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I’m Back!

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I think my decision to not post every single painting I do has freed me to blog.

I am painting way faster than I used to.  Plus, I’m also doing photography.  To post every painting and every photograph is unrealistic.  In addition, not all of them are worthy of viewing.  I know, it’s sad but true.  My husband puts it this way.

Look at baseball players.  If they hit .400 they are considered amazing.  But very few of them have ever had a .400 career.  Then look at most pitchers.  They can’t usually hit at all.  Of course, they pitch.

I have to admit, not all my paintings are home runs.  I’m not even hitting .400.  But I’m doing better than I used to.  Practice. That’s what makes the difference. And classes.

Also being in touch with other artists is very important. Then I find out that what I experience is not unique.  The older I get, the more I find that what I experience is most likely experienced by other human beings.

Just this last weekend, I was watching a video done by digital artists Aaron Rutton (http://aaronrutton.com) and Skip Allen (http://skipallenpaints.com).  The screen was split in two.  On one side, Skip was painting some beautiful watercolor flowers.  Aaron was hosting Skip and was just kind of doodling and not trying very hard. Frankly, he was making a mess.

Then Aaron checked on the size of his audience.  He saw they had 95 viewers.  He decided he should up his game.  He drew this fabulous portrait.  That’s what happens to me if I don’t try hard enough.  I draw a mess.

Then, Skip showed some flowers he had done in preparing for the video they were doing.  He was unhappy with his results in the video.  He thought they were too tight.  He showed his first flowers and how loose they were and how as he went forward they kept getting tighter.  They looked pretty good to me.  But I completely related to what he was saying.  The more I work at my art, the tighter it gets.

Until I saw that video, I thought I was the only person cursed with this problem.  But, no, yet again, I find I’m just like other people.  If I don’t pay attention to my art when I’m doing it, I get a mess. If I’m not careful, it gets too tight very fast.

That, finally, brings me to the above painting.  I did this on my new iPad Pro. I love painting on it. I am using the painting app Procreate which is totally awesome.  It comes with a ton of brushes in all kinds of media.  It works extremely well with the Apple Pencil. I’m fact, this last weekend, they had an update to make it even more compatible with the Apple Pencil.

This morning I was working on this painting, and I had this crisis.  I really wanted to do more to it.  But I knew if I did it would get tight and be ruined.  I find I always am doing that to my paintings.  Too tight.  So, even though this feels unfinished, I’m calling it finished.  It was really hard to sign it and put it up.  Every fiber in my body wants to do more to this.  But I’m not going to.  Just this once.  Then I’ll see what happens next painting.

I’m Giving Up

Out In A Flash

Out In A Flash

I have faithfully posted every painting I have done since I started my blog.  Then my husband retired.  I always did anything blog related during lunch.  Well, now I eat lunch with my husband.  I can’t fit blogging into my life.  But I loved to blog.  I loved the few blog buddies I made.  They were great friends.  I had some loyal followers.  I chatted back and forth with a few people.

I miss blogging,

But I just can’t fit it in like I used to.  I don’t want to take my site down, but I probably should.  I put up a post and get three likes at the most.

I keep hoping it will work out somehow.

Blogging saved me,  I was stuck in bed for over 18 years with Lyme disease.  I’ve finally gotten better.  That’s also probably why I can’t fit in blogging.  I actually have a life now.  Not a real big one, but it keeps getting bigger.

Anyway, I’m going to start by not posting every painting I paint.  First, some aren’t that good.  Second, I just can’t keep up.  Third, I’m posting them all over at Instagram,  if anyone has s burning urge to see all my art, go there.  Then you can also see my photography.

Yes, I’m doing photography now.  I even have a macro lens for my iPhone.  I bought an Olloclip macro,  it is totally awesome.

The painting is called Out In A Flash.  I painted it with some awesome brushes made by Skip Allen.  You can check out his super blog at http://skipallenpaints.com.

Watercolor 3

Sumi Watercolor 3

Sumi Watercolor 3

This is a watercolor I did in Painter 2016.

I started this painting by working with a particle brush to make the dark lines.  Then I filled in with watercolors for the rest of the painting.

