Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bye Bye Boys

The grandsons went home yesterday. Another long trip to the airport and back! When we moved here, I really thought it wouldn't be so bad to be 2 hours away from the airport, but on days like this (when I'm so tired, I could cry) it is a very loooooooooong way!

Fun time at the airport - people from Busch Gardens were there with lots of interesting things, like this 1 year old kangaroo! They let us pet him -- he felt like a chinchilla! So soft - not what I expected!

Finally, the blue airplane took the boys away. We had such a good time - but I spent the day today just sitting! Hopefully, tomorrow, I will get back into painting!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time Out

Alex, Zack & Colin
I've been taking some time off - 3 of my grandsons came to visit this week! We've been very busy, swimming, snorkeling, fishing and just having fun! I must admit, though, I don't know when I've ever been this tired! Love, Love, Love having them here -- but I will tell you, I'm looking forward to getting back to normal. (And getting back to painting!) See you soon!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Darla Goldberg

Last Wednesday, I joined The Ocala Art Group. Their meetings involve demos of all the different art mediums. But, Wednesday the demonstrator was Darla Goldberg - a friend of mine from Citrus Watercolor Club. I wish I had also taken some photos of the paintings that she had there - she is a tremendous artist! Darla had a career as an oculist - designing and making prosthetic eyes. So her demonstration on making eyes realistic and glowing in your paintings was a real treat! Of course, I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to do portraits!

Here, she was showing us that light passes through the eye, so there is always light in the side of the iris

Here, she was showing the different sizes of the pupils, and the way that light strikes should appear.

She also passed around paintings of different animal eyes - and discussed what makes them different from human eyes. All in all, a very interesting demo!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Star

9" x 12" Watercolor

Well, I missed Day 3 of daily painting - but I did draw this out yesterday. Just didn't get around to painting until today. I drove over to Pam and Dana's house yesterday, cause I had seen that they had lots of Sunflowers in bloom the other day. They weren't home, so I took some pictures anyway! Most of the large sunflowers had wilted, but this little one was still blooming strong! Fences are not my friends, but I hope it reads like a fence -just a little off kilter!
I found this cool new blog: Inspiration All Around Us - it's another challenge-type blog that posts a photo every week, and asks artists to use it for inspiration! So, I just might try this week's challenge! It's Hydrangeas! YIKES!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gerbera Daisies

7" x 10" Watercolor
These actually are my Gerbera Daisies! Day 2 of my daily watercolors - YAY! I like this one much better than the landscape yesterday. If you notice, I have a playlist on the right side of my blog. This morning, I painted this painting while listening to that playlist - start to finish! I had it drawn first, though. Something about the music got me really into it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Don't Look Down!

7" x 10" Watercolor
I declared yesterday that I want to paint daily for awhile - but do I have any inspiration? Of course not! I've painted every photo that I've taken. And, I haven't gone anywhere to take more - so I'm limited with what I can paint. This photo came up on an ad on Facebook (I know, I said I would take time off from there, but.....) - and it really intrigued me. So, this is the painting for today!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bed of Roses

12" x 16" Watercolor
Here is another painting where I was trying out another technique - which didn't really work out - and became another kind of painting! Man, I seem to be in a learning mode lately. I'm not happy with anything that I'm doing. But, my creative juices are flowing (in my head!) - I'm just not able to translate that to the paper. I truly think that I need to start painting every day again - just to be constantly working the paint and paper. But in order to do that, I need to stay away from the computer -- and especially Facebook! Think I can do it? Stay tuned!