|This was a more traditional portrait drawing. I quite like this one. I'll try painting it, once I decide on colors.|
Friday, November 28, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
|This is another painting I started late last week. I thought I would re-visit one of my earlier paintings [below] but this is as far as I got. Miss P. is so much more compelling.|
I believe I am going through another growth phase, always hard, but the results are great. With painting, I am being pulled out my usual ways, trying to really express some strong emotion in my work.
With riding, I have also taken some steps forward. I have always preferred at least a bit of control. As a result, I have done almost all my riding in the ring. But Sunday, two of my neighbors made me an offer I couldn't refuse. They saw me heading home from a walk with Maggie, and said - go home, change, throw a saddle on Bruno - we're going in the park. So I did! Thanks to their wonderful companionship, I was so comfortable riding him into the "unknown". Yesterday, I took him out on the trails solo! And I got the feeling from Bruno that he loved it, and wanted to keep on going.
A very strange thing happened yesterday. I woke up, went into the kitchen, and found the chinchilla cage OPEN! ... and one was missing. I quickly shut the window [if he got out, he was a goner], put the cat in the bedroom, and Maggie outside. Maggie had been lying, staring at one of the sofas, so I was fairly sure the chin was under it. After a rousing, merry chase, I caught him, and put him safely back in the cage. The question is - how did the cage door open? I now have a large safety clip on the door. Never a dull moment!!!
Thank you so much for visiting!
Monday, November 17, 2014
|I must have used a quarter of a large bottle of masking fluid.|
|I poured, using permanent rose, aureolin and indanthrone in very dilute applications.|
|I masked some more, and did another application of the same colors. I missed photographing the next step. There I went from pink to alizarin crimson to get darker shadows.|
|Pumpkin obliged for the reference photo.|
Thank you so much for dropping by - hope you enjoyed your visit!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
|First I did several w/w glazes with a mix of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone to establish the shadows .|
|I had originally planned to try painting an effect like scarves of bright transparent colors, but it looked like so much work, so I opted for an impression of the aurora borealis. Here, I did a w/w application using aureolin and phthalo blue.|
|Then I painted two w/w washes with a dark blue-black mixture. And here he is - the tiny frog admiring the lights.|