Category: inks

Wandering Thoughts

Wandering Thoughts

Wandering Thoughts

I am going through an extremely prolific period with my art.  I’m making it so fast, I don’t have time for anything else, including blogging my art.

I have decided to take a break and try to blog some of this art.

This piece, I started in Rebelle with watercolors, acrylics and inks.  I love the app Rebelle.  It runs water just like how real water runs.  I could sit and stare at it moving water and colors around all day.

After doing most of the work in Rebelle, I took the piece into Painter and used some camel hair brushes to add a bit more.

I hope you enjoy Wandering Thoughts.

There Are Many Windows to the Soul


I struggled and struggled with this painting. I started it in the application Rebelle. I used watercolors and inks and had lots of drips in bright colors. But, I just couldn’t get it to come together.

This painting had at least seven incarnations before it became what it is now.

As I got close to finishing it, I felt it was missing something. So I started putting in circles. Then, the circles started to look like windows.

Thus, the name.

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.

 

 

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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