Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I just got back from Cloudcroft and my week long art class with Ken Hosmer. This was a painting I did the day after the classes, which I think is more of a true representation of what the class taught me. Obviously, color, color, and more color - he gave us so much information about color. He also taught us to do value sketches. Value sketches were small sketches done with a tombo pen ( an ink pen that will produce black to various shades of gray to light)wherein you add your lights/whites, medium values and darks only. Once your values are determined, you can use any color as long as you stay within your value structure when you do your large painting. He simplifies difficult concepts so well that things began to click for me that I had struggled with previously.
Cloudcroft had its own beauty to share with sixty to seventy degree days and just a little rain every day. The air is crisp and pure up there, and I would have as many as 9 different species of birds on my deck at different feeders most of the day. We counted 8 deer in the yard yesterday evening!
I had several friends stay with me and each brought her own healthy recipes and foods, and we did yoga in the mornings and walks in the evenings. Sweet Farmer came up for the weekend and he even walked with me every day while he was there! HUGE!
It was a wonderful week all in all. I'll be sharing more paintings done in the class in days to come.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We laugh and urge her on to be a brave, strong kitty. But she forgets what she's doing if a moth flies by or she sees her tail or a leaf dances across her peripheral vision, and the pigeon wins again.
And then Odd Chick has to draw and watercolor a pigeon after we go in.
That pretty much sums up a great evening for us, except of course, the obvious.
(Okay, the rest of the story... Sweet Farmer and I had to go bale and rake hay at 8:45 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. because the moisture came in at that time).
I told the kitty "bye" and the moral to the story is: sweet moments don't grow on trees, somebody has to pay for the cat food.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Two of the three paintings I submitted for the art show got juried in. This one "Hope Unfolding".
And this one: "Mr. Mantis Praying"
And this one "Looking For Answers" didn't make it in. I wonder if it was because of its religious connotations or because the palette is more muted.
They will show in early August at the Roswell Museum. Thanks for all the well wishes. I was pleased to get two in this year. I'll let you know about the final results.
Next week is when I take Ken Hosmer's class. Can't wait to bring some new stuff home.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I've been playing with Modigliani images again. When I can't seem to create, he is always available to inspire me.
It seems everywhere I turn someone else has fallen into anxiety attacks. Nearly every friend I know is on Prozac or some other anti-anxiety medication. I keep waiting for it to hit me like you would a bad flu that's going around. What is happening? Even little kids are having problems now. It makes me so sad. Is it our diet? Our environment? Our relationships? I wish we could figure out what is going on because I know that people are suffering with this and it seems epidemic. Out of a group of 10 close friends or family - are you seeing most of them on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs? I'm just curious. Maybe it's just my locale or the friends I'm attracted to...... Why is it so much more prevalent than it use to be, like 10 years ago?
I refuse to be anxious about anything. I hate the feeling and refuse to let it dock in the harbour of my mind. My mantra is: if you can do something about it - you don't have to worry. If you can't do something about it - you don't have to worry. But apparently mind over matter is not enough because I know others hate being anxious and would avoid it if possible. I would love to hear your comments about this subject.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Not exactly what I had pictured.
But I hear it is getting a make-over in the shop as we speak. All it needed was a new fuse to run like new. They are cutting the top off, putting new tires on, recovering the seats, a lift-kit possibly, a hydraulic system that will raise the bed in the back. What bed? Oh, yeah, they will fashion a bed to go on the back. And WALL-AH!! A fancy little farm vehicle that will haul things and zip around. A perfect car to teach my grandsons to drive. A fun wagon that Sweet Farmer will run by and pick me up to check on pecan orchards and turn our pivots off and on, and check our crops, and take Sunday snoop drives around other's farms..... A car I can spit sunflower seeds out the window and prop my feet on the dash.
Funny, I guess it was exactly what I pictured after all.
Monday, July 6, 2009
It's that time of year when we have our yearly art show at the museum in Roswell. I have submitted 3 paintings to be juried. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Last year, I submitted one painting very timidly, and got in. I didn't win anything but my goal was only to get in. Now, I want to win something so I submitted more chances. I should know something next week.
I also will soon be going to an art class in Cloudcroft and the instructor will be Ken Hosmer. I am really excited. If anyone knows anything about this artist, good or bad, I would be interested in hearing your comments.
This is my journal entry. The above is what happened after I played with it in Flickr.