This morning I kept going on this project, a keepsake that I am making from the only baby picture that I have of my mom. I love this picture of her in a baby carriage. The actual photo is scratched, torn, and has a corner missing (upper left). This summer, I did some digital repair. drawing in missing parts of the window, etc. (The before and after versions are posted here, July 31.) Then in early November (in honor of my mom's birthday), I added the color, using Painter's digital pastel. Early this week, I finally got the keepsake project started. Today I added another coat of paint to the background border, a translucent coat of red-violet (over brown). What you see is not the final color. I am hoping to deeper color, so I will need at least one more coat. Then I will add a border around the photo. Although I was thinking of jute ribbon, today I decided to use gift wrap ribbon instead (the kind that curls). It does make a nice border and is easy to use, but the real reason for my choice: memories of spending time with my mom when I was a little girl, watching her wrap holiday presents, and trying to help. And I was amazed when she turned the pair of scissors sideways, ran the ribbon down the blade, and made the ribbon suddenly curl, like magic.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
This summer, I repaired and edited my mom's baby picture. (You can see the before and after pictures posted here on July 31, 2016). And in early November, I created a color version, using Painter's digital pastel. I thought all along that I wanted to make the image into a keepsake, and yesterday I got started. I printed out a copy of the colorized photo, collaged it onto a canvas board, and put down the first coat of color for the background. Right now it looks rough, but that's the idea: I want it look worn. I will smooth things out with the next coat of color. I also plan to add a border of jute ribbon, in pink.
Monday, November 28, 2016
At the beginning of November, I edited this photo of my mother in a baby carriage and then applied digital color to it. I decided that I also wanted to mount it on canvas board but have been very busy. But today I printed out a 5" x 7" copy of the photo. I got out the board, found my scissors, and some jute ribbon for the border, and was just about to get started when I looked down. The morning light was coming through the blinds and I and realized that the arrangement on my painting table looked like a little still life, so I took this picture. And then I got started on my project.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
This is the third of the three paintings that I framed on Friday. This one is called "Two Pink Mountains," and like the other two, it is part of my "Mountain Daydreams" series, all painted from imagination and memories of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I painted this with acrylic paint and water, on watercolor paper, 9 x 12 inches. Today I delivered all three paintings to Boston, to Galatea Gallery (galateafineart.com) for the annual member's December show of small works. This year the title of the show is "Easy Acquisitions".
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Here's another painting that I framed yesterday. This is called "Blue Ridge," and it is also part of my "Mountain Daydreams" series. (These are all painted from my imagination and from memories of the Colorado mountains.) This is acrylic paint used with water on watercolor paper. This is a small painting (9 x 12 inches) because it is for a holiday show of smaller works. Right now this painting is packed in bubble wrap, along with two others, all ready for the ride to Boston tomorrow for delivery to Galatea Gallery (galateafineart.com).
Friday, November 25, 2016
Over the past week or two, I have been painting some mountain landscapes. These paintings are part of a series that I call "Mountain Daydreams" because I am working from my imagination and my memories of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. These landscapes are all done with acrylic paint used with watercolor, on watercolor paper. The three paintings I framed today are all 9" x 12" because they are going to be in a "small works" holiday show at Galatea Gallery (galateafineart.com). This one is called "Blue-Green Mountains".
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Yesterday I posted a photo that I took on October 19, an image of a little flag stuck in a planter amid some flowers. We were taking a walk at Lynch Park when I saw the flag and I loved the way it looked amid the crazy mix of flowers, so I took a picture. Tonight I used my Painter software to create a posterized version of the image. Posterizing simplifies shapes and intensifies the colors. Due to the complexity of the image, I had to work with a posterize a bit at a time. I think it was worth it. I think the brighter colors convey the optimism I felt when I saw this little scene: the unlikely mix of roses still blooming amid fading blossoms, and a hopeful little flag, ready to withstand whatever the changing weather might bring.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
This image began with a photo that I took back on October 19th, during a walk at Lynch Park, here in Beverly, MA. I liked this little flag casually stuck in a planter, surrounded by flowers, so I took a picture. I thought this would be a nice image for Thanksgiving. But once I had the image in the computer, I saw a patch of faded flowers and they were just a bit too distracting. So tonight I opened the image in Painter and used some cut-and-paste and digital pastel to put more leaves and flowers there instead. (See what you can do with a little hope and optimism, at least in art?) But that was all I changed, really, because what I liked most about the image is the contrast of fall flowers with no petals left, some deep maroon sedum, and those bright pink roses. (An unlikely mix, but they look better together, don't you think?) And that spunky little flag against the October leaves, looking like it can take whatever the changing weather brings.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This is the painting I started two days ago. This morning I finished it. I added more pink and white to the sky, and a few pale pink highlights on the mountain tops.* This mountain landscape is done with acrylic paint and water, on watercolor paper. It is one of my "Mountain Daydreams," painted from my imagination and my memories of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, my home state. This is another small painting, 9 x 12 inches, because I am painting for a December show of smaller works at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston (galateafineart.com).
