Winter is coming (or I’m not dead yet!)

Or something like that.  It was nice here today, but it’s going to be colder by the middle of this coming week.  Ugh.

Anyways, not been all that busy, but I did manage to complete a postcard for TAE18.  This will be the first year I’ve taken part and I’m pretty excited for this.

El Dorado
Watercolor on paper, 4″ x 6″

El Dorado (TAE18) (2017)

El Dorado (TAE18) (2017) | Watercolor on paper. 4″ x 6″ | Available

And I finished this piece this afternoon.  It’s a bit new (I usually do wet washes all over the page) but I really like how it turned out.  I mean, really like it!

Jellyfish Daydreams
Watercolor and ink on paper, 9″ x 12″

Jellyfish Daydreams (2017)

Jellyfish Daydreams (2017) | Watercolor and ink on paper, 9″ x 12″ | Available

So enjoy! 

Something New, Something Blue

Well, actually, they’re both blue but minor details.  I’ve finished two new pieces, although one is kind of a cheat.  I already posted about this in progress, but now here’s the finished piece.  Except for basically ruining my crow quill by accident (which accounts for the blotchiness in the lines), I’m pleased with how it looks.

Untitled Abstract (2017)

Untitled Abstract (2017) | Watercolor and blue ink on paper, 5.5″ x 7.5″ | Available

For my second piece, I did an ACEO to submit to the Grumbacher Art Swap #53 event.  The theme was song title interpretation and I decided to go with “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic.  It’s a fun song, the video makes me smile, and the idea popped into my head when I was thinking of different song titles.  So there ya go!

Counting Stars - ACEO (2017)

Counting Stars – ACEO (2017) | Watercolor on paper, 2.5″ x 3.5″ | Grumbacher Art Swap #53

Cuts like a knife

Vague post title is wonderfully vague.  Except it’s kind of not.  I had a larger (11″ x 15″) piece I was working on that just wasn’t doing it for me.  The composition was off and I didn’t like it.  In fact, I’d pretty much stopped doing anything with it for several days.  Last night, I decided to take a knife to it and sliced the piece into four smaller (each 5.58″ x 7.5″) paintings and suddenly *BOOM* everything seemed to come together.  Here’s a WIP shot of the first piece that I’m adding blue ink to now.  It’s already a vast improvement over the original, larger sized painting, IMO.

 

 

Image Gallery testing in progress

I’ve been somewhat dissatisfied with my image gallery plug-in for a while now, but haven’t gotten motivated enough to do anything about it until now.  I’m testing something new and want to see how it looks.  The upside is if I like this, it’ll look much nicer on the site.  The downside is having to completely re-upload and redo all the images on my site. 

Oh, and as anyone can tell by the dates on the blog posts, I’ve been a lazy slob about updating.  I’ve been much, much, MUCH better about updating my Facebook art page and Instagram, which needs to change.

Testing…

UPDATE Tuesday – I think I’ve found the setting I want to use.  The gallery adjusts based on the images, so it’s not all same sized boxy pictures.  It has captions and a lightbox setting.  So far I’m loving it.  Yes, it will be a hassle to redo all my galleries, but I’ll take the opportunity to clean them up as I go along, which should be a good thing.  Below is the starting point for the “Abstracts” gallery. 

 

State of the Art (2017) #1

Continuing with my cleaning and organizing theme, I finally took the time over this weekend to put some items sitting out in my office/studio away in the closet and slightly straighten up my drawing table.  The room feels much bigger now, even though it wasn’t as if I were cramped for space or anything.  It’s a psychological thing, I guess.  In the process of cleaning up, I went through the things in a plastic storage bag that was still struggling to survive the twenty years plus since I got out of college. 

The bad? Here’s what remained of a triangle that didn’t make it and instead crumbled into a lot of dust and little pieces.

20 year old debris

The good? I finally FINALLY found my French curves!  Yay!  I knew they were around here somewhere, and I thought I’d checked this bag in the past, but apparently I didn’t check well enough.

