Sunday, August 24, 2008

Page 1

Page 1
Brush and Ink
6.5 x 9

I've had this idea for a story without words for awhile, and I finally, in one of my books I made, sketched it out. I then chose 52 images and for a year (one a week) I will post this on my site, bohemiaacademia. I think it will be good practice, and fun. I hope to still be doing other painting and work as well.

I'm having art day on Tuesdays with one of my good friends from school, and I'm looking forward to that!

And I'm going to a job interview tomorrow. I hope it doesn't cut back on my work. Or my art. Or anything else. I have way too many projects.

Sketch - Shoes

Pen and watercolor

And when you get sick of landscapes, the shoes that take you over them. Well, not really. These are slip ons I've had for years :D. Um... 10 years, about? Around that long. That yellow is the stuffing showing through, just to give you an idea.

Sketch - Landscape Studies

Arkansas Landscapes
Pen and Watercolor

I love doing sketches when I go on vacation. They turned out ok. It was raining the entire time, so no bright colors. But I love the colors I get.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

How to: Bookbinding

I've finished another how to on bookbinding here.

It's really more of a walkthrough of how I put it together with just the materials I had. I'm about to go on vacation, and I'm packing my watercolors and inks! I can't wait to see what I can get.

I should really get back to oil painting. But I'm just not feeling it right now.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Painting a Day - 30

9.5 x 8.5
Watercolor on Cardstock

Yeah, I'm house sitting, and I haven't felt like pulling out the oils. And I'm on another computer without photoshop, so keep in mind, the colors in this are NOTHING like the colors in the actual work. The piece looks completely washed out. :( Oh well, I'll fix it later. And put up the other random pieces I'm doing.

And did I mention I hate large dogs? Ok, so I don't really hate them, but I am definitely not a dog person, so house sitting with a dog is kinda... blegh. And I don't sleep well in new places, and my foot hurts. And I sound like I'm complaining. I'm just tired. I'm actually really liking it here! Lot's of time to work on writing, reading and small art pieces like this one. Yay!

I'd paint the dog if he wasn't so... dog like. Yeah. Right now he's eating a squeaky toy. Except it doesn't squeak any more. Because he's mostly eaten it. That can't be good. Oh well. I might doodle him later. When I'm not mad at him for chewing on my foot. My very hurt foot. Oh well, now he has a very hurt head. :P Not my fault I spazzed in pain. He now knows the foot is off limits. And that it tastes like Cayenne Pepper.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Painting a Day - 29

Colored Cards
8" x 8"
Oil on Masonite

This one was fun, I was playing with a lot of bright colors. I like the red, yellow, blue scheme in the blocks of color, but adding that fun green with all the neat reflections. The square format is still giving me fits. At first I had the green pepper completely centered and then I took a page from Degas' The Absinthe Drinker.

I missed yesterday, I know, I'm sorry. My boyfriend and I are working on making my site a lot better, and getting everything looking nice. It's taking a lot of time.

I thought I'd do another, but I'm about out of sun, and I only work with natural light. I might be able to catch up tomorrow.


Sunday, August 03, 2008

Painting a Day - 28

Honey and Flowers
8"x 8"
Oil on Masonite

I'm working with a lot of new things here. Square compotitions, more paint colors, and masonite. I mean, I've done and used all that before, but I've been doing the 5x7 format with the zorn palette on card so long it's good to step out of that box. This is with Cad red light, Cad yellow light, yellow ochre, white, indigo and terra vert.

I started out really tight, but I just do not like how tight looks. I love paint, I like to see it and all the colors. If I see green, I paint green. A bit of red in that green? That's in there as well. I like to keep my colors fairly high key, but still look more subdued from a distance. Of course I like for it to look fairly tight from a distance, but to really give the veiwer something to chew on as the get closer. I guess I kind of work like Kulike. His money he paints is amazing. I'm sorry I don't have a link to it.

I've been on a mini kick, haven't I? A mini thing of honey, a mini picture... heck, even the scissors are kinda mini. Fun! I might try oversized next. Or not. Whatever happens to catch my eye! This I was kind of playing with the idea of the cut flowers, and the scissors which does the cutting, and then the honey as something that comes from flowers. But not flowers that have been cut. So it's kind of a play on beauty and use! I thought it was fun...


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Painting a Day - 27

Long Handle
Oil on Shellacked Card
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I'm getting back into the swing of things.

This was so much fun, even though I worked on it almost five times as long as I usually do. So much was going on in this painting... And can you believe it, the tomatoes were the hardest part. (I thought it was funny, they're cherry tomatoes, you see, and they are joined together like cherries!) My favorite part to do was that fun little tea towel thing. So cute too! Ok, the handle was pretty tough to. then I realized it was the mouth that was throwing me off, but I got it! At least, it looks like the set up. So we're good.

I feel so much better after doing a painting. I couldn't do one yesterday, I tried, and the day before that, I tried! And when I say I tried, it doesn't mean I went to my studio and looked at it and did nothing, I mean, paint was flying! Today it was flying and actually pulled together.

Ok, for the palette. I decided I wanted color, man. Cadmium Yellow Light, Indigo, Cadmium Red Light, Terra Vert, Black and White. I think there might be a touch of alizarin in the tomatoes. (Did I mention the paint was flying?!) Color is everywhere in this piece! Of course, it’s done from life and natural light. I think I love this piece. <3