*Those are the only changes I made. The colors in this photo look different from yesterday's picture, which was photographed at 4 PM, in low light.
Monday, November 21, 2016
This afternoon I worked some more on the painting I started yesterday. This is another mountain landscape painting from my imagination and memories of the Colorado Rockies. Today I applied some magenta washes to the mountains and some pale periwinkle to the sky. There are a few things I want to fix, but I hope to finish this tomorrow. This is acrylic paint used with water on watercolor paper, 9 x 12 inches.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I started a new painting this morning, and this is how it looks so far. This is another mountain landscape, part of a series I call "Mountain Daydreams," painted from my imagination but inspired by my memories of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I am using acrylic paint with water on watercolor paper. This is another small painting, 9 x 12 inches, because I am painting for a "small works" show in December.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
I have been close friends with Pam since high school back in Colorado. Today she and her husband Jim drove down from Maine to come to Open Studios at Porter Mill. It was great to see her! She is a very talented artist herself and I think she enjoyed exploring the studios at Porter Mill. Here she is holding my painting of a grape arbor, which she now owns, along with one of my daughter's prints. In this photo, Pam is wearing four necklaces, two that I gave her today, and two that she made herself. I told Pam that she does me a great favor by wearing the jewelry I make because she makes everything look good.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Late yesterday afternoon, we walked the dog at Independence Park, here in Beverly, MA. The clouds were purple and there were purple reflections on the water I took some photos, and I think this is the best one. I would like to paint this scene sometime.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This morning I went back to the painting I started a few days ago. This is one of my "Mountain Daydreams," mountain landscapes painted from my imagination and memories of Colorado, where I grew up. This is a small painting, 9 x 11, and I am using acrylic paint with water, on watercolor paper. This morning I added a blue-violet wash to the lower part of the painting, and added a translucent white wash to the sky. There might be small things to fix, but I think it is basically where I want it to be. Anyway, I am painting for an upcoming show so it's time to start another painting.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This is the painting that I started recently, another of my mountain landscapes. I grew up in Colorado and these paintings come from my imagination and my memories of the Rocky Mountains. This is still a work in progrss. This morning I added some dark blue washes to the lower part of the painting and some pink and light blue to the sky, and pink highlights on the mountain tops. This is still a work in progress, but I hope to finish it soon. This is acrylic paint used with water, on watercolor paper. This painting is small, 9 x 12 inches. I am painting for an upcoming show of smaller works.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Yesterday I got a second painting started, and this is how it looks so far. This is acrylic paint used with water, on watercolor paper. Like the painting I posted yesterday, this one is also small, 9 x 12 inches, because I am currently painting for a December "small works" type of show (at Galatea Gallery in Boston). If you want to know more about Galatea, follow this link: galateafineart.com. This painting is also part of my "Mountain Daydreams" series, painted from my imagination but inspired by memories of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where I grew up.
Monday, November 14, 2016
This morning I finished the painting that I started yesterday. I added more blue to the mountain in the distance to create contrast. I also added blue to the bottom of the painting, and to the sky. I finished with some pale pink along the mountain tops. This is part of my "Mountain Daydreams" series, painted from my imagination but inspired by memories of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where I grew up. This is acrylic paint used with water, on watercolor paper. This is small, 9 x 12 inches, because I am currently painting for a December "small works" type of show (at Galatea Gallery in Boston). If you want to know more about Galatea, follow this link: http://galateafineart.com.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
This is a work in progress, a painting I started today. I am using acrylic paint as watermedia, on a small piece of watercolor paper (9 x 12 inches). This is part of a series that I call "Mountain Daydreams" because I paint mountains from my imagination and my memories of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where I grew up. Today I decided to begin with green, because it is the color of hope, something that is in short supply at the moment.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Yesterday I posted my project for Veterans Day, a digitally colorized photo of my father during World War II. Here is the original snapshot from my mother's album. It is about 2" x 3" and black and white. He left home, joined the army, and did his bit to defeat the Nazis. So I post this to honor his memory, and in his honor will do my bit to stand up against bigotry. Because he didn't go off to war so that I could stand idly by. . . .
