Thursday, April 17, 2014

Roses aren't always red

Green roses- 12x12 oil on paper

   When challenged to paint flower color #5 of my 7 options choice, it came to the dreaded green. Sure there are many outdoor green flowers in perhaps exotic gardens or tiny wild green springs on mountainsides about the size of chickweed but for cut flowers I thought I would be looking for the dreaded tulip or worse. Last time I did the dance with a tulip the blushing model bowed out on me early but green was the designated driver so I slathered up a red piece of paper and went to it- with a rose... by any other color. It wasn't exactly a rumba but I was able to get some sort of facsimile of the funky flower... NEXT!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don't shout "FIRE" in a crowded theater

Nozzels w.color- station #9
Nozzels pencil 6x9
   "Shouting fire in a crowded theater" is a popular metaphor for speech or actions made for the principal purpose of creating unnecessary panic. Luckily it all happened in an old fire station renovated into a crowded restaurant/pub, hence the shouting. This weekend I ventured to Station #9 for a little sketch outing that went from thumbnails, to a watercolor study gone bad and back to a drawing but with only 40 minutes left in the allotted allowance, it was panic on the dance floor.  I threw in the (wet) towel 15-20 minutes into it when a group  came (to eat lunch) and sat in front of my subject... the nerve! Better luck next time- but the food was good and the company even better.   If nothing else I got to test out a new pad... not impressed!