I’m still trying to do some art every day, and so far so good! Yesterday, rather than start a new, smaller painting I took a painting I had done a couple weeks ago (and was not happy with in the least) and transformed it. I started by turning it into an underpainting. I blocked in the colors I wanted and then painted over it with rubbing alcohol. I just love doing that. Today I went back downstairs and tried my hand at impressionism. Not only did I transform the painting, but the painting transformed me.
Monet is my favorite artist. I’ve always loved his style and his eye for color and light. Until now it’s been a challenge for me to let go of trying to recreate exactly what I see and paint what I feel instead. This is my first step. I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out considering what it looked like before I gave it a second chance. I purposely chose a time when I didn’t have a lot of time to paint so that I’d have to keep my painting fast and loose. I’m really glad that I did because I’m feeling a little bit more confident to give this impressionism another shot tomorrow.
I’ve written before that art is an excellent therapy. When you’re involved in creating you can express yourself and work through garbage that could be very difficult to express in words. You can take something ugly and use that ugly to create something beautiful, all while taking a step or two toward healing. There’s no right or wrong with art. It doesn’t judge you. It simply is. All you need is a pencil or pen and some paper and you’re good to go. If you’re lucky and have little ones in the house borrow their crayons and go to town. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Now, I need to find a good reference photo for tomorrow’s painting. Here’s hoping I can stay on track!
Life in a family that has two Aspies in it (I’m one of them) can be interesting at best. I don’t even want to talk about the “at worst” scenarios. Suffice it to say that there are times when try as I might, no matter how much I want things to go smoothly they don’t. This means that sometimes my passions, like art, music, and writing, get set aside for a time because, well, life.
A few days ago I decided to make it a point to do some art every day. Nothing big, but something. I’d like to share my work from day one and day two, both done in colored pencil, both 5×7. Today being day three, and it being the time of day that it is, I’m a little worried that my streak might end at two days. Unless I try a mini drawing. That just might be the ticket today!
I’m already finding that I’m becoming much more confident with colored pencils. When I first started out with them my drawings tended to look like a kindergartner went haywire with crayons, but not any more. I’m also trying to find my way to make my drawings look the way I want them to look rather than trying to copy other artists techniques and outcomes.
Anyway, here are my first two dailies. I hope you enjoy them!
I grew up at the beach. One of my favorite things to do was to sit on top of a rocky outcropping where the waves would crash, sending up wonderfully cool spray. The power and majesty of those waves will always be with me. I have tried to capture those feelings for you in this painting. On 98 lb. pastel paper. $80
You may purchase this painting at my Etsy shop – Crashing Waves Landscape 11 x 14 Soft Pastel Painting
This painting was made with pastels. Pastels are a unique art media that don’t dry like paints do. That means that the art will not crack like paints can, but it also means that a little special care is needed in handling and framing the painting. By following these simple guidelines your work of art will last a very, very long time:
– Your painting will arrive covered with a sheet of glassine paper and sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard. Please transport your artwork to your professional framer in this way. Because pastels don’t dry like paints, even the slightest touch can ruin the artwork. Please allow your professional framer to remove the glassine.
– Please do not use any type of fixative on your new piece of art. While pastels are delicate and should not be touched, fixatives will dramatically alter the colors and ruin the artwork. Professional framing will ensure the safety and beauty of your new piece of art for years to come.
– Never hang artwork where it will receive direct sunlight as that will cause fading.
Another drawing my my “Leaded” series, this seascape is a tribute to the first, and only, stained glass window I ever made. Rather than making the leading silver, I have chosen to use black. Why? To give a nod to another of my hobbies – quilting! Unfortunately I have yet to make a stained glass quilt, but I love how they look; very reminiscent of Amish quilts with their black accents throughout. This drawing is done on 100 lb. 9″ x 12″ paper. The drawing itself is 8″ x 10″ with a generous boarder ready for your mat and frame. $40
You may purchase this drawing at my Etsy shop – Leaded Seascape in Colored Pencil 8×10
Pink Sky At Night in Colored Pencil 8×10. Dramatic pink, purple, and blue dominate the evening sky over a distant mountain range. In the foreground these colors are reflected in a meadow-side lake. This drawing is done on 100 lb. 9″ x 12″ paper. The drawing itself is 8″ x 10″ with a generous boarder ready for your mat and frame. $40
You may purchase this drawing at my Etsy shop – Pink Sky at Night in Colored Pencil 8×10
Can’t get enough of nature’s beauty? This lovely painting of a delicately blooming flower will help keep you satisfied all year long! Done on 100 pound paper in colored pencil with a mineral spirit wash. Finished piece is 5″ x 7″ with an ample border for your mat and frame. $20
You may purchase this drawing at my Etsy shop – Peek of Spring in Colored Pencil 5×7
When I was 17, a very long time ago, I took an extension course at the local university to learn how to make stained glass windows. I loved everything about it – the brilliant colors of the glass, putting the pieces together, soldering the lead. Well, I could have lived without the cuts I got, but everything else was great! When I recently made my Leaded Mountains piece in colored pencil I was reminded of those days and how much I enjoyed myself. I’m currently working on another leaded drawing. This one is very similar to the project I made in that class so long ago, but without the sharp edges. I can’t wait for you to see it when it’s done!