Cactus one is done. And WOW! The background scanned p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y! Actually, I didn’t make any adjustments with this one. Is it the gesso? Hmm. Usually I have to adjust the colors used in this background to get them true to life. Hooray!
I had a wonderful surprise this weekend. Two of my pieces were included in Janine Vangool’s All About You newsletter. Thank you Janine! Always inspiring. Both Janine and the newsletter. If you love Uppercase magazine, you will love All About You. Sign up for a weekly dose of wonderful – it’s free! Once you do, be sure to submit your recent work for consideration.
We had a lovely snow Sunday night. The roads cleared quickly, but the cold is preserving our delightful winter view.
In town running errands, I spotted this view. A fluffy patch of snowfall. Mingus is to the left, just out of view.
I had to tread carefully, and when I looked down, I noticed someone else had recently been there. My first thought was roadrunner. But their tracks are more like an “x”. These were about an inch and half long.
Later in the afternoon, the snow moved in over Mingus. The mountain was soon hidden from view. As you can see, we stayed sunny and dry.
Storm warnings are predicting a substantial storm starting tomorrow and lasting for two days. Prescott Valley is slated for 14 to 20 inches!! What?
Weather is giving us spectacular views. I have art to post, a couple of pieces. They need to be scanned though, so I thought I’d share these views I have hoarded. Roughly a week’s worth.
I mentioned before the Liberate Your Art postcard exchange has been cancelled this year. Kat Sloma does such a fabulous job of hosting the swap. Life has other wonderful plans for Kat, and the time intensive event had to be crossed of her to do list.
I plan to send out cards to those of you that swapped with me last year. I have about 25 on the list. There is no obligation for anyone to swap with me in return. If you think you would like to, contact me by email, or here in a comment.
I thought it would be fun to send a card to Kat as well, and decorate the envelope as we often do for her. Should be a nice surprise don’t you think.
Jacinta Moore posted on Instagram that she would like to swap this year, and a MINILYA has begun. Reach out to her if you would like to add your name. Someone asked if they could be handmade cards. I think that would be a fun change to include both handmade, and printed cards.
I am thinking of sending my cards out mid to late March. They will be printed. I send cards out to family and friends, and internet friends that don’t take part in LYA. Too many to make by hand at once.
I love this view of the hill. The city is nearly invisible. But it is right there, all around Glassford. The history of this hill is interesting. It is an extinct volcano. There is a cave, a lava vent, at the top. In the video. when he zooms in, Mingus is on the right.
The hill is named for Col. William Glassford. In the 1880’s he helped form an advanced system of heliograph stations to monitor the movements of Apache Indians, U.S. military and civilians. Seven men including one cook were stationed on Glassford Hill.
Where Women Create, reading material.
I ordered these back issues over a month ago. The information did state that it would take up to four weeks for delivery. Stampington and Company is selling back issues at clearance prices. I was anxiously awaiting their arrival. I have already started reading three others, conveniently located next to my reading chair.
I’ve gone and done it again. I signed up. Christiane Drieling invited me to take part in her Art On 45 event. It will be my first juried event. Selected works will be auctioned to raise money for NCLAC (North Central Louisiana Art Council). To aid in their commitment to establish a valuable art program at the local Boys And Girls Club.
THe deadline is January 4th. Plenty of time. Ha ha ha. Anything goes. I have a few ideas already.
This weekend for me is about tech chores. Updating my shops and dealing with some website issues as well. Checking things off of my to-do list. I finally finished organizing my Pinterest boards. I started it last September. Yup, during the 30 day challenge. The boards I use as inspiration were a wreck. Now I can easily find what I am looking for. I know, I know. I am organizationally obsessive. Ha ha.
Color, texture and line. Mingus sunset . SMD 2018
One last view for you. This from a few nights ago. Gotta paint this sometime.
I have kept up with the #WorldWatercolorMonth daily painting. I’m just behind on posting. I’ve gone to painting two pieces on one 5.5 x 8 sheet of paper. I will still be two short, and for those I will use the backside of earlier days.
Couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for your encouragement and support! I am grateful for your suggestions and critiques. Your friendship is a blessing!
I went through the paintings, and found my favorites for each month. A full third of the total made the list. I condensed that list even more, for my top favorites.
I am also sharing the paintings that had the most views. Not a complete list, and I am not sure it is a true representation of viewer favorites. The majority of my Mingus posts, included more than one painting. That makes a true count difficult. I would love to hear your favorites, if there are any that stand out to you. Sea Dean has posted her six favorites on her 100 Days Of Mingus Pinterest board.
I have procrastinated, putting off writing this post. I keep starting projects that have waited while I was painting Mingus. I am not sure what to write, or, if I have anything interesting to say about the project.
Dave asked if I have noticed any changes in my practice as a result of painting daily. My reply was that I am less precious about each piece. I told him that I would talk about it more in this post. But I really don’t have much more to say. This project was a success in that I finished. I kept up. Didn’t give up. But my habit of setting high standards for myself, has me… feeling like I missed the mark. I was looking forward to more experimentation. Creating pieces with more depth and complexity.
I feel like I should have more to say. Maybe it is my “style”. Maybe there is “a style”. But I feel like I just did the same thing over and over (laughing). I wasn’t able to work in different mediums or try as many new techniques as I would have liked. And this is just me, grading myself. My progress. I know it was due to circumstances out of my control. So I am cutting myself some slack. And I did enjoy the process. I am still painting daily.
When I looked at the paintings again, there were a few that jumped out at me as incomplete. Less than half of the 100. And I know I mentioned that a few times as I went along. I am planning on adding to some of them. But that will have to wait until next month.
Some of you have also asked if they are for sale. If you are interested, you can let me know in a comment or through a private message on Facebook. The large, 5.5 x 11.5, are $120. Smaller pieces start at $17 for ATC’s and range from $38 for 3.5 x 5.5 to $70 for 5 x 7. For U.S. buyers, shipping is free until the end of July.
There was only one painting that I walked away from. Only one lying around. If I mentioned in a post about trashing a ruined painting, you can catch me in a fib. This is from the first week. I honestly can’t remember what I was thinking. Go for it, have a good laugh! Ha ha ha! The sky is watercolor, and I like how it turned out. The hills are acrylic, and there is pen as well. I used a rubber comb while the red paint was wet. I was going to layer more on this. Add texture.
The sky is Windsor Newton, not Inktense. So I would have to seal it to continue. Inktense is permanent once dry. (I don’t have a good sky blue in Inktense.) The sky is what stopped me in my tracks. I won’t take this any further, like I said, the original idea is gone.
I still need to flatten the paintings. I will share that process with you soon.
“No man is a failure who has friends.” It’s a Wonderful Life
“I walk every day, and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my God, what a blessing.’ Then you realise it’s important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe.” Paulo Coelho