8" x 8" x 2" Ink on claybord
I don't know what happened but I was all ready to go to the studio and I never got there today. My husband and I were going to go to lunch together and then he was going to drop me off at the studio. While we were out it was , "Well, while we are out let's go by and . . ."! We got back to the house at 3:50pm. So tonight I drew these trees I saw the other day, they looked as if they were dancing. I drew them on a clay board (claybord) I brought home the other day in case it showed. I can go back in and scratch in it and add a wash if I want too. I don't know what I want to do with it yet. Tomorrow, if it doesn't snow, we shall see what I do.
I didn't have to go far for this one, my drive way.
I not sure what to call it, but I went photographing Houston County today. The weather was so nice and the colors were beautiful. After lunch we went for a long ride and I took pictures to work from. We got a bowl of soup and grilled cheese sandwiches at "the Ridge" (Tennessee Ridge) Restaurant and off we went. I took about a 100 shots - - GREAT DAY. Houston County is beautiful.
We came back to the same restaurant for pie (homemade).
I'll put more on my facebook page as an album.
I went in to the studio today and I didn't like what I saw. The watercolor I thought I was finished with, wasn't finished. The tree branches were too heavy and too black. The left side of the tree where the branches were, stopped my eye and I couldn't see anything else. I don't know if you an tell the difference in the photos but I went in and tried to lighten the branches. I also added a wash to the area around the back of the bridge hoping to set in back more. I also sketched out a new canvas to do in acrylic, it is the old railroad crossing signal in Erin that's no longer in use.
Erin's Green Way watercolor 12" x 16"
It's funny what you are apprehensive about when you start a painting. Since this was a watercolor, I didn't know how I would get the creek bank to look right. In the acrylic I knew how I would handle it, no problem. In the acrylic I was concerned with the small canvas and a small brush. I like to paint big and use a big brush. Also, acrylics can get sticky as they dry.
I put the photos below of the progression of this watercolor. This one is 12" x 16". I also added a photo of the small acrylic of the same scene. Have I told y'all lately just how beautiful Erin, TN is????
The bug I had last week, my husband has it now. I feel sorry for him.
Nothing got done last week, I was sick and I got better. Then I got sick again, maybe tomorrow I can get something done. I'm ready to get back to work.
The pen and ink is one of the Chris Series I did for my senior show from college. It is still my favorite body of work. I have always hear, 'draw what you know', as a kid I loved exploring in the woods. My boys shared that same love for the out-of- doors.
watercolor of my husband! 24" x 18"
My husband didn't know I could draw when I married him 44 years ago. He has encouraged me all these years. I was the only artist in my family growing up and my father didn't really like the fact I wanted to work in art. When it came time for college I wanted to major in art and Daddy said I would go and be a history teacher. Long story short, I rebelled and got a job. Once I married, I went back to school and majored in Art. To this day, my husband has continued to support me in every way, especially with my art. I would not have made it without him, my thanks to this an amazing man. (My Dad was amazing too)!
I started to the studio with a little headache and had to turn around to go home with a huge headache. I thought my eyes would explode.
I should finish the watercolor tomorrow. All the masking is off, and it's just detail work from here. I did a little dry brush on this one (fun, fun, fun) today. I also need to clean my palette, it's getting muddy.
I also started putting in the local color into the acrylic. I've put photos of the progress of both paintings below.
I created an album on my professional fan page on Facebook, People I've painted. I got to my studio and realized I have some that haven't been photographed. You really should photograph every thing you do. I also realized I had a few musicians in there. These are the same paintings as on this site, just organized differently.
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TAL Tennessee Art League galleries!
I started my day headed towards Nashville. I joined the Tennessee Art League in Nashville this month and I put one of my artworks in the monthly show. I took my acrylic cats. They will be on display through the month of Feb. By the way, the TAL is a beautiful facility. The galleries are spacious, gray walls and wonderful lighting.
After a wonderful lunch, I returned to the studio to work. I didn't get a lot done but something is better than nothing. The watercolor: I had to add masking (I removed the first masking) while that was drying I blocked in the acrylic because my shapes were off. I then went back to the watercolor to add a few darks in the tree line and water. I added some more pigment into the foreground. I also had some visitors today, a young artist and his mom. I actually got a lot done in so little time.
The photos above are small Erin Green Way paintings (the ones I finished recently) and the one to the side is also an Erin landscape.
They make nice studies and if I really enjoyed doing them, I can do a larger one in Acrylic or watercolor. I find them to be very helpful and they sell quickly. They aren't so costly to produce and you don't have much time invested in them.
The two at the top are 6" x 9" and the other one is 4"x 4"
I've been sick so I haven't been to the studio since Friday. I plan to return tomorrow and hope I feel like doing something.
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.