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I Say Hello

I Say Hello

I Say Hello

This is a painting I recently finished.

I started this painting in an app called Rebelle.  I used inks and watercolors in Rebelle.

Then I took the painting into Painter to see what I could find.  These three birds showed up right away.  Initially, there were four birds.  But common wisdom says that one should use odd numbers in grouping images in a painting, or just about anything.  Odd numbers always look better than an even number of objects.

As the painting progressed, more and more flowers and various shapes just showed up.

I am very excited as we leave for two months in Maui this month.  This is a dream come true.  Right now and through November, is hurricane season.  Usually, I don’t worry about that.  But there have been several near hurricanes hitting Hawaii lately.  There are three off the islands now, and high winds up to 140 mph are expected.  The increase in hurricanes is due to global warming.  More and more, I am seeing the effects in my life of global warming.

Here in Seattle, we are having a drought.  Last night we got our first real rainfall since April.  Everyone knows we are famous for rain, yet we’ve had none.  There is a chance that the high pressure system laying off our coast will keep rains from El Niño from coming in this winter.  That would mean two years of drought.  This is very serious, but no one in government seems to care.

Aloha.

 

 

Flower Frenzy

Flower Frenzy

Flower Frenzy

I started this painting like I start all my paintings.  I make a few layers of marks with several colors.  Then I start looking to find what appears to me in the painting.

Lately, all I’ve seen are flowers.  Flowers everywhere.

I think this is because I’m getting closer to going to Maui for two months.  Maui is filled with gorgeous colors and beautiful flowers.

When I first became ill, my life as I knew it ended.  I laid in bed for over 15 years with no diagnosis.  I did nothing except go to doctors when able.

When I finally got a diagnosis of lyme disease, I got treatment and some of my life returned.  Not a lot, but more than I had.

I believe that my constant faith in God (although there were some challenging times about that) and my ability to pick myself up and be positive and practice staying positive got me back to living.

My life is still very limited, but I’m extremely grateful I live only a five-hour flight from Maui.  I can do sitting on an airplane.  I collapse once I get there.  But, I’ll have plenty of time to recover from the flight this year.

Aloha, everyone!

 

Flower Fever

Flower Fever

Flower Fever

This painting is a continuation of painting flowers.  I’m not sure where they are all coming from, but flowers they are.

I painted this in Painter 2015 on my computer.

I have heard some people say that digital art is not really art.  But to me, it is.  I use a tablet and stylus, that are just like a pen and pencil.  The marks I make are mine.  That is what’s important to me in my paintings, that all the marks on the paintings be mine.

 

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Lately, all my paintings have been influenced by my trips to Maui.  There is just so much color there.  The flowers are so bright and beautiful.  The water is a gorgeous blue and the dirt is a glorious red color.

The island is made from a volcano.  That makes the scenery unique and very different from what I see at home in Seattle.

My husband and I are getting ready to leave for two months in Maui in October and November of this year.  I am very excited about this trip.

For years we dreamed of being able to be retired and spend two to three months in Maui.  Now, our dreams are coming true.  I have to say that staying positive in thought and consciously claiming what I wanted in life have worked for me.  I stayed an active participant in my life as I went along.

Of course, becoming ill was not in my plans.  But, by staying positive and focused, I have been able to adapt to a chronic illness and still live my dreams.

This piece of art was done on the computer, using Painter 2015.  I started this painting by splattering drops of watercolors on the canvas.  I put down three layers of colors, red, blue and yellow.  Then, I sat and looked at the drops and suddenly saw the flowers.  I pulled them out with one of my watercolor brushes.  It was a fun exercise that I did in a class on Japanese Inks.  You can read more about that class here.

Have a great rest of the summer.

Summer Poppies

Summer Poppies

Summer Poppies

This is something a little different for me, a landscape, done in watercolors.

I particularly like the sky in this piece. I used water colors layers with bright colors to make the sky.

I used Karen Bonaker’s Real Watercolors 2 to paint this piece.  They are not up at her blog, but contact me if you want me to mail them to you.  Karen founded the DAA, the Digital Art Academy, an art school using Painter to work with in the classes.  There are classes in everything you can imagine.

If you want to see this painting larger and against a black background, click watercolor, then click on the painting.

 

 

 

 

Mystery

Mystern

Mystery

My husband retired last July, and I got behind in blogging because I used to do my blogging and reading of blogs during lunch.  Now, I eat lunch with him. I’m trying to get caught up on reading other’s blogs and writing my own.

Overall, I’m glad that Warren is retired and is spending more time with me.  We have been together since 1970.  We moved in together that year.  When we were younger, and sometimes not employed, we always had a blast together.  I had pictured the same thing would be true now that we are no longer employed and have all day free to play.

The only thing I did not consider is that I am sick, and can’t go out and play anytime I want to.  Despite that, I am still enjoying having Warren in my life all day, every day.

This winter was very hard for me.  I had a flare of some kind, and was sick from New Years Eve until recently.  I am feeling on the upswing now.  But, it was a real scare.  I went back to spending days where I could do nothing but lay in bed, under the covers and be very sick.  I had a lot of pain breakthroughs that were very severe.  On those days, old tapes would start to play in my head.  I would start to think that I was going to spend all day, every day back in bed and be able to do nothing.

That is when positive thinking came back to save me.  I got myself calmed down and thought through the process logically.  I would admit that yes, I’m sick today.  But the recent pattern has been that I will be sick one day and then better the next.  Usually within two days, I’m up, dressed and going out to lunch with Warren.  I affirmed these things.  I prayed for help and guidance.  I practiced positive thinking.  I forced myself to think in a positive way.

As usual, it worked.  The pain eventually subsided and is under control again with morphine.  I have more energy and am feeling better just in time for summer.

Deep In The Forest

 

Deep In The Forest

Deep In The Forest was a fun one to paint.

I started it in Painter with liquid inks splayed all over the page in bright colors.  Then I took it into Rebelle.  Rebelle, is a new digital painting application that has amazing watercolor and ink effects.  I was able to get wonderful drips flowing out of the liquid inks.

Then I brought the painting back into Painter and finished it with Blend Camel Hair brushes I made.  I had so much fun finding flowers and little animals.

As always, light and dark values were a challenge, but I think I did pretty well with them.

Another problem I’ve had is putting something right smack dab in the middle of the painting.  This happens more often with rectangle-shaped canvases, so I have moved to using square canvases.

Enjoy!

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