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Painting Steps…Or… OOPS! Or… How did I paint this?

Sep 15th, 2010 | By | Category: My Art Tips

When I start a painting just for fun I can be inspired by many things. My Grandmother’s sister Lillian asked me to paint a chicken with a hearing aide. And this is what I came up with. This is just a sample of how offtrack I can get.

Lillian is extremely funny and has led a colorful life. She was actually Miss California long, long, ago. One thing that is amazing is what shape she is still in. She works out everyday in a pool for 1-2  hours.  She always rode a bicycle.  Next thing you know I drew a rabbit. On a bike.  As you can see I had already forgotten the chicken and the hearing aide idea she gave me. The bunny in the basket is her real life son.  His nickname was Sonny.  And there you have how this painting was brought about.

At this point I was thinking OOPS! Probably should have painted the hill a different color.  Can’t see the bunnys. I did love the ground. But I made the tires too big.  I thought I was making some hip rims and next thing you know she is riding tractor tires. I made 5 bubble trees and thought I was making 5 cypress trees but I guess I forgot to count those.

Looks like I forgot about my blue sky idea. Somehow it ended up matching the ground a bit which I like.  I think it looks a bit delicious. Rainbow sherberty. Painted over the yellow hill with green and made some spots on the hill.  Brilliant! And the red stripe hill on the top made me pleased.  Added some boulders for a path.  This was cute to me. As if someone would line the road with them. All over the countryside. Now I have fixed the tires. Just need to paint some background in.  Current problems… way too much red hillside.  And I forgot a scarf or girly thing on Lillian.   And since I am confessing her other leg. ha!  But, I decided she really doesn’t need one.  Rabbit bicycles are different and her other leg is right behind the one you see.

Decided to make long, long, tree trunks.  This fills the red hill a bit and the main reason was…why not?  And next comes my favorite part.  Bringing things to life…

Added red stripes to the bike’s basket which to me was such a spectacular idea. Just saying.  I decided to leave the bunnys in true bunny outfits.  I really resisted the urge to add spots on them. But there is too much going on with the crazy tree trunks.  I will admit I had some difficulty with the bike itself.  I lost that fight and it came out a bit odd.  But then again it is a rabbit bicycle. And then I  shaded, darkened, lightened, shadowed and worked up a sweat.  And this painting became Lillian And Her Bunny Sonny.



Foil… It’s not just for TV antennas. Or… My plan has been foiled.

Aug 4th, 2010 | By | Category: My Art Tips




Here is my second hot tip.  I paint mainly with watercolors so instead of using a palette and wasting paint I just put the colors I’m using on foil. I keep that foil around and use it every time I work on that painting. And when they dry up you can fold it and save it.  Nothing is wasted. For some reason I have never liked palettes. Too much cleaning.

I tend to work on more than one project at once as you see here. I’m sure it looks chaotic to someone without 12 personalities but hey it works for me.

Here is Lillian and her bunny Sonny.  I’m enjoying her.

Here are some flowers which are going to a new design line. After a tiny bit of photo shop I can make something like this.

I have my first inspired painting from Dubrovnik here too.  I’m really loving it. It’s hard to see, a fisherman and tons of cats.

I have some birds of a new flavor there. I’m going to add tons of leaves all over that.  A new piggie who has quite  a story.  A turtle.

New yellow poppies which will be for a design line and then I’ll add the famous blackbird girls and turn it into a painting. And that is what I’m up to today.



Here is a favorite tip of mine…

Jan 19th, 2010 | By | Category: My Art Tips


It’s so simple and will save you time and paper. And calamities. The best part is you will have your drawings saved (in a messy way) that you can reuse later.

I use tracing paper. I draw everything in pieces and I can erase and erase and erase.  When I have my drawings the way I like them I can transfer them to my nice paper. You can move your drawings around to get a better visual of where to place things.  Once you figure where to place them, flip the tracing paper over and follow the lines.  You will have a reverse image.  If you don’t want to use the reverse image you will need to flip the tracing paper over before and trace the lines.  Then flip it again and trace to your paper.  You will have a clean drawing on paper without erase marks ready to paint.  Waaaa Laaaaaa!  I get my tracing paper from Walmart.  That is the cheapest I have found.