Thursday, February 27, 2014

Midterms and a Finished - (is it really? oh it truly is!!) Thursday!

Yes, it is Thursday, and would you believe that I've actually finished my assignments for this week early?  Yeah, me neither.  But it is oh-so-very true!

Still covering basics - but fun none-the-less:

I am so glad this week was an easy on the art week.  I've needed the time to study for several tests - though, I'm by no means finished studying!

I had an American History map quiz yesterday, my Gen Bio I Lab Midterm today, and next week, my test schedule is - Monday - Bio mid term, Wednesday - Western Civ I mid term & Am. Hist mid term, Friday - Art mid term.

So hectic.  So hectic in fact, that I think I might just expire on the spot from all this studying!  The above schedule is not a complete reflection of my week either.  I've had several group study sessions, a video today and I'll have 2 videos early in the morning.  No sleeping in for me.  Boo!  Oh well.  This is good for me.  It keeps me constantly doing something - I'm not just sitting on the couch getting fat.  Not to mention, I've learned a very valuable lesson!  Sleep is for those who are either/or smarter than me or they don't care if they get lower than A's and B's.  Since I do care, I'm racking up quite the sleep debt!

Guess the old saying "you can sleep when your dead" definitely applies in my current state.  With the unexpected and highly exciting prospect of no tests tomorrow and no project to rush and finish, I believe I'll head off to bed at a reasonable hour tonight.  I got a new book today that is not a textbook that I can't wait to dive into and devour!

I saw this in the store today and just couldn't resist.  I want to paint beautiful things like this but I have always had the most difficult time letting go, loosening up, and allowing for "happy accidents" as Bob Ross would say.  Perhaps I can find a bit of my muse within the pages.

Until next time,


Saturday, February 22, 2014

A "Finally Finished" Friday!

I finally finished my painting!  I think it turned out quite well, all things considered.

"The Studio" 16x20 Acrylic on Canvas
That's all I've got for tonight, folks.  I'm absolutely beat!  It's been a whirlwind kind of day and an absolute cyclone of a week.  Next week will be worse.  I'm off to bed so that I can pretend to sleep until it's time for me to get up for work!

Until next time,


Friday, February 21, 2014

A Not Quite Finished Friday

Good morning all.  It's really early and I haven't had my coffee yet, but since I've gotta run in less than an hour, I wanted to go ahead and post this morning.

This week's assignments were (are):

1) Draw somewhere you'd like to vacation in 1 point perspective.
2) Draw somewhere different you'd like to vacation in 2 point perspective.

3) Chose one and paint it.

I think I've actually posted this before.  My last post, if I recall correctly, contained reference photos for a couple of ideas.  I'm pretty sure I scrapped each and every one of those reference photos!

Instead, I found a reference photo for a little alley of shops in Belfast, Ireland and drew this:
Reference: Belfast Ireland

My lines are a little off and I'm never quite sure how to draw large amounts of foliage and make it look decent, but I was truly tired of messing with it so I signed it and walked away!  So that's my 1 Point Perspective.

For 2 Point Perspective, I was going to draw one of those fantastic buildings in the French Quarter in New Orleans.  But, being the way I am - being a perfectionist and yet preferring a "messy" style, I just didn't have time to complete that in time.  All those windows and doors and ledges!  Not to mention the wrought iron balconies!!  So, I put that drawing aside and chose instead to take inspiration from my muse, my favorite artist of all time - my good friend and mentor: Uncle Vincent!

Because, let's face it, if you've known him as long as I have, he's Uncle Vincent.

So, my inspiration was:
Bedroom at Arles by: Vincent Van Gogh

 And this is what I came up with:

This is nearly a true representation of my own bedroom.  However, I have carpet and I don't have a studio easel yet, but it will be on its way, hopefully within the next couple of weeks.  So yes, I did take a wee bit of artistic license.  But, I rather like how it's turned out.  Simple, yet effective.  The perspective is spot on (and I know this because I used a ruler) and yet it is still loose.  I added a bit more shading and darkened some more lines and added a few more details after I took this pic, but you get the idea.  And yes, those are my actual work on the walls.  You can see my value scale and 3D Shapes above my computer!

