Thursday, July 31, 2008
So the first thing I see is this albino peacock. kinda yucky really.
Well, I ask around and this particular longhorn that I want to sketch is on the other side of this block of a zoo so I hike my way over there. The only way to see Mr. Longhorn is to get on the kiddie train because he lives on the other side of the tracks... so, why not?? It's been a long time since I've ridden a train.
So there he is but I can't sketch him in this darn train so I try to get his picture.
But, oh well, it was fun and I DID get to see him, I just didn't get to visually record him as is my preference - because as anyone who sketches knows - it is only when you draw something that you really, really see it.
So I head home, grinning at myself for being such an obsessive little nerd.
And there, 3 miles out of Roswell, toward home, I see this to my left.
OH YEAH, I remember, I have a friend who owns a passel of longhorns, I mean, a herd... and
One ornery bull decides he wants a piece of me and of course, I invited him over and say out loud "bring it on BIG BOY"... (there was a good fence between us-I'm passionate, not crazy) because after all, I wanted his picture, I wanted his smell, I wanted to see every angle of this glorious, raunchy, sophisticated piece of history. He paws the ground and heads at me.
AND then there he WAS... some things you just have to admire, like a 4 star general... or an old prize-fighter. THis guy came to me with the biggest attitude.... and I couldn't do anything but salute him
And it was at that moment I knew. I had a GIFT GIVER. Like a dear old grandfather who takes his favorite little girl to the zoo, the Good Lord had brought me there for this very moment. Just because I wished it.. just because I'm silly... and goofy and love crazy things like longhorns today, and He gets that.. He gets me..which is so wonderful in itself. And I knew He was getting a big ole kick out of me, like I would my own grandchild, while I just was oggling His creature, and taking this longhorn's picture and talking at him like he was my new buddy. And there for a few more minutes, just God and I and Mr. Attitude just sat and thought about each other and how we fit... and how someday, we'll all end up in a green pasture together again enjoying each other forever. Okay...., I'm not sure Mr. Attitude was thinking this... but he did enjoy posing, I know he did because he stuck around for another humpteen hundred pictures.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I guess this is my favorite painting from my class at Cloudcroft. It's not finished as the mountains in the background need work. This lesson was about foregrounds, however. We enjoyed layering the grasses, using masking fluid, throwing splatters, making our own stamps, making scratches with sticks dipped in paint. These ideas will be old stuff to veteran painters but for me and most of the class they are now wonderful tools to add to our repertoire.
Every one's was different as we all had different reference photos for adobes.
This is my red sunset.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I already miss the
And Thea, my new art buddy.
I'm back from Cloudcroft, New Mexico and my art workshop. It was incredibly cool (60s & 70s), lots of rain, and the workshop was a very practical, extremely helpful week of painting with Cathy Lubke as our instructor.
I would love to share with you some of the beautiful images.
We cleaned the deck this week and coated it with sealer. This is my view when I open the front door of the cabin.
And hubby spends all his time trying to make it better.
I can't wait to check up on what I've missed on your blogs. I've missed my computer... sort of... but I spent quality time with new friends, my sweet husband and with nature, and I painted and sketched. Is it art that is changing my view of the world or is my world/life just that spacious and precious, and it makes me want to capture it?
This longhorn is a new beautiful animal recently donated to the Roswell zoo (sad he's in a zoo, I know). I hope to visit him in person as I sketched his picture from the newspaper. I was just wishing for a longhorn to sketch when there he appeared, so conveniently.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This is my sweet husband fixing the air-conditioner as he would never allow his wife to run a piece of equipment without a good air-conditioner, even though I never complained.
And this is a hole that opened up in the sky and intrigued me as drove round and round. It was like a big screen and I kept wondering what else was going to appear. I kept my camera handy as it evolved. But soon it turned into a thunderstorm and I was pushing the limits of my machine to get the field cut before it rained me out.
Monday, July 14, 2008
- The rules of acception are as follows:
Put the logo on your blog.
- Add a link to the person who awarded you.
- Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
- Add links to those blogs on yours.
- Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs. My nominees are under no obligation to continue this chain.This is a fun way to share links to blogs.
So, here are 7 of the many great artists whose work I admire each day through their blogs:
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So ever now and then I add another favorite object of the boys just to win their approval and encourage their own sketching practice. This tractor also made for a very nice prop for this family picture. I am the very blessed woman in purple surrounded by my favorite people in all the earth.
Carolyn Graham gets all the credit for this very nice photo of my family.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Well, that's how it happened with this monk. I like monks. I have used them before as imagery. But this time, I tried to draw "why" I like monks. They seem prayerful, intense, intriguing, historical, silent, passive, courageous, martyred, - those kind of words are the force behind this sketch.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Do you ever copy other people because you don't have the confidence to make your own creative stuff? Honestly, I think it makes us lazy and steals something from our own creative endeavors. But, are there any real original thoughts left- aren't they all borrowed or inspired by another? Doesn't someone somewhere get credit for something you've done from scratch from your own head. I often ponder these things.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
If you've perused my blog much you know I was blessed to go to Greece in March. I love Greek mythology. And these women were some of my favorite images on Greek pottery. That ugly painting I did yesterday, provided me with left-over paint that I think made a good art sketch for my journal. I love do-overs and redeemable things. I love turquoises and golds. And I was happy that three graces: Radiant, Joyful and Flowering showed up and helped me out of a funk. Try letting these girls run around your studio or (kitchen) or wherever you need inspiration.
What can you come up with? Send me your link so I can see.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
he, the Censor, creeps into my own creative thoughts, sometimes ties my own hands up and lies to me. he lies to so many I talk to that say that can't make anything, draw anything, paint anything, write anything......
The truth is : that if I was made by the GREAT Creator, and I believe I was, and I was made in His Image, then creating would be the most natural thing of all the activities I do. I feel very connected to the One who made me when I draw and paint as if I'm doing something that comes very natural from my deepest being. It is a ZONE i enter, maybe the garden setting where He and I just enjoy the beauty He made and the potential He sees in me. Creativity is a blessing I accept.
We have an AWESOME teacher. Treat yourself generously and gently as God unfolds the layers of your life. He wants us to think abundantly and productively and expansively.
Forget the Censor - as an uninvited guest that should be shown the door.