Saturday, July 29, 2006
" EDM Challenge #77 - Cool" on Margaret Hunt
my two fav ways to keep cool other than air conditioning when the temp spikes to 95 with the humidity the heat factor was 105 yesterday but not a drop of sweat from me...I was chillin as the kids say....
"Lucky Dog: EDM #77" on Kay Cox
"back-to-the-future-tuesday" on Melissa
Some days I feel like my paintings might come out just as well if I turned to paint brush with the brushes up and the handle to the paper! yesterday morning felt like that. I was really unhappy with my "cold" painting, but then I did the Morning Glories and this morning, the Fountain Grass, and they came out fine.... I love the movement this grass adds to the garden!
" Strawberry Basket" on Lin
... after sketching from photos most of the week (late nights and late work!!), I wanted to get back to some plein air. So I sat on my shaded porch and sketched my strawberry basket (sketchbook style)...
" COOL BLUE" On Lin
After frustrating myself with earlier watercolors, I'm determined to practice this artform until I can figure out what I'm doing ...!
To that end, I've attempted something a bit more difficult for me ... ice cubes. I found a really neat photo to practice from ... and while the cubes are mighty kerwonkety, I've learned a bit more about wetting the paper first ... letting it dry... scrapping .... removing ... etc., etc....
Friday, July 28, 2006
"Clean" on Teri C.
"Rosarium Two" on Karen Winters
This was painted on location at Descanso Gardens at about 10 in the morning. The light is similar to that in Vista del Arroyo a few days ago and Rosarium Haze, only the sky was a bit clearer, so it’s not quite so hazy.
The page is 9 x 12, painted with tube watercolors, a dixie cup and a sable brush. If things go according to plan, I’ll also be making an oil painting from this sketch.
" a few more mountain drawings??!" on Margaret Hunt
"Heuchera" by Kris Shanks
"My Muse" on Allana
Now that Tad is back, I find that I focus in on him to draw...there's just something infinitely more interesting about a human being than a glass of water or a shelf of books to draw. Trooper that he is, on an evening when I needed to sketch before we settled in to watch a movie, he decided to be a model for me. He did various poses for me to sketch. I liked the five minute pose best...
"Monday night treasures" on Robyn
That is why I love our Monday evening art classes. It is two and a half hours to just dedicate to making marks on paper. I don't have to think about students or housework or being a career, just about the reference, the paper and the medium.
This week Mark had a lucky dip bag of objects wrapped up in his little girl's nappies - laundered, of course. We all chose and I ended up with this little wooden chest. The next thing we had to do was think about words that described the essential elements of the thing that we had chosen. The little box was rough, rustic, old, mysterious ...
"EDM #77 Draw something cold" by Kunya
"staring into the swimming pool" by Jane LaFazio
Thursday, July 27, 2006
"Aboriginal artefacts" by Penny
Adelaide for 3 days, I had Monday to myself so I went walking all around the town and ended up at the Museum looking at the Aboriginal stuff. It is quite fascinating, but hard to draw as it was dark, and no seats!
St. George's Fountain by Christeen
I was inspired by the EDM Challenge to draw some landmark from your city. This is from my soon to be city, downtown Guelph. This is a drinking fountain made of concrete and bronze- it's part of the larger fountain in St. George Square.
EDM 77 COOL by Lin
"Clouds on the crest, part 2" on Karen's blog
"EDM # 76" on Jan Harris
"EDM Challenge 76" on In My spare time...
I decided to re-live the heady days of only a couple of months ago, when I discovered how inspiring it can be to participate in the EDM Challenges, so I looked it up to see what was there to do. Flowers?! What a coincidence! I've been having a bit of a flowery week after being flowerless for a long time. Ok!
"EDM Challenge #2" on Arty Velarde
"Max on the Windowsill" on Felicity
#2 of the Cats in the Family series! Things could get a little complicated because Max isn't one of Mum's cats but he does live at the house part-time. After months of sheer determination and simply ignoring Big and Little Cat's attempts to chase him away from the cat biscuits (nipping in the back door every morning), he is now one of the gang.