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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Playing in the Pastel Dust

I actually did a no-pressure painting for fun and practice.  Well more practice than fun.  Right?  On the Southwest Forum on wetcanvas.com we have a monthly challenge to paint from photos provided by one of the artists.  October Monthly Challenge - Fall http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1361881 was put up by Jenna and we have not participated like we should.  I decided to do a very quick pastel, sort of like a sketch from one of the photos she supplied.  My sketch doesn't do justice to the photo.

Photo by Nicola Boerer on wet Canvas....

Pastel sketch on Canson Mi Teintes paper, gray.  It is about 17 x 12 inches.  I only spent about an hour on this so now I can critique what I did.  If I was going to make a finished painting, I would dedicate more time to the darks and background painting.  This would make the colors show up without being so glaring.  I would use a bit of a bluer sky and have some blues (the complement to orange) in the shadows.  The blue would gray the orange and soften the effect.  I also would like it better if I moved the big tree on the right farther to the right for a better composition.

I actually used some of my orange pastels and that is good.  Fall colors are not my favorites and the oranges and browns are very neglected in my palette.  Ha.

Some of our family were posting fall colors on our text chatting and we have no fall colors yet and maybe none this year.  Here is our "old" yard in December of 2008.

We went to one of the fall baseball practice for the Longhorns last Monday.  It was such a beautiful evening.  I took many photos and fixed some to put here then decided after all the time that I wouldn't put them up.  Here is one!  They played nine innings Orange against White.  The Horns won!  Hook 'em!

I am ready for spring  COLLEGE baseball now, professional baseball is not too exciting.  I was  sort of for the Dodgers or  St. Louis Cardinals to be in the World Series, memories of my parents.  We don't watch or care, really.  Now I am rooting for the San Francisco Giants because Brandon Belt is playing for them and he was on the Longhorn team a few years ago.  Do you care who wins??

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sketches from the Porch

For Scavenger Hunt 379  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1363111   I sketched out on the porch for these sketches the last two days.  Today I sketched in my studio.  I used a Micron 05 pen in the large sketchbook.  I sketch quickly and free hand.

Number 4, reflective - the window to the right looks into the living room.
Number 5, favorite art supply tool - a pen and should have mentioned the fingers, too.  :)

Number 6, metallic - I was doing the something from the list by memory and thought I remembered aluminum/shiny.  Well, the pan is metallic anyway.  Sigh.....
Number 7, something you like to wear - I must have been thinking of a completely different list because  I remembered knot and that is not on the list.  It is part of my favorite shoes, though.  Double sigh......

Number 8, round - the exercise ball that lives under my corner desk
Number 9, rectangle - the side of the storage box
Number 10, gift - a pair of multicolored socks bought for a friend
Number 11, keepsake - an aquamarine and white gold/platinum ring.  It didn't melt in the fire so maybe it is now a diamond!
Number 12, triangle - well, almost.  An arrowhead rescued from the fire, too.  Joanna found both of these things.  Thanks, Joanna!

The weather is so beautiful at the moment.  Morning temperatures have been around 60 degrees F.  Days are mid 80s for the most part.  I love this here as we can have the windows open until mid morning. I close up before it gets warm and we don't have to use the air conditioner.  Nice and quiet around here!

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. —Sir Francis Bacon

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sketches, What Else?

On Wednesday I finished up Scavenger Hunt 378 which I was hosting.  I used a Micron 05 pen in the large sketchbook.

 Number 5, view in or out of a doorway - this is from my studio to the living room.

Number 6, red - a folding chair
Number 7, is down below in the sketches for Hunt 379 as it was on the same page.

Number 8, zebra or zipper - I subbed Zentangle, then realized it is not from life it is imagination so doesn't really qualify.  I received the book from Sue, my Michigan painting buddy, this summer and finally did the first lesson of lines and circles.  Looks like I will learn some new designs, I usually use the same old shapes like in the right hand lower corner.

Today my sketches were done quickly out on the porch.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 379. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1363111   I sketched in the large sketchbook with a Micron 05 pen.  In other words, my usual sketching utensils.

Number 7, from Hunt 378 - Old Fashioned - a Dutch oven that I got from Jennie.  You never think of receiving hand-me-downs from your child!  We have silverware, the Dutch oven and a couple of other things she gave me after the fire.  All four of our children came up with things for us.

Hunt 379, Number 1 - comfortable shoes - Gene's canvas slip-ons
Number 2, yellow - there were actually 3 yellow items on the porch:  this electric fly swatter (batteries), the yellow bungie cord and a can that had a yellow label.  I skipped the can.  I usually have to really go hunting to find something yellow.
Number 3 - Anything lit by a single light source from a window - I substituted the porch shelf for a window and sketched some cups and a little vase.

Note for Texas artists, have you entered the Hunting Art Prize?  Will you be taking home $50,000?  You can't win if you don't enter.  http://www.huntingartprize.com/  The deadline is November 30.  It is for paintings and drawings.  The final is in Houston so not too far for our area.

I have been painting, finishing up a pastel painting of cactus blooms to put at Art Connections. http://artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/ I will post about it a bit later after it "cures".  For me that means to let it sit and see if it is finished.  It is pastel, so doesn't need to dry or anything like that.
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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill