I painted Waterlilies in a pond at night. I think I am just going to revisit these fantasy landscapes for a while. I’m a little obsessed with trees and ponds right now. I probably just miss trees and water and this is the only way to gratify that deep longing!
I’m more excited than usual about this painting because it is the biggest painting I have created on Yupo paper with alcohol inks. This painting is 26×20. That’s a lot of ink. I actually have a piece of Yupo paper even bigger than that waiting for me in my studio. It’s 26×40. That is going to be life changing to paint on. I’m really excited and also a little terrified when I stare at that white abyss, but with alcohol inks you really can’t make a mistake so that takes away some of the pressure!
I am working on expanding my range of paintings so I have some big, some small, and some sizes in between. I’m keeping presentation in mind in case I get accepted into one of the juried art shows I have applied to. I think the large paintings might draw people in from across the room and the small paintings might draw people in even closer once I have their attention. It will all be a big experiment!
In the meantime, painting large with inks is a new challenge. I like switching back and forth between painting small and painting large. I think that keeps the experience fresh.
If you want to see how I painted this I made a quick video on Instagram. It’s not perfect, but you’ll get the idea. I need to work on keeping the camera steady with one hand while painting with the other. What I really need to do is get my tripod out and attach my cell phone to it.
A friend of my moms has a lot of chickens and roosters. A few times a year my mom feeds them and looks after them so her friend can go on vacation. I went with her one day and fell in love with this rooster. He had beautiful black feathers and a strut to match.
I’m a little jealous of people with roosters because they get to have baby chicks! My mom has watched a few little chicken families grow up. It’s really fun to watch the babies chase their moms around. Hens are surprisingly very protective mothers. Our chicken chases Ravens away from her eggs. She has even chased Stevie Wonder around and pecked him on the head. In his defense, he was only investigating the vegetable scraps the chickens were eating. Luckily he is a fast runner and got away without any serious injury.
We don’t have a rooster because I am afraid we’ll get a mean one. Some roosters are pretty docile, but others are very aggressive. The last thing I need is a mean rooster chasing me around the yard. Or chasing Tiny-Small and the dogs. The idea alone is enough to give me nightmares. Another reason we don’t have a rooster is the crowing. I’m not sure I want to be woken up by crowing every day. One of my mom’s roosters crows all day long. I’m sure her neighbors are plotting their revenge!
Anyway, I had the good fortune of capturing a few photos of this lovely rooster and painted him in alcohol inks. Now I have my own rooster and I don’t have to feed him or anything! That sounds like the perfect scenario to me!
I’m still adding hearts to my Etsy shop for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to stop by and check them out. I have quite a few more necklaces and pins to add today.
We are over run with mule deer here. So much so that people are always asking us if hunting is allowed on our property. It’s not of course. That’s probably why we have so many of them. That doesn’t stop all of the hunter-ly types from pulling out their invisible bows and arrows and letting a few imaginary arrows fly in the deers general direction. We’re not hunters so when we look at the deer we think “how pretty” and not “how delicious.” Some of our friends are certain we are doing this country living thing wrong. Oh well, I only like to shoot things with my camera!
The deer migrate across our property every morning and every evening. It’s like they have 9 to 5 jobs or something. Maybe I should name one of them Dolly Parton! My favorite part is to see the babies. They are extra adorable. They follow their moms around and make cute little bleating sounds when they get separated. It’s pretty neat to watch from the dining room window.
I’ve wanted to paint the deer for a while now, but I could never get a decent picture. They have excellent hearing and run off into the sunset the moment they see any human with a camera. I actually took my reference photos for this painting through a window! Even then they were suspicious. One was staring me straight in the lens so to speak. First one ear twitched. Then the other. Then the nose. Then the two bucks high tailed it to the neighbor’s house. The female deer are less brazen. They stick to the edges and the brush. The males walk right up to the window.
I am pretty happy with how this one came out. I feel like I made it past the 20 day slump. It took me seven days to get my painting mojo back, but that’s OK. Seven is better than ten!
I hope you are enjoying your January. Only a few days left so make the most of them. Get out there and do something to make some memories for the beginning of 2015. Get this year off to a good start.
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