Several Pieces Make the Hole
This is it. I’m naming my paintings and other pieces. I’ve never been able to think of a name for my work.
People come up with these great names, peaceful, meditation, loving, etc. I just haven’t been able to do it. I sit and stare at my work. What’s your name, damn you? Nothing. So there was the Untitled series. Then the Abstract series.
Well, it’s a new day. I’m going to do my best to give my works names. They deserve it.
The name of this one surprised me. I have a weird sense of humor. Who knew it would show up when naming my art. But I like it.
So, Several Pieces Make the Hole it is.
The way I approach issues like this is to give it my best effort. I’m not saying I’ll always name my paintings, but this is a start. I learned long ago, not to totally commit 150% to something. Rather, I prefer to show up, do my best and turn the outcome over to God. He does such a good job.
A good friend of mine just sent me information on a new app. It is designed for people with FM or CFS to track not just symptoms, but pills, sleep patterns, pain, food on so on.
This is such a complex illness it is impossible to keep track of what’s going on and how it affects us.
I just purchased the app at Amazon for my Kindle. I haven’t explored it yet, so I don’t have any further details. I just thought everyone would want to know about this right away.
Click here to link to their web page.
The picture above my blog is a seamless tile pattern design done from Abstract 9, which you can see on this page.
Flower & Shapes
Yesterday I did two paintings. That’s a record for me. Usually I take days to paint one painting. I actually finished up one piece that had driven me crazy. It was another flower piece using Skip Allen’s Flower Maker brush.
I took a break for lunch, and went to my Reader to see what was going on in the blogging world. The first blog was Skip’s. He had posted another set of videos on using color effects and brushes using stroke attribute. Those of you who use Painter know what I’m talking about, probably. The use of the stroke attribute brush had totally eluded me since I first got Painter.
I watched Skip’s videos and found out that the stroke attribute brush acts exactly the same as layer composition effects, except directly on the paint. Wow. I couldn’t wait to get back to my flowers. The three ovals behind the flowers were totally too dark. So I used the detail oil brush with stroke attribute on and brought back out the light purples that had originally been there. Then I worked on some of the other shapes and brought back their gradations. Then I went to work on the flowers. They seemed like they needed more white, so I lightened them up. Then I looked at what I had done and saw they lacked enough color. So I used Adjust Selected Colors under Effects and brought back the colors, only better. I used the lasso tool to outline each flower before applying the effect to each of them. Skip had also talked about this effect in his videos.
For anyone with an interest in Painter, I highly recommend Skip’s You Tube site and his blog. He is full of information on Painter.
Merry Christmas Flowers
These are some more watercolor flowers I did with Skip Allen’s fabulous flower making brush.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas to those celebrating this holiday. I’m going to my nephew’s house today to share with family.
I have never been interested in doing watercolor paintings, as they are a whole art unto themselves. But lately, I’ve been drawn to try watercolor. I have no idea where this has come from. I’ve never even really liked watercolors.
But, now that I’m paying more attention to them, I see they are really beautiful. They are delicate and so interesting. I never know exactly what a brush will do.
Yesterday at Skip Allen Paints, Skip posted ten videos showing him painting a watercolor. If you use Painter, then you really should check Skip out. He makes wonderful brushes and videos. All free. This, to me, is incredibly generous. He could be charging a whole lot of money for what he gives away.
Skip just posted a new brush set on his blog. You can download it here. They are Flower Brushes. A set of mostly watercolors including this fabulous brush, that when used with the right kind of paper, will paint flowers.
I’ve had all kinds of fun making papers to use with the flower brush.
So, yesterday, while watching Skip’s videos, I painted along and came up with these purple flowers, which look to be Hydrangea.
I’ve been in pain all day, which is a real drag. Pain has become my constant companion anymore.
The one thing that takes me away from it is painting on the computer with Painter X3.
This is my latest piece.
Before I got sick, I was becoming a fairly successful textile artist.
Then after getting FM/Lyme, I couldn’t do any art at all.
About a year ago, I started painting digitally on the computer. It brought my art back to me. Being an artist is what I am about. I have to do art for my soul to be OK.
I started out doing really bright paintings using all colors of the rainbow. Then I decided to try muted colors. I’ve done that for a bit, but have decided that BRIGHT is what I am about.
So here is my latest piece where I start using brighter colors.
You can see this along with all my other paintings by looking in the menu under Gallery and choosing Paintings.
Thanks for taking a look.