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watercolor art

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

I am very happy with this painting.  It pulls together many things I have tried to do in my paintings for some time.

First, lights and darks.  It sounds simple to just use lights and darks in one’s art.  But it is very hard to get the right balance of lights and darks.  They are what will make a painting “pop”.

Next, different textures.  Texture in the painting will make it more interesting and keep the viewer involved.  I was finally able to make a brush in Painter that picks up paper grain.  In Painter, I can bring in any paper textures I want.  I bring in papers of all kinds.  I have papers from real-world media and Ih have papers of rocks, bark and just about anything you can think of.

I used some geometric brushes that I made in this piece.  If you look, you can see triangles throughout the piece.  Those were the stamp brush.

I tried to pay closer attention to composition in this work.  I tried to give the eye a path to walk.  Not that you have to walk that exact path, go where you want.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and then took it into Painter.

 

Down A Geometric Alley

Down A Geometric Alley

Down A Geometric Alley

This painting is a bit different for me.  I’ve tried very hard to put a bit more composition in my paintings.

The art rules say that one should try to lead the eye around in the painting by use of color, lights and darks, contrast and shapes.

In this painting, I tried to lead your eye around with various shapes.

I have mixed feelings about this.  I know there needs to be an order in the chaos of my paintings.  But, I don’t want to force someone’s eye to go where they don’t want it to go. When I view abstract art, I like to give my eye free reign to find whatever it is my imagination wants to see.

I’m going to work on these various ways of leading the eye for a bit in my next few paintings.

So beware, you may go where you don’t plan on going.

 

Rainy Day Dreams

Raiiny Day Dreams

Rainy Day Dreams

I have to say that I am feeling so much better.  Better than I have felt in 20 years or so.  Lyme disease, which I have in addition to fibromyalgia, has more than just one germ that needs to be eradicated.  Finally, my lyme physician has put me on yet another antibiotic that treats one of these germs.

I have had an amazing reaction to it.  While I was in Maui in October and November, I was able to walk one and one-half miles.  This may not sound like much to anyone.  But for me, it has been amazing.  I haven’t been able to walk much more than about two blocks or so at a time.  Yes, I have walked longer at times, but then came home exhausted and would have to rest for many days, sometimes, weeks.

But in Maui, I did this and was able to keep going back for more.

Inside of me there has been this heaviness, that pulls me down.  It has been there for over 20 years.  That is finally going away.  This is very exciting for me.

My creativity also seems to be increasing.  That is really exciting.

As to this painting.  I started it in Rebelle with watercolors.  I just poured on watercolors in various bright shades and made them very thick and let them pour down.

Then, I took the painting into Painter.  I used some of Painter’s new brushes called Dynamic Speckle brushes. I used them to further refine the shapes that I found.  Then I took pencils and did some outlining of shapes.  This was a very fun painting to do.

I gave it this name, because I started it on a very dark dreary day, and I was dreaming of bright colors that hopefully will come after the first of the year.

 

Dreaming About Maui

Dreaming About Maui

Dreaming About Maui

 

I just returned from a two-month trip to Maui.  It’s like I’m a new woman.  I have more energy than I’ve had in over 20 years.  I have Lyme disease.  It went undiagnosed for 18 years.  I think that the treatment for the Lyme is finally starting to work.

I usually feel like I’m carrying around a 50-pound rock and always feel exhausted.  I never do anything without first thinking about it to see if I have enough energy.  That feeling is gone.  I hope it continues to last.  The pain is also being controlled with medication.  I am so grateful.

This painting I did while in Maui.  There are so many incredibly beautiful flowers in Maui.  I just had to paint a few.

I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and finished it in Painter with oil paints.

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.

Mezmerize

Mesmerize

Mesmerize

I have made a lot of art recently, but not blogging much.  Thus, I am quite behind in what is on my blog and where I am with my art.

I’m finding it’s hard to remember how I worked with each painting because they were done weeks ago.

Today’s painting is one that I recall was very challenging.  This happens to me quite often.  I really struggle with a painting to get it finished.  Nothing ever seems to come easy for me with my art.

I see other artists and they just seem to flow with art coming out of them very easily.

Although I know from living as long as I have that no human experience is ever unique, so I know there must be others like me that struggle with their paintings.

I love to do art.  I think the satisfaction is many times in the struggle to get the piece to look like what I want it to say.

There is a very long road from what the brain sees to what finally gets put on the paper.

I hope you enjoy Mesmerize.

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