Saturday, November 10, 2012

But is it art?

Chinatown, Chicago
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Central Park

Photo enhanced  Can you see the land of OZ here?
Taken from a speeding car

I took a class in iphonology ... how to use your iphone to create "art."  These were some of my creations.  I am still struggling to see them as art ...
Balloon Day, Midland MI
From a hotel in NYC

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Chrysanthemums!

There are so many ways to do a Chinese Chrysanthemum brush painting.

 My teacher, Louise Chen, said you can paint it in color then outline, you can do the outline then paint it, you can just outline, or use just paint.

.... but my idea is to just make them all into Christmas cards which is what I intend to do!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chinese Chrysanthemums

I just started a Chinese Brush painting class in chrysanthemums. 

Louise Chen does an incredible job of describing the culture and its relationship to art.  The chrysanthemum is the fall flower, when all the other wild bloomers have ended and there is a focus on wisdom and relaxation.  She likened it to people in their 60s. They have done what they had to do and now can reflect.

Hmm. Time for reflection!

This one is on double shuen rice paper

We practice on coffee filters to see how ink will run.

I need to work on my vases!

This is on double shuen rice paper.

More on rice paper.

Ok I really like this pot. Not terribly Chinese, but I like it!

Another one on a coffee filter.
I did some reading online and found that this flower is a good gift for an older person since it indicates strong life.  But another source said that in Belgium and Austria they are particularly associated with funerals.  I find it so interesting to see the meanings associated with this flower!  But I am spending too much time reading online, I should be practicing how to paint it!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooky trees

Rub watercolor paper with charcoal on a cotton ball, erase out trees and strengthen the shadows with a pencil

Friday, October 19, 2012

Been busy with a Chinese brush ... 
You can see the top of my head on the far left, and my goldfish creation, dead center.

Friday, September 21, 2012

cat painting

My latest watercolor. It was from a class, no cat I know.

Friday, September 14, 2012

David's Boat

Wish I had gotten a better photo of the book mark ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chinese Brush Painting Class

First we did stems

Then we did leaves

Then we did small branches

Then we learned to write "Peace" in Chinese Calligraphy

This was my at-home practice

More practicing at home
What a wonderful, peaceful morning!

I really enjoy Chinese Brush Painting although it is a sign that fall is coming and I hate to see summer end.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Plein Air Marigolds

Sat in front of some Marigolds in Dow Gardens with my Monday Plein Air class --  attached are the results. This is watercolor,  on a dull orange colored pastel paper, then on gray and then in my sketch book

I took the photo at an angle, the square is actually a square, honest!

The dappled sunshine we were sitting in ...
beautiful, but not the best lighting to paint!

Done in inktense watercolor pencils
plus brown calligraphy pen

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

watercolor class


sky and water

waves and birds

Did an all day watercolor class today ... we received 3 brushes and a palette as part of the fee!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

workshop day 2

Still in process; needs more color

In process, with art gum still in place
On day 2 we did birches ... and used pebeo art gum for masking.

 I have 2 unfinished pieces plus the class projects to share today.
After art gum is removed, the whole piece gets a yellow glaze of thin transparent wash.

I may frame this one!               I love the colors.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Workshop notebook

Can't say I was bored, but I had a pencil in my hand and paper in my notebook.

Here is my rendition of Helga Flower and both the bell she uses to begin her class, and her spritz bottle.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gotta get back to weight watchers!

Saturday painting was down at the tridge again.  Priscilla got this photo of me ... oh, look at that belly!  I should post this pic on my fridge, maybe I would stop opening it all the time for the chocolate ice cream!

I drew the tridge again ... I am getting a collection of tridge prints!  (Midland is unique for its bridge over the spot where 2 rivers join and become a third.  Our 3 legged bridge is called a tridge.)

Loving my calligraphy pen to sketch and a light wash of watercolors.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Helga FLower workshop day 1

Wow, what a week ... 4 days of watercolor from 9 to 4.  On day one we did flowers from a bouquet; first one drawn in ink, then painted then add the background.

 I love how it turned out.

Second one we learned the drip vase, and eliminated outlines.

I gotta say, I am very tempted to go in and add some harder edges to my flowers with a drawing pen.