Saturday, September 22, 2012

Welcome Fall

Fall is in the air.  Squirrels are eating every nut they can find and the remnants litter the ground.
Walking, this morning, was brisk but sunny.....





These Sunflowers were photographed at the
Denver Botanic Gardens.
I can never get enough of the Gardens....they are beautiful,
no matter what the Season brings.





A beautiful treat
bought at the local grocery store.

Celebrating the bright colors of the Harvest season.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Graphite class

L.to R.:  Graphite, water soluble graphite,Water colored soluble
graphite & water color, carbon dust


Recently, I completed a class at the Denver Botanic Gardens, in Alternate Graphite.  There are so many ways to work with this medium, that I was quite curious.  I never did explore the graphite oil pencils....but I was able to work on this drawing with several other graphite mediums.  The photo has made the drawing appear a lot darker.  I is not as dark, as shown above.

I am very familiar with graphite...and I used a water color paper (fabriano 140 hot press).  I think that a smoother paper would be more ideal for this medium.  The water soluble pencils were a blast.  I had so much fun with them.  You can put the pencil down on the paper, and then play (and set the graphite)with a small water color brush.  I also had some water colored soluble graphite pencils, which were very similar to the black graphite ones, but the colors were a bit subdued.  I chose to add a touch of water color over the top, to give the aspen it's golden color of Fall.  Lastly, I worked in carbon dust...which is a very delicate medium.  The pencils tips are rubbed on rough paper to create your source of carbon....then a dry brush (very small) is used to apply it slowly to the paper.  I had a lot more difficulty with the nuances of carbon dust.  I am definitely planning to work in this medium again, as I think that it could be delightful.

With graphite, I need to work with less of a 'heavy hand'.  It is so easy for the drawing to become darker than anticipated.  A light hand is a definite plus when working in this medium.  

Okay.... that has my my art discovery of the Summer Season.  Next time, I will share my good old colored pencil work.... a project which has taken most of the Summer months...and is not totally complete (needs that resting period and some finish work).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Transparency

Hello....I almost made the decision to disappear from the blogosphere.  

In this fairly transparent world, one can be a bit vulnerable when sharing too much.  However, I popped on the blog today, after an extended absence and realized that my followers are still out there and supportive.  So, I plan to stick around....Share what I love....Photography, words, and art.  It will definitely be more sporadic, but hopefully, you will enjoy it, when I do pop in for a visit.

I have packed up my entire kitchen, given away many things to the universe....and had to throw away some stuff that made no sense.  For instance.....How many canning jars do you need, when you no longer 'can'?  Well, I found someone that loves to can, and passed them along to him.  I also returned all the vases that I  had received flowers in, over the years, to the local florist.  They were thrilled to have so many vases.  All the stuff that I gave away, will help my kids, local charities, business or friends.  I do feel lighter, somehow.  Now,if I do that to every room in the house, I will have accomplished something BIG!!

The kitchen won't be started until spring, as our contractor needed shoulder surgery.  His recovery will be slow.....and we can wait.  We will be traveling...and we have the bare necessities in our cupboards.  It is a good feeling to have less.

Now, I am going through the house, packing up, for a much needed vacation...and then a relocation to a warmer place, while I leave this abode in safe hands.  Retirement (sweet hubby's.... Not mine!)  has created a new lifestyle of projects, travel,  and movement.  Most days, I love it.

I have actually finished several pieces of art....which I will share soon. 

Thanks again, for the kind comments....  And I am glad that you loved the lilies as much as I did.  What an amazing and beautiful plant.

Happy New Year to our Jewish friends.  

Blessings to both candidates, who, in my humble opinion, could be using all those campaign funds for helping the world, instead of making those of us in swing states...totally crazy, from the  endless phone calls and television ads.  Peace to all.