soldThe Daily Paintworks challenge for this past week was to do a plein-aire painting in one hour, with restrictions on the palette (3 colors and white) and brushes (3) and technique. Okay, fine, but the air quality is in the orange zone (very bad for me personally), and all my flowers are gone. So, I remembered the curbside cottage garden display that one of the neighbor's has always done (and where the sprinkler has been in regular use). Having the additional excuse of not being able to stand in the street to paint, I took pictures and then retreated to the studio. Then I followed the rest of the "rules". The painting is a little nicer than the photo of it, I think, with more blue-greens and a bit softer somehow. But I was grateful, as was the bumblebee, for the flowers. Aloha!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
" Happiness hit her like a train on a track"....
The Dog Days are Over, by Florence and the Machine
This was started when the peony bloomed for the first time in a completely unexpected over-the-top, magnificent, stunning way. The song that was running through my mind and the peony came together in this painting.
But the the blocked-in sketch of a painting just stood there in the corner, not knowing if it would just be painted over or live. And then, the Daily Paintworks Challenge said paint the music...and it had to be finished, it had to be done.
strange lyrics, strange song, strange painting. Why not? Aloha!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Have missed the painting and the blog lately. This week I had the unfortunate excuse of a minor head injury (nothing serious, just painful). Lightning took out the AC...it feels like near-miss week! Well, still thinking about painting even when I'm not doing it, and that actually keeps the learning process going. At any rate, I think my aim is getting better. Now, if I can only learn to dodge. Aloha!