I hope you all have a fab weekend. We are having dear friends visit and taking them to the Mt Airy Art Garage quilt show tonight and to the Philadelphia Flower Show tomorrow. I'm sandwiching in a few fun days between projects (and what sounds like another big snow storm). Celebrate the last of February's dreary march of days.
Splashing with colors marching right across the palette and the page with an overlay of juicy brush pen. A bit of stamping with handcarved and washi tape. Why not?
Some Pitt Pen. A loose arm. Not being careful but careless, without a care in the world. In my watercolor Moleskine. I like that book. Go ahead and paint some flowers. No need to overthink. They don't.
Next Tuesday I go in for hand surgery. I'll be splinted for one week and then the nerve damage should begin to repair itself.
The feeling should be completely back in about a year. The last three weeks have been very upside down.
In the midst of all of the sickness and injury, my daughter and her husband (I still smile when I say that) moved to Chicago. Lots of chaos but they are settling in.
I'm thinking Yellow right now and Gray. Monochromatic (what?!). Yes. I am going to try some monochrome and see where it leads me. I need a little challenge and excitement to get me through. I had to cancel my Little Bird stitch class (heartbreak) but it will be rescheduled. I'll get up again.
Just lying there on the ground under its tree in San Francisco's Presidio. The husband noticed it in the dark, after dinner, Saturday night. I climbed the fence. Of course I did.
I couldn't see the colors so it was a glorious surpise when we got back to our hotel. My goodness.
Adventures: things both odd and funny happen as I stumble about in my usual way but jet-lagged magnifies things which is only a problem if you find it problematic. I did find Britex Fabrics. Holy Cr*p. Small precious bits of pricey fabrics:
This color studies are from Sharon B's online sketchbook class. I was very happy to get into this class. You may think it's funny that I would take a class like this but there were some new ideas and loads of ideas that I'd forgotten.
This floss matching study was time consuming but really worthwhile to see how many colors appeared in the mixing of a primary triad (red, yellow, blue). I could feel my eyes sharpening up as I sorted through the floss colors.
This is academic art. It's not easy but is incredibly satisfying. I take classes because it's good to challenge myself and keep my eyes sharp.
I found a little sketch in one of my piles and had some fun looking for the main colors and then the floss colors. I'm mixing and matching Sharon's exercises and making up some of my own. The class is over and I now have over 120 pages in pdf's so I can take my time and explore.
After a fantastic day teaching at The Ink Pad on Sunday, I treated myself to a couple of days off and after some nice time with my sis in Princeton (Paper Source!), some "must do's" and a nap, I put in some play time with my journal.
One of my students told me about the ghosting technique using Dylusions ink, water spray and a stencil and I was playing around with it. Here is the video.
A lotta bang for your buck with this technique.I tried (briefly in class) with watercolors and technically it should work since both watercolors and Dylusions inks are liftable. We'll see.
I felt an urge to paint some stripes with watercolors. It was a colorful messy afternoon. The overspray and drips made for a lovely "drip catcher" paper. I'm using nicer paper for that these days. Dividend.
Now that the house is dusted, the laundry done, bring on the rest of the week! Why is it that cleaning the house and fresh sheets feels like self-care? Is that pathetic? And here's another question. I have plenty of art supplies but have been lusting after some of these Dylusions since I saw them last year at Ink Pad. I bought a bunch. Self-indulgence? I'm calling it a treat.