Friday, March 18, 2011

Watercolor Sunflowers


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This is all watercolor but I plan to do more to it so look at it now before it changes.  I want to add texture to it this afternoon.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Multi-Media Fun



This is watercolor, acrylic, Gesso, graphite, tissue, watercolor pencil and watercolor crayon.  You will never guess where I got the tissue paper!  While at the thrift store, I found Toilet Seat Covers in a box.  It is water soluble and works great! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Return To Watercolor

Today,  I decided to try watercolors again.  This is an excercise from "The Flower Painters Essential Handbook" by Jill Bays. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Heavy Snow



We had a heavy snowfall last night.  It’s beautiful but cold.  27 degrees!  I am looking out my window and realizing that this morning is the first time I have seen the pond with flowing water, since it froze several months ago.  It’s so pretty!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hollyhocks on My Mind


It’s going to snow 5-8 inches of snow tonight and I have summer Hollyhocks on my mind. Maybe I have my rose-colored glasses on today.

Paper Dolls in Acrylic

I ordered my book "Celebrate Your Creative Self" by Mary Todd Beam from Amazon and it arrived. This is the first excercise I did. This is done in acrylic, black gesso, bronze acrylic, light plastic sheeting and a foam stamp. I loved doing this. I have paint all over me but it was worth it.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thinking About Family - Brother and Sister

My Aunt Marilla Parker and My Dad, Oakley Deforest Parker were brother and Sister.  Both of them are gone now but I do remember them.  I was 10 years old when my Father passed away.  I think that this is his work picture but I'm not sure.  I don't have too many pictures of my family because my mother has them.

My Aunt Marilla was a school teacher and never married.   She lived with her Mother, my Grandmother, Daisy Parker, in Akron until Grandma passed away.  Aunt Marilla loved to read and had many books all over her home.  I remember that she was so happy to see us when we would come to visit for holidays. 

If anyone in my family would like copies of the pictures I do have, let me know.  My sister gave me the one of Aunt Marilla to copy.  Thanks Pat!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Drawing Pencils

Yesterday, I did some experimenting with hardness of drawing pencils.  I printed out a guide of the different hardness of pencils and what they looked like.  I have decided the 4B is the best for my value sketches and erases the best for my Watercolor sketches.  I was having trouble erasing the sketch on watercolor paper and I discovered that my pencil was too hard and I was holding it wrong.  This little (5X7) sketch is a practice in using the painting knife  for the grasses.  I had fun with it.  Today I go to the dentist..No Fun.