Newer work #96

Pretty apropos of the current situation.

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#1424 “Without Darkness”. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5 in mat to fit 10×8″ frame. $45, free shipping.
Contains the words “Without darkness we would not appreciate the light.”

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.

Monthly newsletter

Here’s April’s monthly newsletter.  Despite the fact that all shows and classes are cancelled there’s always something to do around the studio!  More spider tomorrow!!!

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.

 

Newer work #94

I love the desert rain when you can see it falling from a distance – sometimes the air below being so dry the rain never reaches the ground – the effect known as virga.

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#1409 Desert Virga. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5.5″ in mat to fit 10×8 frame. $45.
Contains the haiku:
Desert virga falls,
precipitation transforms
into a thin veil.

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 4

Didn’t get a lot of chance to work on it today – other errands had to take precedence.  I started work on the shadows.  Spent a lot of time color mixing.

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Really not happy with this, too dark.

So, back to the mixing pots in the studio.  I’m doing the mural using some craft paint that I was given – I’m going to paint something new in a year or two so not worried about longevity.  Amazing how difficult getting a lighter shade was.

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Kilzed over the too-dark shadows.  Still think it’s a little dark.  We will see how it looks in sunlight in the morning.