Sunday, May 31, 2009
I bought myself a small Navaho rug from Two Grey Hills, New Mexico. This is my first rug purchase. The yarn is all natural colored wool. I have tried weaving geometric shapes like this on a tapestry loom and I can appreciate how difficult it is. (I will never show what I did!)
Santa Fe has wonderful courtyards with shops and restaurants and gardens inside. I'd love to park an easle in there and paint away.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I attended a workshop at the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) convention yesterday, given by Lorenzo Chavez. In the morning he gave a demonstration. His theme was the Southwest landscape. In the afternoon, we all painted and he came around to give us tips. There was a lot of talent in that room! I have included pictures that some of the students did.
I worked from a photo I took on the backside of Zion National Park. It came out pretty good, in spite of the complexity of the subject matter. I got some good tips from Lorenzo and some compliments from some of the folks near me. I am having a great time at this event, and the people are all friendly and easy to talk to.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I did this watercolor a few years ago in Jan Foss's class. I look at it now and wonder why I didn't frame it. Jan's "Iris Class" was a lot of fun. These flowers are in bloom around our area right now and made me think of this painting ... so I thought I'd post it. It makes me want to paint some more. I'd plant some in my garden, but I've run out of garden space. And I don't want to be an iris thief!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I finished Borrego Springs today. I am now packing up my pastels to go to IAPS convention. In case you missed my earlier post, IAPS is the International Association of Pastel Societies and they have a biannual convention. I will be taking an all day workshop from Lorenzo Chavez; watching a demo by Michael Chesley Johnson; and shopping for art stuff from the vendors. I'll take pictures and post them!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Today I'm working on a board I prepared. I'm still trying to get it "right". By that I mean, making the board as good as the one I bought called Pastelbord by Ampersand. Ha! Yeah, right! Keep trying. Anyway, I have done the underpainting, let it dry, and then the first layer of soft pastel.
This desert scene is a well-known canyon, for its wildflowers in Spring. I think it is called Coyote Canyon. Purple flowers were growing all over. It was really beautiful.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Today I painted watercolor with my friend. I started this painting back in April and forgot about it. So, I completed it today! You may recognize this, as it is the same painting I did in pastel for a class. It was fun doing the same thing in watercolor. I can get more delicate with the trees in watercolor. I find I can get more personality into a tree while working in watercolor, than in pastel. I'd like to do the same in pastel, but I think I will just have to work on a larger surface.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Last Saturday I was close to finishing them, but had to pack up the pets (3 bunnies and birdies in a cage) and join my husband at our Truckee house to do "maintenance" and hang-out. With 90 degree weather here in Reno, a ten degree cooler climate was very nice. My car was totally full, and I thought I wouldn't have time to paint, so, I brought a knitting project instead. Socks! Don't need them now in hot weather, but, if an artist loves color, it doesn't really matter what you "paint" with. So, here is the progress of my own designed socks...(the blue area is the heel). When I took the photo - my impression was a "still-life". Notice the balance of shapes and lines, color and pattern - great composition! Yeah, I'm in a goofy mood.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think I'm done with this "white" rose. There are two little roses on the side which are pink and some other color, which will make this big one look more white. Also a dark background will do the trick. Tomorrow I'll do that.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This is the first layer of an almost white rose. So it may not show up very well yet. My husband gave me some roses for Mothers' Day, and I have to paint fast before they are gone. Our roses in our garden are growing, but not blooming yet. So, I appreciate getting them during the off season.
Monday, May 11, 2009
These flowers were a little detailed, but fun anyway. The glass vase came out pretty well since I haven't really studied how to do that or taken any workshops. Some artists really do glass with incredible detail, but, I don't think I have the patience at this time.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
We finally had a non-windy day! For weeks it has been blowing hard. Not fun. I don't visit my horse when it is like that. And he lives in the famous valley (Washoe Valley) where it made national news when the wind blew a big rig over. So, today, he got a visit from me. He was very happy to see me, and I - him. And I'm very happy to be feeling my old self and back to art-work.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
On our day of arrival, on our first drive, two women from the Bay Area joined us and Mr. T, for the 4:00 pm drive. This was to be the ladies' last drive, so they filled us in on the two rogue lions of this area . They told us that these two males came into the area and beat up a lioness. This lioness is in serious shape because she cannot hunt now. She was not a member of a pride, traveling with one grown daughter lioness. The women hoped that the daughter lioness would be able to hunt for her mother, or she would die.
So, this is where we were going first….to see the Bad Boys. And there they were, napping near a dried mudhole in the dry thornveld. Mr. T drove along the edge of the dry pan and then turned into it and drove through it, alongside the sleeping lions, coasted to a stop to about 20’ from them, and a huge BAM and sssssssssss! All of us jumped! Including the 2 sleeping lions! They now stood their ground and glared at us (I swear - in the eyes). We had a blow-out in a very bad spot! The woman in the front seat with Mr. T practically started crying – she begged him to move the vehicle away. But he had to wait until the air pressure leveled. (This is where I wasn't sure I believed the "they think you are part of the vehicle" part). Finally we crawled away to a safe (?) spot and Mr. T radioed for another spare. He changed the tire with us in the vehicle (by himself) and finally, another vehicle came with a new spare.
Now, with a new tire, we went back to the Bad Boys, but, they were napping again in the same general area (obviously they forgot the incident - not like me!). The picture I used for this painting was actually taken the following day when they were awake. This is when we discovered that one of them had a bad eye. Mr. T said they probably fight with other males in the area and get pretty beat up. The lion that I'm painting was this lion with the bad eye. But, who wants to paint an ugly white, enlarged, bulging eye? Not me. Also, he had very bad looking hair (I mean, mane). Looked like bedhead to me. So I also fixed up his mane for my painting as well. Thank goodness for artistic liberty!