September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 6

Well, I’ve been hinting about this one and here it is.  As I described it to my husband – “It fell from the ugly tree and hit all the branches on the way down.”  He prompted said he liked it, LOL!  Go figure.

I was trying for something like a nebula or a galaxy.. bright, diffused colors against a black sky, but my black apparently dries purple-ish, my paper buckled in such a way to form two channels in the middle (making this seem like a triptych, almost) and the colors were muted.  So once I saw this just was not going to work out, I just started doing whatever to see what I’d end up with.  And here it is.

Day 6 – “The Ugly Tree
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 12”

The Ugly Tree (2015)

The Ugly Tree | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 12″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 5

Went back to what I’d been doing before – layering paint onto paper.  I really should come up with a name for these paintings, because they are definitely done in the same theme/technique/style/whatever and are more than just abstracts.  Only 5 days into the challenge and I’ve noticed something – I’m on a green kick, lol!  Oh well, I can live with that.  Tomorrow’s painting isn’t green though, I can tell you that much!

I also decided to revisit my scanner and see if it would be even remotely useful.  Considering the last time I tried scanning a painting the colors were way over-exposed, I was worried I’d have the same issue because my favorite victim – turquoise/teal – was present again, but it took a bit less color adjusting that I thought it would.  Plus I can scan at 200dpi rather than taking a photo with my phone and then trying to upscale if I want a higher dpi image.  After doing all the color adjusting.  So I’ll see how this works out.  Anyways… a painting…

Day 5 – “The Paths of Light”
Watercolor on paper
5″ x 7″

The Paths of Light ( Day 5)

The Paths of Light | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 (which was actually done on day 2.. gotta love working ahead!) is a revisiting of sorts of day 1.  In retrospect, I shouldn’t have started in with the ink on my day 1 piece, but I did and while I’m not thrilled with how it turned out, I do like it overall.  Today’s piece is using the same colors and same technique and this time, I’m letting it stand on it’s own.  My “issue” with doing that is my view that this is really just a background and needs more embellishment and it doesn’t.  I have to tell myself that it’s okay to just stop and let a piece be simple and stand on its own.

As usual, I am completely unable to get the tealish greens and blues I love so much to show up properly in a photo.  Suffice it to say that this isn’t as green as it looks.  There is more of a tealish tint to this.  And of course it’s untitled, lol!

Day 4 – “Untitled Abstract #14″
Watercolor on paper4″ x 6”

Untitled (Day 4)

Untitled | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 6″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 3

So I actually started this piece on day 1 and finished it late on day 2, but it’s for day 3.  Go figure.  I also completed day 4 but that gets it’s own post. 🙂

So for this piece I honestly had an idea and a plan of what I wanted to do.  What I ended up with… isn’t the same thing.  Which isn’t that unusual.  My initial inspiration came from a foggy commute to work earlier this week. I wanted muted greyish-greens that started out very light and faded and progressively got darker.  I think I went off the rails with the pattern/space I used for each layer; it just wasn’t working to me, so I added a few splatters of green and then some purple.  When I was sure this wasn’t working how my brain saw things, I just said “oh, well” and added the purple and ended up with “Faultlines” instead.  And I like what I ended up with.

Day 3 – “Faultlines”
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 6″

Faultlines (Day 3)

Faultlines | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 6″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 2

As I said yesterday, I had day 2’s painting done already, but I want to try posting these on the appropriate days.  I need to get a better photo of this one, the bottom of the piece is too dark, but it’s late here and I don’t want to stay up too much longer.  I did a lunchtime daily doodle for this piece and think it turned out nicely.  I’d originally been planning to use white ink for the accents but the ink wasn’t cooperating and so I switched to a gel pen instead.  I think I need a visit to the art store to see what other options I have for gel pens though.  There’s got to be a white one available, right?

“Waveform”
Watercolor and gel pen on paper
6″ x 4″

Waveform (Day 2)

Waveform | Watercolor and gel pen on paper | 6″ x 4″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge Begins! Day 1

And thus begins my next foray into Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I feel like I’ve gotten off to a rough start but I’m sure that’ll work itself out soon.  For day 1, I think I should have left well enough alone and just had the background, instead of adding the ink.  So let’s just file this one under “they can’t all be winners!”

I already have day 2 completed (I work on multiple pieces at once) and day 3 is in progress.  Hopefully this weekend I can work ahead a bit, too.

“Untitled”
Watercolor and ink on paper
5″ x 7″

Untitled | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 5" x 7" | September 30-in-30 Challenge

Untitled | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 5″ x 7″ | September 30-in-30 Challenge

State of the Art – Week 34

So I’ve apparently lost two months somewhere.  I’m sure it was well spent, somehow.

Anyways, finally back to doing some art again.  I’ve signed up for another 30-in-30 Painting Challenge organized by Leslie Saeta set to happen in September.  Definitely looking forward to this and because I’ve decided to work in a standard smaller size, I can prep my 4×6 and 5×7 pages ahead of time so I’m not scrambling to do that before I can paint.  I might even get some of my base boards ready with paper already taped down if I get organized.

Tonight I wanted to create some small paintings to go in these white square frames I’d had for ages.  Then they’d go to work with me to decorate my cube cave.  Since I wanted the paintings to go together, I painted them as one piece and then sliced-and-diced my way to the right size for each frame.

Untitled Abstract #11 Trio – WIP

Untitled 11 (trio) WIP | Watercolor on paper

Untitled 11 (trio) WIP | Watercolor on paper

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State of the Art – Week 24

Happy Sunday, folks!  Right now I’m in a good mood because game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals is tomorrow night and here’s hoping the Blackhawks win it at home!

Oh, and I have some art and writing to share as well from the past two weeks.

Storytime first – I’ve finished two “new” fanfiction stories since last SotA and posted them here on the site and over on Fanfiction.net.  I’ve also double-checked to make sure that all my stories are posted here on the site as well.  I’ve posted them with the actual dates they were originally put online, so except for the new most recent ones, it’s all in the archives.

Broken (Naruto) and Faded Memories (One Piece)

As for artwork, I’ve finished the two WIPs that I posted last time and added three more pieces to that.

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Broken (Naruto Fanfiction)

Title: Broken
Author:
Rhyssa Fireheart
Pairing:
None at this time
Fandom:
Naruto
Rating: T+
Disclaimer:
Don’t own it, never will. Just like to play around with it in my mind.

Posted today over on Fanfiction.net (which is where I archive almost all my stories – gaming related ones aren’t there).


Shinobi don’t fall out of trees. They receive rigorous training in chakra control in order to stick to the sides of objects (such as trees) or run across water or even to move quickly in short bursts, making it seem as if they can disappear. So why was she lying on her back gasping for breath, sprawled in the grass with a large root digging into her back? Not that it mattered, she couldn’t have fallen, obviously, because shinobi aren’t supposed to fall, at least not after they’ve graduated and become genin and chuunin and especially not once they’ve reached the rank of jounin.

Dragging herself to her feet, she tried straightening up, gasping at the line of fiery pain down the left side of her back. Something was wrong back there; something beyond simple bruising caused by a not-fall from the trees, but now wasn’t the time to worry about that. Right now she needed to get moving again, get back up in the trees she hadn’t fallen out of and keep going.

Forcing her body to keep moving, she jumped back up into the branches of the tree. Pausing to rub eyes gritty from dust and lack of sleep, she leapt to the next branch and then another, the uncertainty of her steps fading after several more jumps. There was still a long way to go before she arrived at her destination. Not that it mattered; nothing anyone could do would help the dead.

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