Field Trips To Michigan
I was lucky to visit Michigan twice in May. Once to see my family. My step-father lives in the same house in suburban Detroit where I grew up. Nostalgia. And, then my brother and partner live a bit north--he returned to Michigan after many years away.
The second time, I travelled with a friend and stayed as a guest in her family's summer cottage. Up north. I took my paints, and the the piling was the best of the the sketches that I tried. I had not painted plein air in ages. (Who am I kidding, I'm barely painting...). The second is a small abstract where I was trying to use up the paints.
If You Might Be Wondering
A collection of 5 x 7 inch greeting cards that are some combination of watercolor, crayon, and collage. The cards started out as small works in watercolor and crayon, but I did not like them. Not at all. In two cases, you can see some of the original work. In two cases, it's totally hidden by the collage.
Continuing on with the same palette. If you're wondering, I'd just driven to Columbus, OH to pick up a kid, and this his how the fields look, lines converging at one place. I like this much better than the bouquet. It's more soothing.
In other news, I can not figure out how to constrain this to the the first paragraph. It is carrying the entire post into my newsletter.
Wedding Bouquet, 2021
In March, my husband I celebrated our 28 year wedding anniversary. Yay! Let's see: 4 dogs, 5 states, 2 cats, and 2 kids. Whew! The celebration included a bouquet, and I pulled one rose and stuck it in a vase for a painting.
I made a tactical error when I laid this out--can you guess what it is? That's correct, there's no way to crop the page so that I'm not sacrificing other pieces, like the one I did last week, which you can see in the upper left-hand corner. Dang it. What a boneheaded thing to do.
It was fun to paint, though. Love pears. Especially love that their shapes are very forgiving. My husband was commenting that we still have as much fruit as when both kids were here. Maaayyyybbbeee. I do like fruit!
It is March 1, and the daffodils are starting to take a careful look. It's a good thing, too, since the temps are supposed to be well below freezing tonight. I also saw some crocuses when I was out for a run last weekend. I'm so slow, that I have enough time to survey every square foot of foliage I pass.
This is the same palette as last week. Check here if you're interested :) ....
Clean palette with new paint!
Today, I spent some time cleaning out my palette. I had to resort to a wire brush, and the paint was still very, hmm, attached. When I was done, I pulled out some paint that I bought at Daniel Smith in 2019. It was from a visit to "the store" in Seattle; my son was with me and having a 16-yo tantrum and would not get out of the car. I think we had to park illegally, so it was a hasty visit and there was no rhyme of reason to what I bought. I've also thrown in cobalt teal blue, which I've really wanted to paint with of late.
Colors from Daniel Smith: Indian Red, Mayan Blue, Lunar Violet, and Phthalo green turqoise. Also, nickel azo yellow, which I had--why did I buy more? No idea.
I tried not to put out too much paint so that I don't end up quite as locked in. We'll see.
January 23rd, 2021
January 07th, 2021
Sold yesterday, via etsy. It is always super flattering when someine takes any kind of risk to purchase art without seeing it in person first. I'm equally shicked when people tell me they read what ive written.
Don't Fall Over or Anything...
I have two John Pike palettes that I use, and I laid them out several years ago. Then I found that I don't have the colors I like to use together grouped quite right. I'm trying to clean them out without tossing the paint.
Just in case you're interested: Isoindine yellow, Ceruleun chromium, carbazole violet and undersea green. I ran out of the blue (ceruleun) before I could finish. Darn (since it would have made my series more consistent) and yay (since one slot in the palette is cleaned out).
You should not be falling over since I've posted twice (TWO TIMES!) in a few days. Go me :).
Square bought Weebly in 2018. I am obviously paying attention, ha! I am willing to give selling through my website on Weebly a try. I'll start with this small work to kick off the new year.
Next I have to figure out how to get my newsletter with my blog posts. How hard can it be? (I can hear you laughing. )
I hope 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for you--my goal is to paint a little bit more. It is good to have goals.
Is a watercolor artist that lives in Cincinnati, OH. This is a combination of instagram posts and blogger posts.