Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
"While on a field trip [video style] last week, I could not help but sketch the tour director. I never meant to do more than a sketch. I was inspired to sketch Mystele because of the way her head scarf looked.
When I turned to this page and saw the irregular corner, It made me think of the scarf. While adding paper layers for the background, I found a scrap that said, "I must". I glued it to a corner and kept mulling over these words. "I must" sure sounded like a message from my gut. So, I made a photo copy of the sketch and did a gel transfer, taking advantage of the special corner. While painting this I was thinking about how Mystele made a book with this long format and how it represents her. She is giving us her "words" and so I resisted a closed mouth even though I have never painted someone talking. She is much prettier than I have represented but It was a very quick sketch. More than one field trip made me think about how much I enjoy hands. And so I included her hand from my mind's eye.
The landing of the butterfly was a serendipitous happening and represents me.
The skin tones were achieved mostly with Caran d'ache watercolor crayons.
While looking for my Words, I found I must."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Before sitting down with her this morning, I was unsure whether or not I would touch the face. I thought maybe I wanted to leave it as was and just finish up the background and journal part.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Put out six, seven or eight puddles of paint.
Allow yourself about 15 minutes.
(cause I had to be at the office because I had to report for jury duty because I went yesterday and it was today instead)
Because I had to do it. Could not Not do it.
Driven to do it.
I add the eyes first.
Remember they should be in the center of the oval.
They don't have to match.
Give her a nose and mouth.
Go not longer that 15 minutes.
I had to leave her like this all wet and with lots of paint texture.
When I get home, I will finish the page.
Mine already had a background but yours doesn't have to.
I have to go back to court now.
So Do this.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Yep. It is a deconstructed foam brush. I plan to deconstruct some larger sizes too. They are very fun to scrap the paint on and then scrap it off and then use the point to scratch words and then use the flat area to smoosh the paint around. Just fun stuff. You can put several colors and smoosh them together or you can let one color dry and then add another and so on and so on and so on........................
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
You can find me during the last two hour shift of the day at the Cloth Paper Scissors Open Studios section of Make It University. I plan to demonstrate painting faces with Caran dAche and other water solubles on muslin.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Third image is url from Flicker. It is the Large image 1024 x 638. The "original" image in Flicker is 2922 x 1820. In other words, I did not resize the scanned image before loading to Flicker nor did I resize it before loading to blogger (second image).
If you click on the last image, it will open in another window and you can see the whole image.
My blog template is a Minima Stretch which will make a difference in how large the photos can appear.
Someone ask and I don't think I gave an adequate answer or explanation.
Oh yes, most times I do resize before loading to blog or Flicker.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Wednesday evening, Timothy was admitted to Scott and White in Temple.
He had been sick for three weeks or more with flu and stomach virus symptoms.
He wasn't getting any better and continued to run high fever. Test for everything you can imagine were all negative. Except a Monday evening X-ray showed a spot on one lung which radiologist was "not comfortable" calling pneumonia. However, another strong med was prescribed. By Wednesday, when he still was not better, he was admitted.
On our way back from Austin, we stopped in to see Tim and could see for ourselves that he was much improved. Melissa just let me know that he is being discharged and doctors concluded that he indeed had "walking pneumonia" all boxed together with the flu and viruses and the new medication had resolved it and chest X-rays are good.
I am happy for a rainy weekend and will most likely escape into a little ART at some point.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I really really did not want to see a profile. If you have followed Mystele's art recently you will know that I was "pulling" this face from the background.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I love making books and journals. But wasn't in the mood for it for some reason. My problem is that I never fill them up. It seems that the process of making or at the least having a book is very necessary to the success of the class. As I was following a class assignment yesterday, I was having these Gut reactions and thinking, "oh I need to remember that, oh I like that, oh oh oh". Ah Ha........I'm suppose to have this dang book to write all this down in.
I had just the perfect book already made. Earlier this year I gathered up a stack of wallpaper border that had been within eyesight for a long long time and I bound it into a book. Never mind what the size of each piece was, I just folded it in half and in it went. And that is about as far as I got with the exception of the one page where I applied a bird napkin. As I said, I never fill them up.
You can see the cover is half of an old file folder and it is made like my junk paper journal. I am going to add the cardboard on top of the file folder for the cover. But first I'm going to paint it.
PS.....I'm not for sure, but you might still be able to get in the class. Check it out with Mystele
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
This is on 8 X 10 canvas board and I'm thinking that I want to paint bigger. But then I'm thinking a lot about backgrounds and how important they are to the composition and I'm thinking I just want to paint faces and not backgrounds. It's crazy. There is a merry-go-round in my head and I'm jumping on and off of it after going in circles round and round.
No tellin what to