It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Friday, June 23, 2017

Collage



Good morning friends.
It is summer.  It is REALLY summer in Florida.
Like many of you, we are sweltering in hot, humid heat.
We have had over a foot of rain in the last two weeks.
When it is like this, I turn into a slug.
I can only stay in one spot and that means reading is just about all I do.
I did have a day of making gellie prints...hundreds of them I think.
I was outside on the lanai and I think my sweat made additional texture to the prints.
So now I have to collage.

This was a "failed" abstract so I covered it with off white paint and started over.
I was quite happy with it and my husband asked why my palm tree was brown.
It does look like a sunflower, doesn't it?

Wishing all a Happy Paint Party Friday!


A tiny little dendrobium bloom appeared this week

Friday, June 16, 2017

The story our canvasses tell

I have been involved in yet another abstract class.
Abstract art is hard for me (unless it is geometric).
I come home from the classes exhausted, just from thinking.
Gerontologists will tell us that that is a GOOD thing.
Anyway early on, we were supposed to pick a word and then paint.
I picked "bloom" and set to work, as you saw a few weeks ago.


My first start (underneath) was just too undefined for me so when I got home
I covered it up and did this .
Well, it was too defined for my instructor so with her guidance
I reworked my canvas, yet again and this is the result.


She liked it but I am not sure I do.
It has more dimension than the floral
We never know what lies beneath the final layer.
At our art center there is a class in reworking old paintings.
They do some amazing things.
And it is the politically correct thing to do, recycle!
Wishing you a Happy PPF!


This cattleya orchid is blooming this week.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tar Gel


A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo for Paint Party Friday.
I had heard about Tar Gel on various You Tube videos and decided to try it
I would apply one layer of circles and let it dry.
Then I applied the next and let it dry...for 5 or 6 times.
The watercolor paper is now quite heavy with the gel..
I let that all dry a couple of days as it is VERY humid here in Florida right now.
Then I put a red/black wash on it and rubbed it off until I was happy with it.
The wash fell into the creases where the Tar Gel wasn't.
It is very shiny.


It dries clear so whatever is underneath shows through.
The downside is that it isn't cheap, for the amount I used here.
But it made a rather plain painting into a quite dramatic painting.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF


This week's bloom, a dendrobium orchid

Friday, May 26, 2017

Playing with gesso

The past ten days, I have focused on my plants.
We had a wonderful trip down to Homestead, FL to the Redland Orchid Festival.
It is a long drive but it is SO worth it.
We always enjoy driving through the Florida Everglades.  One year the bromeliads were
blooming in the trees and it was quite spectacular.
I only purchased one orchid and some supplies, but totally enjoyed each of the booths
from all over the world, each with it's own selection of plants.
So my art this week is a happy accident.
I always use gesso to prepare my watercolor paper for the paint.  More and more,
I am using a second layer of texture to add more interest to the painting.
Often because of all of the color, the texture is lost.
So this week I tried something different.


I only used a couple of shades of red.  It has two coats of paint.
The first layer had bits of color added here and there (Mexican Serape colors)
but I didn't like the additional color so did a second coat of light and dark red.

Look at this little beauty.  My husband treated himself to the bromeliad this week.
The bud was the solid pink and then today these little purple flowers appeared.
Quite spectacular.


Happy news, the dendrobiums are blooming again.  
Wishing you all a happy PPF and thank you to Kristin and Eva.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A geometric week




I finally got my "weave" back framed.  The framer had some difficulty as we
had wanted it floating between two pieces of glass.  It was too heavy so she had to 
redo it between glass and plexiglass.  It will hang on the navy blue wall so I think
it will be quite striking.
In the meantime I was back to my comfort zone with geometric sort of designs



I can't believe I stuck with the same colors...weird!
Wishing everyone a happy PPF

Friday, May 5, 2017

Three Turquoise Rocks

Years ago we visited Albuquerque, New Mexico and ended up in a pawn shop down
in a sketchy part of town.  The clerk was very interesting and most accommodating and ended up
showing us a room full of unbelievably gorgeous turquoise Native American jewelry
that had been pawned.  It was the most amazing array of jewelry I have ever seen, from
floor to ceiling, wall to wall.
So when I was painting this, the pawn shop was on my mind.  I wanted to add silver,
but just couldn't figure out how so here they are, three turquoise rocks.

I am taking part in an abstract art class, Painting Without Brushes.
I can tell I am trying and thinking hard because when I get home,
I am exhausted and am usually in bed by 8:30.
But thinking and trying sometimes doesn't get it.
I brought my piece home and 48 hours later, covered it with a thin film of white paint
and started over.  It is tough using your fingers (encased in ill fitting gloves).
So this morning, I tried again.  The thought was "bloom"


It has been terribly dry in Florida this spring.  Finally last night we had a good rain and when I went out on the lanai (to paint) this is what greeted me.  This is a cattleya orchid.


Wishing everyone a Happy PPF

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Seeking ideas

I have been at odds with myself since our art friend/instructor retired.
She was always challenging us with new techniques.
She worked through them, step by step and carefully supervised us in each new technique.
She told us "you do it my way today and from then on, you can take off in any direction."
As a result, we were usually delighted with our results.
This past week I have explored different ideas found on the internet.
I was delighted to find Gerda Lipski on YouTube.  She does a lot of wonderful things and her 
instructions are easy to follow.


This was one of her ideas.  The only board I had was really too long.  This looks better
when done as a square.  It is cardboard triangles set in gesso and painted.


Another one of her ideas but I used one of my old backgrounds rather than doing a new one.


Again I used an old background here but I really like the look of it.

I have also scoured Amazon for books that might give me new directions to pursue.
I got Jo Toye's Book, Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting and it is a GEM.
It is packed with ideas and step by step instructions.


This was my first ever attempt with Tar Gel.  It is a bit of a mess to work with but you will see some lovely things she has created with it.

And blooming in the side yard is my orchid Schomburkgia tibicins


This orchid hangs in a basket and has 6 foot long stems reaching for the sun.  As a
result, the blooms are up by my neighbor's roof.  This year there are three stems of flowers.
It is a favorite of my husband and mine partly because of the dramatic presentation.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF
And if you have suggestions for things that have boosted your creativity, I would love to hear!