A Finished Painting

So in Painting Gone Wrong I showed how messed up my painting was, and how trying to fix over it just made it worse and worse. So I finally gessoed over it, if you want to know what I did exactly check out this youtube video. He was the only one I could find that didn’t put it on overly thick with a weird texture. I was actually surprised by how much of the original texture of the canvas still came through so you have those ridges that hold on to the paint. Although I didn’t get it all painted straight across like you’re meant too, and you can see some of the imperfections if you get really close to the canvas, but hopefully no one plans to get that close to my canvas.

red treeIf you go back to the previous post you’ll notice that this is obviously going in a different direction. Decided that since that style was so vastly different than my normal sort I should probably try such on a smaller scale first. But then I was feeling red and wanted to well paint a canvas red, and so that’s what started this. The sunset-ish part is just a blending of red, yellow, and white. The basic colors, and I just blended till I liked what I saw, though I ended up having to make it bigger than that because once the leaves were added it just seemed like a lot of it was hidden and there was too much empty space around. So go big. I also added a little more splashes of yellow on the bottom as well. Not much more but it went mainly where I planned to add more scattered leaves. Though you can’t really see it much in the picture below, it did help lighten those areas to really help make it all pop a little more. Worth the effort either way. And the tree was there so I knew how I was going to get the leaves, plus, some of the limbs ultimately shined through.

finish pinkAnd this is the finished product. For the the tree leaves I used a rounded tip brush gave it a fluffiness I liked. A pretty blend of pink and white, it’s kind of supposed to look like a cherry blossom tree. Sort of. The scattered, I guess they would be more petals than leaves, I did with a smaller square tip brush doing random upward strokes. Felt like it implied chaos and movement of petals being blown around. Either way, I loved how it turned out in the end. Not at all how this canvas originally began, but it ended on something I’m happy with and that’s all that matters.


Painting Gone Wrong

first brushOkay so Google “rainy painting” and look at the images and that is what I was wanting to go for… I liked the look of the lights and the reflections off water… and rainy days are just my favorite anyway… plus usually you would think such a painting would be dark but they’re usually so full of color and the style adds a sense of movement that I just love… and so I began with this… and that was my first mistake…

First off for such a painting to have basically what’s going to be on top down first made it difficult trying to get the back ground around it… and was constantly getting covered and so was really a waste of effort… plus as I was to discover later… my proportions were all off… original paint

As you can see when I started to fill things in that the sizes weren’t right… honestly this is the first time I’ve ever tried to do a painting with a vanishing point and I didn’t realize how difficult it really is…

More so… I realized with only 2 lights it wouldn’t be nearly as bright as I wanted it to be when I started marking off what areas would be lightest and what would be darkest… and it was turning more dark than not… and even where I was showing as light wasn’t really likely… and while my paintings aren’t exactly realistic… I try for a bit of believability… and so…

whiteoutI whited out the painting in an attempt to undo what I had done… but if you can see through it well enough you’ll notice I tried to fix it before hand but that just got too confusing with what was supposed to be there and what wasn’t… and then after trying to do the background again… I realized it was more than that that was the problem…

alcohol rub

As you can see I tried to put down a basic sky and ground… eventually I realized this wasn’t working for me either but worst there was getting too many layers of paint on my canvas… and that’s when I learned that rubbing alcohol can remove acrylic from canvas… as you can see it doesn’t clean it up perfectly… and everything I read said it would leave it a bit discolored… I had so many layers on there I’m happy with what it did remove… mainly making sure there were no more slick spots on my canvas…

I also got white Gesso for acrylic… and have yet to apply this but I’m hoping it’ll help with starting over… though with the different techniques of applying I’m not sure how it’ll turn out… so if nothing else I learned a lot about how to fix a painting when you mess up…

More than that though I realized the problem was that while I liked those paintings I had been looking at… they weren’t my style… and I wasn’t trying to recreate any of those pictures because I had my own thoughts in mind… but in trying to create a painting differently than how I was used to without a clear picture in mind it was always going to fail… with high hopes I will continue to work to make the image I wanted come to life…

Pretty Poems

So while working my way through The Free Will Baptist duplicates storage… a religious magazine that’s been around since the 1920’s, a couple of the covers had some cool poems on them from I’m guessing people who sent them in… and well especially the Imaginary Evils one really hit home for me… I’m a consummate worrier and should perhaps keep it in mind more often to chill out…

The Artist

LIFE does not promise always
To make her pathways gay
With buttercups, green pasture slopes,
And sunshine all the way.
Never was a picture painted,
Where shadows did not lie,
Accentuating beauty
Of landscape, sea, and sky.

