Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 351 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Fifty-One

Another lovely coffee/chat with my delightful friends Jan, Leann, and Joan.  I can't even tell you how much these wonderful Wednesday Mornings at Tuscan Cafe mean to me.

A delightfully goofy and fun Xmas/Chrimble time.
I worked on making some spikes for a new hand sewn guy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 350 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Fifty

No blog post today.  Very very hard day physically.  Everything thing on my long laundry list of ailments is in full swing today.  I can't even muster enough oomph to add yesterday's photos to that post.  I will try very hard to get to it tomorrow.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 349 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Forty-Nine

Tonight Juana and I went out to dinner and then went to LIFT for Customer Appreciation Night.  Here is one photo...I did too much standing -- I will come back tomorrow and update/edit.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 348 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Forty-Eight  (updated)

Tonight I have been working on a hand for the arm of the new hand sewn guy.  I am not going to keep track of how much time I put into this one...that last one was a fluke -- I don't normally care.

Earlier today and this evening I worked on filling in the background on Biteyou's painting/collage, as well as slightly outlining his eyes (using just straight-out-of-the-tube Phthalo Blue).  I mixed Paine's Gray with Phthalo Blue and came up with a very pleasing dark blue for the background.  It looks pretty good over the chalky black paper.  The inclusions in the paper aren't as readily seen and I think I like that...but they are there.  (Lots of holding of my breath on this one.)

I think I will make the other hand now...mostly so I remember how I did it.

UPDATE:  there -- I finished the other hand.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day 347 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Forty-Seven

A couple of nights ago I tried working on the big blue Biteyou collage/painting, adding in a chalk moon or planet or something.  I've been looking at it for a few days and I am not that happy with it.  Over the late afternoon/evening/night  I thought I would try to make a smaller moon/planet and then blend the chalk off as well as I could. 

When I dipped a small paintbrush directly into the tube of acrylic paint I thought it would be able to trace an outline around a turntable (that was handy) to get a basic shape.  The strange thing that happened (strange to me, anyway) was that the paint came out in two colors when it was applied over the chalk/paper.  I have used that color before and that has never happened.  I tried another brush to do the fill in part but it still acted the same way.  I half like least for now.  Later I tried using a stencil brush to blend in/dust off the sidewalk chalk that I used and it kind of looked like a sort of halo or something around the yellow/green moon/planet/thing.  I tried putting on more of the sidewalk chalk in other areas (but not as heavily) just to even things out a bit.  I will most likely work other paints and papers and who-knows-what over the "stardust" but I will leave it for a few days and see where the ideas go from here.  No deadline to worry about.

The three main items I was working with (plus a couple of smaller paintbrushes to add the paint),
The unexpected result when I dipped the paintbrush directly into the tube of paint.
Even the second paintbrush got the same effect...I decided to at least fill in the area totally.
The new smaller moon/planet with the chalk still behind it.
Swirling the chalk in/off/around with the stencil brush...lots of chalk dust all over the place.
I added in some more light swipes of sidewalk chalk and then blended them off/around.
Another area.
How it looks overall -- I will look at it for a few days and think of what to try next.
The thing is if I had tried to do a two (or more) color blend on the moon/planet on purpose, I never would have been able to get this result...I mostly like it...but maybe not...dunno.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 346 (Part Three) - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Forty-Six (Part Three)

A visit to Garden Bowl to see It Came from the Gutter 2 - Bowling Pin Art.

Just a quick can see all of the pins perfectly well in little point-and-shoot camera is not up to the task of the difficult lighting situations and I am not digital photographer enough to help it.  There are so many wonderful bowling pins in this show you really need to go and see them for yourself...this post is mostly about documenting our day.

And last stop -- Sanda Cook's solo show at Affirmations in favorite pieces in the show.

Day 346 (Part Two) - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Forty-Six (Part Two)

A visit to the Detroit Artists Market to see Art for the Holidays.

Some of my favorite items...way too many to show EVERYthing.

Detroit Artsist Market -- Art for the Holidays
4719 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-8540

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