Friday, April 1, 2011

Boot Re-done

Red & Black Boots
12x12 Torn Paper Collage
I just couldn't stand all that white on the spur so I re worked it!   I also re-worked the piping going up the side of the boot. Think it is much better.

Red and Black Boot

Red and Black Boot
Torn Paper Collage

I did this boot to take to the Lubbock Arts Festival. It is April 8-10. I was asked to set up and work on something each afternoon. I was excited to get to do it, I am wondering if I need to re-do the spur.  It may be a little white!
I will have to make that decision soon. I marked Lubbock on the map, and did it in red and black, for obvious reasons.
I have a new gadget, Called Square.   It goes in my phone, and it is a credit card reader. Works on an iphone or android. Is pretty neat.  You can even take a picture of what you are selling, and it keeps it in a file so you know what is what. I hope I get to use it!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bike Shop

Bike Shop

This is another painting I did at the retreat.  It is half sheet, and it had gesso on it.and was painted with watercolor.  I love to paint on gesso paper, with all the textures it makes. It is not this dull in real life, but for some reason, I am not having good luck getting a photo. I saw this bike hanging off a big building in Boston down by the river front. I have taken pictures of bikes for years. I love them like I do old vehicles.  I am wondering if I need to punch up the red with some gouache after seeing it here, and how dark it looks. I might!  I wanted the bottom corner left with no paint.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ceta Canyon Art Retreat

This past week I was at Ceta Canyon, near Amarillo,TX. It is an awesome place to go. It is a Methodist Retreat place but everybody uses it. The deer roam all over the place, as well as wild turkey.  The phones won't work there, you have to drive out to connect, which is nice.No television.  Our building we paint in is really great. Has a fireplace, and lots of windows.  I think they said it was started in 1918.
We have our own rooms with bathroom.  We come and go whenever we want to.  I tried to start by 8 every morning and we would paint until midnight. I got several pieces done. Now that I am home, a couple of them don't look so good! Plus I have to finish up what I started.
This painting is really too dark in the picture. It is not this dark across his eyes. After I work some more, I will re photo him. He was a fisherman I got in Florida.  I left the net out. Just wanted his face. I hope I can finish him and do him justice! I am trying to figure out what colors would work best on cap and shirt!

At the Fair

I was acceptd into the New Mexico watercolor society show again this year. It will be in Las Cruces NM instead of Albuquerque NM The theme ...