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Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

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.

I’m so Excited

Pink Fish

Pink Fish

In 2012, through an odd series of “coincidences”,  I took a painting class from Flora Bowley.

A very good friend at that time, tricked me into signing up for Flora’s eclass.  I was very sick with fibro, lyme and CFS.  I had been in bed for over 20 years.

I was kind of doing art.  But I was just too sick to do much.  Making a phone call overwhelmed me.  Trying to be creative was impossible.

Then, I discovered the computer app I now use, Painter.  At that same exact time, Flora came into my life with her philosophy of life and art.  I had a positive outlook on life, but it had never occurred to me to apply that to my art.  Duh!

Flora has shared stories of her students  in her blog.  This week, she chose my story.

Click here to read the blog.  While you’re there, check out her fantastic art and be sure to check out her classes.  Be sure to click on “Shop” at the top.  She has fantastic products made from her art for sale.  Flora’s art or her classes make fabulous Christmas gifts.

Take Ten

Take 10

Take 10

I have been in Maui for five weeks.  It was heaven.

While there, I took an ecourse from Tracy Verdugo.  I’ll talk more about this wonderful class in a future post.  It is an amazing painting/mixed media ecourse.  It is absolutely overflowing with wonderful creative material for any kind of artist, including a digital painter like me.  Check out Tracy and future courses here.  Tracy has written a great book entitled Paint Mojo.  That’s what the course was all about, getting on our creative Mojo.  It did.

Tracy not only took us through an entire painting, but gave us an incredible amount of other material.  Each week she gave us several projects to do to rev up our creative juices.  The class was just six weeks, but it will take me many more weeks to finish going through all she offered.

This piece is one exercise from one of the weeks.  We drew a grid and then chose a shape or object to draw.  We were to draw in each box in a different way.  I did a slightly different take on it.

Painter, the app I use to paint with, comes with over 700 brushes in various media.  I have added several hundred more brushes and media.  I have all kinds of media at my hands, not just paint.  Painter will mimic acrylic, oils, pens, pencils, crayon, conté, charcoal, gouache, watercolor, pastels (my favorite at this time), markers, and the list goes on.  It shows strokes in 3D.

I can use any kind of paper texture that I can scan in on my computer.  The brushes will show/interact with the textures of the papers.

There is way more that it can do.  I’ll save that for another post.

Hawaiian Sky

Hawaiian Sky

Hawaiian Sky

Here is another pastel from the class I’m taking.  You can read about that class here.

I have learned so much in this class and become so much more confident in doing landscapes.  haven’t really done many landscapes.  I am an abstract artist.  Or at least I used to be.  Now I’m becoming a more rounded artist.

This is very exciting for me.  I really didn’t believe I could do palm trees.  But, whoa, I did.  I just started painting, and they appeared.  I am learning more and more with realistic painting that, yes, I can do it.

I used to believe I couldn’t draw realistically.  But it’s turning out I can paint realistically.

One thing I have learned since I started painting in 2012, is that in art, as in life, just show up and do your best, and you’ll do well.

It’s all in showing up and being willing, I think.

Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

This pastel was done from a photograph I took from our lanai last November in Maui.

I haven’t ever really done landscapes until recently.  I really didn’t think I could draw one.  But I’ve taken two classes on landscape art now, and amazingly, I’m doing them.  They are so much fun.

I am taking a class from Karen Bonaker at the Digital Art Academy.

Karen made over 30 pastel brushes for us to use in our class.  They are amazing brushes.  They make marks just like various kinds of real pastels.  One can use different paper textures to get different effects.

These brushes were made to use a setting Painter has to paint with two colors at the same time.  It is called Color Expression.  Karen made these brushes so that when I press lightly, I get one color and as I press harder, a second color appears.  This feature is just great.  Many of Painter’s brushes can use this effect.

I had played around with Painter’s pastels, but had become frustrated with them.  Now, I have a great set of pastels.

Anything about Painter, one definitely wants to check out Karen Bonaker’s blog.  It appears Karen just set up a new blog site.  Go there for information on Painter, as well as free brushes for Painter and many other goodies for Painter.  You can buy these pastel brushes for a very reasonable $2.00.

You can check out Karen’s You Tube Channel here.

I plan on taking more landscape-type classes at DAA.  They are reasonably priced and a lot of fun.

 

Bodies On the Beach-2

Bodies On the Beach-2

Bodies On the Beach-2

I just can’t resist posting this picture.

We could hear the wife telling this man to NOT go into the ocean on this board with his camera.

He patiently explained to her that he was only going to be on his knees.  He pointed out (sarcastically) that this way he could maintain perfect balance and not fall.

This is a picture of him handing his wet, soaked camera back to his wife.

Aloha!

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