Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
After thinking on this some more, and receiving a thoughtful critique from a WcW member (thanks Jane!) I decided to splatter quite a bit of the rock colors and some quin gold on this just to age them a bit and make them look less pasted on. I do like this and will probably do the same with the larger version when I do that. In the meantime, I am preparing to do another Aubrey portrait, stay tuned!
This must be my day for finishing up projects that have been left partially finished. Now, I can move on to my next big idea. No wonder I can't remember anything, there are so many ideas filling my brain there is no room for remembered things!
I saw this method of doing petroglyph watercolors in a gallery in Tubac a few years back and, unfortunately, cannot remember the name of the artist as I would like to give her credit for the inspiration for this piece. This is a quarter-sheet study done to check out this method for a full sheet painting I would like to do. Stayed tuned for that! I plan on using LOTS of my reference photos of petroglyphs, I have hundreds and hundreds of them.
I thought I was finished with this one but now think I will do some splattering to make the petroglyphs looks less smooth and more aged. There is something about seeing photos of my paintings on the computer screen that acts like a "you need to do this" reminder. Strange.
This is my submission to the Watercolor Workshop project for the month of March where we all are to paint from the same photo, these fabulous birds. One of the artists in the group, Janet of Tenerife, Canary Islands, did hers in this lovely oval of foliage. I liked the composition so much I asked for, and received, her permisison to borrow her idea for my painting.
For those who were painting with me at the Art Club last Thursday who wanted me to make a shadowy left eye on the left bird's tipped head, it is there in the shadows. I did it, it just does not show up well in the photo. I try to please!
These birds show the affection that is Nature, huh?
I am not trying to turn my blog into a testimonial on other artists, but if the intent of this blog is to journal my artistic thoughts I simply have to share my thoughts on the journeys of others and Doris's journey inspires me greatly.
I have added the link Doris Glovier - Journey in Oils to my links list and you can check it out if you want. She also is a wonderful photographer who shares her great photos with us at Watercolor Workshop, she truly has it going on!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I got started putting layer after layer of watercolor paint on this, removing bits of it with the meshes and bubble wrap, adding to it with positive stamping with the objects and just kept going for three hours. I had so much fun I think I lost sight of my original theme, but I really didn't care by the time I got done with this, it was a fun time of discovery.
What is so strange is that this is only the second almost-abstract painting I have ever attempted, I usually do more realistic landscapes, etc. I was in virgin territory here and wasn't sure what to do next. I took it to the Vanguard Artists meeting yesterday afternoon, hoping to get some feedback about what else was needed design-wise, etc. and was told to just sign it and leave it alone, that was the overwhelming critique with this. Cool! Since I don't look at much abstract art I really couldn't get a good feeling about this but now I think I will just frame it. It will be matted and fit into a 29 x 36 frame, I hope I don't break the glass on this big one, too. I still have to replace the glass with Plexiglas for the last one I broke while framing it. These big sheets of thin glass aren't very forgiving!
I have quite a few unfinished, but nearing completion, works in progress on my worktable right now. I will work on getting those finished this weekend and post here. I also worked on a large Yupo painting in the below abstract style (yeah, I know, I don't care for that style much) this week....yikes! I am really in unknown territory when I do that and rarely have a clue what to do, but this time I had such fun doing it that I didn't care. More to follow on the technique when I post the painting.
Friday, March 07, 2008
I tried to get the slideshow link to work but it shows just a few photos and then goes black, even though they are visible as being part of the set. Strange. Anyway...I promise, as time permits, to get these labeled and add some more photos from the trip.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
We spent yesterday at Out of Africa, a wildlife park near Camp Verde, AZ. They have enclosures for most of the animals, and some roam freely in the center of the park, in a natural environment much like Africa. Those who roam freely come up to the open bus for photo ops. I took 500 photos yesterday, but some of that number was inflated by my use of the action shot feature that took multiple shots at once to catch the animals moving. My favorite photo is that of the male lion, it looks like he is very close, but I was on a viewing platform and used a telephoto lens. Many of my photos were shot through chain link fence so it was great to get a clear shot of this guy. My next favorite shot was of the white tiger female. She was just gleaming white in the sun. I was just about six feet away from her and she just considered I was there and watched me with little interest. We walked a lot again at the park so we are getting some exercise in on this trip. Still having fun! We will leave for home tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Tomorrow we go to Out of Africa, a wildlife park here in Camp Verde. We have heard such good reports on this place that I hope to get many good photos of African animals. Should be fun.
Monday, March 03, 2008
We spent today tromping through cliff dwellings and photographing many more petroglyophs to add to my petroglyph/pictograph library. It was a fun, great and tiring day but so nice to spend in this wonderful part of the planet. Red rocks rock!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
This morning we chose a forest road that would lead us to the V Bar V petroglyph site. There were quite a few streams that had water running fast and deep. For those familiar with the I-17 Interstate to Flagstaff, you cross over Wet Beaver Creek, only I have never seen any water in this. Well, today it was running swiftly and deeply with water. The petroglyph site required a half-mile hike in and out, but was not a bad trail. Got some exercise! There were many petroglyphs on this cliff face, some we had not encountered before. I am showing one photo of this site, these were either cranes or herons and there were a few different astrological symbols than we have seen elsewhere.
On the way back we stopped at a creek that I neglected to find the name of and the creek had nice quiet pools and at places the water ran through deep red rock slabs. I am showing two views of this interesting creek.
We will explore the old part of Cottonwood tomorrow. The weather has been beautiful so far. Talk to you then.