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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Makeup Paintings: My Second One

16 x 20"

Here is the second painting I made using eye shadow.  It will be interesting to see what people think.

Name suggestions are welcome.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Make-Up Paintings (Painted with Eye Shadow)

Painted with Eye Shadow Make-Up

Switching gears now away from posting iPaintings and on to other work I have been doing.

As background, I returned from Japan very inspired and open to trying new things.  For example, I signed up for a pottery class so I could learn to throw a pot. (Japan has amazing ceramics.)

But I also wanted (and needed)  to return to my old routine, which includes oil painting on Mondays with Lin. 

I was very rusty and out-of-practice, not having painted anything since early October.  Once you stop, you begin to doubt whether you can do it again.  Artist's block, fear, call it what you will. 

To chase away the demons, I decided I needed to warm-up by doing something completely different, and out of the box, so that I couldn't have any preconceived notions for how I should paint.

The morning before our painting session, I happened to clean out my make-up kit,  and I realized that here was the answer! Three pots of powder eye shadow, two grays and one warm brown. 

They were going in the trash anyway, so why not paint with them!

I dug out watercolor paper, my water color brushes, and some photo references from my box of ideas.

Armed with enthusiasm, I went over to Lin's and convinced her we should try this.  What the heck, if it didn't work, we could throw it all away.

A few hours later, we both had interesting paintings and were smiling!

I liked doing it so much, I made another painting the following Monday which I will post it tomorrow.

16 x 20 including the size of the frame

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

iPaintings: Longitude and Latitude

Longitude and Latitude

Monday, December 12, 2011

iPaintings: Topography II

Topography II


Sunday, December 11, 2011

iPaintings: Topography



Saturday, December 10, 2011

iPaintings: Feathers



Friday, December 9, 2011

iPaintings: Untitled



Thursday, December 8, 2011

iPaintings: Turning Red

I worked on this iPainting in August at the lake.  And I am glad I saved it along the way.   I think I like the second one better than the other two.

Purple and Yellow

Turning Red


It has been a good exercise to look back on my work in the gallery of ArtRage.  

This one was done last August at the lake, without actual fruit, just ones I made up.

I  "saved"  along the way.   Now I think I like the second version better than the other two.

I am keeping some of the work, because I like elements of them, not the finished result. 

In this case, I like how I used the roller tool to add patches of color to the fruit.  (This review has also made me appreciate the roller tool!)

Overall, this painting is lacking in weight.  The values of the color are too close together.  If I did it over again, I would darken the shadows, and connect the fruits' shadows to the shadows under them, among other things. 


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

iPaintings: Square Girl

Square Girl

A potential protagonist for a children's story.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

iPainting: Lucky Wish

Lucky Wish

Here's another way I have used the roller feature in ArtRage.  I made this iPainting around the time when I was fooling around with visually changing the spatial reality, as in my iPainting,  Coffee
It reminds me of making a wish when you visit a temple, or the beginning of a good children's story or fable.


Monday, December 5, 2011

iPaintings: Pink Ribbons

Pink Ribbons

She started out as a sad green face, more or less an experiment because ArtRage had added some new textures for backgrounds.

 A sad face
became a girl

with an odd eyebrow

and then pink ribbons

with green hair (and a softer face).

I haven't been able to delete her from my sketch book, so she must mean something to me. 


Sunday, December 4, 2011

iPaintings: Tower


Another iPainting done with the roller feature. 


Saturday, December 3, 2011

iPaintings: Taking a Ride

Taking a Ride

I have been wanting to revisit the technique I used for the New York City (NYC) iPainting (shown below).  I use the roller tool in ArtRage but the result reminds me of torn paper collages.

An imaginary giraffe came to mind, probably due to our visit to the San Antonio zoo with our nieces.  I chose to add a figure, to see how I might go about creating one, in this style. 



Friday, December 2, 2011

iPaintings: Samurai


Influenced by our recent trip to Japan.  I didn't start out to make a Japanese figure, but he emerged when I made the black strokes that must have reminded me of something I saw while we were there.  There is so much in our subconscious waiting to be awakened.