So, since this is a "vacation spot" and I use my bedroom as my art studio - in all honesty, that's the place I love to be more than any else in the world.  In my "studio" painting and creating!

Now I just have to pick one and paint.  That's not entirely true, I have picked one - the studio.  And my plan is to do it in an analogous color scheme - green, blue, and purples.  Similar to Uncle Vincents and yet a little different.  Now, if I could just get my butt up and get to painting!

I have to go watch another Extra Credit History video in less than 45 minutes.  After that, I will paint like a demon!  At least I don't have to go to work tonight.  That'll make it infinitely easier to finish painting!  When I'm done, (before midnight when it's due!), I'll post the finished product.

Until then,

Happy Friday!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Another Finished Friday!

Another set of assignments finished and turned in.  They're due by Midnight on Fridays... so I'm going to start calling my Friday posts Finished Friday!  Mainly because I'm creatively tapped out at the moment.

Anyway... on to the finished product

*drum roll please*

I posted my color wheels yesterday so I'm not going to post them again.  You'll just have to check out yesterday's post! 

I'm actually thinking of doing two more circle paintings with the other complimentary colors - it was fun!  In fact, yes, I'm pretty darn sure I am.

Next weeks assignments are: Favorite Vacation Spot in 1 & 2 point perspective drawings and paint another in 2 point perspective.

I'm awfully glad that I don't have any papers or tests or studying I have to do this weekend.  It'll give me the opportunity to get these projects started (and maybe a little done).  I have a few ideas for this week.

Possible Reference Photos:

Anyway, you get the idea.

I'm going to end this post rather lamely tonight because I got interrupted while writing and then interrupted again and then had to go to work.  And now I'm just tired and don't really have enough thoughts in my head.  Other than, that last picture...the one of the stone bridge - I really really want to go there!

Have a good night y'all!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Color wheels and Color Bias - a Lesson Learned

Last night I posted about icy conditions.  Well let me tell you - at my house there is no ice.  But it is still raining!  I am definitely tired of the rain!  But I have done a bit of painting today with more planned...

Color Wheel Assignment:

Colors used: Cad Red Medium, Cad Yellow Medium, and Cobalt Blue.  These were the acrylics we were to procure for this class (along with Titanium White & Mars Black)

 These were of course acquired.  (The reason 2 are Liquitex and one is Winsor & Newton is because the art store was out of Cad Yellow in Liquitex).  And the color mixing began.

The lighting is awful because it's such a grey overcast day and I was losing what light I did have.  Sorry about that.  But the essential thing is... look how "muddy" and "muted" and "dark" my colors are.  The only bright color is my Cad Yellow.  Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled.  However, I'd forgotten a very very important color mixing rule...


Many years ago I painted in oils exclusively.  I used to actually know this, but I'd forgotten all about it.

Now, what on earth do I mean by this?  Well, it's very simple... all colors have a color bias.  Now what on earth is a color bias?  All colors have a bias towards another color - this is due to the chemical impurities in the found within the pigments.  Some have a green bias (mixed with white to create a ‘tint’ they will go towards green) while others have an orange bias, or blue, or purple, or red, or whatever.

Ok, so now that we know that colors have a bias, what do we do with that knowledge?  We mix the correct paints, that's what!

For more information, please check out: Will Kemp's Art School - The Hidden Secret of Colour Mixing He's got some great information listed on his website about color mixing - which paints have which bias, how to mix perfect greens, purples, and pinks, and a whole lot more!

And no, I promise I didn't just get paid for plugging Will Kemp.  He's just really thorough with his explanations, his videos are short and easy to follow, and he does a great job of explaining things!

So what I'd done wrong with my original color wheel was to use Cad Red Medium which has an orange bias and Cobalt Blue which has a blue bias.  What did we learn in elementary art?  That complementary colors will "mute/muddy/tone down" each other.  So using a Blue and Orange gave me a really awful muted purple.  Great for eggplants, but not quite what I wanted on my color wheel.

Cad Red and Cad Yellow work great together and make some very saturated oranges.

However, Cobalt Blue and Cad Yellow (medium) do not make really great greens.  They're muted.  So anyway, go check out Will Kemp.

