Friday, October 28, 2011

Last week in October

Well starting working again on the crystal that we started with Mollie's demo at SPLASH in Florida in August.  It is something I have never done but I do find that once I get into it, it can be very soothing and relaxing.  It is something that I will be working on for awhile and then walking away when I get too lost in where I am going with it.  Here is where I am now.  I worked on it a bit yesterday on it and will also work on it today.

I worked on the background and foreground intensifying some of the colors and then started working on the left side with some colors.  I am finding that I pick a color and then kind of go around the outer edges or wherever I see it and add like the pale red for example.  Mollie said to leave the facets in the front for now so am following her instruction.

Here is a close up of some of the little bits that I have added.

Then for fun I started a different glass.  This is from a photograph that I took of this delicious looking appletini that Deb ordered our last night at Indian Beach.  It was a really cool place to eat and drink and then go outside on the patio and dance to a Motown band.  Hadn't done something like this is a long time and it was so so much fun.  Watching our friend, Cindi, let her hair down so to speak and doing line dancing which I could not catch on to but I had no problem with the rocking kind of dancing.  It was so  so much fun and I paid dearly for it later on that night with a very sore back but it was worth it.

I digress as usual and so I want to share the beginnings of the appletini painting.

Don't know how I am going to get in the bubbles and spray thingies but I will figure out something.

I'm off to paint. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Week of October 17th Work

Well this week along with other things I worked on a challenge which we call YOP (Year of Painting)  I am really behind but did do the one for the month of October which was due the 20th and actually got it in on time.  It was a wonderful challenge and something that I don't paint very often but it was fun and interesting.  We paint something different each month and this month it was a lovely red antique truck all spruced up.
This was the photo we worked from.  I altered it a bit as you will see.

I did a total underpainting with Gamboge and then started added various reds quin red, cherry red, (HWC), permanent rose deep (DaVinci), quin rose and later magenta then for the darks CB, BU, and a mix of quin red and blue for purples.  I also had masked some sunspots, definitely would do this differently but this was an experiment.

More modeling of the reflections on the door and putting in some darks and the grills.

Worked on background with various greens sap green, underseas green, quin gold, BU and solme blue for trees and removed some of the masking.

Removed all masking and tried to work on chrome on bumper and wheels and headlights.

Finish.  I was fairly pleased with this challenge.  I think I rushed too much as the end to meet the deadline. I plan to catch up my back months and work on the extremely challenging piece for the month of November.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12 Musings

I have been painting a bit but also very busy harvesting and canning and freezing both from our garden and U-Pick 'Em places.  Love going out to the country.  One more place to go this season or maybe two; one to go pick apples and make applesauce and the other to get a pumpkin at the pumkin patch.

Here are a couple of cards that I painted in the last couple of weeks.  Am sending one out for a birthday card and the other I sent to a PF friend and I can post it now as she has received it.

This one will be for my brother's birthday.  It was of the fixings for the jar of Italian tomatoes behind which I also canned

This card for Ann was of tomatoes from our garden and fall flowers also from our garden  They are on 9 x 7 Arches WC paper