Sunday, January 15, 2017

You and Me

“Sometimes the smallest things
take up the most room in our hearts.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh

Here are two of my regular student's paintings, based on my class demo today.
It was their first time using masking fluid on Yupo paper and they both loved the technique.
I don't use masking very much, but have been utilizing it recently for a few of my 30 in 30 pieces.

We used slate and black for the birches. I wrote down the colors that
were used for the backgrounds and listed them under each piece.

Ranger Inks - Bkgd. - Terra Cotta, Pool, Slate
  "Thanks It was fun. Happy with my piece today. ( : Time flies when we are so focused on our art. Never enough time. Grateful that your willing to share your talents." ~ Buck
I really love how the unique, individual personalities of the makers
always shine out in these alcohol Ink pieces.

Ranger Inks - Bkgd. - Lettuce, Bottle, Denim, Slate

"Thank you Sandy, I was thinking today how blessed we are to have you in our lives.
What wonderful creators we are to have manifested the perfect art teacher and friend." xx ~ Lynne

My colors (see tomorrow)  - Ranger Inks - Bkgd. - Sunset, Willow, Meadow, Latte, Slate

See today's painting, Day 15, now
and my finished painting for "I'll Always Be With You" - Day 16
tomorrow here on my website blog.
Thanks For Stopping By And For Your Friendship,
X ♥  O

Friday, January 13, 2017

An Old Acquaintence

"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles
through the deepest snow to keep
an appointment with a beech tree,
a yellow birch or an old acquaintance
among the pines." 
~Henry David Thoreau

I based today's painting on one I did for the first 30 in 30 in 2013.
I used masking to preserve a few white areas in the painting.

See today's painting, Day 13, now
and the finished painting for "An Old Acquaintance" - Day 14
tomorrow here on my website blog.
Thanks For Stopping By And Thanks For Your Friendship,
X ♥  O

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Oaks Ignored Their Pleas

"There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

 ~ Neil Peart
I based today's painting on one I did for the first 30 in 30 in 2013.
This is one of the many stages this piece went through.
I wanted to revisit the theme of this favorite, very visual quote.
And after squinting at this for a while, I realized that the light sky value at
the bottom right was distracting, taking emphasis away from my focal point.
I decided to try to make it better, so I changed one thing, and then another ...
Please check it out and let me know if you think I achieved my goal.

See today's painting, Day 12, now
and the finished painting for "Unrest In The Forest" - Day 13
tomorrow here on my website blog.
Wow, we are quickly coming up to the half way point of the challenge.
It's all down hill from there my friends!
Thanks for stopping by. Wishing You Much Happiness,
X ♥  O

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Ancient Law Of Life

“For me, trees have always been
the most penetrating preachers.
I revere them when they
live in tribes and families,
in forests and groves. And even more,
I revere them when they stand alone."

~ Herman Hesse

I based today's painting on one I did for the first 30 in 30 back in 2013.
Penetrating Preachers - Watercolor on Yupo - Sold
Willow - in progress - I flipped the painting and just winged it.
After letting this rest for a while, I realized it was missing something.
See the finished painting for Day 10 tomorrow on my website blog.

Wow, we are already 1/3 of the way through the challenge
and I haven't even broken a sweat yet, lol!

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and Happiness!
X ♥  O

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Friends Forever

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?,
asked Piglet.
"Even longer,” Pooh answered."
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Here's a few in-progress shots of the second "Love Birches" painting in alcohol ink
on Yupo paper in my 30 paintings in 30 days I Love Trees series.
Background painted over masking and colors noted.

Masking Removed
Small Branches and heart added - Ready to ink the trees.

See the finished painting for Day 6 
on my website blog.
FYI - It's the last Day to sign up for
 The January 2017 - FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink E-Course which starts tomorrow!

Hugs and Happy Creating!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I Love You!

"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
 ~ Albert Einstein

Here are some of the 30 paintings in 30 days tree series, in-progress shots for my eighth challenge. I've learned to work ahead a day, so this was actually what I did today - Day 4, but I'll be posting it as Day 5.   I've already got tomorrow's painting finished, photographed, blog post written and scheduled for the morning. It's a big load off my mind doing it that way.

I'm revisiting some of my trees on Yupo from my first challenge, back in January of 2013. I'm using masking fluid on some of these, and usually don't use it, but we'll be covering its use - among other things, in the 5th week of my fast approaching FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink E-Course, so I wanted to experiment and have some fun with it.

Making a record of the colors that I used for future reference was achieved with  a photo of each one with a color recipe post-it note. If I remember, I'll also write it on the back, very lightly in pencil.

Here's the piece after the background was inked and the masking was removed. Check out my blog post here tomorrow to see the finished painting for Day 5 of this month's 30 paintings in 30 days, inspired by quotes about trees.

Thanks for stopping by and
Happy Creating!