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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hosting the Hunt Sketch

I'm hosting Scavenger Hunt 486.

I think I have filled about .1 pages of the huge sketchbook.  At this rate it will be about 10 years to finish, right?  Maybe I should write some stories in it as well.  I sketched this on a half page, left side.  Hard to sketch on the bottom with no where to rest your hand.  I started with a new Micron 01.

Number 1, computer bag
Number 2, margarita glass - Subbed a martini glass

Yesterday, February 22, was National Margarita Day and the first day of this Hunt.  That was the reason for having a margarita glass on the Hunt.  Sadly, no sketch or  margarita yesterday.  Good intensions, right?  So we will go to town today for groceries and a late lunch and I will have a margarita a day late!

Gene is "famous" for his margaritas.  Here is a photo from a few years ago.  This was taken before the cabinets were full and we were using plastic glasses.

And, another view of the pre-pinecone blooms.  Each of the pods is a possible pine cone and each of the little pore thingys spews out pollen!  The one good thing is that the pollen doesn't seem to cause allergies, just gets all over EVERYTHING!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hunting Bottles

The large sketchbook was the place to sketch a couple for the end of Scavenger Hunt 485

A Micron 08 has a very large nib, more appropriate for larger sketches - a whole page for one item maybe?  These were very quickly done, freehand.

Number 10, comes in a bottle - some Pisco from Peru.  We like to drink pisco sours once in a while.  Lime juice, pisco, egg whites and simple syrup or sugar over ice.  The blending or whipping makes the egg whites foam and then you sprinkle a bit of bitters on top.  So good going down but pretty potent if you make them right!
Number 11, large and number 12, small - Club soda and Canada Dry ginger ale in plastic bottles.  I like Canada Dry ginger ale as it is made with real ginger, good for your tummy.

It was rainy and we woke up to mist on the lakes yesterday morning with a touch of fog.  The wet makes color so intense.
A puddle and the pile of branches and pine needles.  You can see one of the new bridges well, too.

You can see the many, many pine cones growing.  We will have soooo much yellow pollen in the next month or so.  Sigh....

You see a bit of the haze in this photo and some doves on the bird feeder poles.  Or are they brunch for Roger?  He would love that!

Even when I don't paint, I am always trying to learn ways to improve my work.  Karen Margulis has an abundance of info on her blog and shares with us.  She paints every day and many, many paintings.  I first saw her on wetcanvas and she has really done the work to be a professional artist.  Here is a link to get you started if you haven't followed her.  She tries new paper, new ideas and more.  She teaches so has good ideas for classes, too.


Another artist that is very inspiring to me is John Weiss.  He was a policeman and I first saw his cartoons.  Now he is a regular contributor to Fine Art Studio Online (FASO).  He writes very well.  This article is about comparison.  I think we all do that and it can be very demoralizing if you don't watch out!

John P. Weiss

Another artist with good advice on FASO with some great learning links and scholarship info, for adults and students  in this article:

Steve Atkinson

I hope you are painting furiously and these links help inspire you!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

It's That Time - Baseball. Sketch

Dedication is needed to be a loyal baseball fan.  The season runs until June.  A long time and many hours of travel and watching the guys.  If I had any sense, I would spend just as much time and dedication toward my art.  That is what it takes to make good artwork.  Looking back, 2009 and 2010 were the years of 50 paintings a year or so.  Not all were put in frames, but the work is as important as the results.

Creating is easier when you have a routine, a dedicated space to work and commitment to the cause.  I see that, but am not practicing what I preach.  Hopefully you will take heed and get in front of the easel, paper, clay or medium that you enjoy.  Or, try a new one!

I did manage a sketch in the big book with the Micron 05 for Scavenger Hunt 485

Number 8, shoe - hiking shoe.  I don't have a great use for them, but nice to wear when you are out plein air painting in the wild to avoid stickers and snakes.  :-)
Number 9, piece of clothing - Longhorn t-shirt

The Longhorns lost their first game last night to the Rice Owls, 3-2.  The Owls coach, Wayne Graham, has been their coach for years.  He played his college ball at The University of Texas.  The Longhorns have a new coach this year .. we will see how it goes in the old versus the new.

Hook 'em Horns!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Top and Bottom Sketch

This sketch was done in the big book with a Micron 05 and added colored pencil for Scavenger Hunt 485.

My first ellipse was pretty good (around the aluminum colored part of the pan), then it went downhill from there.  That is how quickly I lose interest.  The little pan is odd.  It is a one quart pan but they put the same handle on it that they put on the larger pan.  It sits well, but looks like the handle will tip it over.

Number 6, bottom
Number 7, top

Next Friday, Byrd and Street, our musical friends will be performing at The Bugle Boy in La Grange, Texas.  They put on such a good show and that is such a special place .. try to get there!

See on the Bugle Boy site, scroll down:

Or visit Byrd and Street:

Have a good weekend!

Baseball time for us.  HOOK 'EM HORNS!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hunt 485 Sketches

It is a beautiful day today, springlike.  I sketched indoors, though, in the big book with a Micron 05.  Quickly and freehand, like most times.

Number 4, comes in a bag - chocolate chip cookies
Number 5, comes in a box - gluten free macaroni elbows
Number 6, comes in a can - green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico ... yummy!

Gene spent a good part of yesterday and today moving our mailbox from the side of the house to the front driveway.  It is not an easy job.  It is made of iron, his brother made it for us quite a few years ago.  It is set in concrete.  I'm not quite sure how he managed on his own, but with the help of the Expedition to drag it over, he got 'er done!

This will be a busy weekend for us.   The University of Texas Longhorn Baseball season gets underway tomorrow evening.  There will be a four game series against Rice.  Always a good game against the Owls.  You can check the schedule at http://www.texassports.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball  There is a new coach, David Pierce.  The style of play should be quite different and we look forward to a winning season!  Hook 'em Horns!

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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