SO we find the Master Artist,
Whose touch is ever true,
Paints in the lights and shadows
Which are best for me and you.
And some day, when the picture
In its completeness stands,
We shall see the love and wisdom
That moved the Artist’s hands.
-Jessie Bell Thabes

Vol. 64 issue 14    April 6, 1949

Imaginary Evils

LET to-morrow take car of to-morrow
Leave things of the future to fate;
What’s the use to anticipate sorrow?
Life’s troubles come never too late!
If to hope over much be an error,
‘Tis one that the wise have preferred;
And how often have hearts been in terror
Of evils that never occurred.

HAVE faith, and thy faith shall sustain thee;
Permit not suspicion and care
With invisible bonds to acclaim thee,
But bear what God gives thee to bear.
By his spirit supported and gladdened,
Be ne’er by foreboding deterred;
But think how oft hearts have been saddened
By fear of what never occurred.

LET to-morrow take care of to-morrow;
Short and dark as our life may appear
We may make it still darker by sorrow,
Still shorter by folly and fear!
Half our troubles are half our invention,
And often from blessings conferred
Have we shrunk, in the wild apprehension
Of evils that never occurred.
-Charles Swain
Vol. 64 issue 28     August 3, 1949

Painting in Progress

I have been painting for years… all sorts of random stuff… and over the years I’ve been trying to, of course, improvepencil death and try new and different things… like layering the colors to make it have depth and definition… but the latest painting really should’ve been pretty easy… it was meant to be straight and simple… though when it came to just sketching it there was already some problems… apparently there aren’t too many models to look at for someone kneeling from behind… which just sounds weird when you spell it out like that… but still… after finally getting it all proportioned right and my husband apparently liking it so much I decided to do it as the painting to go above his desk… the only thing is that the sketch is made for a much smaller sort of canvas… unlike the 2ft x 3ft canvas I had picked out…

DSCF1286And so I painted it all pretty… and it was awesome… for all of about 5 seconds… and then something was nagging at me and nagging at me… in fact it nagged the rest of the day and through the night until I woke up the next morning realizing what was wrong… the head was too high and straight up when she’s supposed to be leaning forward and looking down slightly… and so I’m quick to fix it and send it off as good again… and then it’s like no… something is still wrong… and I’m staring and staring… and moving it through the house for some reason… and then I realized the problem was that there was no depth to the picture… and while it’s supposed to be unrealistic… and I wasn’t wanting to add shadows… I knew it needed more and so I added a tree into the distance to give the illusion of distance… and still it needed more… and so I reworked the lines… which by the way are supposed to be cracks in the ground filling with blood… happy I know… and so I began to make them thicker the closer they get to the edge… and finally after working on it for 3 days… even though it should’ve taken only a few hours really… it is done… and while it does have a very simple look to it… yet it’s been one of the hardest paintings I’ve ever done in trying to figure out what it needed to finally look right… but in the end I’m finally happy with it… WOOT!!! so here is Oh, Death:

Scythe Painting 2

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre   by  Charlotte Bronte   description:

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

jane eyreJane Eyre   4 STARS

I rather enjoyed this book… Jane is a witty and interesting character and it’s nice to see how she develops through the story from her childhood… there’s a lot of good imagery in the book as well that you should keep an eye out for… especially in the artwork… which I love that Jane’s an artist and how she’s ever striving to do better and she creates intriguing pieces… of course that’s all in how I imagine them… plus the other characters are so alive as well… the way Bronte writes it’s like you’re there and you know these people… even if they’re like Mr. Rochester and are a bit hard to figure out… But each one is unique with a personality and life all their own… but also the mystery that is a big part of this book… and the feeling there may be something supernatural going on… or at the very least something is very much off at Thornfield… giving it a dark and gothic feel… but one of the things that did bother me in this book was, first off, how the little girl Adele would speak mainly French and you have no idea what she just said… sometimes the response of others would give you a little clue but other times you’re just left in the dark… and while her part and what she may be saying isn’t all that important it is a bit distracting… also the way sometimes the conversations seem to ramble and go on about nothing was like a joke that went too long… while trying to be amusing sometimes I just wished they’d get to the point… but altogether this was a good book and easily one I’d read again…

Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect  by  Julie Ortolon   description:

Maddy, Christine, and Amy find that an old college roommate has written about them in her new self-help book-and they’re furious that she’s used them as examples of how women screw up their lives. And the worst part is, it’s sort of true. Together they make a pact: they’ll face down their fears-and maybe show Miss Perfect a thing or two!
Maddy rejected her high school sweetheart’s marriage proposal for art school years ago. Now her friends challenge her to rediscover her lost passion for arts. In doing so, she crosses paths with her old flame, Joe, at an art camp. Perhaps it’s about time that Maddy reignites another old passion.

