Being in the studio, and fiddling with supplies, I just couldn't pass it up. Started the stencil work and underpainting yesterday with the sketch in of the raven, then finished it today. Lots of fun, more fun then organizing..snicker.
Stay tuned, fought through this last few weeks with bronchitis
(just about every time I get a cold or virus, it turns into that one) -
in the meantime I've been getting the studio ready for a space to do some online learning.
I have enrolled in a daily gesture drawing/mentoring class with Tonja Sell and TWO sketchbook classes - one with Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene - Sketchbook Skool, one with Sketchbook Revival.
Whoo - lots to do, lots to practice and lots to learn! My idea of FUN!
My sketching has gone by the wayside and I feel that in order to improve -
one must be in the mode of practice, thereby, seeing through sketching.
I most always benefit from online exposure to techniques, other artists,
ideas and pacing learning on my own time and schedule.
How about you?
6" x 8"
pastel on pumiced and underpainted gatorboard ( I have to chuckle on this one, in the past - before this 30 in 30, I felt a lot of my animal portraits have come out more on the cartoonish side - too whimsical, too unrealistic, this one went there.)
Mice, the burrowing animal - who is ONE with Mother Earth.
We have all had that 'mouse experience' a time or two.
I have to say, I always say "awwww...poor thing.." even
when I empty a mouse trap.
We had them in Kansas in the country, we have them in Colorado,
in the high country, IN the kitchen, IN the RV, IN the garage and studio,
UNDER the house, IN the heat ducts - if left unattended
the spaces quickly gather the mice.
We fight and fight them, but I heed this quote from a mouse -
"You're overlooking some important details, so pay close attention to what’s going on."
That is the symbol of mouse according to a little bit of searching..
and I believe it.
And being my 30th blog post in 30 days,
here it is the end of the 6th season of ME - painting - 30 - in - 30.
I am glad to be at this point and trying not to go forward in a status of 'let down'.
After being on a treadmill, one doesn't do well just jerking to a halt
(not healthy anyway).
Painting this theme - WILDLIFE SYMBOLS THAT DEFINE US -
continues to remind me (and hopefully YOU the viewer) of how precious and important it is
to pay attention to the policies and legislature that is being crafted to protect or destroy
these animals - each of who have their own abilities and special place in our world.
We all need to be good stewards of our planet Earth.
Although there is sooo much to do around here and I need to get the rest of the house situated
after moving 3 months ago (guest season will be back in swing soon) - I will still MAKE TIME to paint - I profess to be an artist - right? If not every day, maybe every other day or certain days of the week or time of the day. It is important that I keep the momentum going or lose some valuable mojo that I have gathered. I think ONE whole day off is in the works - time to regroup.
If you have been visiting and watching, thanks for coming by.
For those of you who purchased a piece during this time,
T H A N K S !!
Will I do another '30 in 30'? We'll have to see
when that time comes around again.
Posting my '30 in 30 Collage' in the next post.
Most 30 in 30 participants will post one.
And I have to ask, though I wonder how many would comment,
Which painting is YOUR favorite?
Mine is the squirrel, I like the color and how free
it felt when I painted it.
This one turned out really well, I think, I found this great brush in my
stash of art brushes that
'flickfuzzy feathers fairly fast'!
How's that for alliteration? I have been enjoying finding the more obscure
creatures that have meaning to us humans in this challenge.
Vulture was so fun to paint.
Dilemma on this one, where to sign my name, there are
such good feathers at the bottom, and I am not sure signing
on the top of the painting is going to look right.
AS a symbol, to the Mayan mind the vulture was observed as a death eater. As a consumer of death, the Mayan felt the vulture could also convert death to life. So, the vulture was considered a symbol of cleansing , renewal and transformation. It's also associated with water and the vulture controls the rain. (got that from googling 'vulture as a symbol')
fearless and brave - these all tell the story of LION.
I don't know if it's because I am really pushing hard to try solidify a few things
in what I am doing and the colors I am using or ?? But these
are getting more difficult. When I think of the decisions that I make
when I do a painting right now- WOW! By the end of it, my mind is whirling
and I really have to force myself to say, "That's enough."
Forgot the underpainting today. OH well, wanted to get going on a bigger one
and was so excited to get going that I forgot that step.
I really noticed it on the long stretch. It didn't have that
great golden glow to assist on the highlights.
Moose is a symbol of being headstrong, longevity, wisdom, confidence, self-esteem, primal feminine energy and steadfastness. I never saw a real moose in the wild until we started RVing in the high country in Colorado between Kremmling and Dillon at Sugarloaf, there were ALWAYS moose. I have sooo many photos of them.
Started this yesterday after I finished Day 7, as I knew being bigger it would take more time.
Here are steps, although I often forget to keep up the photos with the
levels as I go, went to lunch in town, so between #3 and #4, there is a big jump.
Even though I absolutely got into the ref photo and the rendition of it,
this was a tougher one - had FUN with the antlers.
At this point I thought maybe I was done, but I always need some
time to look at bigger ones, my personal critiqueing usually sees more
wrong or needing to be done -
but the problem can be I DO TOO MUCH and should leave it alone.
If it wasn't a daily painting, I would step back and observe it
for several days before calling it good, but that isn't the case
So after about another hour, here is the final.
10" x 12"
pastel on pumiced gatorboard
I invite you to view MORE of the 30 in 30 artists submissions.
pastel on pumiced and underpainted gatorfoam board
(OK have to admit, at first I thought I was painting a hawk but after
much scrutiny, I see I have a Falcon.)
I should know this as I once painted an Egyptian scene with a falcon in it but falcons are
the symbol of the rising sun in Egypt, known as Ra.
He is a solar symbol meaning success, victory and a winning situation.
Not knowing the physical difference - just like the bobcat and lynx, who has time to catch all the details to tell which one it is -
they are quick and one doesn't get too close to humans.
The following I found online because I wanted to know the difference between a falcon and a hawk. Seems that when people post photos of them - even they don't know there is a difference.
"1. Falcons belong to the same genus while hawks fall into several genera.
2. Falcons have a notch on their beaks while hawks have a simple curve on the beak.
3. Falcons grab their prey with the beaks while hawks use talons on the feet to kill prey.
4. Hawks are generally larger birds than falcons."