Marsha- It's the same Association but the deer painting was last year. This year I sent Ami's painting, a sailboat, a lady getting ready for her big day, and a little kid with a vase of flowers. And this year it is at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Fine Arts in Tarpon Springs which is not too far from Clearwater about twenty miles away.
At the exhibition in Washington D.C. which is going on right now, I sent three paintings.
BTW, I sent a request for the Christmas card Exchange to you in conversation of AD, complete with my addresses, one is the postal address another is an e-mail address. I am not sure that it went through or not because I am using my Hubby's laptop which I am not used to it at all. My own computer has crashed and it is in repair at the Geek squad shop. Please let me know if you received it. If not, I will send another one.
C&C are welcome and appreciated.
Bob- The Polar bear is looking good. Is the clay white or you will have to paint it?
Bob, the bears looks great. I love the texture of the fur. We are doing bears on the Challenge thread. You'll have to post it there when it is finished.
Fred, that is one happy weird looking family. Your book should be a hit.
Sam/Sammy C & C Welcome
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Fred- I really love this painting b/c of the lively colors. Looks like it's a gathering of all kinds of creatures on Mars and they look so friendly and enjoy being together. Congratulation for finishing another book.
Jen C & C's always welcome
I started working on a colored pencil portrait today and couldn't do it. After a while, my eyes got so blurry that I couldn't see the details and the aneurysm in my wrist became painful. I can wrap my wrist in the future but I don't think there is much hope for my vision until the doc says I'm ready to have the cataract removed. Getting old sucks! I guess I'll need to do some loose things like batik or paper painting. Paper painting is so neat. Do a goggle search for this paper painter, Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson.
Sammy- Sorry you are having problem with your eyes, hope you and doc can get it cleared up soon. Checked out the paper painting, it looks like fun but you still have to use your hands a lot and Elizabeth Nelson seems to hold the brush to either paint with color or paint with glue to hold all the pieces together. So there is a lot of wrist movement. You are receiving a perfect gift of a camera for Christmas, may be you can be a photographer-artist for a while. I love photographic arts but have never taken good photos myself.
Okay here I go!
Sammy: I endorse everything Sandi has so elequently said. You are always here for us encouraging us at whatever stage we are at and cheering us on despite the fact that it is hard for you to see. thanks for being there!
Sandi, Thanks for the kind words. I know I am gone a lot but I am always here in spirit! Love you too girl! Congratulations on getting your paintings accepted. I know those little ones are a lot more work than bigger ones.
Marsha, Love the thanks giving turkey and the bright lights of Santa.
Fred, I hope your latest bear book does well. I have enjoyed the progress of the bears as they effortlessly tame and civilize Mars. Maybe we could send a few of them to Congress to sort things out!!
Bob, Your creations are as unique as you. I don't know when you sleep as each and every one takes time skill and patience. They are all beautiful pieces and I am so glad you have come back to inspire us.
Catherine nice job on the Angels. I guess our subconcious tells us some pretty amazing things.
Sammy, I love your art. the birds are incredible and I know it takes you hours of work to complete one this big.The painting of your grandchilren is adorable and I would be hard pressed to have sold it but I can see why it did . It was well worth what you got for it.I hope you can get your eyes and arm sorted soon. Nothing worse for an artist that to not be able to see or hold a brush or pencil.
Okay I will have to go back and look again!
Here are a couple of sketches I did for the WDE. The one is of my SIL done in half an hour from a humerous silly photo. He is really a nice fella but I could not resisit! in my sketchbook 2 b pencil.
the other is a challenge picture which proved quite tricky but I was pleased with the result.
Fred love the book!
Jen your sketches are great! I love to sketch and yesterday on Cragislist I found a great deal on more sketch and even my first tablet of actual drawing paper. Aprox. 300 sheets of sketch paper 18x24 and the drawing paper book had 22 sheets left of 18x24 and all for $7.00!!
I'm going to post a sketch I did last summer but ended up putting a watercolor wash over later. My neighbor has been wanting it since she saw it and I'm going to go ahead and mat and frame it for her for Christmas.
C&C's are welcome.
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Jen- Welcome back. Great to see your face again. Love both of your sketches. I think both of them are hard to do for me. Did your SIL see this image of his. He should be satisfied with it. The facial lines of the second one is a real challenge, isn't it? I can never do faces of old people because I can't do facial lines correctly. You are getting real good with these kind of things.
Jen, great drawing of you SIL. You captured a humorous mood and did well with the values. This would be good subject matter for a painting since it has so much personality.
Speaking of personality, the portrait reeks of it. You captured his mood, too, and did well with those frown wrinkles. This is such great practice and, as Sandi said, you're getting good at it.
Catherine, I can see why your neighbor covets this little gem. The way you handled the background is interesting and artistic. The buds and leaves look really good. So does the glass. This reminds me of when my children were small and brought dandelions to me. Very often, the stems were so short that they had to be placed in a shot glass.
Sandi, I've had this aneurysm for about five years. When it was first diagnosed, I was told to wear a brace but in time, I reacted to the elastic in the brace. I've found that a magnetic braclet helps. If I put the brace on in the studio and at the computer, I should be able to do most everything except colored pencil. My index and middle fingers are hurting this morning from my work with CP yesterday.
The paper art is actually a form of collage. She uses a brush to apply Glossy Medium which acts as a glue. I find it very interesting and have a 2013 calendar of her art. Got it at Amazon.com.
Many thanks, Fred, Sandi, Jen, and Sam.
Fred - congratulations on another wonderfully imaginative and inviting book!
Jen - your SIL sketches are great singly and together - nice blend of repose and action!
Catherine - beautiful and serene botanicals!
Sam - sorry for your wrist pain - hope it lets up. Glad you are exploring other media. I got into handpainting neckties in order to bring brush pressure and physical effort down to near-zero - just let the brush tip skip over the ridges of the silk twill - no strain - highly recommended.
Best regards to all - Bob
Saxony's bird of paradise
Bob, thank you for your concern and tip. I have lot of options but wanted to use colored pencil to do the remaining five great grandchildren portraits. This will force me into trying other media for portraits.
I remember that beautiful painting of the tropical bird on the purple tie. Great way to minimize stress on the hand.
Have those severe storms been a problem for you? It looks pretty bad for central and northern Calif.