Sunday, August 24, 2008
I read that I should have a logo. That'd be easy, as soon as I go back through my hunderds of paper photos and find that one of that fish... Back when I had a film camera, I was on a dive seeking one sort of sponge to photograph. I noticed a fish that seemed to be following me, a Grey Snapper. I'd poke along for a few minutes, look back, and there was the fish, a few feet behind me. After a half hour or so, the fish was still there. "Oh, OK," I thought-said to him, "I'll take your picture." I focussed and clicked, and the fish, I swear, seemed to smile, then turned and slowly swam away. I just wish my old film photos were sharper focus and brighter and nearly as good as my digitals.
I got started this blog because I discovered the 'daily painting' movement. I actually thought I could paint a small image of a fish every day, or one coral or one scene. I still have over two hundred little canvasses sitting there, "We're waiting!" Ha.
And now, reading another blog, (http://blog.lisacall.com/2008/08/scrum-training.html) written by a fabric artist, I discover this word SCRUM which has to do with finishing small projects that are components of larger projects, a way of working started by software people who have to really be productive on the leading edge of their profession. I cannot imagine the energy in a small software developing company! One important part is to test and finish each bit then move on. I'll have to begin using that thinking. The only half finished projects that are OK are my garden plants that take their time growing!
And ACEO, Artist's Cards, Editions and Originals. Strictly 2.5x3.5 inches, oh, what's that in cm? I'm teaching myself Metric. So that's, haha!, 6.35x8.89cm. ACEO's are supposed to be for trading, like Baseball Cards.
And no bloglist on the side of this blog. So much to do and learn!
I am determined to finish another painting today, one of the unfinished ones, and also to see about getting some blank cards, 6.35x8.89cm. Ha! funny numbers.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, August 22, 2008
This is my second ever Acrylic painting, using the little red bag in another post below. Acrylic paint dries SO fast, but not --- something. Tonight it's still sticky and ? vulnerable. Should be cured tomorrow, we'll see.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Funny, the big art supply companies have "portable" gear, but it's all awkward and a pest to use. With this, as with my oils-in-a-box, (in an earlier post, scroll down) I have made my gear much more simple and easier to use and control.
I'm wondering if, once I become accustomed to the fast drying acrylics, if I'll give up the slow drying, complicated, poisonous oils? Maybe, although I'm such a romantic.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This sketch is a "Do Not Touch'' sponge. They're velvety brown, can get as large as a horse, and if you touch, you'll get stung, perhaps severely. Hence the name, which is a direct translation from the Latin, or scientific name, N. nolitangere. I would never call them harmful because the human has to blunder into the sponge. The sponge just sits there, never moving.
I'm wrestling with the idea of selling vs. not selling my little paintings. I'm quite fond of them. In the past, someone bought a nice painting I'd done, and later threw it out in the trash. That hurts.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It helps me, motivates me, to see works in progress on this blog. My reaction is, "Eeek! Paint paint paint! Forget the lawn and dishes!" Oh, the round thing one is destined to be a very round coral. I am starting to take photos of ball-shaped corals.
Or, if I look at it as the yellow and orange being in the foreground, hmmm...
And then, this morning, just as the sun was coming up, I had one of my dreams.
I dreamed I was in my garden, and was about to harvest a huge crop from a big and wonderful plant that I'd carefully grown. I was going to enter the county fair. I knew I'd win. But the fruit had changed, to my surprise, to spiney seed pods of a poisonous Nightshade!
In the dream, I went on down the path, and a small tree that I'd neglected had beautiful big juicy plums on it. The little tree was in bad shape. I looked closely, and saw that it wasn't dying, that it would flourish with care and attention. I picked three nice plums and was carrying them to the fair, once again knowing that I had a winner, because plums don't grow here. A little girl stopped me and asked, "What are plums?"
Haha, I love my dreams!
And I should put a link in this blog to my abstracts blog. When I take a break from painting and ignoring the lawn that is creaking and groaning it's growing so fast...
Monday, August 11, 2008
I started two paintings last night of sponges, one purple, one dark yellow. I guess a non-diver would think me nuts to say I'm digging around under the kitchen sink for sponges to paint!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
One point I'd like to make: many of the pigments and solvents used in oil painting are very poisonous. I have a fan blowing from behind me, across my canvas and pallette, and on outside. And I never let stray bits of paint stay on my skin when I see I've been messy, as I always am. Linseed oil is safe, but turpentine and thinner are not. Linseed oil and flaxseed oil are the same thing with different names. I use paint straight out of the tube, sometimes thinning it a little.
If you want to see these photos larger, just click on them.
OK! All for now, thanks for visiting!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Porquepine Fish over a Barrel #1
8 X 10"
Oil on stretched canvas
This fellow was hanging out above the coral and the barrel sponge. Usually they hide under a ledge and peek fearfully out at you. They look like cuddly teddy bears with those big round eyes.
Porquepine fish over a barrel, #2
oil on stretched canvas
8 X 10"
Another view, from one of the eight photos I took. I try to get as many images as I can when I get an opportunity like this. But I always stop and turn and swim away when the fish becomes nervous about my presence and attention.
Puffers are all shy. They must get tired of cowering in dark places, and so come out to enjoy just being up in the water. This fish and his relatives are the fish that the Japanese serve as "Fugu", a slightly hallucinogenic dish. Puffers have also been found to be the source that Voodoo doctors in Haiti use to make people into zombies. One bite too much, and you'll go into a coma, or die! Please pass me the peas!