My goblins dressed for Trick or Treating
Spirit Card before cutting
Flowers from a Friend
Oh my, I feel like it has been forever since I have been able to paint. Life has been busy this past month or so. My baby turned 5 today. We celebrated with a party this past Saturday. I just have to tell you how adorable he is because I know these are the last days of experiencing the total innocence of a toddler. One sample of adorableness, "Is Santa watching me when I am looking through the Lego catalogue?" In the top photo, my 3 little goblins are dressed for Halloween. An NFL Patriots Fan, Sensei Wu (Lego), Scream and our dog as the Headless Horseman. I love the challenge of coming up with the most clever costume and I must say my baby was the only Sensei Wu. If you want to see my husband and I in Halloween attire, you will have to go to my facebook page.
Finally, today, I got to paint for 5 straight hours! I went to Pat Kochan's class and spent the day creating and working with spirit cards. The second photo shows my painting before I cut it up into several 4x6 spirit cards. We used a method explained by Douglas Walton. Fill a page with abstract marks and strokes in varying sizes, colors and shapes. Then use a 4x6 mat to map out the rectangles all over the back. Cut out. Then select one of the spirit cards to create the underpainting of a painting. I will post the cut up spirit cards and the final painting next post.
Flowers from a Friend - this painting was inspired by a gorgeous bouquet of flowers I saw at a friend's house. Yes, I started taking photos of the bright peonies, roses and pink hydrangeas. I couldn't resist.
Oh! I forgot the biggest news. I casually mentioned to someone that the SWS (Southwestern Watercolor Society) should have a facebook page..... well that is what has consumed my time. You are looking at the new SWS Facebook Chair. Note: be careful what you mention. All kidding aside, I am very excited to be a part of this project with the SWS. I hope you will all show your support by "liking" the Southwestern Watercolor Society Facebook page! Please pass it on to all of your watercolor friends. Big thanks!!!!!!!
Have a great week. Check back for the finished painting from the spirit card.