I've been noodling around with Pam Carriker's new line of acrylic paints and inks* and the just-slightly-earthy colors led me right to landscapes.
I decided that Landscape would be a really fun class to teach. It is coming in about 2 weeks with a different format than usual. More later. I'm excited!
In the meantime, here's a little video that will introduce you to some general ideas about landscape painting. Enjoy!
Here's the video
*Disclaimer: Pam Carriker sent me the paints for review. I used them for a while before reviewing them. I like 'em. They are very pourable and sheer, both qualities I like very much. The colors are earthy and there's a solid array. See buying information here. Thanks Pam!
Here's an art journal page using Pam's Whitewashed and Barely Black ink. I LOVE them!
Gratitude is a simple thing. Humble. The act brings us down to the most basic element of humanity. If we can be thankful, everything else seems to take care of itself. If we are grateful, we have shifted the focus from self-centered to global.
I forget to be thanksful, we all do.
I wonder, if we all remembered to be grateful more often, could we find ways to make our worlds and our world better and then have more to be thankful for? Do you think it works that way?
I am so grateful to you. Each time you look at my blog, make a comment, say "hello," I am gratified. Thank you.
My sketchbook lives on the coffee table. I go through a half dozen (or so) of these a year. My fav is the Canson XXL. BOGO at Michaels Crafts store this week. The above sketches have been transferred to canvas awaiting color. I am thinking restraint :)
lol. That's a bunch of malarkey. It half cracks me up when I read those articles on how to get 1 bazillion readers to come to your blog. It's the Step Right Up mentality. This post will change your life.
This particular post will not change your life. But maybe you will leave inspired.
Flowers in my Rescue Book Journal.
Some more flowers.
Fun photo on a wet day last week. I shifted the composition into a cruciform.
and finally, we were having a bit of fun on Facebook yesterday. I'd posted Tag Art and then someone else posted and then we started a game "Tag Your It." So if you want to get involved with that, make some Tag Art or small art, head on over to my Facebook page and start posting and commenting.
Happy Monday, everyone. Have I thanked you lately for your support, comments and emails? I appreciate each one of you: even the lurkers
Need a quick art fix? Tag art: small bits of fun and a great surface to experiment upon. I buy tags by the box at the office supply store.
I used white gouache (gwash) as a resist. It's not really a resist, it changes the surface of the tag so that the paint (or ink) absorbs differently. You could use gouache, gesso, white paint. I applied it through a stencil and then let it dry.
After the gouache was dry, I sprayed a couple of different colors of ink onto the craft sheet and just ran the cards through the puddle. Keep warm and cool colors separate so they don't get muddy. Leave some open space.
After everything was dry (the next day), add some collage. I cut some birds and flowers out of previously beautified paper and added some pen work. How about stamping and coloring in on separate papers and then collaging them onto the tags? The flower on the left was done that way.
I'm thinking that birds and flowers deserve a written language. :) Have a Monday. They are never great but we soldier on.