I started it in Rebelle. Then, about half way through, I moved it into Painter. I used acrylics and inks in Rebelle.
I used some acrylic brushes in Painter.
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.
I started this painting like I start all my paintings. I make a few layers of marks with several colors. Then I start looking to find what appears to me in the painting.
Lately, all I’ve seen are flowers. Flowers everywhere.
I think this is because I’m getting closer to going to Maui for two months. Maui is filled with gorgeous colors and beautiful flowers.
When I first became ill, my life as I knew it ended. I laid in bed for over 15 years with no diagnosis. I did nothing except go to doctors when able.
When I finally got a diagnosis of lyme disease, I got treatment and some of my life returned. Not a lot, but more than I had.
I believe that my constant faith in God (although there were some challenging times about that) and my ability to pick myself up and be positive and practice staying positive got me back to living.
My life is still very limited, but I’m extremely grateful I live only a five-hour flight from Maui. I can do sitting on an airplane. I collapse once I get there. But, I’ll have plenty of time to recover from the flight this year.
Lately, all my paintings have been influenced by my trips to Maui. There is just so much color there. The flowers are so bright and beautiful. The water is a gorgeous blue and the dirt is a glorious red color.
The island is made from a volcano. That makes the scenery unique and very different from what I see at home in Seattle.
My husband and I are getting ready to leave for two months in Maui in October and November of this year. I am very excited about this trip.
For years we dreamed of being able to be retired and spend two to three months in Maui. Now, our dreams are coming true. I have to say that staying positive in thought and consciously claiming what I wanted in life have worked for me. I stayed an active participant in my life as I went along.
Of course, becoming ill was not in my plans. But, by staying positive and focused, I have been able to adapt to a chronic illness and still live my dreams.
This piece of art was done on the computer, using Painter 2015. I started this painting by splattering drops of watercolors on the canvas. I put down three layers of colors, red, blue and yellow. Then, I sat and looked at the drops and suddenly saw the flowers. I pulled them out with one of my watercolor brushes. It was a fun exercise that I did in a class on Japanese Inks. You can read more about that class here.
Have a great rest of the summer.
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 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.
I have had a very challenging year, health-wise. The fibromyalgia flared up around New Years Eve, and has kept me lying low many days.
Last fall, while we were in Maui, I started sitting up all day. This was the first time in over 18 years that I didn’t spend 99% of my days in bed. I also got dressed every day. This may not sound like a lot, but when you’ve lived in a nightie in bed for so long, it is huge.
When we got home in November, I continued sitting up in my art studio. I was doing so well that at Christmas, I got a new, 27″ screen for my computer! It makes a huge difference to paint on that rather than my laptop computer. But then, the first of the year, I found myself back in bed more than in my studio. It has been a real battle to get enough rest and still sit up as much as possible.
But, I feel like I’ve won the battle. In the last few weeks, I’ve been able to go to my studio at least three to four days a week. I’m even taking small walks down to our mailbox.
Now a Bird In Your Pocket.