Friday, November 11, 2016
On Veteran's Day, I usually post an image of my dad, taken from the snapshots in my mother's old photo album. My parents met because of World War II; my father was born in Brooklyn but was stationed in Pueblo, Colorado, where he met my mother at a USO dance. They were married a few months later, shortly before he was sent overseas. While he was away, my mother kept a photo album of pictures taken back home in Pueblo as well as photos my dad sent back from overseas. Sometimes there are notes on the pages or on the backs of the photos. But in this case, nothing is written on the back, but from some of the other photos, I can tell that this was taken in an army camp somewhere in England, possibly close to a village because other photos show a pub and a telephone booth. Probably one of his army buddies took this picture. I am interested in this photo because it shows him at work in the army, something I would like to know more about. This year I got a copy of his army records and I know he worked in munitions. I was curious about the bicycles in some of these pictures and found out the army used bikes for messengers and communications. I would love to know much more, but what I do know is that he left his parents, sisters and brothers, and new wife and traveled far from home to do his bit to defeat the Nazis and stand up to tyranny. Today I scanned the original snapshot into my computer, then used Painter to add color with digital pastel and color overlays.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Monday, November 07, 2016
Another image from a walk at Long Hill Gardens on October 20th. I loved these multicolor leaves, so I took a quick picture. When I saw the photo on the computer, I saw that many of the leaves had holes in them or were torn. So tonight I used Painter's digital pastel to do some repair on the leaves, and then posterized the image.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Here's another image from a late afternoon walk at Long Hill, back on October 20th. As you enter Long Hill, the road is lined with flowering trees. They are beautiful in every season, as this is how they look in October. Tonight I edited the original photo to get this composition. I also used Painter to eliminate a traffic sign, necessary in real life, but distracting in this image.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Still trying to catch up with some photo editing. Here's another photo from our at Long Hill Gardens back on October 20th. Long Hill Gardens (here in Beverly, MA) used to be a private estate and it was also known as Sedgwick Gardens. The grounds and the house are now owned by the Trustees of the Reservation. The gardens and trails are open to the public and the house and carriage house, seen in this picture, now hold offices of the Trustees. The bright tree beside the road is what prompted me to take this picture. Today I cropped the original version to get this composition.
Friday, November 04, 2016
I worked on this project yesterday, an illustration for a recipe for feijoada (Brazil's black bean stew); the recipe and illustration will soon be published on our food blog, seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com. I decided to organize this illustration in a circular pattern, like a mandala, with black beans in the middle, surrounded by other ingredients, side dishes, and garnishes.. Yesterday I finally finished applying the background color. I still want to even out the color, make some of the other colors brighter for more contrast, and do some general cleanup. But basically this is what my illustration is going to look like.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
This is a colorized version of the image I posted yesterday , in honor of my mother's birthday, a black-and-white picture of my mom in her baby carriage. The original photo was ripped and scratched, but I edited it last summer for a Memory Imprints* project (a memory book about my mom). (You can see the "Before and After" photos posted here on July 31, 2016). Yesterday I used my Painter software's digital pastel to add color to the photo. I plan to mount this colorized version on painted board, as a keepsake. To do this project, I had to look hard at the clothing, and notice all the detail! What an elegant outfit! My mother was the first daughter in the family, and was probably fussed over. She was a tomboy as a girl, but I think that as an adult, she really would have liked the cut of the coat and the style of the hat. Working on this project helped me learn a little bit about my mom. That's one of the reasons I like to work on family photos.
*(If you want to know more about Memory Imprints, follow this link: memoryimprints.net)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The baby in the carriage is my mother, and I think this is the only baby picture I have of her. Last summer, I edited the original photo for a Memory Imprints* project (a memory book about my mom). The photo I had was scratched and torn, with a hole in the upper left corner. (You can see the "Before and After" photos posted here on July 31, 2016) I used basic photo software to remove scratches and marks, but then did some serious restoration in Painter, using cut-and-paste and digital pastel to draw in the missing upper corner. I am glad I did because I love this picture of her. i am posting it today in honor of her birthday, November 2, 2014. Yesterday I decided to make a colorized version of this photo which I plan to post here tomorrow. Then I plan to mount the photo on a painted jute canvas, as a keepsake.
*(If you want to know more about Memory Imprints, follow this link:
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Yesterday, I went up to Porter Mill Studios and worked for a while on this project. I am covering this a heart-shaped box with collage and decoupage designs made from printed metallic ribbon. I concentrated on the underside of the box, which I am covering with brown patterned ribbon with floral accents. I worked for about an hour, trying to define the border and fill in gaps as I can. (Yesterday I didn't really work on the top of the box, but it is also unfinished. Although the orange and purple stripes are defined, I need to fill in gaps and also work on the gold border.) I call this project "Another Heart-Shaped Box" because it isn't my first. If you want to see how my first heart-shaped box turned out, follow this link: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/albums/72157632769935420