Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It was a beautiful day Saturday and I had an opportunity to paint with a group of artists, all of us taking a workshop lead by Helen Kleczynski. It was “The Art of Journaling” but it became a plein air session too which was fine with me.
Two friends who went with me sit on a log and sketch
We spent the morning at the beach, my view above. We broke for lunch and then went to a park near the museum where I started this little piece but didn’t finish – rain started.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve done any plein air painting so when my friend, Betty Dobbie, asked me if we couldn’t set a regular time to do it this summer, I didn’t hesitate – yes let’s. And so we will, every Tuesday starting this week.
I didn’t learn much about painting in the workshop but I did get some ideas about handy things to have or make for plein air painting. Helen K’s set up worked wonderfully for her. I may adapt it for my own use but not until I’ve been out a bit more and determine what works for me. Here’s her set up.
Monday, May 16, 2011
It isn’t really a plein air piece just practice. I am committed to doing plein air this summer. It’s something I quit doing a few years back and I miss it. Seems I needed a push to get going again and I got just that from a friend who has taken up painting. She wants to learn so she asked me if we could set a time to do it on a regular basis this summer.
We’re starting a week from tomorrow. When I saw this image on the Weekend Drawing Event (WDE) over on the wetcanvas site it seemed a good image to practice on.
I’m also working on some poured pieces but they go slowly. So while waiting for things to dry there I made more jewelry.
The first two pieces are Steampunk, a necklace and a broach. Both have watch parts, a cameo and part of an old bracelet. The broach is backed with part of a doily that has been stiffened with gel medium and the necklace is backed with an old poker chip.
The third piece is another necklace, this time made from a scrap of copper, part of a painting on canvas that I didn’t like so I cut it up, part of a Godiva Chocolate tin and a few beads.
The jewelry is just for me and maybe some gifts; I’m still a rank beginner at metal jewelry so I don’t feel ready to sell any of it. However, I do have one of the best instructors around. I wish she would get her website going so I could point you all over there. I am having fun doing it and may end up doing some wall pieces using the metal – fabric combination.
I’m still dealing with computer issues; however, I am beginning to find my way around a bit easier. Changes to the site are still in the thinking stages but changes will be coming.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
My computer is still sick; it’s frustrating and causing me to slack off on things I should be doing on it. Love ‘em when they’re running well but when they’re not it’s hell. Well, not exactly hell but not a good thing either.
I’m gradually figuring out how to get to programs; however, the one I use for updating my blog is one that I have trouble finding every time. It’s not that it moves, it stays put but I seem to lose the way to get to it. I can’t blame that on the computer, it’s my mind that isn’t working.
So where does this leave my blog? Well, I still plan to keep it going but as long as I’m not able to post as often I’m going to spend some time thinking about the direction I want to take it. It’s time to do some revamping to make it better for me and for readers. I hope you’ll stay tuned.