At the end, I added some collage elements with design paper.

This is a completely different type of painting for me.  It was a lot of fun to do.  I may do a few more like this.

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain't What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

This is another painting using impasto brushes.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle, using watercolors and inks to make lots of drips and other interesting shapes and lines.

Then, I took it into Painter and added the impasto brushes.

I’m thinking of changing my blog.  I started this blog because I was very ill with what was diagnosed at Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.  Well, it turns out I just had Lyme disease.  I’m feeling better after four long years of treatment for the Lyme.

I am out and about walking and doing other things I haven’t been able to do in almost 20 years.  I want my blog to be a celebration of the new me.  I’m going to keep the name of my blog, but change the description.

It turns out that I also have atypical migraines.  I have had a bad bout with that.  But, hooray, there’s a medication for that.  I’m on it, and that is resolving.  I’ve had that since 1983.  So, things are really looking up in my life.  I hope your life is going well.

 

A Burst of Thunder

A Burst of Thunder

A Burst of Thunder

I started this painting in Rebelle, like I do all my paintings any more.

I used watercolors and inks and lots of drips.

Then, I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic brushes using the new dynamic speckle bristle brushes.

I’m not entirely happy with this piece.  I have been very frustrated with my abstracts lately.  That must mean I’m about to change how I paint.  I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m excited.

I started painting in September 2012.  To be honest, I wasn’t very good.  I have worked hard at my art and painting, and I know I have improved.  I just want to get really good now!

Many artists find a style and stick with it.  I don’t want to do that.  I want to keep what is mine and unique, but I want to grow as an artist.

I got a video from an artist by the name of John Salminen.  He is drop-dead fantastic.  Check him out John Salminen.

To me, his abstracts look like realistic paintings and his realistic work looks like abstracts.  He does cityscapes and is fantastic at them.  I hope his video will be as inspiring as his paintings are.

 

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

I am very happy with this painting.  It pulls together many things I have tried to do in my paintings for some time.

First, lights and darks.  It sounds simple to just use lights and darks in one’s art.  But it is very hard to get the right balance of lights and darks.  They are what will make a painting “pop”.

Next, different textures.  Texture in the painting will make it more interesting and keep the viewer involved.  I was finally able to make a brush in Painter that picks up paper grain.  In Painter, I can bring in any paper textures I want.  I bring in papers of all kinds.  I have papers from real-world media and Ih have papers of rocks, bark and just about anything you can think of.

I used some geometric brushes that I made in this piece.  If you look, you can see triangles throughout the piece.  Those were the stamp brush.

I tried to pay closer attention to composition in this work.  I tried to give the eye a path to walk.  Not that you have to walk that exact path, go where you want.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and then took it into Painter.

 

Rainy Day Dreams

Raiiny Day Dreams

Rainy Day Dreams

I have to say that I am feeling so much better.  Better than I have felt in 20 years or so.  Lyme disease, which I have in addition to fibromyalgia, has more than just one germ that needs to be eradicated.  Finally, my lyme physician has put me on yet another antibiotic that treats one of these germs.

I have had an amazing reaction to it.  While I was in Maui in October and November, I was able to walk one and one-half miles.  This may not sound like much to anyone.  But for me, it has been amazing.  I haven’t been able to walk much more than about two blocks or so at a time.  Yes, I have walked longer at times, but then came home exhausted and would have to rest for many days, sometimes, weeks.

But in Maui, I did this and was able to keep going back for more.

Inside of me there has been this heaviness, that pulls me down.  It has been there for over 20 years.  That is finally going away.  This is very exciting for me.

My creativity also seems to be increasing.  That is really exciting.

As to this painting.  I started it in Rebelle with watercolors.  I just poured on watercolors in various bright shades and made them very thick and let them pour down.

Then, I took the painting into Painter.  I used some of Painter’s new brushes called Dynamic Speckle brushes. I used them to further refine the shapes that I found.  Then I took pencils and did some outlining of shapes.  This was a very fun painting to do.

I gave it this name, because I started it on a very dark dreary day, and I was dreaming of bright colors that hopefully will come after the first of the year.

 

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