Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Yesterday I had to wait for my daughter to finish up at a birthday movie party, so I spent my time at Borders taking notes about low-cholesterol living, diets, etc. I figured I might as well jot down the info in my journal, since I already had the grids pre-painted. I had the great magazine clip of the girl biting into the apple lying on my art desk at home, so she fit right into the theme perfectly. I learned a lot, now I just have to be faithful to making some of the dietary changes. Bummer!
Saturday, November 26, 2005
I only went to one store yesterday and that was Target. It was well after the main shoppers had exhausted themselves and had gone home to crash, so I thought anyway. It was still quite busy in the store, but I picked up two games for my niece and nephew and got out of there quickly. We usually like to go out and see the shopping madness, but we always know when to go home before the ugliness of humanity gets the best of everyone. The whole Black Friday thing is such a strange phenomenon. I was in my loungewear by 5:00 pm while Jeff went out and hit some golf balls. Caitlin was content to play with her graphics in Photoshop. It was a lovely day of nothingness and leftovers!!! LOL
Friday, November 25, 2005
I have no idea why a Llama is on my Thanksgiving page, I guess I just liked his happy face. He sure looks like he is thankful to have a nice ride through the city, no? I didn't want a photo of a TURKEY!
Our Turkey Day went very smoothly and proceeded without serious complications, considering I was cooking the bird for the first time. I had to create a journal page with a pocket, so I could insert the emails that were going back and forth as we tried to decide on a fresh vs. frozen turkey. It was a hysterical dialog between Caitlin's English teacher and myself. A long, but funny story. Hopefully Caitlin will enjoy reading it years from now.
I really enjoyed my day with my relatives, and will savor the leftovers today---as I relax and unwind. :)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
No plein air painting today, but it is re-scheduled for next Tuesday, so I hope to have another painting project to report at that time. I decided to get my latest journal spreads photographed and uploaded to the blog. So far the week has been busy with turkey preparation---shopping, cleaning, etc. Making time for art will be difficult in the next few days, but I will try. Happy Holidays to everyone!
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thank you everyone for commenting on my finished plein air painting. I forgot that I took this photo just as I started applying the color, so I thought I would post it so you could see how the wipe-out stage began. The finished plein air painting is posted below. :)
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Today started out damp and foggy, but we still managed to have a plein air class at Leu Gardens in Winter Park. I challenged myself to start with an alizarin crimson underpainting and proceeded with the wipe-out method that the teacher (Tom Sadler) demonstrated in our first class. It was a different way of beginning for me, but I learned a lot and will try next week to begin with a burnt umber underpainting and once again lift out the whites and lighter values. I then continued adding color using only four tubes (Ultramarine Blue, Cad. Yellow Pale, Aliz. Crimson and White). This experiment with a limited palette was good for me, and I can't wait to try it again next week.
I worked on an 8x10 gessoed masonite panel.
I spent the beginning of November in my garage, trying to make sense and space from the chaos that has collected over the years. I forgot to take before photos, so there isn't any reason to post an after photo... you just wouldn't be able to appreciate the effort. LOL
I then went on to my second large project and that was redesigning the front garden area. Since we lost the huge oak tree this summer, I had some challenges with all the roots and the massive old stump that I had to take into consideration. I ended up making a small raised area or berm and planted colorful annuals and added some container plants in the middle ground. I also had to buy those pre-fab rocks to edge the entire area, which cost a bundle, but they look so nice. It almost makes me feel like I'm back home in the woods in New York... of course, we didn't have to BUY our rocks there! arrrrrgh!
I haven't had much art time lately, so I thought I'd go outside and do some sketches of some of the plants that I've been adding. These sketches were created in my large Moleskine with a Pilot V5 pen and watercolors, but they aren't quite finished yet. I'm hoping to go out and sketch the rest of the beds later on this week.
Today I have a plein air painting class at Leu Gardens in Winter Park... maybe something will come of this art adventure that I can post tomorrow.