Gold is Hard!

Let me explain that. I don’t mean a gold bar is hard, I think we all know that and maybe it’s not as hard as we think after all , I actually don’t know because I have never seen one up close in person. What I do mean is that the color gold is difficult to paint with, especially if you’re using a paint brush. I find it easier when you are more haphazard about it and smudging it on with your finger here and there but what I’m doing in this current project is not that. So I’m finding myself trying to feather it in and make it look smooth when it really doesn’t want to. When you put on a little glob and you mean to come back and spread it out, you best not forget because it will show up for ever!

I was listening to a podcast today by Louise Fletcher and Alice Sheridan. It was one of their earliest podcast episodes and they are currently up to 172. I have also listened to that episode but for some reason Spotify decided I needed to go back to the beginning and listen to the first episodes. I’m not complaining, I didn’t get to listen to them the first time around so it was actually quite enjoyable having Louise and Alice conversing in my studio while I painted. I think somewhere around podcast number 2 or 3 they were discussing the reason for starting a podcast and Louise mentioned that when she first started painting she had no one to talk to that she could ask questions to; bounce ideas off of. There were plenty of artists in the area but many artists were a bit cliquey and not willing to necessarily talk with a beginner as they find out who they are and where they’re going. I feel that same loneliness at times in my studio. Lots of times actually. Sometimes it’s just nice to have somebody there to try new ideas with or show your new attempts to. I had one such friend here last night and it was truly a delight. Thank you Terry if you’re reading this. I was also a little sad last night because it became the last effort of our groups event called Evening Art.

Some people had previously expressed a desire to have a group get together in the evening because they work during the day and it would be better for their schedule so we accommodated and I even opened my studio for this purpose once a month. Free! The attendance was so low I finally had to decide it was not worth my time to be there all day and then also stay into the evening so last night was the last one. So thank you Terry for showing up and to the handful of people that have showed up over the past 6 months. Chris and Maggie to name a couple.

So anyway back to the gold, I will have to let this layer dry and see if I can touch up anymore areas after that.

Thanks for being here.

Ruth

What a day!

Today started out rather gloomy; the rain started early. I was looking forward to a wonderful watercolor batik Workshop at my friend Sharon’s house. The rain did not make it seem like it was going to be a happy day.

I drove across the river and picked up a joint friend named Inge and we proceeded to drive the rest of the way to Sharon’s house. In the pouring rain. There is one particular part to this drive that I was not looking forward to. Turning off of the road we were on onto a much smaller and much windier, curvier Road going up a hill. It was even more treacherous seeming because of the pouring rain. It was nice having Inga to talk to she is good conversation and a good distraction. After achieving the climb I said to Inge we will not be going back this way when we leave to go home. I could not imagine going downhill on this 15% grade …in the wet slippery rain!

We arrived at Sharon’s just after everyone else and just in time to start the workshop, which turned out to be the most wonderful learning and Artful experience I have had the pleasure to be a part of in a long time. Halfway through our time there Sharon announced it was time to eat lunch and what a treat that was! She had handmade each and every detail including two fabulous quiches, one being gluten free and one regular. Some yummy muffins and fresh fruit cups ! Halfway through my quiche I said to her “this is so good I never want to stop eating it!” To which she of course replied “there’s more in the kitchen” LOL.

After lunch we resumed our project which was learning how to create a batik looking watercolor…on Rice paper. I was certain I had ruined mine, I did not like where some of the orange paint landed but it was quite a process of layering and waxing… you just can’t tell what you’re going to end up with until you’re done. I plan to try this again. After matting it I can’t tell you how much more pleased I was to the point where I will actually look for a frame and hang it up in my home.

PS… I’m definitely going to do this again and I am very grateful to my friend Sharon for introducing me to it.

PPS…it stopped raining and the sun came out and we had a beautiful blue sky afternoon for our drive home! Thank you Lord.

Opinions Please!

I was working on this giraffe today and I thought I knew how I was going to finish it but my husband gave me another idea so let me put it out there and see which one you would do.
* One method is to put lots of colors inside the giraffe and then whitewash it in between the colors leaving the outside space the red color that it is.
* Another method would be to leave the inside of the giraffe red as it is and put the multi colors and whitewash all around the outline.
* what do you think?

UPDATE! I made a few changes

My Newest Addition

No, not the 2 + 2 kind, this is an addition to my collection of Giraffes… I painted (and collaged) this one last week… and I like her alot… problem is a keep calling it a ‘him’ LOL.. anyway, I wanted to share this with you… They won’t let me embed the video unless I Upgrade the blog to a Pay level… but you can click the link, I stored the video in Google Drive!

and this is a smaller picture of her, I think it’s 22 x 24, but I’ll have to double check .