I got ticked off because I knew my colors weren't mixing well together, so I did a little internet research.  I looked at various paint kits (the ones that have 3 or 6 or 12 or whatever different tubes in them) and individual paints trying to "shop around" and compare prices.  Since I am impatient as hell, I didn't want to wait for something to get shipped, even over night, so I hopped in the car at 9:45 this morning and headed to the art store.  In the rain.  Watching minutely for ice patches.

I get to the art store with a list of proper biased paints to hand when lo and behold, I find this little gem:

For the bargain basement price of $35.00!  But wait!  There's more!  I had a 50% off coupon granting me the grand total of less than $19.  It included all the colors I needed plus any other color I could ever need!  The tubes are small though - 22ml or 0.74 US fl oz.  But, definitely enough to get started and do what I need to do today.  Let's just put it this way... I was stoked!

Because I couldn't find a proper comprehensive list of what this kit included online, which was aggravating (or any kit just about for that matter), I will do y'all the solid of including one myself.  Who knows, it might be helpful to someone out there...

From top left:

  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent
  • Primary Red
  • Cadmium Red Light Hue
  • Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Red Oxide
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • Yellow Oxide
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
  • Primary Yellow
  • Light Green Permanent
  • Hooker's Green Hue Permanent
  • Phthalocyanine Green (Phthalo Green)
  • Cerulean Blue Hue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Primary Blue
  • Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade) (Phthalo Blue)
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Ivory Black
  • Titanium White

With new paint in hand, I started a new color wheel.  Please forgive me as my "wheel" is really awfully drunk.  I was distracted and not paying that much attention to it's main layout.

 Don't drink (coffee) & paint!  It has funny consequences!

Yeah, my wheel is whack.  Oh well!  Anyway, I'm very happy with it because my greens are vibrant, my purples are purple-y, and my oranges are lovely.  I decided to be adventurous and see just what Primary Red, Yellow, and Blue would do out of this pack.  I'm actually very pleased as they give a pleasant "this-is-what-it-looked-like-on-my-elementary-color-wheel" and they mix very very well.

I am positively unsure what the equivalents are.  The yellow is probably Cadmium Yellow Light.  The red, I'm not sure.  It's not Cad Red Light as it's not orange-y enough.  You can tell this especially in my palette on the left hand side where the pinks are.  Cad Red Light tints to a salmon/orange-y pink.  Not this great pink-pink.  And Quinacridone Magenta/Red makes tints to a vivid hot pink.  Maybe Cad Red Medium, but that's not quite right, either.  And it's not Napthol Crimson either.  So I'm just not sure.  But it's great any way.  *****I just checked the Liquitex Color Chart, which lists pigments in each of their colors and according to that, primary red is made with: Quinacridone Violet (PV 19).  So there ya go.  If you want to check the Chart, here's the link: Liquitex Basics Color Chart) And the blue, I would have thought ultramarine or phthalo blue by its masstone (color straight from the tube), but again... I'm not certain.

Anyway.  The point of this entire post is this:  Be wary of what colors you're using to mix.  It won't always turn out to be what you thought it would be.

I've still got one more assignment for this week to do, so I better get started!

See y'all later!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Icy Conditions - More Time to Paint

The weather here is dreadful!  Icy conditions are no fun here in the South.  We're just not equipped to handle them.  While hurricanes and tornadoes hardly phase us, the merest hint of sleet or *gasp* snow is enough to drive us into hyper-survival mode.  We hunker down with our propane and flashlights waiting for the pigs to come down and Hell to thaw.  Because let's face it folks, winter in Mississippi is supposed to be 40 degree days with 35 degree nights and lots of rain.  Ice, sleet, and snow are only supposed to occur when pigs fly and Hell freezes.

