Sunday, September 28, 2014

Persnickety Cameras


My camera has to go in the shop. The trip we took to the beach last year proved too much sand for such a fastidious piece of equipment. It's been getting more and more temperamental until... it just won't work!

I'm busy making flowers. BIG ones, small ones, all colors and patterns. I have a project in mind that will set my house apart from everyone else's.

And I'll show you progress. After I get the camera back!

edit -- Click here to see how you make the flowers in the above picture.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Washington Watercolors

My trip to Washington draws to a close tomorrow morning as I start the flight home to Bakersfield. One of the things I've loved about Tacoma is that there is a ton of public art and art shops. My heart sinks a bit as I think about returning to my hometown where I don't feel that same art spirit, that sense of beauty of place. Hmm... I guess it's just up to me to make my home and my neighborhood and my workplace as much a place of beauty as I, by myself, can do.


I've only got my tablet with me, so the pictures are unedited and not rotated in the right directions, but you can still get the gist of what I'm doing.


Several artists I've admired over the years have a lot of details in the form of patterns in their work. I paint a lot of flat areas (Granted, they have layers and layers of paint in them) but I wanted to try out some pattern details in my houses. Here's an attempt (Blurry!).


I rather like this one. It's a piece I'm doing from memory of a painting I've seen inside the Los Angeles Temple of the tree of Good and Evil. It's kind of different than anything I've ever done before, but it makes me feel like I can really draw/paint like a "real" artist.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Watercoloring Before Volcanoes



I'm here in Washington this week for a library conference and my room looks out at Mt. Ranier, an active, but "between eruptions" volcano (http://geology.com/usgs/rainier/). If it decides to blast, I have a great view!


I had a little time before my first meeting of the day to paint. This is the first time I've been so completely alone to do art in FOREVER. I miss my family, but I'm comforting myself with chocolate and a wonderful big bed all to myself...