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.
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!