Sunday, June 30, 2013

Trying to Get Back to Art...

It's been almost a month since my last post! I didn't plan to take a blog break but it just happened. So many of you have emailed me to see if I'm okay and yes, I'm doing fine. Just overwhelmed with other "stuff" and no time for art.

On the 24th HB and I celebrated 23 years of being together and 18 years of marriage. We had our photos taken professionally and if they turn out good I'll share them here later.

Also on the 25th HB and I were part of a fashion show at the senior center. I wasn't able to take any photos because I was in the show but there were lots of photos taken so I'm sure some will turn up soon and I'll share those, too. It was a huge success and we had a much bigger crowd than I anticipated. I think it might become a twice-yearly event but I'm not sure if I'll do it again. I had fun but it took much more time than I expected...lots of rehearsals!!

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For now the only thing I've managed to do is re-work one of my older paintings. You may remember this painting...


I did this several years ago during one of Julie Prichard's classes. I named it Sea Dreams because I thought it was underwater looking up...but then just a couple of days ago I pulled it out and saw something completely different...


Now it seems to be a dark forest with a light off in the distance. I like it better now, but have to come up with a new name for it.

I hope to get back into doing art and have plans to do more journaling in the month of July. Although all my plans may fall along the wayside if this heat continues. We're expecting 109º today and for the next week it will be well over 100º. If you've been following me for any time you know I hate hot weather and quickly lose my momentum so we'll see how the journaling goes.

I haven't been visiting blogs at all this past month so I hope to get back into that, too. You'll be seeing me pop in here and there as time allows. I've missed you all so much!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

A New Outfit...

I wasn't happy with the way my Bohemian Girl looked yesterday. Her outfit was too traditional for her headdress so I did some adjusting...


I'm a bit more happy with this outfit but still not 100%.

Today I'm working on some faces on canvas for an upcoming project.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Not Doing Much...

I finished another one of my girls last night. That may be all I manage as it's going to be 104ºF today!

I don't know why she looks so gray. I tried to lighten it up but then I got harsh spots here and there. She is actually done on white paper!

I also played around with a couple of my older paintings. Here is the first one I did...


Before

After
This was a pulled art piece.

Before

After

Both of these were done several years ago. They're on plain old cardboard from a box. I especially like how the second one turned out. She's always been a favorite of mine and now I like her even more.

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Bohemian Girls #6

I finished my latest girl and after seeing how Eden transformed my drawings with color I think I'll try doing this one in color. It will have to wait a few days though. For now here she is...

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I've decided to call them simply The Bohemian Girls.
This is  #6 in the series.

I may also go back and do something on her coat but haven't decided for sure. It might get too busy so I'm giving myself time to think about whether to do it or not.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

It's Fire Season Again...

In most of the country it's summer but here in southern California it's called fire season. It has been very dry (humidity levels only in single digits at times) and hot with temperatures hovering around or near the 100ºF mark. Right now there is a big fire burning just to the south and west of where we live. It's about 20 to 25 miles from us. Saturday morning it had burned about 3,600 acres. As of this morning it's now consumed 19,500 acres and is moving our way. We aren't in danger but we can smell the smoke. All night I could smell it and this morning the smell is still there in the air.

Last evening I snapped a few photos from the sidewalk...




That's all smoke...not clouds.

Today I'll continue working on my latest Pixie Girl. I think I need a new name for this series. The first one looked like a pixie but the others not so much. I think they need a name that's a bit more exotic and bohemian. Any suggestions?

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Sneak Peek...

Here it is June first and I'm not sure where the last month went. I know I showed my May mosaic yesterday but actually that wasn't much art because most of it was just re-dos of previous art. I need to buckle down and get busy on some new stuff. With that in mind here's a sneak peek at my latest Pixie Girl drawing...



As you can see I'm just getting started with the pen work so it will take me a couple of days to finish her. So far, she's my favorite. Stay tuned to see how she turns out.