Day 2 – Mist

When trying to think of names for my paintings, I usually come up blank (and I’ll probably name one of my pieces “Blank” one of these days).  Sometimes, nothing comes to me when looking at the piece.

Sometimes though, a name just pops into my head and in some cases, it sticks even if the final painting seems to have nothing to do with the title.  That’s still fine with me, because if I come up with a title first and then work, that title influenced what I painted and is still part of the piece, even if the two don’t seem to go together.

For Day 2, the title “Mist” came to me as I was about mid-way through.  I liked it enough to want to work with that in mind as I continued painting and while it might not be a perfect fit after all, I still like the title enough to keep it.

Day 2 “Mist”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

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Happy New Year!

Here’s to another great year of fun and creativity!  I’ve decided to start off 2016 with another 30-in-30 Painting Challenge, once again hosted by Leslie Saeta on her blog.  It’s exciting to be one of hundreds of artists taking part.  Here is my piece for Day 1.  It started out as a planned piece to go with the Retro-Circles series and ended up in the String Theory line because it wasn’t working at first, so I threw water and threads at it and got this as a result.  I like the limited colors (pumpkin orange, scarlet, saddle brown) but overall, this didn’t go as originally planned.

Day 1 “Confetti”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

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Silence (Gintama Fanfiction)

Title: Silence
Author:
Rhyssa Fireheart
Pairings:
Implied Oboro/OC
Characters: Oboro, Utsuro (mentioned), Naraku, OC
Fandom:
Gintama
Rating: T
Disclaimer:
Don’t own it, never will.  Just like to play around with it in my mind.

This story got into my head earlier this week and wouldn’t let go until I got it written down.  My first Gintama fanfic and it’s about one of the antagonists for some reason.  I knew I preferred to write about non-main characters but this did surprise me somewhat.


 

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One of his oldest memories (after being saved by Utsuro-sama) was of feather soft touches and barely there whispers.  When he was first introduced to the other students of the Tenshouin Naruku school, he hadn’t noticed her at first.  She stayed in the background and it was only when her name was said that he first felt a fleeting touch on his back and she appeared before him, bowing a greeting.

He was surprised to see a girl at the school; weren’t they going to be trained to be assassins?  Why would a girl be there?  Years later, if he bothered to think back, he would realize how naïve he’d been.  Right then though, he did as his teacher told him and observed.  She wasn’t exactly tiny, but then again, they were only kids.  Her black hair was cut short and from what he could tell, she had dark eyes.  Her skin was tanned, so probably taken from a rural village somewhere.

Even then, he noticed how quiet she was.  Despite the seriousness of what they were to be trained for, the other students were noisy and acted like normal children should.  She seemed wrapped in silence standing there, her voice low and barely heard over the other conversations.

He also noticed her studying him in return.

 

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New Art? What’s that you say?

Yes, I come bearing new art.  Of course, it’s only new because I’ve taken so long to finally get it posted here, but let’s not quibble about minor details, all right?  And I’ve been trying to get back into doodling some more, to kickstart my brain somewhat but it’s sadly not working.  Everything I try to pick up I end up putting back down again.  I’ve had this happen before, which is why I’m at least doodling some things.

So, new art –

“Frost”
Watercolor on paper
5″ x 7″

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Wrap-up and Summary

So the September 30-in-30 Painting Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta has ended and I managed to do 25/30 paintings for the month.  That’s not too bad, actually, considering I had a mild art block in the middle of the month and then life happened for a bit there.  I really did want to do the full 30 paintings but I’m satisfied with the ones I did complete.  Right at the end of the month I tried a new technique that I really enjoyed (“Colorplay”) and I want to explore that further.  I also did something new with the “Flow” series and plan to play around with that some more, especially if it means I can pull out my metallic/iridescent watercolors again.  Those are fun to use.

I think overall, I was more focused this time around because I decided to work with a set painting size (4×6 and 5×7) and that let me not worry about the paper so much.  It may seem silly, but sometimes I look at a larger piece of watercolor paper and think “what am I going to do with all this space?”  Even with more purely abstract pieces like “flow” or the layered ‘scapes, it’s still hard to fill the space (and that includes negative space) without overwhelming the page or making it seem too busy.  It’s a tough balance and I find it easier on smaller canvases.  I want to go back to doing (slightly) larger pieces though, so I plan to keep working on that.

Here’s my collage of the 25 paintings I finished for this challenge.  You can also see them on the 30-in-30 Challenges gallery page.  I’m looking forward to trying again in January if Leslie hosts another one.  In the meantime, I’m debating if I want to jump into INKtober again this year or take a break from trying to do a daily piece of art.  I’m tempted because INKtober was what started me down the path of doing daily art and I had fun with it, but on the other hand, I just got off a challenge, so maybe a break?  Or I can just do one piece a week, that could work too.

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Days 18 through 25

So I disappeared for a few (okay, several) days there.  I was still painting, but not with the verve that I started the month off with.  Not sure what happened.  I did have a bit of an art block but it wasn’t much of one.  I’d fallen far enough behind that I ended up only completing 25 paintings total, which is fine in the long run.  I’ve also created a collage image of those 25 paintings but I’ll post that as part of a summary post wrapping up the challenge.

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