Memory Monday

Memory Monday

Memory Monday A quick sketch overlooking the Library of Congress. Fast and fun. A collage from the brochure made this a lasting memory.
Golden Poison Dart Frog

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Size: 7.5” x 7.5” Medium: watercolor Artist’s Impressions: How would you like to run into this little animal in the rain forest? The Golden Poison Dart Frog is beautiful but poison. Such a small size carries powerful poison punch. The color yellow warns us about it’s toxicity. Just like a yellow traffic light, the frog’s yellow color says, “slow down and think about this”… you might not want to run a yellow light, or pick up a yellow frog!! Scripture Link: Exodus 8:3 “The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls.” … I sure don’t want frogs in my bedroom or on my bed, and certainly don’t need a frog in my bread!! #creaturefeature #goldenpoisondartfrog...

Carol Carter Workshop

June 20 – 22, 2014 St. Louis Missouri, Carol Carter Studio Carol taught us her style. Cleverly and boldly she lets the water flow.   Water mixed with pure pigment, working in tandem with nature results in awe inspiring forms and shapes that move across the paper. Instead of “fixing” blooms, she embraces them, even creates them and incorporates them directly into her work. I painted on a flat table with a towel directly under my work space. The towel gave me more freedom to paint recklessly, not worrying about the table. Brighten Color My absolute favorite take away was learning a quicker way to brighten my paintings. I have learned the traditional techniques of working in washes, letting them dry, layering over and over again which wastes an enormous amount of time, emotional energy and inspiration. Instead she intensifies the wash with a very small brush, loaded with paint she saturates the paper with one tube color. You then baby-sit the wash over the period of time it takes it to dry, the longer it takes the wash to dry the better, so Carol prefers to work in humid, wet, and rainy conditions. Don’t forget the values With the focus on color, how I quickly forget that value is bones of most representative art. Carol then whipped out her ruby filter. It’s allot like squinting to see the values of your painting or reference. It’s turned out to be a handy tool in my box, especially to evaluate a painting’s progress. Loads of fun learning, good food, good fellowship, and Carol did a terrific job. Circle Demo Yellow...