Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A rose breasted grosbeak and a few more

When I was a little girl, we used to buy these wildlife books that had a sticker of the bird or animal and then a page to color of that bird or animal. I remember that I got the bird sticker book more than once and the first bird I always wanted to color was the rose breasted grosbeak. So pretty.
This photo of a baby starling reminded me of a baby bird that my friend Maren raised. His name was Burgess and she often wrote about him on her blog. I loved reading about that bird!
Here are a couple of Cedar Waxwings. I loved the way one was holding that berry in her beak.
I love these three little yellow birds (finches?) all sitting together on the same branch. I think I need to darken the background on this one. And then switching gears
In the Studying under the Masters class, the next artist was Chagall. I had already done a self study of Chagall last year, but wanted to complete a couple of pages for my journal. I was inspired by a photo of Chagall in his studio for the figure of him and then I surrounded him with different elements from his paintings. And finally
For the opposing journal page, I was inspired by Chagalls flying figures and couples and I painted "Sparky in the sky with diamonds". If you don't remember, we lost our sweet Sparky last September. We will always miss him. That is George and I--we see him flying by! I just wish I had that long white curly hair instead of my short straight hair!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The future of blogs and blogging

No art today. Just wondering...Have you noticed a lack of people commenting on your blog? Do you think Facebook has replaced blogging? I post on FB, but I always liked my blog because I could post more and people left actual comments rather than just clicking "like". Makes me wonder if it is still worth it to blog when I get so few comments any more. Have you noticed this? What do you think?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tribal woman

A new painting. She is a compilation of several different photos so doesn't represent any particular group of people. I love the way the stenciling before the painting looks like tatoos on her chest. I love painting these tribal people. And then of course, the continuing series of birds.
I think this might be an indigo bunting-I need to go to my bird book.
Two little lovey parrots
A hummingbird in flight-not really fond of this one
This looks like a parakeet-the way the head and beak and back feathers look, but it is the wrong colors for a parakeet, so I think it might be a wild form of parakeet. anyone know?