Friday, March 20, 2009

There's nothing like waiting until the last minute...

Here I go again! I've had this piece finished for months so why did I wait until today to submit my work to Cafe'? Besides procrastinating, I could not think of a title for this piece. I actually wanted to call it "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" because that's really what it reminds me of....however I could not bring myself to do that. So when push came to shove, meaning I either entered or not, I was forced to give it a name so I call it, "Dawn's Early Light". I guess that's ok but I wanted something totally awesome. Something that would describe what I actually did with this piece. My intention was to go from black & white then let it sort of flow into color. I wound up using purples instead of grays but that's how I began to see it. So what do you call something like that? Yeah, I already thought of metamorphosis. Doesn't sound too pretty though.

For those of you who know I generally blend everything with a brush....I didn't on this one. I decided to blend the peppers but not the shadows. Blending brightens and intensifies the colors...after spending hours and hours on this piece I didn't want any surprises so I opted not to. I also wanted to keep the shadows light and airy so I did what I call a soft blend. All that means is the shadows look a little grainy compared to the peppers because of the grain in the sandpaper. I actually did the same thing with the following piece.

This is actually one of my all time favorites. I call it "Yesterday Morning When I Was Young". I would imagine I had a tricycle similar to this one when I was little. By the looks of it I'd say it's about the right age....and showing it's age, kind of like me. Anyway, it makes me smile when I look at it and leaves me with a good feeling.

Good luck to you all and hope to see you in Atlanta.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

North Carolina - Feb 28 - March 1 - Painting with a "dry" medium

The Group...and what a fun group you were! Thanks so much
for inviting me. I had a wonderful time!

The first day...just beginning!

Peggy is beginning to add Crimson Lake over the
foundation color, Tuscan Red.


Nina is changing the color of her pepper too!

Linda K. - "...did I do it right?" I'd say yes!

Later that day...





This is when I get really excited. I'm always in awe at the end of the
first day...what a beautiful job!

Day two...the green pepper.

Judy has begun to work on the green pepper. She will be making a
tonal drawing using black which will give her a darker green.




After lunch...

Liz contemplating....




The second day is much quieter than the first...




Lloyd putting the final touches on her green pepper.

I don't know what to say other than these are absolutely gorgeous.
You did a great job!