Just another pretty day in Prescott Valley. Hot too.Triple digits.
Little by little…
Little by little we are losing the view in back. Goodbye Granite Mountain. I think we will just see the top edge when they are done. A before shot from February, below.
Shadow Play, Mingus
I shared this view recently (below) and here it is again in different light. Usually this bit is just one solid mass of color. I just find the shapes interesting.
Still busy creating digitally. Created new banners for my shops. Revamping my site shop page. (Need to do that over again) Uploading the new patterns, and creating collections.
Didn’t even know I had to do that. But apparently it helps your old items remain visible, instead of getting buried by newer posts. Must be a good idea, because everyone has them now.
So. Busy updating. Zazzle, Spoonflower, Society6, Sprout, and Roostery. Whew! Even worked a bit getting things ready for Etsy.
Debating about showing on Roostery at all. Spoonflower offers the option to automatically populate your shop with the items you have on Spoonflower. But they do not have adjustment tools as of yet. And the scale that works for clothing, quilting etc., does not necessarily work for upholstery or wall paper.
It’s an all or nothing deal. So is it better to get exposure, and forget about perfection? Or wait until I can show my designs as I want them?
It’s all about the light. I reclaimed light by dabbing a damp paper towel into the treetops. Also found a bit in the first, large trunk. I dipped my rubber comb into clean water, and scraped the paint in the foreground. I love that those marks remained subtle after drying.
To the treetops I added more yellow, some orange and Shiraz in selective areas. Seeing it here, I feel like I need to add some shadow at the base of the trees. What do you think? Not going for realism, just think a little more contrast would be good.
We had rain for about 20 minutes today. Full sun, windy, light rain. Clear blue sky to the south. I kept hoping the sun would catch and really make this pop. Very dreamlike as it was though.
Was inspired by Sandrine Pelissier’s newsletter, as I always am. Dug out my travel Spirograph. Had a bit of a worry when I didn’t find it in the first two looks. The 4 x 6 paper did not fit, so most of my drawings ended up more centered, less random. I filled the edges with doodles. I am going to try again. But maybe this lends itself to trees better.
Just FYI. If you ever buy a travel Spirograph, post-it notes fit perfectly!
I am going to like painting on gessoed paper. Need more practice. I know you can’t see it, but that puts a smile on my face. The gesso allows easy removal of color. Take it off, put more on, take it off. It can be reworked without fear of the paper shredding. There is also a really nice texture in some areas. On the next piece I will show a close up, if it happens again.
Splatter stripe has been “favorited” by 29 of the designers on Spoonflower. A few that I really admire as well – professionals. (Very cool!) That makes it my #2 design. I am going to take that as a good sign. Fingers crossed! Still time to vote today!