|Stopped by Lake Martin again yesterday on my |
way home...just beautiful. The birds were
gorgeous in the fading light...golden edges and
illumined feathers. A spoonbill landed on the tree
not far from me. And the sunset was stunning.
A peaceful end to a worship day.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
|St. Louis Cathedral...in the sunshine!|
|This clarinet player gave it her all for the crowd today...|
made me smile
|This painting was in progress in the window of a gallery |
today as well. Neat
|And this really made me smile...a window display |
selling these great headbands....cheese!
Friday, March 28, 2014
I am so sad today to learn of the death of Robert Guthrie, a renowned
watercolor artist from New Orleans. I have always LOVED his work...so
colorful and playful. He captured the spirit of New Orleans and anything he
painted with such joy and exuberance.
I own one of his prints, of a shotgun house in
the French Quarter. I wish I had bought one of
his originals. He was found dead at his home earlier this month,
and they believe he died of a heart attack. He was only 56 (which is my
age as well.) I think if is hard for me to think about an artist
never being able to create anymore...of their artistic endeavors
ending, way too soon. There are so many ideas still in my head...
I so want to have the chance to do many more works of art.
I pray I have the opportunity.
His work is being carried by Gallery Rinard in New Orleans on Royal Street.
I am planning to go as soon as possible to buy a couple of prints,
and maybe an original, if there are any left!
Rest in Peace.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
|Started on a new project, with a new toy! I finally ordered the |
Icarus Drawing board by Ester Roi. It is a glass drawing board,
that has an adjustable heated side. Using the wax based pencils on the
heated surface makes them soft and easy to blend.
|This is a small drawing, 8 x 9, but it went really fast. It is |
so easy to draw and get color on the paper. It also helps my
arthritic fingers as well! I do not have to use very much pressure
to draw, and that is great!
|Final stages here....I added the shadows, details, and then the |
background. I cropped it off to tighten in on the blue glove (which I had
to make up), and to lesson the background. There is still the white area
across the top, and I have to decide whether to leave it white or not.
Ester's invention is quite revolutionary. She markets them to
colored pencil and oil pastel artists all over the world. You
can visit her website to view her amazing artwork, and
see her product.
"Mardi Gras Madness"
colored pencil 8 x 9 $100.00
Monday, March 24, 2014
"Let it Bee"
Polychromos and Prismacolors on Arches Hot pressed paper
15 x 22 $900.00
I finished this drawing this weekend. It was a lot of fun. I have
never really done a fuzzy, out of focus background before. It was
a challenge at first, until I figured out what I needed to do.
The white flowers are a mixture of so many different
colors: purple, grey, blue, gold. All of those colors will blend
to create a shadow on a white surface. It is often influenced by the
other colors being reflected by the white surface. The white
that you do see is plain paper. I use an electric eraser to clean up
the white areas...they can get kinda smudged as you are working.
Labels: CPSA convention colored pencil drawing original art wildlife art, Gail Shelton art, nature images
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|Took a nature walk today....to see the signs of spring!|
|This is my wisteria....poised to bust open any minute with big|
beautiful purple blooms
|This tree is starting to do something...with these neat little tassels...|
|This is a scary face in a tree!!|
|This is a fern that was nipped by the very late|
freeze we had recently
Friday, March 21, 2014
|These are some wild pear trees that are blooming near the house |
as well. They are almost bloomed out...these are the last little petals
|Welcome Spring....we have been waiting for you! |
We have had some gorgeous weather this week...
I am so grateful. I am sure we will have
some more cool weather,
but I am enjoying it for now!
You can still leave me a comment to be entered in the
free giveaway of the cardinal drawing. I will pick a
winner from the comments at the end of the
month. If you can't get the comment section to work,
just email me, and I will enter your name.
Monday, March 17, 2014
|I did get a chance to do a little drawing this weekend. This is |
progressing slowly...I get lost in the details!
|I added a little bit more dark background, and tweaked the |
blossoms some...adding some darker values and details.
This tree is out my front door, and this year the blooms were
stunning. In fact, all of the pear trees all over town have been prettier
this year than anyone can remember. They say it is because of the extremely
cold winter we have had. That is probably true. Sometimes we get to
experience real beauty only after we have gone through real
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sign of the Times:
I finished this little canvas tonight as a gift,
ordered by a customer as a baby gift. The bedding has lots of pink
checks and gingham. They are also using some lime green and teal.
So, I hope the sign is a hit!
And if you would like something similar, just let me know. I can do names,
words, sayings, etc. on canvas or wood. Prices are reasonable.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Pigs on Parade
It's time for the Hog Dog trials again! And I got some GREAT help today
painting my pig. My students agreed to paint it today, and they had
so much fun. It is going to be "Pea Patch Pig...with the letter
"P" and a patch of fabric. So, that's what they painted today....just the
letter and the patch. I will come back and add the finishing details.
The tutu pig was finished today, and is "Hog Wild". There will be many
more finished this week...will try to keep posting.
(For those of you not familiar with this tradition: Our little town hosts the largest
hog dog competition in the world every March. Hunters with dogs come from
everywhere, and enter their dogs in a hog baying contest, where they must
keep the wild hog pinned in the corner, etc. The businesses paint these concrete
hogs downtown to help celebrate...just for fun)
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|Managed to get out in the yard last weekend...still no sunshine,|
but a few flowers peeking out. These yellow jonquils are always the
first to bloom. This would make a great watercolor.
|Tulip magnolia and friend|
|More jonquils or daffodils, and a free-loader|
|And this is my Bradford pear tree...always beautiful in the |
Spring. It is just budding out, and the bees are already hard
|I started drawing this one....may take me awhile! Just getting |
started...working on color combinations. There will be many
more layers, details, and some blending with the solvent.
More to come....
If you haven't left me a comment on this blog for the giveaway
this March, it is not too late. Just leave a comment, and I will put your
name in the hat. Thanks!