It’s fall in New England and the local Maine MacIntosh apples are delicious and abundant. Today Mom & Dad helped with my apple print. We cut one in half in a way to make sure it was as “lopsided” as possible and then I coated the cut side with paint. It took a few prints to find out the right amount of paint to use but I got a good one! Then I took some beautiful copper, red, and bronze metallic paints and embellished. The original is so pretty but the metallics don’t translate well to digital.
Day Ten was created with metallic acrylic paint applied to a cut open apple and stamped onto the page.
Well – Tonight might have been my first miss but encouragement from Doug and Elizabeth have me posting a very simple almost gesture like drawing. Hopefully tomorrow will bring some more detail and color.
I guess this sums up where I’m at with my Art Apples. Drew this in my sketch book and tore it out to scan. I’m so happy to be home for a visit and I love being in Maine! Tomorrow we head to Vinalhaven for the weekend for family, wine, and lobster!
I’m posting a bit early for today – on my way to Maine this afternoon.
I’m running around furiously pulling together all the necessary art supplies I’ll need. I’m glad I’m going for a nice long visit because I have to check a bag anyway and vials of ink, tubes of paint and sharp scissors aren’t carry on friendly. I’ll have some really great sketch time on the plane and hopefully soon I’ll get myself a wireless tablet for quick digital and tree friendly sketching!
My friend Sandy made a great suggestion on Sunday for an Art Apple. She had just finished her 10th Race For The Cure in Denver – her first as someone living and surviving with breast cancer. Although my blog is to highlight Ankylosing Spondylitis awareness, it is also to thank people who support anyone living and dealing with health issues. So her suggestion was perfect (thank you Sandy!)
I sat down this evening very excited to create her apple. I had a clear idea of a hot pink apple with a chartreuse background painted in acrylics but, sometimes the creative process just happens and you don’t fight it. So…. this isn’t Sandy’s apple – it will have to wait until another day (and I have a new vision for it now too – lol.) Today’s apple sorta looks like a peach to me but – eh…. I’ll be my biggest critic I suppose.
Wow – I was delusional as to how long this would take. Four hundred pieces of quarter inch cut outs from magazines – what was I thinking? Doug got home around 10pm and sweet wonderful man that he is started searching for colors for me. The edges were the most difficult. But, I love the results. Hope you all like it too!
Yea! It’s day two and I got the watercolors out and dusted off.
I love my watercolors and the pallet I use when I paint with them. I had a wonderful teacher in college who I learned so much from and she showed me how to set up a watercolor pallet. You squeeze out the paints into the little wells and just leave theme there. I thought it was so strange at the time – “won’t they dry up” I thought. Duh. The water revives them just like the crayola ones we get in kindergarten. Paint has always seemed so precious to me (I’m trying to get over it) so I had a difficult time with the concept but it works and I love watching the color come to life when I add water after a long time away.
My plan this morning was to do a sort of old school watercolor apple, which is always the first thing you paint in watercolor 101. And the plan was to get it done early and do some sketches and ideas for the coming week. Well… my Saturday got away from me. I’ve got the house to myself this weekend (miss you sweetie) and I puttered away. And in terms of the old school look – that didn’t work out so well – not much old school left in me I guess. Maybe one of these days! But – what came out was fun, colorful and I loved every second of painting it. Hope you like it too!
So here’s the Concept: To give the gift of my art in a unique way. To bring awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis and support my love of creating art.
Idea: Make a piece of small art of an apple each day starting October 1, 2010 and give the original away and document the process online via blog and website. Start by posting it on my blog – thefeedingedge.com. Post the piece each day and follow up with posts of who I gave the original to and a story about it. Prints will be available for sale onwww.ArtAppleADay.com.
This concept incorporates
Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness
Sharing my art with the world.
Community and giving.
Background: An apple a day keeps the doctor away has its beginnings dating back to 1866 as Welsh folk proverb. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/an-apple-a-day.html . I will use the image of the Apple every day as a way to help people with a horrible disease by bring awareness, giving gifts of the pieces to my supporters, AS survivors, and people who need a piece of joy, and by selling the prints to support my efforts and future donations to great causes for health.
Specifics of Art: A small manageable daily drawing/painting/mixed media piece produced each day. A 6” x 6” piece of paper with a 5” x 5” image – no other restrictions.