Tuesday, July 29, 2008

airport boredom and art rooms

Just when I thought I was out of things to do, I remember this blog. Yes, I have been sitting in the Birmingham airport for hours. In fact, I thought about taking a video of the storm that went through here. That would have been perfect to post (ashame I didnt).

But here is where I am parked:

This storm was UNREAL. I am talking no power (havent they heard of generators), lightening strikes feet away, the Southwest employees on the loud speaker begging people to move away from the windows, and the luggage carts flying across the runway. We only have one gate that wasn't damaged in the storm, the air IS back on (thank you LORD), but all the planes were diverted and the one plane here they claim has hail damage.

And I was bragging to Catherine an hour ago how I love the Bham airport. Now I get to spend some QT with the Bham airport. I think my plane is sitting in Nashville. At least I am on the non-stop to Washington, DC.

ALL this being said, I have not had any art projects to post lately. Things have been quite crazy BUT I am about to embark in something that took around 3 years to happen....a PERMANENT art room. I have a blank slate to work with. (Sweet Rog has moved the bed out already for me.)

I am looking for creative ideas to do with this extra art room. Right now I have an easel and a bright yellow square table from my play house growing up.

Any ideas?

I did a little searching on the internet. I want it to be a a tastefull art room but very usable. I refuse to put 10000 nail holes in my wall so I am working around that....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

night 4...maybe....

Wow, so this one has taken a bit more time already than I first imagined. I am playing around and will probably NEED to play with it more. However, I have 2 nights to finish it. After that I am going to be MIA for 2 weeks. (a little less but pretty much) Not sure if I like it or if this is my thing but I will give it a fair shot...I try to give anything a fair shot!
Promise when I return I will be rejuvinated and full of wonderful, new ideas. Maybe something will hit me on the airplane...you never know. I am still trying to find my "niche."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

what i've been doing...

So, I had plenty of time to work on this tonight after not feeling well this afternoon. (I was not sure how I would handle the strong paint fumes but I survived. :)) I got a lot done. The canvas will have to dry a good bit before I work with the lights! For some reason when I take the picture and post the picture I see what I need to work on.... For instance, I need to get rid of the green and add more blue for the glow. I'm my toughest critic. I am by all means not a perfectionist. I think I would probably kill myself with all the 'straight' lines in this painting. We'll see. It will start to really take shape after my next try!

hmmm...should I be worried?

A couple nights ago I noticed a very peculiar warning on my tube of white paint. I cannot quote the warning word for word BUT I do believe it went along the lines of "is proven to be a carcinegan in the state of California....do not inhale....contains lead...etc."

I know most anything can be a carcingen if you expose yourself to toxic levels. But it definately made me go "hmmmm."

So I googled. (I google everything lately. Thank you, blackberry.)

Some very interesting articles came up, like they always do when you google. (Who are these people?!) I did check what looks to be a creditable source...by Princeton. I think I should be ok.

No worries to all you guests who have stayed in my guest room. :) In two weeks you will no longer have to share your space with my art room. 3 1/2 years after buying my house I am going to get it. (Granted, I wouldn't take back the roomies for anything....)

Oh, and I painted more on the painting and have not gotten around to taking any pictures quite yet. Hopefully I will do that tonight. I am taking a break from working out before I kill myself...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

church underpainting...

I am well on my way after a couple hours painting tonight (finally). I become impatient with the underpainting and probably put on too many layers. The colors will be challenging...I can already tell...but I am hoping if I have enough oil and layers I can eventually make it work! I am hoping it won't end up looking haunted. That's my worry!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

life gets in the way sometimes!

So, I did eventually sketch out the church and started to paint when my eyes started to shut tonight! It has been a busy, busy week! Maybe I will get to start some of it this weekend. For now I practically have this blank canvas!!! ->
Oh and I am also including a little of nature (God's) art. I saw this rainbow on the way to the alumni party tonight and it made me stop and stare. (Yes, and grab for the camera on the off ramp.) You may not be able to see much of this rainbow from the picture but it stretched from east to west and you could see the beginning and end. AMAZING!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

....my new source of inspiration.....

Allison is my set of eyes. I found this church awhile back and wanted to paint it but it was a far away side shot. THEN Allison found this (see below). I believe this is my next project and my new source of inspiration. The picture is beautiful! I am going to go home at lunch to sketch it out!

*http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2205178240063135565FqEvAw (CHECK OUT HIS WORK - AMAZING)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

how 'bout them apples...

And it's done....10:30 snuck up on me tonight. I think a few "mess-ups" on this painting made it turn out pretty great. I am thinking it may work with my green kitchen and I may end up keeping this one for myself for above my washer and dryer closet.

I've decided I enjoy doing fruit. It comes more naturally, the shapes do not have to be exact, and it's hard to mess up. Maybe I have food on the brain too much....