Monday, September 28, 2015

Saturday, Sunday, Monday.... 26, 27, 28...

Fiona had a Dance performance on Saturday.... No time for painting.... Sunday we were busy with various activities.... And today John returned from 3 weeks of travel.  Well, Now John is in bed early, and I am winding down, watching THE VOICE and it's now Studio Time.

Several weeks ago, I got some Holi Pigments from India.  This was and accidentally amazing discovery.   In June I was introduced to hand made pigments and shown various methods of storing and using them as would have been customary in Renaissance Days.... Using shells or other vessels.  I was introduced to Guar Gum.

Of course, I could buy Tempera paint in powder, but that wasn't really what I was looking for.... I want to learn more about creating paints using natural resources... Hand mixing pigments, and more...
I have become passionate about earthly organic and natural pigments and materials, understanding where colors and materials come from.... Where did original Reds, blues, and golds come from.

At the same time a friend of mine posted colors and patterns from their family celebration of color.... Hevsnd his daughter painted using vibrant chalks, creating patterns on their patio...  I wanted more...

Could my research get any better? What else would I discover?

Then I found a link to Powdered Holi Colors.  Hmmm.

When my powdered pigments arrived they were in the customary plastic bags. During a color Festival they are used in mass explosions of COLOR. (See the Festival link) But I want to use these as really intense watercolor.  This powder is so fine. It has the texture of duper fine cornstarch... It's very silly. I realized I needed a way to store them.


I found some pretty glass jars.  Eachnjar held 2 bags of COLOR perfectly.

I just need a small pinch of COLOR and mix with water.   Another discovery...  The pigments have a pleasant perfume, almost like Roses, or saffron depending on the color... The studio smells neat.  

Now... How do I paint with it?  I used Watercolor Paper and just a touch of water, and the powder...

I doodled this.

To get a sense how the Paint would flow... 
I think Illuminated Manuscripts & Calligraphy enhanced with Natural Pigments will be fun.

So more project development will now occur... Because I like it....

I will do more tomorrow.... 

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25 - Day 25

Happy Friday...

Today was hot, and busy, and I am tired. So keeping it simple, I painted another card or my Autumn Collection.

"Roses in Pink"
Watercolor on Unbleached Card.

$4.00 for one.

Day 24 of 30....


Somehow this has stuck in my mind, as a word, as a color... I find it in clothing people are wearing, in flowers and foliage... And home d├ęcor...   And so....  Today's painting is small and simple. It's a 4" x 4" block... Simply titled...

4" x 4" Oil

Here you can see the wrapped sides, painted in a deeper green.

Thanks for supporting artists and be sure to check out my entire gallery of paintings.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Day 23... #30dayChallenge

September 23rd, 2015

Mom requested something more cheerful today...

Three Roses

Autumn Collection, Watercolors

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

20, 21, and 22

There are often times when our "to do's" and "want to do's" get over-ridden by the "get it dones" and "they need me first"...
All within the reality of a busy weekend with two boy scouts  and an Irish Dancer...

So tonight I play Canvas Catch-up...

" Twenty"
12" x 12" Oil

"Night Clouds"
4" x 4" Oil

"Between Storms"
8" x 10" Oil

I really enjoyed this color palette...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday, #30daychallenge, Day 19

Keeping my Autumn Collection going.

A few more cards today....  These are done in watercolor... I think I may finish them with black ink.... But not tonight...

Friday.... Day 18

I am revisiting an older Canvas today. I focus in on the reworked Apple.  Having anew approach, loosening up, and learning is a huge step.

"Red Apple"