Saturday, February 09, 2008

Incredible Sunset

I was walking out to check my Saturday mail, and I casually looked up the street and right there before me was this amazing sunset. I ran inside of course to grab my camera and clicked away. What fabulous colors. I wonder if the cold weather that is coming has something to do with it.

Is it me, but does anybody else see the piercing eyes in the clouds? I didn't see them when I took the pictures, just the brilliant colors, but when I downloaded the pictures was when I saw them. I wonder what other things I have missed in doing things in a hurry.
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Taking the plunge in color


Funny how I have changed from just two years ago, from being me before painting, its as if I had found color in my life. I can't explain it, but you can see it in my house. I've taken down pale, lifeless painting and started to put up vibrant colorful painting in their place and some of them are my own, which fills me with joy.

Recently, my friend Maria and I set out to go to the Mount Dora art festival, but on the way we decided to wander through Apopka. As we roamed we discovered a new subdivision and we went in to see the latest in home design and we got a whole lot of ideas. One of them being the strong rich colors accenting at least one wall of each room. So this week I went into Lowe's Hardware Store and ventured to buy satin paint and decided upon a dark green not too dissimilar to the green in a healthy plantain plant. It really makes a lot of things pop and I love it. I love its richness. Of course now I have to repaint the other walls and I was considering a rich gold or quadricone sienna. OOhhh la la!!

Then about other things in color, I also revisited two paintings. "The Platanos" also needed to become richer so I added a deeper color to it. I had been looking at it for a week and felt it was too pale. Then the sunset needed some touch ups, too. So that is basically what I have been up. Painting, painting, painting and cleaning since Annie, Chris, and the girls are coming and I have to get my house ready for them. So excited!
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Monday, February 04, 2008

Wrinkled Tissue Paper 2


For some reason the other blog entry just would not show these two pictures which I was playing with wrinkled tissue paper, so I rewrote an entry. The first one is an abstract and the second a lotus flower. I also an enhanced Watercolor version of the street scene in El Yunque.
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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Find the Five Differences

No you aren't seeing double. The first painting was done on wrinkled paper while the latter was done on regular, 300lb. watercolor paper. Which do you like better?
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Between painting and teaching, I spend quite a bit of time websurfing, like I am sure a lot of you do also. So where have I been lately, that I have consider worthy of bookmarking?

Here are some of my favorites, not necessarily in any order of importance: (this my local source for local weather that is accurate and visual)
they also have a neat resource celebrating Black History Month
terrific website for Lesson Plans currently on Black History Month
You know I love Art, so I decided that one of my students' projects
will be to create a Mural for Black History Month. So I followed
links to other websites after googling African American Murals, and
I am still searching for more murals. So far I have seen one
extraordinary book Walls of Heritage
Walls of Pride
. I hope to order that book from the Orange
County Library System online at: you can order books online and
have them delivered to your house, of course if you are an Orange
County FL resident and are carded. Where I just discovered all
sorts of info about classes, media, and links of sorts to everything
artistic Just found this one. (You will
want to check this one out.) So cool, because I have so many
questions about doing things and they have a wealth of answers. In
fact, a wealth of answers to questions I didn't know I had.
Hahahaha. Of course my spell check turns red each time I laugh.

Now do they have the answer to Ray Romano's question,"What is the
meaning of life?," voiced by his "daughter" on the show. Actually,
that one particular segment had a very insightful and subtle answer
to my amazement. Worth watching.

I am sure you can find some answers at:

Got to run because one link ties to another and then to another and another... since we are all linked together somehow, aren't we? =)