February 23, 2016

Art on Canvas

My dear friend, Betty, treated me to lunch to celebrate my birthday.  We strolled through Third Street to see the plein air painting going on - a two day charity event with an auction over the weekend.

Talented artists, local color, fountains, flowers and birds - what's not to love!

I found some more turtles...

Many decorative fountains can be found in the area
Note the little bird on top of the cherub's head - so cute

Flowers floating in a fountain

It was a beautiful way to celebrate.  Thank you Betty!

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February 17, 2016

Adonit Stylus

Just what I needed - a new toy - another learning curve, oh brother!

No mess "painting and drawing" on my i-pad.  Using the Adonit Jot Touch 4 (bluetooth) stylus is fun - love that undo button!  I like using it to draw on my I-pad mini.  (I'm thinking about getting a refurbished I-pad Air to have a larger work surface.  Don't tell Richard!!!)

practice drawing form 

start with a line drawing using "vine charcoal"

blocking in form with "charcoal" - creating highlights using eraser brush

continuous line drawings - challenging - I'm still getting used to using the stylus - it's going to take a while before I create anything great

using different brushes in the software is pretty neat too

I've been so busy working on a new quilt; painting portraits and now the new stylus - I haven't had time to work on my blogs.  There's only so much time in a day!

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February 9, 2016


Shadows are intriguing - they can tell a story, show patterns or just create depth in a photo.  I particularly like finding unexpected shapes ...

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