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ART BOOKS: WHAT A SCORE!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday was a great day! First I stopped by my friend Linda’s house and we had a nice visit. She also gave me some advice and encouragement about writing and publishing…along with a few zucchinis out of her garden and a lemon from her tree! The lemon is so sweet, too! (If you’re reading this, Linda B., thanks again!)

Then I went straight to Mod Pizza and had a mini pizza and salad with my friend, Jen. We got to visit for a few hours happily chatting the afternoon away. (If you’re reading this, thanks, Jen!)

Lastly, I went to take some books back to the library. I decided to look in their little bookstore and look at these art books I found!! I think they cleaned some out of the art section of the library. And that’s not even what I was browsing for! You never know what you’ll find until you look, though. 😉

The best part is that these are over-sized books, except for one, and I got all five books for $10!! It was a steal. I love reading about artists, especially these great ones: Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, Ce`zanne, and the post-impressionists.

So here are pictures of all the books I got! TWO books on one of my very favorite artists…

This is the outer cover of the book on Rembrandt.

And the book slides inside the cover which is cool!

And lastly, Cezanne and the post-impressionists!

So now, in addition to everything else I’m doing I will be reading about these great artists and eventually share about them here. I know I can find anything on the internet these days, but I still LOVE reading books!! That is one thing that will never change about me.

In the meantime, I began working on a painting of a seahorse yesterday afternoon. And it is a bright color! I don’t know when I will finish it, because I need to work on my story for my class and work out today. So that’s about it for now. I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

 

 

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Great White Shark: Stage 2

Hello Friends!

Here is Stage 2 of my Great White Shark! I can’t decide if I want to do the background all black or maybe try ocean colors. I’m not real fond of colored pencil even though I have done some colored pencil work. But it is hard on my arm. I suppose it doesn’t have to be super dark. What do you think? Nevertheless, I am not quite done with the shark. As you can see, its fins fade out of the picture because it is in deep waters, so I only have a little work left to do on those. And the background will bring out all the light that is supposed to be on the top of the shark. That’s why you can’t see all of it here.

Yesterday I turned in my 8th assignment for my writing class. Today I am starting on the reading for Assignment 9. I have to wait to get my assignment back before I can start on the next one because I have to pick whether to write another article or another fictional story. As much as I like writing fiction, I am leaning towards writing an article about the Leafy Sea Dragon! That was the subject I submitted to her on my article outline. (I have a feeling she may want me to do the same thing.)

Today our daughter left for her first spike in the CCC. She will be gone until next Wednesday. So I have my car back for a week! That means I can drive with A/C and a great stereo! My husband’s truck has neither. It has a stereo, but the speakers are awful. (He knows how I feel so I don’t have to apologize to him. Ha, ha!)

I already have plans for lunch with a friend on Monday. It’s time to make more plans! 😉

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

 

SHARK! Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Meet Sandy the Great White Shark!  This is what (or who) I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks on and off.  I tried drawing it once, but ended up throwing that one away.  Then I tried again, and was satisfied with how it turned out. So I traced it onto watercolor paper and painted it yesterday.

I did not use watercolor pencils this time.  I used my paints from the tube which is actually so much more fun, because I get to mix colors, etc. I have missed painting this way, but just haven’t had the time to do all I want yet because of this writing class.  And the jellyfish I tried to paint last night turned out HORRIBLE! So it is in the trash.  It was just a small one, but I will keep trying, Sheila!  😉

I am still planning to paint sea creatures in acrylics on the rest of my son’s toy box pieces…eventually.  And repaint his room…eventually.  So I have lots of projects lined up for the summer, but they will probably take longer than that to get done.  I may take a break from the writing class for a couple of weeks.  The good thing about this class is even though I work toward deadlines to get the assignments done, I can ask for time off which I haven’t done yet.  But this is the time of year I love painting the most!  I have been itching to get back to my Chinese brush painting as well which is always on my mind.

I hope everyone is having a beautiful spring season.  I know our son is!  He left on Sunday for King’s Canyon National Park and won’t be back until the end of September!  His dad drove him there and spent the night talking with corps. members and some people he knows.  He took great pictures of everything and is working on them for his blog.

I sent our son his first package the other day which he should get next week.  The mail only goes out to them by mule, I think, once a week on Mondays. I sent him a book of stamps, a box of envelopes, a spiral notebook and pens, because he forgot to get that stuff so he can write to us.

Our daughter’s crew will start going out on eight-day trips (called spikes) next month.  So she will have a schedule of being gone eight days and home for six days.  That will be fun to have her here every other week.  We will get to spend more time together this summer.

