VSW: Genius of Connecticut


She is called
the “Genius of Connecticut
located in the
Connecticut State Capitol Building.

Keeping with quick studies,
I used DeAtramentis
Document Brown for line.

I began a slow buildup of
DEA Doc Brown ink (brunaille)
in a waterbrush to create her body.

About 30 minutes
(stepped away for drying time…)

Lighter wash of the same, next..

Grisaille with Noodler’s Lexington Grey — not dark enough.
(Did I say I hate this paper?)


Quin Gold… I am not fond of iridescent gold…


I don’t know that I did this lovely statue justice.
She is graceful and beautiful and she looks a bit like a ghoul here!
I’ve tried to find out more about this goddess-like statue but so far,
only her history, not her inspiration.

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Thanksgiving Cow Goddess


Two days off — this is a big deal this year
as we’ve been working round the clock.


As I’ve not been up to snuff (bad cold!) we didn’t do some things we might have —
Like putting up twinkle lights.  We put them up in our bedroom and at the studio.
We leave them up until Spring — to offer cheer in the darkened days!
I am a good cook, but everything I cooked for T-day burned.
We need a new oven!  Argh!
But we stayed in our pj’s and had some goodies
that were not bound for the oven and didn’t eat anything that made us feel badly
(wow nice change) and binge-watched murder mysteries.
And napped.  Wow naps are soooo good!


Our cow goddess aka cow lamp got a new red tassel.
(I used sparkly gold paint and never do
but the top of our credenza is sparkly gold and teal green.)


On Friday Mitchell made organic certified humane bacon
(pan fired) and certified humane organic peanut butter on Dave’s toast.
Finally, yum!

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VSW: Hartford, Connecticut

Sketchwalk is in Hartford Connecticut this month.
For one thing, let me tell you that this dyslexic has a hard time
remembering the order of the letters in Conn-ect-i-cut.  I have the
dang word hand-written to the side all over my desk because
I don’t have the same issues when I am not typing!

Okay I am so low on time that I am trying to do all images this month in under 15 minutes… So I will be truthful about how long for the Hartford images!

The one above (State Capitol Bushnell Park) was under
five minutes with a watercolor pencil, ink five minutes or less,
and then about ten minutes with watercolor (drying time NIC.)

This one of the Church (and XL auditorium)  at the corner of Ann Uccello
(and I think Pearl but could be wrong) took 7 minutes for the watercolor pencil
(and since I didn’t use watercolor you can see it) then under ten for the ink.

A nice thing about using a watercolor pencil to do under-sketching — blocking in — is that it goes away with watercolor, and even here, I can always do a wash across the image to “erase” the lines and put a very slight tint of brown on the paper.

Before the end of the month I hope to do one with watercolor only and time it… .

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Apple Pie


Apparently we found the culprits making our bodies swell and ache with arthritis.
We are giving up these kinds of desserts; kinda heartbreaking.

The good news is feeling better in our bodies again
AND not having to do drugs
AND thank the universe for Applesauce!

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California Tiles

I love watercolors with tobacco ink…

These are mostly my new Da Vinci watercolors sparkling,
running,
mimicking the lovely California tile glazes…
 I love working with California painted furniture.
California tiles take me home, to open houses and arched doorways
and colorful places for bare feet to walk upon.
This time of year the beaches are quiet, the tourists gone,
the sunsets spectacular, and Catalina Island can usually be
seen as if it is close enough to touch!

Working on them is inspiring me to paint tiles…
and tile-like mandalas!

*BTW, thanks to the un-requested up date from Mozilla Firefox my browser froze yet again and this time I lost the rest of my writing.  Those of you who trust Mozilla, as I have, for years, think twice before you update.  They bombed my Mac.*

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Jilanne’s Dogwoods

Jilanne Hoffmann has a great blog on writing, and is a blogging buddy.
She shared her dogwood poem with me;
I had to put it into my art journal.
I am grateful for the friends I’ve made through blogging.
Thank you Jilanne.

 

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Gratitude, Everyday Practice

I’ve journaled for ever.  It is only since picking up watercolors that my journal entries have gone beyond sketching and perhaps colored pencils into what I do now, but the discipline and connection to reflection and sustenance was embedded long ago.

A mainstay of my journal are my gratitude entries.

I feel delight when I see Mitchell at the desk every day…

Some entries are evident, but when they find my journals
after I am long gone some will not be understood….
Like the image of a rolled up sleeve!

And another…. after a bad day… to shift the inner state of mind… sometimes I just write.

This is a good day to post about gratitude because I have a crud-cold
and I am grateful they end… wishing mine were done NOW!.

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