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DAY 11 Links
Today's abstract reminds me of Links and connections that we all have in our lives. Lots of circles (for me until I get it right) and lines crossing with the highs and lows that keep life interesting. Just played with a lot of textures in this piece experimenting to see what results there might be.
The Fortune Teller
She certainly was a fun project and came together pretty much as envisioned. But it is the great thing about painting, each picture has something different to teach you. While you might struggle in parts and aspects, if you push through you will be pleased to accomplish something that helps you in the next picture or so.
I really like the drama of this piece and have to credit background for that. While my goal was to pain this realistically, it is not hyper realism and I was able to use some of the techniques I learned while I was doing the performers series. I always have to remember to step back. Like Monet is the best example, right up close it is a bunch of squiggles, dashes and blobs of color. But step back and magically it comes into focus.
“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do.” - Bob Ross I thought this was a wonderful quote. I don't know if it has happened to you, but people say, oh you are so talented. Not true, couldn't be farther from the truth, although I am sure there are many artists who do possess that something extra, something special. But for the most part for the rest of us, it is just a matter of studying, learning your tools and materials, practicing, and then start to trust your inner self. I am on a journey to try to find my voice. Not that I am a late bloomer, but I should have already found it, yes? I guess what I am really looking for is the way I wish and want to paint. Not necessarily how I have been doing it. I am pleased with this piece. Many thanks to Sanne who put this wonderful reference piece up at PMP. Personally I think Magnolias are just wonderful flowers. They have so many interesting stages. Also it doesn't hurt tha…
Not sure but think this might be Penguin day. No, this isn't a penguin, couldn't get motivated to do one or anything else. Not ready to tackle my next project and was just casting about looking for something I could do.
So made up a quick pastel support using watercolor paper and acrylic inks. Then once that dried I applied a layer of clear gesso. For whatever reason clear gesso has a grit to it and it makes it perfect to hold several layers of pastel and makes for a very economical sanded support. I really liked getting some pastels out of the box that I don't usually work with. And, think it gives a very under-the-sea appearance. I am still into color because it is so gray here - no rain today but never have seen the…