Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bucket of Tulips

Art Mob day at the Mission Antique Mall found me trying a new medium!  When I arrived home from painting yesterday, this beautiful antique tin "palette" was waiting for me!  I love how something with vintage charm can be repurposed to a unique paint palette!  Right down my alley!  I bought it from a sweet little shop -  I filled mine with GOUACHE from a fancy pants set I've almost never used - and jumped right in when I arrived in site.  I painted two ATCs and this is 6x6.  I started with ink drawings, moving to gouache.  I worked pretty wet, though I know I can get more "full strength" with this medium.  I liked the way it moved today, very like watercolor.  I am going to enjoy experimenting with gouache!  Painting number 1889 in 1889 days.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Return to the Creek

In the back of my mind, this place was calling.  Images of the creek popped into my thoughts again and again, as I went about the business of my day.  It was nearly 5:00, before the opportunity presented itself - and I jumped on it!  Always ready, my gear was in my trunk, so I hiked out to my favorite spots.  Choosing one (with two others waiting in the background), I quickly started painting the masses.  I did not sketch first today - I expected family to start calling about dinner at any moment.  I worked fast, and got this done in under an hour.  Speed is my friend, as those phone calls started coming in I was packing up to head home!  Painting number 1888 in 1888 days.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Roasting Coffee

If you've never been to Messenger Coffee in Kansas City, you have got to stop in!  It is three floors of fabulous!  There is a wonderful rooftop sitting area complete with a fireplace and bird's eye view of the surrounding cityscape.  The second floor is where I found this young man roasting coffee.  The sun streaming through those windows was the perfect backdrop for roasting and baking alike. Just to the right, several bakers were busy with their treats, it made me so hungry!  The first floor is the busiest with a constant stream of people ordering coffee and baked goods, sitting at tables and visiting. A wonderful place to draw with a hot beverage in my other hand!  Painting number 1887 in 1887 days.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Clouds Over Farmland

I've been gazing at the clouds since I was very young.  I love the movement, the way their forms change in fluid fashion.  The colors are as countless as the clouds themselves, and such a challenge to capture with paint.  On this one, I begin with an acrylic under painting that loosely renders the gradating sky plane and the land plane.  When this is very dry, I use my oils with a dry brush method of applying the paint.  I am using 1 inch and 3 inch bristle brushes to softly form the clouds.  When the composition is in, and I'm happy with my shapes, I push and pull the paint, tweeking edges as necessary.  This is such an effective way to paint clouds, and a fun shift from the bold palette knife work of yesterday!  Painting number 1886 in 1886 days.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Red Tipped Roses

These unique roses literally jumped into my cart at a local shop - and it has taken me a week to finally get them painted!  Where does the time go?  My daughter was home for a long weekend - and has already headed back to college in the blink of an eye.  I began this painting by marking the yellow areas first.  Squinting, I add the red loosely.  Next, I work on that background light, following with the darks of the leaves.  From this very loose "map", I bring the edges together.   Pulling out a palette knife for all those finish strokes, I add depth and texture.  Perhaps tomorrow I'll do them in ink and watercolor- before they fade.  Painting number 1885 in 1885 days.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lucky Shamrock

On this very busy day, it feels so good to sneak in a painting before the St. Patrick's day parade.  What could be better than painting my lucky shamrock plant for the holiday?  Longing for my oils, I love pulling that brush through the thick paint.  Although, it is getting too thick in spots.  My palette is begging for attention, as some of that paint is firming, some even forming heavy skins.  I know it's time, but there are too few hours in the day already.  Perhaps I'll make that a goal this week?  Maybe?  Or, I could just grab a fresher palette...I have 5 in the freezer in various sizes for my various boxes.  Lol!  I like to be able to grab my paint and go at a moment's notice!  Time to celebrate the day - my daughter just made me a mint Bailey's milkshake.  SO not on my clean eating line up!  Happy St. Pat's to you all!  Painting number 1884 in 1884 days.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rugged Tree

Enjoying a spa day with the girls, I waited for the infrared sauna to be free.  Out the window, this old tree stood along the railroad tracks, as if on guard. He's seen better days, and his ragged branches create such an interesting composition, I grabbed my pen.  Right now this TWSBI Mini is my favorite fountain pen. It is SO smooth and silky to draw with. I'm using cosmic black ink and a water brushpen to move around the ink a little.  I was finished in a flash  and ready for a little pampering.  Painting number 1883 in 1883 days.