'nother reminder about my painting giveaway folks- March 6th is coming up fast! Link to me from your blog or your facebook, and let me know about it by emailing me ( email@example.com ). Couldn't be easier :)
And it really feels like there's sun shining through the daffodil, which just thrills me to pieces! Not sure how much of that can be attributed to the crazy blue background.... further experimentation required :)
Just reveling in the colors- sometimes flowers can do the most unexpected things, you know?
Oh, and just a btw- I've set something up as http://www.allartblogs.blogspot.com/ , just all the blogs I'm following- it's 132 and counting- so if I haven't found yours yet let me know! I figure that the blogwatch feature is beautiful in its simplicity, a group of bloggers can have something like this without everyine having to post multiple time in multiple places, you know? Check it out :)
More with the silly dollar-bill sized paintings :) And I think the little wrapper was as much fun to paint as the cheesecake bite itself.... almost as much fun as eating it... my sweet tooth has really, really been in overdrive lately. So much so that I just finished mixing up and bakng yet another batch of chocolate chip cookies. Think I'll send them into work with the darling husband so I don't eat the whole four dozen by myself....
Fruit tarts, much like pears and raw eggs, seem to be something that all daily painters are obligated to paint. Having never so much as looked at one before going on a field trip to purchase this little guy, I have to say they are interesting. The shininess, for instance. There seems to be something.... maybe a clear gelatin?... covering the whole tart. And there was something that I'm sure was meant as chocolate that formed a kind of cradled, shell maybe, for all the fruit... I'm looking forward to summertime even more right now though, getting some proper strawberries and trying to paint them. I actually included the little pale thread leading back into the strawberry from the little seed-points, I have no idea how to describe it better than that but I'm absurdly proud of it. Oh, and the weird size. I saw a small works competition being advertized, and the pieces could be no larger than a dollar bill. Which seemed so odd I just had to try it, of course :) #784
Trying to figure out how to portray multi-colored fruit- perhaps not as difficult as I had feared- and having fun doing silly thing like adding the highlight via finger-painting.
And I just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver's "Prodigal Summer", and I loved it. Strange thing- I wasn't really sure about it at first, but the book really grew on me as the stories started to weave together and the characters started to take shape. It's the stories of three different people- same timeline, not one of those women-of-multiple-generations themed things that are so common now- set in what seems to be the mountains of Tennessee, and I guess the real subject is the environment, the way it changes and is affected by people. Do you reckon bookrecommendations are kosher as part of an art blog? Hm...
More mixed-media-ness, and I actually added the white paint in with my fingers! Everyone should try it, it's really an interesting look and texture, and provides much more immediate opacity if you're going white over a darker background.
Colored pencils are awesome and all, but I am really in awe of you folks that do complete works with just those little boogers. Seems like it takes forever to build up colors, you know? I cheated, here :) some watercolor pencils, some acrylic.... yay, mixed media!
I'm wracking my brain to come up with something to say, especially after leaving last night completely blank, but there's nothing. Doesn't seem like there has been for a while. Or, more accurately, no real words- theres tons and tons of pictures, ideas for paintings, beautiful color combinations, and theres silly things to do with the baby, and even sillier stories to tell her, but so far as anything bordering on intelligent communication goes.... zip, nada, zilch. Is this something you just go through as a new parent, perhaps? Or maybe as a person who is a little too visually obsessed? I dunno.
Happy little cherry. And don't forget about my painting giveaway! The drawing is on March 6th, which is closer than it sounds :) Link to me on facebook, your blog, twitter, whatever, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to enter!
I love these colors! Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson.... can't have all that on just one flower and not have it be so vibrant it looks like it'll jump right off the canvas at you!
Ah, pretty colors :) And a reminder about the painting giveaway on March 6th- enter by mentioning my blog on your blog or on facebook, and let me know you did so by emailing me at email@example.com !
Now this one was out of my comfort zone! It was the icing, really..... I was studying and studying on it, and realized that the white sprinkles were actually the brightest white, not the highlights on the white icing, which I would usually paint as white-white in the interests of contrast or increased seeming shininess or something. So I fumed and pouted and puzzled, and finally, eventually finished the durned thing. And I'm rather proud of it, too!
Now, something else to announce: this is post #765. Post #800 will be a giveaway- whoever wins the drawing can tell me what to paint on a 6"x6" or 6"x8" scale, and it is theirs free- I'll even include shipping. Now here's how you enter- mention my blog- and provide a link!- on your blog or on your facebook page, something like that, and then email me the link at firstname.lastname@example.org . The drawing is March 6th!
More sweetness.... I guess to compensate for this whole "winter" thing. I guess it would be fun if the Teacup Human were old enough to play in it or something, she's cute enough to make even something as dreadful as snow fun, but she's under the weather, and I'm under the weather, and it's cold and ridiculously bright outside. I'm clicking my heels three times and wishing for summertime, when the onle ice around is incorporated into froofey umbrella drinks :D
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at email@example.com .