Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stamp Ganesha collage

I got to work on his face when Riki went to bed with John.  I spend way too much time holding the dog and not doing art.  He is such a lap dog, which is exactly what I wished for.  The only time Buster would sit on my lap is outside, so we sat outside a lot.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stamp Ganesha collage

I've made a good start on my collage.  Love how easy stamps are compared to tile.  Going to try to keep the image without outlining in black.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stamp Ganesha

I got started on the stamps today.  I had to lay the canvas flat and my back still hurts. Hoping to watch my posture on this project, I'm also allergic to the glue so going to try to use a brush to spread the glue and barrier cream on my hands.  I wanted to use beeswax to glue and seal the collage because it smells so good and I'm not allergic to it.  It just didn't work that great on my sample piece so I will suffer with some hives for the sake of art.

Garden 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ganesha Stamp collage

I'm all set up to do my Ganesha collage.  Hopefully I can work sideways because otherwise my back will be killing me!

I read a little bit about Ganesha the patron saint of letters and learning, art and science, remover of obstacles.  I'm not sure why I'm drawn to these images from such a long time ago.  I'd like to think it is reincarnation, how else would I have decided to do the collage in stamps if I had no idea?  I read wikipedia after I started.  Ha!  I like that he has that connection to letters especially after reading my blog post from the other day.

 After a little experimenting I decided to use Scotch quick dry and beeswax.  My Janis stamps made the perfect pupil and she broke the ice.  It would have been so much easier to do a landscape with these but I was drawn to the Ganesha.  As you can see I've doodled this image many times.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bleeding hearts and lilac hedge row

When landscaping this yard we decided flowering bushes and perennials were the way to go.  My hedge row of lilacs is finally filling out.  They have had the worst go of it but I think they have gotten over the hump and will fill out and provide some noise reduction for the pool.

Rant removed for the sake of peace on earth.

I don't remember Jane ever blooming the same time as the lilacs.  No buds on the spider wort but the columbine have naturalized and are really pretty.  That is Ramone my pool boy/ gardener (flower arranger) in the one shot.  He does all the hard work and I paint with flowers outside and in.  Isn't it beautiful?  It has rained all week here in the mid west and everything is so lush and green.   

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Colorful world

Found some new cushions for the porch wicker.  I think I need to stop with the paisley.  I love these and don't care if they do take it over the top.

 Summer haircut.  I took this picture and the top picture through the back door.  

Riki thinks I might have gone a little overboard on the craft paint but I think all the spring color has inspired me to balance out my palette.  I bought some yellow, orange and red. I prefer craft paint over all others on the gelli plate.  Love the matte finish.  I will have to admit to all you Golden paint girls out there I just don't get it, too shiny for me.  I use liquitex heavy body for painting on canvas.  I also have a small collection of Winsor & Newton water mixable oils for canvas.  I love those.

 Can you smell these?  

My Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain book has helped me on this new project. I turned it upside down and sideways and the hand came out pretty good.