October 7th, 2007


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Well, I've fallen off the wagon a little bit - it's been a bit of a busy weekend. 

I did manage to draw something for day 4, but I dislike it too much to post - or rather, I can't get a decent scan or photo of it at all. I put a few whole hours of work into it, but it's too large for the scanner bed and any photo I take gives horrible contrast. Since then I've been in a standard slump of doubting my abilities. 

So anyhow, I didn't manage anything for day 5 or day 6, but I'm fairly determined to play catch-up. I'm going to work now, expect something more from me soon.  

Days 6 and 7

Thanks, everyone who answered my last post. I'm all fired up now. During two days sick in bed, I made a bunch of sketches. Here's one that I liked:

boat sketch
Originally uploaded by caelista

And today I used papier mache on canvas to make a background for painting later:

papier mache

Hope you're all having a great weekend!
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Let's see... I am a Middle School Art teacher, fabric and collage artist, recent guardian to a teenager, doglover, gemini that attends artfest in WA state, speaks/presents at art teacher conferences, sometimes zine writer and contest enter-er, member of EBSQ and many, many yahoo groups... Was the hostess of AAAD (an art a day) which was a simialr challenge several years ago, a spin off of art by the inch. Collapse )


Hello Mofo'ers!

I've been a busy bee this weekend. Here's the rundown:

Friday: We finished the floor. Yea for sleeping in your own bed!

Saturday: I did a doodle of the paper tablecloth at the resturant we were eating at.
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Sunday: We painted. A lot. Here are pictures of the finished bedroom and the work I did on the hallway and stairs. The bedroom is a soft gray-green. The hallway is light peach that just looks warm next to the red. The stairwell will be a soft warm gray. The ledge (covered in tools) will be dark brown.
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Day Seven: A Subtle Fix

I did not do an actual new artwork today. I did a subtle fix on my favorite of last night's pieces, Black Cup.

Because of the proportions of the cup, I started the handle too far to the left and needed room for the width of it. The real cup is one of those giant soup bowl cups, I love it full of coffee. I did the shaded sanguine background first. I tried doing a loose tonal texture in the golden tan from my small 12 color Color Conte set, and got it into a nice rectangle on the page in a 4" x 6" sketchbook. I decided the tan was not the color I wanted and borrowed Kitten42's Sanguine Conte crayon to do another layer in Sanguine before drawing anything, then started doing the cup and placed it too far to the left. I put in the sugar container (What are those called? It's not a sugarbowl) to balance the composition.

I was very proud and loved the drawing. I ran off and posted it and the other three here and then at my DeviantArt -- and only then realized that the drawing had a major composition flaw.

It was "kissing." This is the fixed version:

This is the old version, pre-fix, so you can see what I did to it:

I had just described "kissing" in one of my eHow articles on art, the Easy Rose article, as a definite no-no because it breaks composition -- if it were a story, it would be something that broke suspension of disbelief. That's the best way I can put it. It's like the object is trying to move out of the picture and not quite making it, reminding you it's only a picture, the background doesn't continue into the world of the picture.

So today I spent most of the day thinking about a few minutes of work very carefully extending a textured background that took mixing too colors and smudging just exactly enough to match the rest and not leave a seam. I'm very proud of the results, because they just demonstrate my point about "kissing" perfectly and might be worth an eHow article by themselves! I almost put the old example under a cut, but realized that was the point of today's art and that two images probably wasn't too much. Enjoy!

day 7 - earthiness

Today was studio day with Nina. We were both a bit unfocused today, but still we got some work done. She was working on a pencil drawing of her cat, and I had picked a birch branch to draw. Trying to get the branch propped up into it's proper growing position wasn't easy, and it fell over several times.

I'm planning to do something different with the background later on. Not enough contrast with the leaves.

The text is just photoshopped in as a placeholder.

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 Nothing for today, BUT I when I was showing my Dad's girlfriend my garden, we had a BLUE buterfly land in passsing 'but ten minutes later an orange monarch came through, so maybe somehow I'll do both........and because it''s orange butterflies it'll suffice......
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day 7

worked on some more ATCs today. completed 4 of them.
(the rest are at my deviantArt page)
worked on another postcard (but i didn't finish it yet)
also completed 2 icons for my fandomarts66 table.

next up, more scrapbook pages.
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A short bio/introduction

Oops, forgot about this -- but my art post was big anyway, and bordered on needing an LJ-cut.

I am a 53 year old disabled writer living in Lawrence, Kansas with my beautiful adopted daughter Kitten42, her husband HeraldoftheAbyss, my grandchildren Sascha and Gaby, our Siberian Husky puppy Zoe (almost a year old) and my seven year old faithful Siamese sidekick, Aristophenes Mr. Robert's Cat Sloan, aka Ari Cat >^..^< in my sig line. People on various mailing lists that are private wonder why I sign my partner's name with mine and feel alarmed until they find out he has fur and doesn't type in English.

I am also an experienced street portraitist who's recently come out of retirement from professional art when both careers abruptly fused on my nonfiction project: Street Sketching I: Portraits. I do not have an art school degree or an art and design degree from any university. Though I had some art classes in college, I didn't get much out of them compared to either high school art where I got to try lots of new mediums and discovered Conte crayons, or especially from how to draw books. My best credential for writing a how to draw book is that I've spent three years learning how to write How To after some thirty-odd (sometimes very odd) novels, and drawings by people I've taught art in person.

I hope to collect some student drawings from beta readers to put in my book when it's done, so that I've got the same credential in print that worked when I ran classes in person down in New Orleans. I've lived in every major region of the continent and traveled a lot, usually by moving out of state. I've lived in several different socioeconomic strata and still like bohemian self employment best. Though "professional cripple" is hard to beat for a day job after seven long years of applying for it.

My novel Raven Dance is available at Amazon. I've sold two short pieces for pro rates, $75 and $100 respectively, and hunger for more, that was nice money for writing. My current fantasy novel is "The Hunt" in edit stage, set in the magical Pleistocene with sabertooth spirits helping the good shamans against the evil Blood Eaters cannibal tribe's black magic. My other nonfiction project is "The Shelter Stories," a memoir of three and a half years I spent at a homeless shelter in New York.

So I had a rough life and a lot of adventures, but much of the rough stuff is past. I had surgery twice in 2006 and think I'm done with that unless my appendix blows or something nasty like that. I smoke moderately, drink a lot of coffee, eat meat and fats and thrive on a diet that would make most people sick and fat. Oh and I never exercise, it's bad for my health. The up side of my disabilities. :)