Saturday, February 27, 2010
Today was our monthly meeting/potluck lunch/demonstration. Jerome Grimmer was our guest Demonstrator to enlighten us with his acrylic painting knowledge. Jerry is always a good sport, with half the audience his current and former students, all asking very important questions. “Jerry, what color of blue are you using?” “What’s the ‘story’, Jerry?” “Did you intend to put that color there?” He is usually asking us these questions so it’s fun to turn the table. We enjoyed watching him effortlessly create another master piece….and we also enjoyed picking his brain about the ‘why’s and what for’s’. He inspires all of us to KEEP TRYING. The perfect ending of the day was my view out my art room window, picture at bottom of blog.
Midway through painting.
Finished painting session.
My view of the alpenglow on the ridge out my art room window.
February 16, 2010
With the warms days we’ve had, the ladybugs are emerging from hibernation. I was walking around the property a few days ago and found several areas thick with ladybugs. The picture below shows a young oak tree, a couple feet tall, covered with ladybugs. It seems too early for them to be active but I guess they know what they are doing. Pretty soon, when the weather warms, clouds of ladybugs will pass our house for days. Next autumn they’ll return from the opposite direction.
‘February Get Together’
A ‘Highway of Ladybugs’ These twisted, figure eight shaped branches sit atop a slash pile on my neighbor’s property. I was so caught up with the ladybugs that I didn’t notice the feather among the branches until I downloaded the picture.
‘Ladybug Traffic Jam’……or….. ‘Jammin’ Ladybugs’
February 5, 2010
I’ve been exploring the use of Golden’s Iridescent and Interference paints. They are shiny or change colors like holograms. I painted abstracts on 5×7 note cards using acrylics and mediums. I paint in layers waiting for each layer to dry before painting the next layer. In the end, not only do you get a nice card, but an original painting as well. The colors and shimmering effects change as the card is moved.
The first card is very shimmery with oranges, yellow, peach, Iridescent Pearl and Iridescent Bright Gold all mixed in a wavy fashion. All the little vertical lines remind me of candles.
For ‘Mother Earth’ I used the Iridescent Copper, rust, orange, green and black. There is a raised circle of orange, rust and copper.
This card had a background of blues similar to ‘Birthday Candle’ but then I applied Iridescent Silver over the blue. Silver ‘buttons’ were added onto drops of various shades of rust. Iridescent gold drops were applied on the dribbles of white and black.
I painted an oak leaf and stamped it onto the shimmery background of fall colors.
‘Summer Sunrise’ is edged in Iridescent Gold. Interference Orange mixed with oranges is topped with lines of sage green, red and orange. Two gold dots float on Iridescent Pearl.