Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 29

First, a clarification is needed regarding my last blog post.  The photos are of watercolor batiks.  They are not woodblock prints.  I identified them as batiks under the artwork, but my commentary was very sloppy.  Sorry about that.


So, tomorrow is the end of the challenge.  Working in a short series (the African animals) was a great experience, and it was good to narrow the subject matter and not have artwork "all over the place."  I think I finally get it.

Commissions will keep me busy the next couple of weeks, but I hope to squeeze in a couple of other paintings.   And I know my sweet husband is happy the challenge is over.  Now he can take off that apron.  (Yes, he is a very good cook!)  Thank you, Tim!




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Nos. 26, 27, 28 & 29


The Great Wave off Kanagawa  (After Katsushika Hokusai)- W/C batik - 8 X 10
Women - (After 19th / early 20th century Japanese woodblock prints) 
W/C batiks - 5 X 7

Woodblock printing has been used for centuries in China, and was adopted by Japan during the 17th - 19th centuries.

I think I'm drawn to them because they remind me of batiks.  Thought I would try my hand at a few during the challenge.





Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Nos. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24

 African Elephant
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X 10


 








Batiks - 8 X 10

Only a couple batiks have been mounted and color corrected; the rest will go on the pile till after the challenge.  Those zebras kept calling to me, so I popped off a few more.  This time, I previewed a new color (rose), but I'm not sure I'll keep it on my palette.

I have been experimenting with a tjanting tool (produces a controlled line with melted wax), and am still walking the learning curve.  Think I'll quit experimenting till February.

As usual, I've learned a lot during this month, especially about zebras, and look forward to this final week of the challenge.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Nos. 16 & 17

No. 17 - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X10
The last in the 30-30 zebra series.

No. 16 - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X 10

The problem child.  When he started fighting me, I stopped working on him.  So there!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 15

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X 10


"Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?"

Jean Paul Richter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 14

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X 10
https://www.etsy.com/transaction/263516886? - Sold

"What is man without the beasts?  If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit.  For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man.  All things are connected."

Chief Seattle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Nos. 10, 11, 12 & 13

Zebra 1- Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 10 X 8 - SOLD


















Wild things!     You make my heart sing!!


Have been a bit under the weather recently, but I'm feeling much better.   This herd means I'm caught up (well, as of today).

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9

Watercolor Sketches - 5 X 7

Didn't have time for batiking today, so I sketched a few faces for possible future batiks and washed them with watercolor.  

The top two will become batiks.   I'll make drawing corrections and then grid them up.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 5

Vincent (After VanGogh)
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 16 X 12
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/302135


"I want to touch people with my art.  I want them to say, "He feels deeply.  He feels tenderly."    Vincent Van Gogh


A couple (as in four) mini-batiks and I'll be caught up tomorrow.  Hope to see you then.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 4-1/2

Unfinished
Van Gogh (After Van Gogh) - 16 X 12


Got off to a late start today and wasn't able to complete No. 5.

I'll repost him within the next few days when he's finished.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No.4

Waterlily
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X 10

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


This batik started out very big and ended up very small - an exercise in patience...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 3

She Loved the Sea
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 12X16

"I can't control the wind, but I can adjust the sail."
Ricky Skaggs

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 2

 Listen, Child
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper, 8X10


"Listen to the mustn't s, child.  Listen to the don't s.  Listen to the shouldn't s, the impossibles, the won't s.    Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be."
Shel Silverstein


I like this batik.  For some reason, I cannot color correct it properly, but that doesn't really matter because I put a big hole in it.  Haven't done that for a while...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 1

Berthe Morisot (After Manet)
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper -  12X16

"This woman's work is exceptional.  Too bad she's not a man."
  Edouard Manet regarding painter Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot was the only female painter invited to show her work in the groundbreaking first collective exhibition of the Impressionists in 1874.   In fact, she participated in all but one of the eight exhibitions, missing the fourth due to the birth of her daughter.

Morisot modeled for Manet on a dozen occasions.  She became his muse, his dear friend, and eventually his sister-in-law when she married Manet's brother Eugene.

Morisot died from complications of pneumonia when she was 54 years old.