Category: paintings

Finally, A Way to Organize and Track Fibromyalgia

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Abstract-09-1c

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.

Finally!

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.

More Flowers

 

Flower & Shapes

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.

A Watercolor

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Flowers-5

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.

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Abstract-18

Abstract-18

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.

I’m Putting Up My Paintings

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When I first got the idea of blogging, I decided it would be all about my art.  But then I realized that fibromyalgia was a big part of my life.  I had gone through grieving over losing just about everything, and come out on the other side.  Part of that coming out on the other side, was being able to do art again.

When I became disabled from fibromyalgia and Lyme, I could no longer continue to do textiles.  I had majored in textile art in college and had sold my work and was showing it in galleries.  It was feeling like my art was going to take off.

But not so much.  Everything came to a halt, including textiles.

I thought I was done with art.  It was devastating.  My soul, who I am, is an artist.

Then, in September, 2013, a friend told me about a class that Flora Bowley was teaching on-line.

My first reaction, was no way, I don’t want to learn to paint a landscapes.

OK, Mrs. Negativity, it is an abstract painting class.  Oops.

So, I took the class with my friend.  It was amazing.  Flora not only teaches abstract painting, she is also all about living a spiritual, bold, beautiful life.  Yes, I totally related.  Flora calls us all Bloomers.  That’s what I am, a Bloomer.

Many of Flora’s students end up painting just like Flora.  But my first priority was to not paint like Flora.  She’s done it like herself and done it well.  I could never out Flora Flora. Besides, I want to be me.  Paint what is inside of me.

I had a digital painting program, so I could paint from bed.  The app is called Painter.  It is fabulous.  It comes with over 700 brushes.  Plus, I can make my own, which I do.  It has all kinds of media, oils, acrylics, pens, crayons, charcoal, conté, watercolor, etc.

I am soaring.  Art has been returned to me.

I had never really painted.  I felt lost.  I knew next to nothing about painting techniques.  My friend, Mimi, helped me.  I don’t know what I would have done without her help.  She led me along my new path.

Mimi is a very good artist.  You can check her out here.

I have now been painting for a year.  I feel that I am finally getting it.

Initially, I wanted to share in this blog what I learned about painting.  But now I realize there are really good teachers on You Tube.

I will put my paintings in a gallery for you to look at.

Click on Art Work on the menu and pick the Paintings gallery.  This will have all my recent art work.

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