French Curves

I’ve been getting close to just buying a new set, but all the ones I saw at office supply stores were small and as you can see, these are nice and big.  It’s giving me ideas and I can use them for the first of my Art for the Paws canvas.

Here’s to a creative and fun 2017!  It’s off to a good start!

Peace Offering

I have been incredibly lax about updating the site and posting any images here.  I have the remainder of the January 30-in-30 that I did plus a few other pieces that I’ve managed to do in the past six months as well, but the truth is – I’ve been incredibly lazy in general.  Just haven’t put a priority on making art, which isn’t good.  I feel better when I’m creating at least something.  But near the end of July, I got my creative vibe back and have two new pieces to offer.  I’ll be going back and figuring out what is missing from the galleries here and updating those as well.

“The Gates of Tomorrow”
Watercolor and white ink on paper, 8 x 11
Prints are available through my deviantArt account, if interested.

The Gates of Tomorrow

The Gates of Tomorrow | Watercolor and white ink on paper | 8″ x 12″ | 2016

 

“Untitled (Blue Layers)”
Watercolor on paper, 5 x 7

Blue Layers

Blue Layers | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

Day 7 – Another Untitled Piece

Nothing much to really say here.  I’ve yet again failed to come up with a title but that’s all right.  It will let the viewer decide what they like about this painting rather than be influenced by the words I assigned.

I’m really enjoying how the violet and turquoise blue look together.  Overall very pleased with how this turned out even though I was experimenting for part of it.  And I’m getting comfortable with the 5×7 size.  It gives a bit more room than 4×6 but doesn’t feel like I have so much space to fill if I were doing 8×10 or 9×12.

“Untitled Abstract” – Day 7
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Untitled Abstract (Day 7)

Untitled Abstract | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

 

Days 4, 5, and 6 – all together now!

So in my usual timely fashion, I’m behind on posting my daily paintings.  I have such good intentions, but then my book and comfy chair downstairs tempt me when I get home from work.  Tonight I was ambitious though!

Days 4 and 5 are sibling paintings, in that they started out life as one larger piece that simply was not working for me.  I’d worked at it and worked at it and the balance or je ne sais quoi just wasn’t there.  So I took a knife to it and ended up with these two pieces instead.  The smaller format gives a better flow and focus to each painting, IMO.  No names came to me though, so these are simply “Untitled Abstract 2016-04” and “Untitled Abstract 2016-05”

Day 4 “Untitled Abstract 2016-04″
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7”

Untitled Abstract 2016-04 (Day 4)

Untitled Abstract 2016-04 | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

Day 5 “Untitled Abstract 2016-05″
Watercolor on paper, 4.5″ x 8”

Untitled Abstract 2016-05 (Day 5)

Untitled Abstract 2016-05 | Watercolor on paper | 4.5″ x 8″ | 2016

As this post title suggests, I also have day 6 to share.  I was in a purple mood so went with the lovely violet color, supplemented by scarlet and turquoise blue.  I started subtle and then worked in layers as usual, but adding the new twist of flowing lines along the edges.  The center line of scarlet just feels right, as does the title.

Day 6 “The Shores of Desire”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

The Shores of Desire (Day 6)

The Shores of Desire | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

Enjoy!  I’m waiting for day 7’s painting to finish drying before I decide whether it’s done or not.  I think it is, but still need it to dry completely before I can take it off the board.

Day 3 – Tidal

Unlike yesterday’s painting, the title for Day 3 came to when I was almost done.  I had been planning to do something for my Layers series in my usual greens and turquoise blue, but I ended up putting a bit of a twist in there.  As the green layers were drying, I had the impression of water against land.  When I added the two additional blue layers, the work “Tidal” just came to me and I thought it fit perfectly.  I hesitated before adding the brown layer, but felt the piece needed an accent of some sort and I think it works.

Day 3 “Tidal”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Tidal (Day 3)

Tidal | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016