series, but sometimes you do what you've gotta do. And one nice outcome of doing all these Sanger paintings is that now I can almost paint them with my eyes closed, so to speak, and I don't have to think very long about what to include in them.

So, at 5:45, I had 6 paintings drying--well, actually 5 because I threw one away. I rushed it too much and it was just a muddy mess. And if you know me, I HATE "mud". The others aren't great, they are pretty small, but they are finished. I let them dry and added a few touches, signed them, photographed 2 of them and posted them on the challenge blog. Woo Hoo!

Yesterday's painting--5" X 7", watercolor and pen--an abstract of the Sanger area. Fresh and fun, but not the greatest compositionally. But I'm thinking that right now, done is more important than fabulous since I'm agonizing a tiny bit about getting to work on my state sales taxes which are due on February 2nd. Getting a little close to put it off much longer!

Today's painting-- 7" X 5"--and the same description applies to this one as to #25. :)
Which one do YOU prefer, of these 2?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day 24--A Game Board

In the same book about making maps, I saw an idea for making my own game board. Since time was limited today, I decided to do a quick version by using printed copies of the small paintings I did for a painting called "Definitely NOT to Scale!" Here is that painting:

I used cards of the individual paintings in the large painting and I left them in their plastic sleeves, put them on the printer, resized them and copied them in a smaller format. I cut them all out, slapped them on to a full sheet of watercolor paper with a glue stick, addeda caption box below each and then started thinking about
how to proceed. LOL

Next, I added a banner and Sanger, CA. I proceeded to ask a question about each of the locations, add some arrows and finally, a little watercolor paint. This is the final product and it's more of an illustration/composite than anything else. It's the first "product" that I see no reason to frame, because I'm not sure what I'll do with it. It could be a conversation starter, but not much else. So this might be my "fail" of the 30 days of paintings. It was a fun idea, but not fine art and probably not salable.

Yesterday was Day 23, and it was too late to post when I finished painting!

But I'll catch up now, on Day 24. I had it in my head to do some kind of a map yesterday. I have a great book about making/painting maps and as I paged through it, a few projects caught my eye. Here is a photo of the cover of the book and then a couple of ideas about "Word Mapping".


I decided to use watercolors to do"free hand" lettering inside the shape of a tree, since Sanger is the "Nation's Christmas Tree City". I quickly sketched the outline of a giant sequoia and started filling it in with place names, words, locations, businesses and more.

This is the finished painting--full of words about Sanger, California. The finished size is 14" X 11" and it's all watercolor and permanent pen. I'm surprised I managed to finish it in one day since it turned out to be a LOT of work! I do like how it turned out, though, and I think it will look nice matted and framed in a 20" X 16" frame. 
Several people commented on it on Facebook as soon as I posted it.