Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011
|Outdoor Picnic, detail|
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
|Hand study in conte|
I am still enjoying the book "Draw Like Da Vinci", and have been doing some hand studies in terracotta conte sticks. It is amazing how a straight line can indicate shape and form! And yes, I am still avoiding doing painting right now...my research into other artists' blogs has shown me that I am not the only one struggling with creative blocks right now. Thank you to all the vocal people in cyberworld who comment and encourage all over the internet. It is always appreciated and well recieved by the artist!
|Hand study, detail|
Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Saturday, July 23, 2011
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Friday, July 22, 2011
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
|A Walk at Bear Lake|
I am always in the mood to use watercolor when I am around lakes and oceans. I suppose it is because I have never quite figured out how to draw liquid in a believable way. As you can see, I am definitely NOT a watercolor artist, but I do love the way the color swirls into each other and dries into details of grass, sky and water. I took a photo of Bear Lake in Utah when we lived there. The water in this particular lake is incredibly blue and Carribean in feeling! I was amazed at it, and of course there is a Bear Lake monster that has been sighted over the years. They have rigged up a tourist boat as a Monster Ship, and take interested groups out to catch a glimpse. The beaches were wonderfully sandy. Hubby and I did a bit of beach combing and metal detecting occassionally. It was a great place to weekend, and my little watercolor does not do it justice, but it reminds me when I look at it of the serenity of the place, and the Huckleberry milk shakes at the concession stands!
Posted by Rose Altom at 10:49 AM
Monday, July 18, 2011
My hubby is always sending me flowers, not just for anniversaries and birthdays, but to surprise me. These roses came while he was TDY (Temporary Duty) for several weeks to somewhere (classified or something) for his job. Such a sweet and thoughtful hubby! I wanted to keep them forever, so I did a sketch. I especially love this rendering, as it is full of movement and emotion. THAT is what drawing is all about! Getting the essence of your subject, not so much the photographic details. I drew this with sepia felt tip pen on colored paper. I wonder if I can get an interesting, scratchboard effect if I use white gel pen on dark paper? Hmm........
|Roses from Michael|
|Detail of Roses...|
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Posted by Rose Altom at 8:56 AM
|New England Whelk|
|New Zealand Ostrich Foot|
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|Mediterranean Prickly Helmet|
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I spent a few days at the casinos this week doing a bit of that gambling and losing thing. My, oh my! The frustration level was HIGH! I had a few small wins (I only play the penny slots, as I am a low risk person), but on the whole came out in the red. Gambling is risking. In casinos you are risking money. If I would put as much of a risk into my art, I might fail often, but I might occasionally come up with a win. These days, getting your art out there into the world is a big gamble. Heart and money are on a plate for people to break and take. Selling your 'heart and art' in this economy isn't easy. Probably why I am on two depression medications. But occasionally I win a little, and that encourages me to continue to create my own view of the world. I sold an art print of my 'Chickadee in Autumn' this week. Hurray! This encourages me to start working harder on a website to sell my originals and prints (again, scared to risk!) You've got to take encouragement where you can get it and hang in there! By the way, a big thanks to hubby for saying "Wow!" to my shell sketch series! My ultimate vacation choice would be to the beaches, and I was inspired to draw these intricate works of nature's art.
Posted by Rose Altom at 8:53 AM
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
|LAUGH OUT LOUD!|
One of my blocks to finishing a painting is 'atychiphobia', or fear of failure. (I also have decidophobia, the fear of making decisions, where I can't make up my mind what to paint at ALL!!) The fear of failing is in all of us, but a high self-esteem can be a big help in knocking down that particular block. If you are confident that you will do a perfect job, or that you can do everything well - you are probably fairly abnormal and need psychological help. For the rest of us, there is going to be self-doubt, nerves, and general worry that our mommies won't like our work. For me, confidence can be found through loads and loads of practice, deep breathing, and keeping the eye on the prize---expressing yourself! I would LOVE to hear what works for you!
Posted by Rose Altom at 5:16 PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The hummingbirds have been especially aggressive this year. They dive bomb me when I go outside if the feeders are low in sugar water. Funniest...they tease my 2 cats mercilessly! They hover in front of them on the other side of the window glass, and I swear they are laughing at them. It drives the kitties nuts, and I learned a valuable lesson from those hummers....if you really want to get back at your adversaries, just laugh. Be happy. It drives them wacko!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
We all grow up needing a bit of therapy due to family issues...My daughter became a vegetarian when her grandfather let her play with the pretty rabbit before he killed it for dinner. My friend cannot drive without a GPS because as a child she got lost and has a fear of being disoriented. With me, it was frogs. As a 4 year old I discovered the tiniest frogs, and was fascinated. I loved them. I adored them. I played with them. Until Gram Rosie took them away from me to use as catfish bait. Devastating!!!! I have been obsessed ever since, and continue to go back and draw studies, paint them, and leave water and overturned pots in the yard for them to shelter in.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I got brave and submitted an article and photos of an art doll I made to the magazine, 'ClothPaperScissors'! They needed essays on the subject of 'Follow your Art'. I will find out in 12 weeks whether it will be accepted, but either way, it felt good to do something productive, and I am very proud of that article! I love the textile magazine, and support it by subscribing. I am inspired by all of the collage artists that they feature.
Posted by Rose Altom at 1:26 PM