Afternoon painting in the kitchen
So...May Self Portrait...all done. I had the idea for this because there is a mirror right by where I sleep and when I wake up sometimes I see myself and think how out of control my hair is and how I need to get a hair cut…but I never do. I really struggled with this piece. Started working on it the other week and it just wasn’t coming together. Even today when I was working…I painted and repainted the nose and mouth so many times…until…finally…it started to work.
I worked on this piece in a new location, at our friends’ place here in Wilmington. I spent the whole day here at their place working on art and it was exactly what I wanted to do today. They have a large table where I worked on my CEDs and the angel paintings, and then another small breakfast nook area with really good light, right by a window. It was a good day, and night, because Elizabeth and I both painted more after dinner.
And...the angel paintings are done. Black lines added, little hints of shimmer...all placed inside the frames, ready to be packed and shipped off tomorrow, probably from Greenville. I think that would be easier for me since I know my way around there and know where the post offices are. I even had a guest art critic check out my work, 'Tubs' the cat. Seemed somewhat interested until distracted by a shadow. I will take that as a positive review.
CEDs #151-152 are posted and I made a few comments regarding the series in the post.
And then...even thought I need to finish my self portrait...so I peeked to see what the next Challenge is....
The next CED theme is...OPPOSITES.
I have no idea what I want to do.
Well, some ideas. Like...coming from my 'monochromatic May' drawings I immediately thought of opposites colors- complimentary color schemes. Then again, based off that same series I thought of the contrast of the tight rendering with sketchy line and/or abstract elements...or...in the back of my mind I wanted to do some 'Bettie Art' this summer...of course I am referencing pin-up bombshell Bettie Page, whom I adore.
So yeah, I have no idea...going to think about it a bit. Maybe over, say, well...a nap.
...what a long drive. I mean, really. The drive back home to NC seems to get longer and longer. Seems like the past few trips we stopped in Jacksonville to break up the trip...not this time. John drove pretty much the whole way, and I didn't draw the whole time, because that wouldn't be a good co-pilot, but I did draw some. And...well, I came to a realization, an epiphany. I am not going to be able to completely fill up that blue sketch book, not by the end of the month- which is today. Not. Happening. Sigh.
After the some initial disappointment, I think I am okay with it. It is, of course, one of my silly self-imposed agenda items, and I did attempt to meet the goal with some urgency...but I know that I won't be able to 'fill' the book...and I guess what I realized is that I don't want to just 'fill' it up. I do want to do some journaling, maybe revisit and add to some of the previous drawings, even move beyond the monochromatic color scheme that I have stuck to this month.
So...gonna just going to draw in my blue sketchbook whenever I feel the urge. I am hoping that it can be complete, as complete as a sketchbook ever can be I guess, by the end of the summer. That seems more reasonable.
So now...working on angels. Just about done, just waiting for the last layer to dry so I can start outlining and adding a little sparkle. Making the art is the easy part, the part that takes longer for me is framing the work, then packaging it to mail off.
Also on the 'drawing table' here at our friends' place in Wilmington, NC- finishing up my CEDs and my self portrait. Everyone is at work or off visiting so I can really focus on this work, and thanks to Joey I have some awesome music to work to.
Time to art.
...made some progress on the 8 angel paintings today...but thinking that I would be mailing them off today while getting my classroom ready for summer and packing for NC...somewhere in the midst of all of that I did get to the final stages of the works and certainly did not get to the post office. My new, more reasonable goal is to get them in the mail by the end of this week.
Tomorrow...10+ hour drive up to NC...looking forward to seeing family and friends...NOT looking forward to the drive!
Here are some pics of the art happenings of today...
A little late, but I have a teacher workday tomorrow so I think I am manage if I am a little tired.
Eventful day...beach time with friends, nap, impromptu 'rain run' with the husband, started my 8 angel paintings...and, well, I just completed my CED # 149.
I sure am sleepy.
Tomorrow...last day at school, got to prep the classroom for the summer, get my supply order ready and turn in my documentation for the grants I received this year.
Then...at 2:40 tomorrow my summer really will begin.
...sketched 'em out and got the backgrounds painted in. Unfortunately...this is where I have to be patient and leave them alone til tomorrow. Which is kind of tough for me, patience...not me...which is weird because I love working with watercolor...I digress... going to start laying in the other colors tomorrow. Hoping to get these finished and mailed off by tomorrow, but if not will mail on Wednesday when we are on the road to NC. Fingers crossed for tomorrow, though : )
...and now...got to work on my CED #149...
...packing for NC...listening to Kings of Leon and sketchin' out some angels for my first Etsy sale- yay!!!
...heading out to the beach...and meeting up with Gina to deliver these paintings (below) for the 'Enchantment Under the Sea/Back To The Future' Event at the Green Room on June 2nd...
Some of the things I worked on today...a logo for one of my old sorority sisters, the beginnings of my monthly self-portrait, a piece I am working on tonight for the next show at the Green Room that I am submitting work for and my CED #148.
Not shown because I need to start sketching them out- 8 angel paintings for an Etsy order- yay!
So....woke up this morning and felt the urge to go and draw at the beach...it was already hot at 7am. I discovered that the best place to draw is under the pier. I don't have to worry about getting burnt, don't get all sweaty and I still get to enjoy the beach. Perfect. Finished CED #147 and did some doodlin' in my blue sketchbook.
Next up...I want to paint a picture of Bettie Page...stopped by Micheal's on the way back from the beach...
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