I was going to call this a work in progress. But I think there is just too much work needed to make it presentable. I could call it a color study, or a learning experience. Yeah. It is a color study.
My inspiration was a soft and washy piece of art. Light and airy, smooth transitions. HA! Oh and some photos of flowers that artist Sea Dean sent me.
Who am I kidding. I CAN NOT do light and airy. LOL! Oh well.
I whipped this out after arriving home from a three-hour tour. I mean, a three-day road trip. I will share more about that soon. Assignment completed. One daily painting.
I had another abstract ready to go, but I reeaaallly don’t like it. HA! Now I am thinkin’ I like it just a little better than this. At least it isn’t messy.
Oh well, I had fun, relaxed a bit, and got to play with my watercolors. I was missing them. I used a Sharpie paint pen to draw the lines and dots. Thought it would work as a resist. And it did for the most part.
Tomorrow is my catch up day. I have missed seeing all the incredible art created in the challenge. I’ll be visiting a blog near you soon!
My Canadian friend Sea Dean shared an interesting post on Toni Onley yesterday. She often shares work from her fellow countrymen. I love reading her posts, because these artists are all new to me! Thank you Sea!
I fell in love with Toni’s work. I did a little surfing, and learned about his life, the mediums he preferred, and the progression of his work. He was a master of marketing, and flew his own plane to paint plein air. Impressive!
Spring Snow, Harrison Lake, B.C. Watercolour, Toni Onley
Phantom Glacier, 11 x 15, watercolour, Toni Onley
I set my mind to paint a simple, clean version of my Mingus view. Picking up my brush and getting in the zone was such a joy. I did a lot right in this, I am pleased with the outcome. But I am light years away from clean, crisp, soft, simplicity. Gotta love the learning!! There will be a do over, because the vision in my mind is gnawing at me.
More work to be done. More hours to put in. Oh JoY!
I just realized, looking at Toni’s work, that his almost abstract landscapes are very much like works I love from Georgia O’Keefe. No wonder it was love at first sight.
New Mexican landscape, 16.25 x 30, oil on canvas, Georgia O’Keeffe
Lake George. Oil on canvas, 16 1/4 x 22, Georgia O’Keeffe.
I also discovered the landscapes of Canadian artist Enda Bardell today. Inspiration is everywhere! Have you discovered the work of “new” artist recently? Share a link in the comments and let me know what you enjoy about their work or how it inspired you!
Sapphire Seafront. Gesso and acrylics on paper. 2016 Sheila Delgado
I am working through the lessons in Pauline Agnew’s Artbytes One. I skipped Project Two as it calls for creating a triptych, and I need to pick up canvas for that. Project three calls for creating a textured landscape. I scored high, I think, on creating texture. But low on creating a pleasing and painterly piece. Still, I am happy with it. It’s growing on me.
I practiced each technique. Started with gesso again and layers of warm color, that should still be slightly visible, but are not. They would have added depth and character. Is there a sense of weather? Storm on the way, or just retreating?
The assignment was not to create a fabulous piece. But I would like to make this better, just for the experience. If I can. Any suggestions are welcome.
L.Y.A. SIDE SWAPS
L.Y.A. Side swaps 6, 7, 8. Sea Dean, Cheryl Goyer, and Jacques Williamos.
Cheryl Goyer is a fiber artist, just look at the fabulous fiber becoming yarn. Hand dyed silk. Gorgeous colors, I just want to reach out and feel that bundle. Cheryl teaches spinning at the Antique Gas & steam Engine Museum in Vista CA., and Rigid Heddle Weaving at Common Threads in Encinitas. I confess, I had to look that up. Visit her site to see her gorgeous work! You can also find her on Instagram – clgoyer, and Tumbler – cgoyer. Cosmic connection… I have a good friend who lives across the street from the museum.
The gorgeous cat is from Jacques Williamos and came to me from Radstock in the UK. She is on Facebook , visit her page to see more of her art. Some done with her nondominate hand, amazing! Jacques included this wonderful quote on her card:
“Slow down and enjoy life.
It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast –
you also miss the sense of where you are going and why”
Best wishes to you as well Jacques, and be sure to sign up for Kat’s newsletter to be in the loop for next years swap. I hope you are feeling better and healing swiftly!
Sea Dean is an artist who can paint just about everything. Her card is a collection of pet portraits. Most for commissions. I love them all, especially the blue cat at the bottom. (I think prints are an awesome idea Sea!) Sea lives in Kelowna, BC, Canada. 1410 miles directly north of Wildomar. Big Hug to you Sea.
OOPS! Swap #3
Remember this gorgeous tree postcard from a few days ago? Michele accidentally sent me a second one. And it makes me laugh, because that is something I would do. How ’bout you? Brain fart or senior moment, we all can relate. I received a second one as part of the regular swap! MY third to arrive. And I was so busy reading the quote and personal message, that I flat out did not see that it had one of my printed address labels on it. Glasses on and I still was completely blind! LOL. When I read Michele’s comment, I cracked up! SEE! I told you I would do something like that and I WAS DOING IT! Ha ha ha ha
I will be using these cards for the front and back covers of my album. Thanks for that Michele! (Your card was the first one I received). The back of this card is different though, with this quote:
One of the greatest necessities in America, is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg
L.Y.A. 2016 Side swaps #1 and #2. Sarah Calhoun, “Mermaid”. Michele Matucheski, “Hope in Winter.
Cosmic connection here:
Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.
My favorite President as a child was Lincoln. I read book after book on him. My birthday is January 5th, and I was born the year Carl died. Silly I know… but there are connections everywhere.
Thank you Cheryl, Sea, Jacques and Michele! Such a lovely surprise to receive four beautiful postcards on the same day!