almost perfectBOOK 1: Almost Perfect   3 STARS

This was a fun sweet novel… it was interesting to have it about women trying to face down their fears and show themselves that they haven’t screwed up their lives… of course this one mainly focuses on Maddy and her trying to finally achieve her dream of being an artist… and so while of course it’s really romantic and focusing on this love story of 2 old flames meeting again… it was nice to see how Maddy had to come face to face with her own issues that while may not be something that we’ve all exactly gone through… it does bring to mind how sometimes we may not realize how we do hurt ourselves and hold ourselves back at times from truly being happy… and that’s what makes this whole series one nice to read…

Some Very Convenient Hair

hair Finally finished this painting… which I have dubbed Some Very Convenient Hair… I was in a fairy tale class where we read several stories about Rapunzel… but while reading one it made me think of a Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep… I’ve always loved the 2nd paragraph to that which paints such a detailed picture of the scene in a very Philip Marlowe kind of way…

The main hallway of the Sternwood place was two stories high. Over the entrance doors, which would have let in a troop of Indian elephants, there was a broad stained-glass panel showing a knight in dark armor rescuing a lady who was tied to a tree and didn’t have any clothes on but some very long and convenient hair. The knight had pushed the vizor of his helment back to be sociable, and he was fiddling with the knots on the ropes that tied the lady to the tree and not getting anywhere. I stood there and thought that if I lived in the house, I would sooner or later have to climb up there and help him. He didn’t seem to be really trying.

So it’s not the picture he described or even an exact quote… but the moment I was reading that Rapunzel story that was what popped into my head and I knew I had to paint something and this is what came out… and honestly my best painting ever… I know there are plenty of people out there that can do a whole heck of a lot better than me… but I’m still proud of it… finally learning more of layering the paint to give it dimension… and in case you’re wondering that’s Wisteria in her hair… I love Wisteria… it may be a weed but it’s so pretty… any way… had to share…

My Trials and Tribulations…

Okay yeah I really don’t have anything to complain about… this is really just me wanting to show how awesome I am… because this Christmas I decided to make my mom and sister necklaces… mainly because I didn’t know what to get them and I have a fairly sizable collection of beads and pendants… I’m like this is going to be a snap… well after I was informed after my first attempt that my sister really doesn’t like pink anymore… something I learned later was false… I realized it may not be so easy… then I had 2 necklaces decide to break and spew beads all over my living room… a fact my husband wasn’t too happy about, reminding me repeatedly that I have an art room for a reason… but that room has no TV so instead I’m hunched over a coffee table… one night for about 6 hours straight and the next night for about 4… I realized making necklaces is not that easy… but they were completely thrilled over them and so I was happy and I just wanted to share my work on here because well… that’s how I roll…

The one with the wings was the one that got snipped… it was for the best because it wasn’t nearly as nice as the one I ended up with but it was my first try so I’m still proud of it… Oh and I have to say getting that black pendant to hang in the center of that doodad was perhaps the hardest particular thing I had to do… it took several different tries… but I finally managed it… YAY FOR ME!!!


sadly the only pics I have of the other 2 is while I’m wearing them… I mean I did have to try out the merchandise… so you get to see my pastiness…

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Anywho, this was my fun before Christmas… and what I get for putting off making gifts until the last second… all worth it in the end, though… 😀

The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady  by  Licia Grahame   descriptions:

Left penniless after the death of her famous artist husband, for whom she modeled, Fleur Brooks finds that her icy heart is beginning to melt when she meets Sir Anthony Camwell.

Desperate to pay the man who is blackmailing her, Fleur Deslingnere reluctantly marries Anthony Camwell, the handsome but formal aristocrat whose repressed desire for Fleur has consumed him for years.

paintedThe Painted Lady   3 STARS

I copied 2 different descriptions because neither really explain the book that well… ummm… so this is supposed to be a romance story… and I will say it’s interesting and it kept me reading… but I can’t say this is romantic really or even happy… more a little disturbing… I sort of understand why Fleur, who at first was falling for Anthony, felt like she needed to harden herself because she only jumped to marrying him to pay off a blackmailer and feared that if Anthony discovered the truth he would shun her… but this whole thing with them playing games against each other… acting cold and distant and basically using each other through this whole book made it feel very messed up… Anthony basically ends up turning into a cheating husband who threatens to expose Fleur unless she does everything he tells her too… and yes I’m talking sexually here… it was a good book in its way and well written, but ultimately the ending just didn’t feel on the level with me… and it was just so messed up through the whole story that I can honestly say I will never read this book again…

Day 14- Favorite Authors from your Childhood

Maybe I’m going to far back into my childhood for this but…

Dr. Seuss


Between his awesome artwork and his funny poetry, he has to be the best children’s author there is… in fact I still enjoy his works… they are oft times quite insightful… not just jibberish… but thoughts that you can continue to learn something from no matter how old you get…

haroldCrockett Johnson

I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon and all the adventures he went on with it… just the story of a kid using his imagination to see the world is fun and sweet and still makes me smile to think about…