It seems that Hell has indeed frozen.  I'm sitting her tonight listening to the pitter patter of icy rain drops.  While musical, it makes me oh! so! glad that class has been cancelled for tomorrow.  I, like so many other Southerners, just do not want to get out in that shit!  And as such, well, it leaves me more time to paint!  I've been working on my 3 assignments for this week -

1) Mix your own color wheel
2) Mix your own Grey, Brown, and Colored Value Scales
3) 1 3D Shape Composition with Reverse Light Background Painted

It's time to break out the acrylics and have some fun!  Yes, these assignments are just build-ons of last week's.  But hey, the class is called "Art for Elementary Teachers".  The fact that it's a "real" art class and not just academic makes me happy.  Plus, it's nice to get back to the basics.  Last week I'd forgotten how much fun plain ol' graphite pencils could be.  And I'll be honest - like many artists these days, the ease of purchasing ready-mixed colors has made me lazy.  I reach for that purple or orange before I ever mix my colors.  So yep - basics.  They can be so much fun!  I'll be posting pictures as soon as I get finished with them. 

I've been procrastinating like crazy though - I've found a ton of awesome Art Teacher blogs and have been buried up to my neck in them.  They're very insightful and a whole lot of fun.  I love seeing what these kids create and what fantastic lessons the teachers come up with!  Plus, there's one blog in particular - Cassie Stephen's blog has this great and fun habit of "theme dressing".  It's very inspiring.  I'm so much a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl that it's not all that easy for me to think of fun and funky things to wear.  And I'm so going to have to!

Speaking of wardrobe choices - I'm taking a Foundations in Education course which comes with the requirement of 30 hours of Classroom Observation.  Make no mistake, this isn't student teaching... it's just observation.  A few hours here, a few hours there, to add up to 15 hours in Lower Elementary and 15 hours in Upper Elementary.  This will be a real opportunity for me to determine if this is in fact what I want to do for my career.  Right now it sounds good and looks great on paper.  But as to if my nerves can actually take it - we shall see!  Back to the wardrobe aspect of it - I'm going to have to ditch the t-shirts, jeans, and converse and opt instead for a "teacher's wardrobe".  Should be interesting.  I sure do wish it were warmer!

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Purple Owl YouTube

I've got my 3rd and final (for now... until I record some more!) YouTube video up and going.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New on YouTube!

Got a new video up on YouTube!

I did this fun little owl last year, but I enjoyed him so much I wanted to share it with y'all!


I'm currently working on another video that I hope to have up soon. And then I've got to start recording again! Of course, I have to actually find time to paint as well. Well, we shall see how it goes, won't we! I'm off to work! Have a wonderful day! Later!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Score at Michaels!

Oh how I love pay day. But even more than just payday I love it when coupon day falls on payday!!  I racked up quite a nice little haul at Michael's today. Got some excellent sales plus a 40% off one item coupon plus a 20% off entire purchase today only coupon. A $70 purchase for only $30!!

That's what I call a great day!

I caught strathmore books on sale buy one get one free so grabbed a toned tan and toned grey. I can't wait to see how charcoals look on them. I know it'll be awesome. 

Plus 2 unlined sketchbooks for on the go doodles. And yes, even some ATCs!

My fingers are just itching to get a hold of these.  Too bad my paints are too difficult to tote to work.  I'm so sad that Michael's says they won't be carrying ATC packs any more.  I guess that's what I get for getting on the bandwagon late.  Oh well, I'm sure I'll be able to find them online for a while yet.

I'm so glad that I live within 3 miles of an Art store and within 20 miles of 4 art stores.  There is just something so magical about walking in (especially when you have money to spend) and wondering around the aisles.  It's like Christmas.  It's better than Christmas.

Do any of y'all make Artist Trading Cards?  I'd love to swap with you if you do!  Just send me an email.  

Well, I ought to get on back to work now.  Y'all have a great weekend!

Finished Project!

I finished both my projects this week.  I really like how they turned out!  Especially my 3D Shapes.

I've always enjoyed working in pencil.  Though over the years I've become very unafraid of color, I still loving getting back to the basics.  This was a fun assignment and one I'll definitely be adding to my roster for when I'm a teacher.

Even my mother had good things to say about it... and she rarely pays my art compliments!

Well, I'm off to a Study Session for Gen Bio.  Have a huge test on Monday.  Between Bio and my Am. History tests, I'll be very busy studying this weekend.  Gotta love the drudge of classes that aren't awesome Art classes.

As a final thought, I'll leave you with this...

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