November 22, 2015
I haven’t had a whole lot of time to paint, but I did start a new watercolor painting. It is a combination of two photos I took while I was in New Zealand. I was fascinated by the beautiful “Christmas Trees” they had with beautiful red flowers on them. My husband and I were there in Nov 2014 and the trees were in bloom. We also saw many sheep along the way. This is a scene from on top of the hill in Tauranga, New Zeland.
I am starting a series of 5″x5″ small oil paintings. This is a walleby that my husband and I saw in Melbourne at a small zoo. They were all around us everywhere. They loved to be petted. I love animals, always have. I love seeing the animals come alive as I paint.
An art teacher of mine showed me how to make these little frames by using masonite board and a kind of silk taffeta that you can buy in a fabric store. It is great to paint on. I used an adhesive to attach the taffeta. I also had some frames made for them by a friend of mine. They actually look good even without a frame. I’m exited to get started on them.
Okay, here is “Amy” finished. She gave me some problems. For example , I started out too heavy on the color and then accidently dropped color where color wasn’t suppose to be. It happened to be a stainer but I refused to give up. That is one thing I have learned from my art teachers about painting that I didn’t know. Painting is a problem solving experience. You don’t give up on it easily. Very rarely do you trash a painting. That helped to know that. I just thought artists put everything on canvas or paper with ease and were so good that they never had problems. That is not so. I have only been painting for 7 years but I have talked to seasoned artists and they still have their battles.
I have finished my watercolor of my niece and will be downloading it tomorrow. I also did a 5″x5″ oil painting to put on my website under small paintings – 5″x5″- These smaller painting will come with a frame that I had a friend of mine put together. I made the board that they are painted on with silk tafetta fabric. I learned how to do it from a artist friend and will try and share it with you. I would do all this tonight but I have the stomach flu and am heading to bed. Happy Halloween.