Thursday I laid in the image below on 9×12 140 lb watercolor paper marked to 9×6.
Friday I finished the painting in the morning and uploaded it later in the day to Fine Art America after exercise class etc 😊
And earlier today, while at Buda Mercantile (no sales on a slow day, but met a few folks who liked my work and I feel may come back, I finished most of this how-I-got-there post on creating Floating Butterfly ❤️
It itself is a partial of a larger pen and ink I’d done and had printed at my local art-friendly printer here in Austin, Southside Printing. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we were experimenting with both laser and watercolor paper, the latter of which I’d brought to try.
The first sheet’s grain didn’t like the way it was inserted, literally lol! So this came out, the right side bent and the image cropped, so Harold the owner corrected the positioning and we then got a full printout of my pen and ink on the 2nd sheet. Good thing Harold knows how to figure these things out, I sure couldn’t!
But I figured, after my previous acrylic try on laser paper, I really needed to touch back with watercolor, thus deciding painting the 1st print out, before trying the larger 2nd sheet was best, and marked out my 6×9 sizing on the sheet.
As one can tell, my pen and ink sketch, Floating Butterfly, shows up really well and I felt it finished enough to upload to Fine Art America!
And the colors work well both within and on the lines.
It’s not that much different than my first acrylic try on laser paper, but enough so – probably from practice, and the medium matching the substrates for this style – I like it much more ❤️
And though the work is a little more restrained than I usually like to do, I thought I better get my painting-bearings back first then next time, play with having colors encompass the paper canvas, and let the lines act like cursive stained glass, lol! Kinda like Klee’s pic in my tweet in another post (included here again further below). At least that’s the theory 😊
Below is the same painting dabbed and played with yesterday morning. It’s warmer with tiny white accents plus a few more gold flowers. It just feels more complete now. Enough so it felt ok to upload the image to Fine Art America —
While below is a detail shot of Floating Butterfly in high resolution —
The white dabs are white gouache via M. Graham. Because of the honey content, the paint is always just moist enough to be easily malleable, yet dense enough to be opaque when needed.
And this, below, before I forget, lol, is my original pen and ink (Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen small, 0.3mm from my pack of 4 sizes). I really like the two smaller sizes, but the two larger mm pens have been handy to have!
The blue lines are from my Derwent Watercolor pencils. These marks are my exploratory lay-in. One can see I redid the ink lines somewhat differently. It really helped me get the lines where I liked, meaning where they felt good to me ❤️
I like most all my watercolor pencils, even sparingly as I use them, but the Derwents are very smooth on paper, leaving a nice line without undue pressure. Plus, very importantly – they wipe away very easily with the tiniest touch of water, or disappear beneath pigment 😊
There is so much potential in this line of art creativity for me, emotionally and creatively, I felt I really needed to get all this out. If for nothing else, to remind myself later on ☺️
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- October 22, 2021 – A Day With the 8 Year Old = Painting His Wooden Sword for Halloween, Circling the Trailhead to Barton Creek Greenbelt, Visiting Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Celebrating Veterans Art at the Old Bakery & Emporium, and Watching Big Hero 6 on Disney+!!!This post is long on pictures, mostly because it was a long day from getting up to getting back to bed, lol! But what a good day it was ❤️ Here’s hoping this long post of pictures brings a similar good feeling! First up, above, is a special project Max has had his heart on, re-creating a magical sword he sees and experiences using in one of his video games – Zelda Breath of the Wild! All part of his progressing Halloween costume….
- October 21, 2021 – Delivering New Art to the Old Bakery and Emporium (across from the State Capital) Austin, Texas – 3 Piece Floral Set and 1 Autumn 6×6, all #WatercolorsDespite my many gripes about living in Austin, Texas, there’s of course a handful of things I do like. Among them is the opportunity the city makes for artisans 50 or older living in the Austin area to show their creative work. I’ve been fortunate to have some sales, and am very grateful to be able to replenish my inventory with the paintings above.
- October 20, 2021 – Sold! At the Old Bakery and Emporium (across from the State Capital) Austin, Texas – Paris Dreams (Dreaming of Paris)I’m very grateful to my buyer at the Old Bakery & Emporium in Austin Texas! 🙏 With as few months as the Old Bakery’s been reopen, and all the precautions needed to be taken recently here in Austin, it’s a miracle to be able to share my art a this time 💕
- October 19, 2021 – Turning 71 Feels Like Turning on the Spigots!I’ve meandered around what to write for my birthday post this year, probably reflecting not exactly the chaos (though there’s enough of that, lol!) but the whirl of activity in my life right now – fitness activities, art – of all kind, family, and the stutteringly slow but certain shift from unbearable 6 month summer in Austin to, well, breathable walkable art-doable weather ❤️ Weatherman says the weekend days’ highs into my birthday (Tuesday) are the coolest temps since mid-April. That’s a very long time, lol! 😅
- October 18, 2021 – A Good Problem, Lots of Interesting Pics and Posts Developing in My Blog Pipeline! Part 3, 1st Completed Work of 5 – “Playtime, Mother and Child”I’m also breaking a bit of tradition in terms of my routine and going ahead and posting my completed image, not as good a resolution etc as I’d like (yet), and also not yet uploaded to Fine Art America. It’s simply a time choice. Paint and create. Or paint less but massage the photo capture & upload to FAA more. It’s not really a win-lose thing.
Thanks again, everyone! 😊