Well, that’s all the news I have for now.  I wish I could post more often these days, but I don’t think that’s going to happen until I am done with this class!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Siamese Fighting Fish Watercolor

Siamese Fighting Fish

Hello Friends,

Today I took a nice fall walk with my husband all around the hatchery.  When I came home, I decided to do a little painting.  It’s about 5″ x 7″.  The yellow and orange leaves of the hatchery’s sycamore oak trees were my inspiration.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Sumi-E Ink Drawings

Hello Friends,

Here is what I did last Sunday afternoon.

An elephant (which I sketched from a painting I did for my daughter a few years ago.)  This Sumi-e ink drawing is a little different from the painting I did.  Here’s the Sumi-e ink drawing of my elephant.  It was a quick sketch (that back right leg looks a little skinnier than the rest!)  Ha, ha!

elephant-sumi-e-ink

 

And a couple of Cardinal birds.  One is puffy from the chilly air.

cardinals-sumi-e-ink

I was looking in a bird book for this one and did a rough sketch of two different photos.  I am planning to do a watercolor of a Cardinal in honor of my mom.  She loved them even though we never lived anywhere where they could be found.

And now for a little of bit of self-promotion which I rarely do.

I had the original painting of “Grace’s Elephant” printed on 5×7 cards that I am still selling for $5.  I only have a few left.  I have not gotten re-prints of any of my cards yet.  So I occasionally sell some and have used some to accompany gifts I have given people.  The two card prints I am currently out of are the ones titled “Sherri’s Ocean” and “Danny Boy” (the horse.)  They were my best sellers besides “Grace’s Elephant.”  I still have some of those left, though, because I ordered two dozen of those to begin with.  A lot of my daughter’s school friends wanted her elephant a few years ago.  🙂  The other cards I have are of the blue hydrangeas acrylic painting I did, a pink rose painting, and one called George’s Alpenglow.

If you would like to purchase any of my art, I have an art page on Facebook.  You may message me on there about anything you may want.  I do not have any online payment plan set up, however.  I would have to get your address and give you mine to send me a check.  Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to do all of that yet.  I will have a lot more time to do all of this when my daughter graduates from high school in May!!

Anyway, here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner/

 

Have a wonderful weekend, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂  

Thank you for reading my blog!!!

Clown Fish Watercolor and Chinese Ink

Hello everyone and happy Friday.

Meet Clara, the Clown Fish!

clown-fish

Yesterday I began this painting by using my Chinese ink and brushes to paint the black parts of the fins of this clown fish. I left the white of the paper for the white of the fish.

Next I began painting the oranges and yellows and added really watered down ink to the white areas for the gray shadows.  I decided not to paint a background, because I like her just as she is.

This is not usually how I paint, so I was experimenting which is always fun.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

 

 

Sumi-e: The Art of Japanese Ink Painting

Hello friends,

I just wanted to update you on what I have been reading and doing lately.  Today I was reading the book called “Sumi-e:  The Art of Japanese Ink Painting” by Shozo Sato.  I have not gotten very far yet, but I was intrigued by what is said here:  ” Sumi-e is commonly described as art done in monochrome, with the use of sumi ink and handmade paper.  Sumi-e means ‘black ink painting’ (sumi=black ink; e=painting.)  The ideogram:

sumi-symbol-in-japanesewhich is read sumi in Japanese can also be read as boku in Chinese, and as is true of most Asian art and culture, the roots of Japanese painting are found in China.”   I didn’t know this until I chatted with my friend on Facebook who said, “…roots of many Japanese cultural things are found in China and Korea.  Japan is the ‘youngest kid’ of the Far East.  Haha!”  So every day I am learning many things about Chinese and Japanese culture in my endeavor to learn their unique ways of painting and writing!  It is challenging and fun.

Here are a couple of pages I did in practicing strokes from the book “The Heart of the Brush” by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

These are vertical, diagonal, horizontal and dew drop strokes.  It is difficult to do to say the least!  However, I am up for the challenge!

vertical-diagonal-and-dewdrop-strokes                                              dewdrop-and-horizontal-strokes-2

 I actually did these a week or so ago, but just hadn’t had a chance to post them.  I am planning to get back to practicing later today.  I wasn’t feeling very well the last few days, but I feel better today.  So after a workout and a shower, I plan to get back to this!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

GOLDFISH WATERCOLOR

Goldfish

Hello everyone!  Here is the third painting I did the other day.  I love the colors of the yellows and golds that I have. My two recent favorite yellows in watercolor paints are Winsor & Newton’s Quinacridone Gold and Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow.)  They blend well, and are bright.  The background water was done with Winsor & Newton’s French Ultramarine.  The French Ultramarine is my very favorite blue to use from any brand of watercolors.  It can be a rich dark blue used right out of the tube, or it can be lightened with a lot of water.

