Newer work #114

There are so many species on the brink of extinction, hence this influence.

Spider – added bits

A couple people suggested some markings on the spider – so I put a couple dabs of white on when I’d finished painting the stucco at the other end of the house…..

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I’m guessing here at spider markings…

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Then I thought I’d add some red to make it more feroceous-looking.

That’s it, I’m done!

Spider day 7

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I used my rusty knowledge of six legged things to come up with head, thorax, abdomen.  I was thinking of a straw colored spider.

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Then I went and did a bit of research – spiders don’t have a separate head and thorax, so there was a bit of a rework in order to make this anatomically correct.

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Then I realized I’d put the legs on the abdomen, not the thorax, so a bit of reworking again to make it correct.

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Fixed all the booboos and starting to work on the cast shadow.

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Shadows in and the eyes.  All I need now is the twinkle in those eyes.

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The full view.  And you can see I’ve also completed the maintenance on the edge of the roof.  Of course now Ken’s thinking I should add some markings to make it more dangerous looking.  Maybe.

Spider day 6.

I wasn’t happy with the shadows, still.  Thought they were too dark.  I experimented with going over some with a thinned down layer of Kilz2.

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It’s subtle but the shadows on the lower part and the left are ligher, and I’m happier with them.

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Lightened all the existing shadows and finished the rest.  Then my sweetheart tempted me with an offroading bicycle ride, so I decided the Spider itself can wait.

 

Spider day 5.

Well, I’m saying spider but I’m actually still on the web.  No pun intended.

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Today I had company.  There were two water main breaks in the area.  This was the one I located.

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I continued working on the shadow this afternoon.  I’d spent the morning prepping other parts of the house for a lick of paint, sanding and putting in filler.

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Can you spot the mistake?  I had to go white it out with Kilz.  Fortunately in the afternoon’s dessicating breeze, I didn’t have to wait long for it to dry.

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On two occasions I had an audience as the workers vented the hydrant just outside the corner of my property and created a lake in the street.

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The workers wrapped up just when I had finished the shadows for all the spokes, so it seemed like a good time to quit.

Spider day 3

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Just keep going.  Storm is coming in, but I want to finish the web today.

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This is the dangerous bit.  Just to the right of the rabbit brush bush is a nest if fire ants.  I already have my share of bites.

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Ok, that’s enough for today.

Spider alert!

I decided to do a new mural.  I’d never been happy with the moon, but had never really made the effort to fix the problems:

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So seeing as I have more time on my hands, I thought there was no excuse.  I had enough Kilz to go over the moon.

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I sketched out guidelines for the rays of the web using a string and two pencils, so I could more accurately get the fall of the threads.

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Painting in the top of the rays where the side of the garage is in the shade.

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Getting there!  Decided to put a rough outline of the spider in to figure out how big I want it to be.

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That’s enough for the first day.  It’s a really rough siding board and not easy to paint detail on!  And maybe my neighbors driving by will enjoy a bit of entertainment as the spider progresses. 

Pets and animals show.

On Friday I hung a group show featuring work of pets and animals at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  It features the following artists (just in the order they are on the wall):  Sandy Zelasko, Mike Holder, Kelly Vela, Jeni Bate, Terry d’Chacon, Kay Levie, Diane Morgan and sculpture pieces by Janice Osborne and Alana Marston.  The show will be up through June 28th.

Animal Show art

From the right: 4 paintings by Diane Morgan, 3 photos by Kay Levie, 1 painting by Terry Chacon. Under, a basket of prints by Mike Holder

Animal Show art

Four paintings by Terry Chacon on the right, to the left, a photo by Kelly Vela, two paintings by Jeni Bate and two of Janice Osborne’s glass sculptures

Animal Show art

From Right, 2 paintings by Terry Chacon, 7 photos by Kelly Vela, 2 paintings by Jeni Bate and 2 glass sculptures by Janice Osborne.

Animal Show art

From the left this time, 4 photos by Sandy Zelasko, 3 paintings by Mike Holder, 4 photos by Kelly Vela.

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Four glass animals by Janice Osborne.

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Four horse pieces by Alana Marston.

Newer work #34

Oil painting birds flying

#1206 Three for the road. Oil on canvas, 8×8″. $50.

The inspiration for this change of direction was that I hung this little unwired canvas on my ‘drying hooks’ in the studio, by its corner.  The scene itself is entirely out of my head.  The direction was one I followed, as you will see in later posts.  It has also spawned other (as yet unrealized ideas)….

Overcrowding, sparrow style.

I was taking a fresh glass of water back to the studio and paused to watch a pigeon on the birdbath in the front yard.  I was wondering if I needed to refill it.  As I stood motionless so as not to disturb the pigeon while it was drinking, I was listening to the birdsong all around and realized that one voice was out of place.  A small, high pitched intermittant peep.  After a few moments I located the source, a tiny sparrow chick sitting on the ground.  Waaay to young to be out of the nest.  There are several active nests around my house this year so I went and rescued the child, intending to return him to the box or basket from where he’s come.

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Waay to young to be out on his own.

On the front porch, one nest was empty, two had very young chicks in (one had a chick and an egg) and one nest was incomplete.  I knew that chicks of an almost-fledged aged were in the basket at the side of the garage, and indeed there were three matching siblings.  And a lot*** of poop.

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Is that two sisters and a brother or two brothers and a sister…

Now that I look closer, I think there are actually five chicks in there.  That tallies with the six eggs I photographed when I first noticed the nest was active.  Very crowded.  But I put the escaped chick back in anyway.  Before I’d gotten down the latter, he plopped back onto the ground under the nest.  I guess he got voted out of the nest, perhaps for being the noisiest.  I think the other nests would not be a good match, he’s so much older than the other chicks and as he’s pretty close to fledging anyway, I figured I’d give it a go. It will probably only take about a week to get him on his own.  I knew there was a reason I kept an old hamster cage.

Must go and feed him again.  Ground up bird seed, flour and honey.  I know, that’s probably not the best thing out there, but it’s the closest thing I have in the house to what he might be given by his parents.  I can see it now.  Mama gets back to the nest.  Hey, where’s Frank?  And five beaks answering back… he drew the short straw…..