Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Art Exchange is set, and we're all starting our paintings to share. What fun this will be! Thanks to all who are participating! This is a little 5" x 7" painting that I sent to my friend, Barbra Joan, to thank her for our wonderful outing last week. We had such fun with orchids that day! Long story short: This lady was selling beautiful full-bloom orchid plants in her shop - great discounts - so, I had to buy one! Barbra didn't. Smart lady! Once mine got home, it decided that it was finished, so started losing all it's pretty blooms! I just hope that I can keep it alive long enough to make it bloom again!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I propose that we exchange small pieces of artwork (no bigger than 8" x 10"). This can be in whatever medium you choose. But, please, no nudes or "shock art" -- let's be kind to each other.
I'll send each of you an email, giving you the name of the person you are to send to, and also the name of the person sending to you on Thursday, June 18th. All artwork should be received by the intended receipent no later than Thursday, July 16th. This gives us 3 weeks to paint, and 1 week to mail.
Please only reply to this post if you intend to follow through -- and, you might forward the information on to anyone else that might want to be included! I'm going to try to post this on Flickr, also, in the Watercolor Group. Here are a few pieces that I've received lately -- I truly cherish them!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I love this wonderful world of blogging! It's enabled me to find artists from all over the country(and the world) and be able to appreciate all kinds of art! BarbaraJoan is one of those artists that I met online. We live about an hour and a half apart here in Florida, and so we decided to meet in Dade City today. We spent several hours looking in antique shops and having a delightful lunch. We have a lot in common, and shared many laughs. I'm so grateful to have a new friend, and to top it off, she rewarded me with a little painting and a bookmark (below)! Of course, I'm such a loser, I didn't even think to do the same for her. I hope we get to see each other again, soon!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I have learned that I can only paint what I see. I laid out this still life, and started to paint it and realized that it wasn't looking the way I wanted it to. So, I took a picture of it, put it in my photo program on the computer, and cropped it the way I wanted to paint it. Once I had that image, I was able to paint it.
I have this same problem with painting plein air. There is too much stuff, and I can't seem to focus in on the composition that I want. I'm going to keep practicing, though, and hopefully I'll be able to "see" what I want to paint, and eliminate the rest!
This little painting is for Pat's class on Tuesday -- we were to paint the veggies that are in our fridge!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I painted this for a challenge on a Flickr group that I belong to. The photo was taken in Spain. I really like to do challenges - love to see what everyone else does!
My asignment for Pat's class next Tuesday is to paint veggies or fruit from our own kitchen. Never had good luck with that, so we'll see!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
There is a beautiful Magnolia tree that sits at the entrance to our development. I've been driving by every day for weeks, thinking that I should get my camera and take some pics of the blossoms. Finally, yesterday, I did just that. Then, I combined a couple of them and came up with this painting. This time of year, I think most of us love to do Magnolias!
I finally have an afternoon with nowhere to go, so thought I would sit by the pool -- but no, it's decided to thunder and rain! Our rainy season has begun. Poor Barney, he barks and carries on the whole time the thunder happens. We gave him some pills yesterday that are supposed to chill him out - and he was like a drunken sailor all afternoon! I think we'll have to rethink the dosage!