Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days…I returned home & promptly became ill. Boo! Still in recuperation mode but I at least had enough energy for a blog post today!
As I mentioned in my last post, I spent most of last week in Brown County, Indiana with my grandson. We had a wonderful time!! And, yes, I was able to get out my camera and capture some photos while we were there.
So stayed tuned the next few days and look for more flowers, frogs, trees & scenery – I’ve got enough to keep you entertained for a while. Maybe by then I’ll feel up to creating some new art.
Oooh, I don’t think I’ve had a “Thursday Edition” before. Isn’t this special? 🙂 It was a perfect day to stay in and make art (is there such a thing as a bad day to make art?) and I enjoyed having an extra day in the studio. I have lots of progress images to share with you, as well as some chit-chat to go with it. If you can’t tell by the image above I’ve added several more steps/layers to the “columns” artwork whose beginnings I shared in yesterday’s blog post. I added some more charcoal to the right side of the columns and rubbed that in to darken one side. The next step was to choose a color for the next layer and I picked a deep maroon to add on top of the brown/neutral base from the previous day.
As soon as I had added that I began to think about flowers, flower gardens, columns with flowers and away I went. Before I could get to the actual flower portion I wanted more underlayers of color to put them on so I dropped some sepia colored ink across the top of the piece and then tilted it to let it drip down to the bottom.
While that was still wet I added in some shimmering white ink into the lighter areas and let the piece set for a few minutes.
After it had time to dry a bit I took a thick paper towel and placed it on top of the entire piece and lifted and smudged the ink around.
Now it was time to start thinking flowers. Of course flowers need vines, stems and some greenery too so I added bits of it on & around the columns and edges first.
Okay, NOW, it was time for flowers. I used different size dots with each color of paint I added, saving the very tiniest for the white dots that I put on last. Although I don’t think I’m finished with the piece it’s been fun seeing where it happened to go so far. I’m thinking perhaps it will end up more of a “secret” garden, hidden behind a few more layers a color, peeking out here & there. But that’s just “thinking” I’m letting it lead me where it wants right now.
I also added a layer of paint on the other piece that I started yesterday. I mixed an off-white with a light blue and got a very light grey-blue color that I spread over the top surface of most of the piece.
Eventually the texture was too much temptation and I just started using my fingers to paint with. 🙂 I wiped away most of the paint from the black lines so they would continue to stand out for now. I’m still not sure of the direction on this piece but I like this step. We’ll see where the next one leads! Here’s a close up photo of the texture of the surface:
As promised yesterday I also put color on the large 3-panel mixed media artwork I’ve been working on the last week or two!
Oh, did I say color? Perhaps I should have said LOTS of color! What fun! I know I’ll be adding more layers and some (or lots) of this may be covered up eventually but I really like the bold, fun, start. And, most of all, I’m just happy to have pushed myself into doing something with all that white canvas! I’m saving all the step-by-step images for a later post, perhaps when the piece is totally finished.
Tomorrow I will spend some time cleaning up the studio and getting artwork ready to show some visitors who are stopping by. I may have time to put a little paint to canvas, I’ll just wait & see where the day takes me. I hope your Friday and the upcoming weekend are both enjoyable!
Okay, today’s post doesn’t have any kind of tutorial or photo tips, it’s just a selection of spring flower images that I’m drawn to right now. We’re having another winter storm move through today and I’m way past being done with this kind of weather! I’m ready for spring. I can look at these and remember taking them at some local state parks and in my own backyard.
Some of them I lay down on the chilly spring earth to get close enough to capture their tiny details. At least one of them I got more than just a photo, I got nice big patches of itchy poison ivy on my arms as well! Some were taken when I was out enjoying nature with friends and family and others I was blissfully alone and in tune with my surroundings, seeing and appreciating the tiny details of my journey.
Although I know they don’t hold the memories for you that they do for me perhaps, in a small way, they will still give you something to look forward to while we wait out yet another spell of winter weather. I’m ready for some warmer weather, sunshine and no snow, how about you?
Seems like lately I’ve just been bursting at the seams with new ideas, creativity and artwork! It feels good to have things flow so easily. That’s not always the case with making art so I am making the best of it while I can! I’ve got so many new projects going that I am excited about but I wanted to share this one with you while it’s fresh in my mind. Tonight I sat down at the computer to do some photo editing for a recent photo shoot but first got sidetracked and created a few new photo/digital art pieces instead. (That tends to happen when I should really be doing something else!)
We traveled to southern Indiana yesterday to spend the day visiting my parents. It is a place that is full of memories, and always seems to be so visually stimulating to visit. They live on a lake in a house that they built, it stands where we once had a summer “cabin” that we would retreat to each weekend from spring to fall. They bought the old cabin when I was only four years old, so I have many, many memories of my time down there as a child, teenager and as an adult. Although things have changed, when I am there much still feels the same. It seems like each time I visit I can’t help but pull out my camera and shoot images around their property. I literally have folders full of images that I’m never quite sure what I’ll do with once I’ve taken them. But this time it came to me that I am repeatedly shooting photos of my mother’s beautiful flowers in bloom and of the many rocks that they’ve collected and have placed around the outside of the house.
The rocks particularly bring back memories of long walks “up the creek” to splash in the cold water on a hot summer’s day, chase minnows & crawdads as well as to rummage through the rocks along the path and in the creek. My dad would carry a large bucket and often fill it with geodes of all sizes which he would tote back to the cabin to add to the others that he had already collected. If you’ve never seen a geode they aren’t particularly excited to look at from the outside. But the inside, well the insides can be quite spectacular. And getting to the insides can be an adventure in itself! Depending on the size and hardness of the rock sometimes you are able to give it a good smack with a hammer and it will crack open, displaying all sorts of beautiful formations of quartz in a variety of colors. If the hammer didn’t work we would fling them onto the concrete step and hope that would do the trick. I’m sure now days all kinds of safety gear would be required just to get to the inside! Although I remember bits & pieces of shattered rock flying through the air, I can’t recall any of us ever being injured. At least not permanently! 🙂
After returning home from our visit with yet another batch of photos (including many of the beautiful geodes and flowers – again!), I decided that this time I needed to create something instead of leaving the images in a file, in a folder, tucked away on my computer. In just a short time I had created four new pieces! I can see expanding on these quite easily to add many more images to the collection. For each piece I used between three and five different photos to create the new image. I even have some them printed, waiting for mats & frames so that I can take them to an upcoming show.
Here they are:
“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks”
“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks, 2”
“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks, 3”
“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks, 4”
Thanks for reading my little blog, I’ll check in again soon!