Second Chances

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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!

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Do SOMETHING Every Day

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!

Leaded Seascape in Colored Pencil 8×10

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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

Peek of Spring in Colored Pencil 5×7

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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

Stained Glass Windows

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!

 

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Before The First Snow Colored Pencil Landscape 5X7

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Autumn is my favorite time of year. In this meadow landscape I have tried to capture a few things that I love about fall. Come with me and visit a meadow stream before the first snow of the year arrives.  This original landscape is done in colored pencil on 100 pound paper. The finished size is 5″ x 7″ with an ample border for easy matting and framing. $20

You may purchase this drawing at my Etsy shop – Before The First Snow Colored Pencil Landscape 5×7

Blue Mountains in the Mist in Colored Pencil 8×10

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Blue Mountains in the Mist in Colored Pencil 8×10. Shades of blue dominate this mountain landscape, whisking you away to a misty mountain morning. This drawing is done on 100 lb. 9″ x 12″ paper. The drawing itself is 8″ x 10″ and ready for your mat and frame.  $40.

You may purchase this drawing at my Etsy shop – Blue Mountains in the Mist in Colored Pencil 8×10