Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall bounties

I love gourds--don't you? So many patterns and textures. So pretty.
And bouquets of fallen leaves and berries.
A few more leaves and berries.
Those magic mushrooms that I showed photos of the other day.
A page of daylillies (not really fall but...)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Studying Under Van Gogh

The second session of Jeanne Oliver's course "Studying Under the Masters: Portraits" opened several weeks ago. First up Van Gogh.
We started out using only pen and ink and looking at the many lines and patterns he uses in his art.
I noticed how my grandfather Coy Seward used many of the same lines in this lithograph of his grandfather. Then we tried our hand at a monochromatic watercolor of "The Knitter". Enjoyed these--but I wanted COLOR!!
Isn't that what we love about Van Gogh? His sunny yellows and beautiful blues?
Even in some of his sadder paintings as in my copy of this one after he had cut off part of his earlobe--there is color.
And my painting of the postman Roulin -lovely color and patterned background.. And finally--this is a class on portraits and self portraits, so here I am ala Van Gogh.
Throughly enjoyed  really looking at his paintings!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Magical Mushrooms

Over the weekend we discovered these mushrooms growing in the grass near our condo. I have never seen mushrooms like this before.
The tops of the mushrooms look like they have been painted with gold metallic paint! My neighbor told me the name of the mushrooms is shaggy mane.
I thoroughly expected to find a little elf sitting underneath!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Imaginative Painting

A little more than a year ago I belonged to a group run by Jeanette House and several times a month we did a type of painting called 'paint what you see".

This process involved putting down lots of paint using stencils, different types of brushes and strokes and then "looking" at your finished page to see what images you could find. It was great fun and I started making a book out of the pages I made.

 I finally finished my book and following are the rest if the pages from the book. Their are lots of photos here. The story is that they first met at a dance, then they married and acquired a rather cute little dog. They are fast asleep in their bed while dreaming of (if not sugarplums--many interesting things) drift through their heads.











I had so much fun making this book!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nature Sketching

I started a sketchbook devoted solely to all things in the natural world and I have also discovered how satisfying it is to put these things into little frames.
Interesting pods that I copied from a botanical book.
Shells from my shell collection.
Succulents and cactus-more fun to look at than they are to draw.
Some floral designs--not sure if I will color all of these in or just leave them in black and white.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper was a "new" artist to me. He is the final artist in the first Studying under the Masters course. Many of his paintings depict small town America-. Again I created pages for my artists sketchbook. The portrait of him is copied from a self portrait that he painted. I was very happy with the way this turned out--especially the hat. Most of his paintings are architectural with many angles and light streaming in from one side--all big challenges for me--not being a straight line type or particularly precise with measurements--but a good exercise. All the pieces I did are reproductions of his work.
Very interesting to try these pieces and all well out of my comfort zone. Stay tuned--I have signed up for the next Studying under the Masters course which I will begin soon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We have a winner!!

Congratulations to Jo Murray!! She is the winner of the Danse Macbre stencils from Artistcellar. Thanks to all of you who left comments!! Jo-you will be contacted by Artistcellar for your mailing information.