Danielle Donaldson has a class on her site called The Character Building Guild. I want too interested in it because it was cute girls based on the zodiac signs. First of all, astrology just isn't interesting to me and cutesy girls aren't either. In August, I broke down and subscribed to the class. Why? Because I loved the online community and all the sweet stuff they were posting- I wanted a piece of that sweetness.
BUT! If I do this, I should probably try to do my own kind of girls. Do I even have my own kind? Ugh. Am I copying instead of just concentrating on figuring out my own way in this watercolor world? Aaahh!
We had our big staff meeting at work today and my part went well even with fretting about it for weeks now. I even made people laugh. Hee hee hee. I have power. The relief made me sleepy.
It turned out! Matte white acrylic paint is my friend. I love how it gives it a richer, more painterly look. Oil paintings have a quality that I both love and don't love - the acrylic gives me the part I like.
This painting has several layers to it - the drawing, the watercolor, acrylic paint, water-soluble graphite and then the part that made it pop: watercolor stick. The lavender on the leaves was just what it needed.
Reading: not a darn thing
Learning: how to keep out of other people's business (a lifelong weakness, in afraid)
Working: December's book orders (25!) And still not done with the PowerPoint for tomorrow's all-staff meeting 😭
Playing: Roller coaster Tycoon (so many feels)
Worry: my tooth hurts and i can't get to the dentist until next week. I just tell myself the worst that can happen is that I lose the tooth. If it really hurts, I can go to urgent care. Again.
Secret thoughts: I'm so relieved about that relationship that broke. Guiltily relieved.
Happiness: the car is back! It came in $500 under estimate! Brian needs a hearing aid! My voice is in the exact range he can't hear. The universe laughs and so do I!
When you're typing on a phone, you can't get long-winded, no matter how much you want to say.
I left my ferns sketchbook at work yesterday which really threw a monkey wrench in my plans. BTW, I love this sketchbook - a woman at work shares my love for all things papery and showed me how to use the disc-binding system for journals and notebooks. It's the perfect solution for sketchbooks, too, since I can make them any size, at any time. No more wasted pages! No more "not enough pages"!
Ever since i did that Color Mingling class from Danielle Donaldson, I've wanted to try painting and drawing more ferns. I bought a weeded copy of a ferns nature guide from the library and cut it up into single pictures, each one getting its own page.
From there, I try to capture the essence of its overall frond shape, its leaves and the curve of the stem. The idea was to use these as the bases (basises?) (basisii?) (basii?) of my own ferns paintings.
Here was my first try:
I tried to be too realistic. Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!
On Sunday evenings, Martin Hansen hosts a scripture study hour at his home. I've stopped going because I wasn't getting out of it what I'd hoped. He asked if we (me and hubs) were coming tonight because he'd brought us back a Diana of Ephesus from his trip abroad a couple weeks ago.
We went and were pleasantly surprised to find we were the only ones there besides his family. We studied for the hour, but afterwards talked. It was a wonderful conversation about extended family and the problems we face with them at times. The connection I felt with them was so satisfying. Martin commented at the end that our conversation was probably the real reason we'd gotten together that evening. I agree.
Here's my new Diana:
She has 30 breasts and is my hero.
I got a little time to work on paintings tonight- I figured out how to choose colors better from pictures and how to document them on 3x5 cards. I'll put them into a recipe file and use them for references in the future.
I fit in two paintings tonight. Very satisfying! Linework will happen tomorrow.