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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hunting for 423, Sketches

Some quick morning sketches from the porch and the dining table.  I sketched in the large sketchbook with the Prismacolor 01 fine line marker/pen and a bit of colored pencil on the fruit.

Number 5, branches
Number 6, leaf - geranium
Number 7, bush - under the trees across the way.  I have no idea what kind they are.
Number 8, fruit - regular size pear and a small apple and clementine.

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Gene reads a lot and I used to, so we are interested in words and grammar.  Gene gets a "word of the day" from dictionary.com  http://dictionary.reference.com/  every day.  He forwards it to me if he thinks I will be interested.  This was the word a couple of days ago.  I especially liked the quote that came with it.  I'm thinking that my blog is often an amphigory.

\AM-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee\
1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.

For all this, Schott's Original Miscellany is strangely unputdownable. It is the mother of all miscellanies, aka an amphigory, a medley, a pot-pourri, a gallimaufry, a salmagundi, an omnium-gatherum, a vade mecum, a smorgasbord… Oh boy, but Schott is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, a mad magpie at large in the wide world of facts and words.
-- Robert McCrum, “God bless you, Mr Schott,” The Guardian, December 7, 2002

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Sketch Hunting for #423

Interesting day today.  It was so nice this morning.  We had our snacks, coffee and checked e-mail, etc.  Then we went for a short walk.  About thirty minutes.  There are about 5 new houses in our neighborhood either finished or almost finished.  We weren't gone to New Mexico that long were we??

When we got back from our walk,  I checked blogs and wetcanvas.  I decided to sketch here at my computer desk.  I could see several items or substitutes from here, or part of them.  I sketched in the large sketchbook with a Pilot ball point pen.  The pen is for writing, but makes nice lines and usually does not leak or leave globs or fuzz on the paper.  I use this brand in my sketchbooks for the car and purse.

For Scavenger Hunt 423  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1389662
Number 1, furniture - the umbrella stand used for Gene's cane collection.
Number 2, decoration - the wall hanging David made for me.  The fleur de lis on it are very pretty and cast beautiful shadows on the wall.  I could not depict that in the small space I was using.
Number 3, curtain - substituted the shutters on the window
Number 4, lamp - substituted the ceiling light

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My iTunes is playing the La-la Song.  That is what Jennie called it when Joanna practiced on the piano in Bolivia.  It is Beethoven's Fur Elise in A Minor.  The version playing is on a guitar on an album called Guitar Classics, who knew it was a guitar classic?

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There is a great underpainting article on Richard McKinley's blog with some exercises to try.  Maybe I will do them.  Sure......  It is such a good idea to practice.  It might get me to paint.  Hmmm.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Sketches for 422 and Sunrise

As usual, I sketched out on the porch yesterday and today when it was light enough.  The mornings have been just gorgeous and cool.  It is dark when we get up, so I  check social media, news, on my iPad so I don't need a light and have my coffee and snack.

  Sunrise about 7:00 a.m. from the porch.

After the sun came up, I sketched with the Prismacolor 01 pen in the large sketchbook.  Quickly and freehand.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 422.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1389044

Number 9, nail clippers - double sided??
Number 10, hat - isn't Gene a good sport?  He even went in and brought the two hats for me to choose from.  The brim on the baseball cap should be longer.  It is bright yellow with the New Mexico Zia symbol in red with black trim.  In the other hat sketch, I put the ear first and then dropped his forehead down and made him a pinhead.  Another sigh.....  Gene just laughed.

Number 11, pillar - the end of the porch with the screened part in front of the pillar.
Number 12 footstool - the one I use on the porch.  Evidently I looked one way for the top and another angle for the legs.  It is nice and symmetrical and comfy to use.

Number 13, chain - Gene's silver chain from Bolivia.  It has little washer like links with rings connecting them.
Number 14, outdoor table - we don't have any so substituted one of the nesting tables of chrome and glass that we use on the porch
Number 15, phone other than cell phone - our Bluetooth option.
Number 16, iron - an antique, missing the handle, it burned in the fire.  To use these irons you filled it with hot coals.  It must have made ironing even more of a chore and extra warm in the summer.

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This is the Virgo  "horror-scope" by Holiday in the Austin American Statesman today.  "You're gathering facts, figures, evidence, inspiration -- all the things you need to move forward with your project.  The better you know your subject the better your work will turn out."

My project is to make a little painting for a gift.  My "horror-scope" must be telling me to paint apples!!  What do you think?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hunt 422 Sketches

It was a beautiful morning.  It was in the sixties when we got up so were able to have the doors and windows open for a while.  It was 86 outside when I was sketching as you will see on the thermometer and is probably about 88 by now.  It is not supposed to get much hotter ... right!!

I sketched on the porch and at the dining table with a Prismacolor 01 fine line marker/pen.  These are freehand as always in the large sketchbook.

Number 1, animal feeder - the feeders for the hummingbirds.  We still have a couple hanging around.  I wonder if the one that stayed all last winter will do that again?  He/she would look so cold sitting all puffed up on the hanger for the flowers in the freezing rain.  Hopefully it will go south!
Number 2, light fitting - the outside floodlights.  They are right above the feeders to the right, but I didn't plan that so had no room to put it in the same sketch.
Number 3, napkin holder - my hand
Number 4, napkin
Number 5, knife and fork

Number 6, salt and pepper shakers
Number 7, patterned fabric - place mat from Bolivia
Number 8, outdoor thermometer - Gene's wireless rain gauge and thermometer with the readings of rain for today, rain for the past ??? of days, temperature outside and temperature inside.  Nifty.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Quick iPad Sketch to Start Hunt 422

A quick sketch on the porch this morning.  I got the list for the new Hunt  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1389044 and decided to just do a sketch on the iPad instead of looking for my sketchbook.

Number 1, herb - Rosemary from the bush by the garage.  I brought it in to smell as it is supposed to be good for the brain, memory, etc.  Pretty strong, I couldn't hack having the whole plant in the house.  I have eaten it, mostly in crackers.  I am undecided if I would like to add it to anything I cook.  The plant was a gift and looked like a little tree at Christmas.  I put it in the yard and it has continued to grow, even as a dry land bush!

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I'm thinking of Enid Wood www.enidwood.com this morning.  She is hosting a mentoring pastel group in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.  I am imagining being there and enjoying the learning and the camaraderie.  Attending a workshop or mentoring for a few days is such a good way to renew your interest and lift your spirit.  It is hard work as well. 

Think about attending a workshop or having an art retreat.  If you attend a workshop be sure and check with other artists about the style and teaching of the artist.  Some people are great artists but not great teachers and vice versa!  Plan to learn and try the new or different style.  Don't expect to create a masterpiece.  Relax and enjoy the experience.  You can keep any of the technique you like and discard what is not relevant or helpful to your style.  But try it!!

If you can't travel, perhaps you can arrange a retreat at home.  With or without other artists!  Just immerse yourself in art.  Try something new.  Use some videos or magazine lessons to break out of your normal routine. 

Plan a bit ahead.  Do your shopping and errands ahead of time. Arrange for your spouse to fend for themselves for a couple of days.   Tell folks you are not available for phone, texting, e-mail, etc., and stick to it.   I'm planning for a couple of days soon.  I will let you know when that happens! 

I imagine Enid and the other artists are in their own world for a few days!  Excellent!

We had our summer vacation, now I need to focus on what comes next!

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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 NiƱos. (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