I did not use my Chinese brushes for this one at all.  The fins were especially challenging, but I achieved the “clear” look of them by lifting out paint with water.  It is one of my favorite watercolor techniques to use to get back most of the white of the paper when necessary. Also, the little circles that resemble bubbles were made by dropping large grains of salt into the wet paint and letting the paint dry.  Then when the salt is removed, there are dots!  I don’t do it very often, but decided to try it on this one.  My son said they looked like bubbles, so bubbles they are!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

KOI FISH WATERCOLOR

Koi 'fish

 

Hello friends.  Well, day before yesterday I stayed pretty busy working on 3 paintings!  I didn’t start out intending to do that many, but I was “in the zone!”

This first one is a Koi fish.  I added the background spontaneously after I painted the fish, so of course it makes the fish look too big for real perspective, but that’s okay.

I did this one with my Chinese brushes, but I was having a bit of trouble with them, because I’m not sure they are of very good quality.  I do however, love the complementary colors of blue and orange together very much.  The black Chinese ink I have is very different from the other ink I began using a month or so ago.  My husband told me it is the same ink he used for some calligraphy he was trying to learn how to do over ten years ago!!  I didn’t realize that ink was that old!  So although I feel a little frustrated with the bristles on the brushes, I love the Chinese ink I found!  I will be posting my other two paintings over the next couple of days.

I have also been practicing the first strokes Kazuaki Tanahashi teahces in his book, “The Heart of the Brush.”  Asian calligraphy is tough!  I think I have begun a very long journey to learning how to do it.  That’s okay, though. Life is a journey, and learning Asian calligraphy and Chinese brush painting are companions I have chosen to take along with me on my path!

I hope everyone else’s journey is filled with hope, peace, and love today!  Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

Painting Chinese by Herbert Kohl

 Hello Friends!

A couple of days ago I finished this book by Herbert Kohl called “Painting Chinese-A Lifelong Teacher Gains the Wisdom of Youth.”  This book is about an aging man who lived in San Francisco and had been a teacher for many years.  From the time he was 65 until age 70 he “created and directed a teacher education program at the University of San Francisco based on the idea of integrating issues of social justice throughout the curriculum, hoping to bring young idealistic people into public school teaching and to fortify them with the skills and stamina to make their dreams practical realities.” (pg. 3)  His program was successful and had helped thirty students.  After four years, much to his dismay, the university cut the program.

However, during the last year of that job, he wandered the streets of San Francisco gravitating toward Clement Street which was predominantly “Mainland and Taiwanese Chinese and Koreans with a mix of Asian Americans…” (pg. 4)  One day during one of his daily walks in that neighborhood he stumbled across a sign that said “JOSEPH FINE ARTS SCHOOL.”  The school taught classes in sculpture, calligraphy, drawing, and painting.  Herbert was a painter himself who had become bored with what he was doing on his own.  He went in to find Joseph Fine and inquire about the classes.

He found out that Joseph’s last name was really Yan.  He and his wife Janny taught classes there in all of the mediums the sign had listed.  Then feeling sheepish, Herbert realized his blunder…there was not a “Joseph Fine” as he had thought.  “It was the Joseph Fine Arts School.” (Page 6)  He decided to enroll.

Herbert’s first semester was a drawing class where he learned a great deal under Joseph’s patient and encouraging tutelage.  After he completed his first class he asked Joseph if he could take a painting class, and Joseph said yes, but he would have to start in a beginner class.  Much to Herbert’s surprise he found himself in a classroom of small children on the first day of his new painting class.  There were two five-year-olds, two seven-year-olds, and one six-year old.  It felt strange to Herbert at first to find out he was the only adult in the class, but as time went on he felt more comfortable.  Herbert had taught elementary school for many years before he was at the college so he loved getting to be around small children again. It made him feel like a child himself in his old adult body.  However, he did have to learn to restrain himself from helping the children whenever it seemed like they were struggling with something.  A couple of times he naturally tried to since he was used to teaching small children, but all it took was one stern look from Joseph to tell him it wasn’t his place.  Herbert learned to respect Joseph and his place as the instructor.  He learned to be a student again and loved it.

I could go on and on about this wonderful little book; instead, I would encourage you to read it for yourself especially if you are an aging person like I am.  I am 55, my youngest child is a senior in high school, and I am looking forward to my latter years in life much more than I have in a long time.

I want to learn to paint well with Chinese brushes and learn Asian calligraphy.  I have my new brushes now and my new book.  Today I tried doing the beginnings of Asian calligraphy with my Chinese brushes and ink.  Wow, it is really difficult!  I plan to stick with it as long as I can, though.

I admit I sometimes feel bored in life, but I have learned that as long as there is breath in me, I will never stop trying to learn something new.  Learning brings growth.  Growth brings maturity.  And hopefully, the maturity I gain will be able to be passed on to others as I age.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

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