I’m Calling You
I have been wanting to use more kinds of media in my work to give it more interest and texture. In this piece, I used liquid inks, pencils and oils.
I have decided to focus on getting better values in my paintings. Values (or tones) are the darks and lights in a painting. Not so much the colors, as their values. For instance, a highly saturated yellow can have a dark value in a painting.
I was dismayed when I first learned this about value. I love to use really bright colors. But doing that in the painting means that the painting won’t have much depth. If you don’t have much depth, you usually don’t have much of a painting.
So, what’s a girl like me to do? I have had to tone down my colors. I looked to the Impressionists. They have incredibly bright paintings, or so it would seem. However, many of them used greys in their paintings to make their other colors look bright.
Right now, in my paintings using grey is just not something I’m up for. So I started adding highly saturated colors that also contained a lot of white. That way, I can get better values going in my paintings.
I’ve been working with a new category of brushes in Painter, the app I use. They are called liquid inks. Painter has a category for regular inks, but liquid inks are a whole other thing.
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Artists Give Back
I am donating two pieces of art to an on-line auction to raise funds for a group in Kenya. You can see these pieces here.
I did this once before, donated art to an on-line auction. See my post here.
Jessica Sporn is organizing this again. Check out her blog. She is an incredibly talented artist, and a very giving, caring person.
This time we are donating the proceeds to an organization called Pastoralist Child Foundation. It is in Kenya. I have a special place in my heart for Kenya. I’ve never been there. I just know that it is one of the most beautiful places on earth to look at. The trees, especially sing to my soul.
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Morning Thistles 2
These are two versions of the same digital pastel. Most mornings I have started doing quick warm-up art. Nothing special, just warm myself up.
The other morning, I did the first one, I liked it and kept it. Then I looked at it that evening on my iPhone. I thought it didn’t have enough “pop.” I am obsessed with getting my work to pop with lights and darks.
So, on the iPhone, I took the pastel into an app called Diana. I layered this pastel with another abstract of mine. I used several filters provided in Diana and came up with some very interesting results.
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