Wednesday

Some days are tough….

Nothing specifically happened today.  But doesn’t the hurt in this world just get to you sometimes?

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Magic in color

The magic of color mixing!

I’m taking a class at the BBAC, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, on botanical watercolor.  The instructor asked us to use just 6 colors, the Daniel Smith Essentials set.  If I get nothing else from this class than learn about color, I’ll be happy.  I took our homework assignment seriously and made page after page of color mixing charts.  Each page used two colors, starting with a puddle of the lightest color and adding in the darker color drop by drop.  I’m amazed how the color shifts with each drop.

These are the six colors in the Essentials set:

Below are a few of my charts showing the color shifts, drop by drop, with the two original colors shown as the first and last swatch:

I have seen so many charts that just give one space to each color blend.  That just isn’t enough….after seeing the range of colors on each page! 

Now, if I ever want to closely match a color, I can start with my color notebook.  

Painting the Days

I started a new journal this week, and tomorrow I am ditching it.  The paper is just too thin for watercolor.  I will be back to the smaller, spiral bound book next week.  

What a mashup of journals and styles I’ve had this year.  I started the year with daily pages, then switched to monthly spread with tiny daily entries.  Now back to daily.  I like the habit of drawing something daily.  

Here are my favorite pages of the week….



Sushi watercolor

One day, a yearning for sushi hit me as I was wandering through our local produce emporium….Joe’s Produce.  In a fit of self-indulgence I purchased just enough for my lunch. (Not that Jeff would have eaten any.)  I sat in the gazebo, enjoying one dumpling and a California roll when it hit me that I wanted to record this moment.  So I brought out my favorite tablecloth, made by my friend Gail,  and setup a photo shoot with the remaining sushi.  

A year later, here is the painting…..

I feel that inch by inch I am becoming a better painter.   From this painting’s process I learned how to mix some wonderful “blacks”, was challenged by trying to give the plate depth and bringing some of the background colors into the plate and sushi.   I’m discovering that painting really fits into my life right now and that I can really get lost in the process.  I am participating in a show in October, and have been asked to have 10 paintings ready.  So painting will be my focus over the next few months!   

Side note:  WordPress says this is my 1000th post.  What, really?  But I’ve been at this since 2007, so that’s 100 posts per year average.  Not bad.

The last snow?

Could yesterdays storm possibly be the last for the winter?

Last year, I believe we were finished with snow by March.

But in 2014, four inches fell on March 12.

Here is a little watercolor painted when I was more in love with winter:

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Winter did I hear you say “goodbye” until the fall?  Please, don’t tease us!

Hello April

 

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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Time flies, sometimes we fly with it, and sometimes it just drags us along.  Lately I’ve been flying on the wings of much to accomplish, plan for, and loved ones to help and be with.  Each day has an agenda of stuff to accomplish and a list to check off.  I must admit, I find it exhilarating to be so busy once again.  It’s a happy time around here….tax season, spring, a shower and wedding to plan, and time with my favorite peoples, with a few snatched moments to work at art projects.

march 02Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash

I love watching the trees bud out each day, the snow melt away and the greening of our Mitten.  The birds are singing once again, and we’ve had days with the windows open.

Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis. ~Author Unknown

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I am watching a sweet dog for a few days, Maggie, and we are enjoying a morning walk together.  She’s sending me mental telepathy here….walk, walk, walk…..this is what I miss about having a dog.  She accepts no excuses!

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We enjoyed a few outings in March, the urge to escape these walls was great.  We went to the new aquarium that opened at Great Lakes Crossing, and to the zoo….all were interesting distractions and I especially enjoyed watching little eyes take in the new sights and sounds.

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The aquarium deserves a blob post all its own, as Jeff captured some beautiful images.

A few images from our visit to the Detroit Zoo:

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It was CCCChilly, still. And the Littles were most interested in exploring the environment.

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The zoo deserves its own post too!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

The month ahead promises to be a memorable one.  We have Jackie’s bridal shower, mid month.  Also I have this house and yard to whip into shape for the upcoming wedding reception in our backyard on May 30.   Spring cleaning, sprucing up, and various projects will be on the agenda.   But in the end, the wedding will happen regardless of how much I manage to finish.  Nothing like a party deadline to open one’s eyes about the less than lovely aspects of your home.  It’s a way to get things in shape and be able to enjoy the rewards long past the event.

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We wish you a happy and blessed Easter!