Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Friday, March 28, 2014

Paul Cezanne and some Colorful birds

The artist I currently learned about in the Studying under the Masters course was Paul Cezanne. I have to say that he is not one of my favorite artists, but it was interesting to learn about him. Following is the first page in my artists journal. The portrait of Cezanne and of the fruit is done with layers of oil pastels and the small floral arrangement is acrylic.
The painting on the second page was done using only a palette knife, one brush and three colors-cobalt blue, yellow ochre and white. I enjoyed experimenting with the palette knife.
And finally, a few more birds to add to the collection:
Pink headed fruit dove

Red and yellow Barbet
Brown headed Barbet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A grumpy bird, some nice birds and Antoni Gaudi

I mistakenly identified this bird as a goldfinch--it didn't exactly look like one, but was the right colors. Then when I got the bird book out it feel open to the grosbeak page and there he was-the grumpy bird i had painted.

Then I painted a few other birds: An oriole

a bluebird
and a hummingbird (using silks paints-so very shimmery in person
which finally brings me to Antoni Gaudi-the second artist in the "studying under the masters" class. I had heard of Gaudi, but had really only seen photos of the Sagrda Familia Church. I didn't realize how fabulous his other buildings were-how colorful and his use of mosaics. I did two pages in my artist's journal. The first with printouts of many of his mosaic patterns.
and on the second page first I made a sketch and watercolor of Casa Batllo-drawing a building way out of my comfort zone, but I like the way it turned out. Then on the bottom half of the page, I made a pocket with a mosaic wall made of tiny pieces of paper. Into the pocket, I put a printouts mounted onto cardstock of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
It was really enjoyed learning about Gaudi. I thought I wouldn't be interested in this lesson as I'm not really drawn to architecture, but I would love to go to Spain to see these buildings. The more I looked at photos of them, the more I saw and appreciated them.

Monday, March 10, 2014

More Food and a new stamp

Chili Peppers

Tomatoes and Plums
spring bird and nest stamp