Friday, July 16, 2010

Photo of the Day and More

I hope you aren't tired of photos of roses because here is another one:

I think I want to draw this and try to paint it with watercolors.

Remember my blind contour drawing of the wooden cats that I couldn't find. Well I found them. I mean I found one of them and the hubster found the other. The one with the long tail was discovered in our bed. I guess Miss 2 had a nap with him. Here they are:

I didn't get to the non-dominant girls drawings yesterday. I went to the library to pick up a book I had asked for through MelCat and browsed the new books. I found one I wanted to read and read it in one sitting. I am really awful good about reading and disappearing into the world of that book. It was a good day. I must remember to read once in a while because that kind of afternoon is fulfilling and enriching and good use of the imagination.

I did get more work done on my third Faces in Technicolor girl. I don't think she is done yet, but she is getting better. What do you think?

Sharon has suggested another flower to the left on her neck and I think I will do that. I also think her eyes are way too "staring". I'm not sure what to do. For one thing I think I may need to lower the top line of her eye a bit and I think I need to put a hint of a lighter color between her eye and the crease.

I also spent some time putting a bit of color on the plover from yesterday.

The most exciting thing about the plovers wasn't adding color, although that was fun! It was trying to print onto watercolor with my printer. I took a large piece of 140 lb cold press watercolor paper to my guillotine cutter and cut it to 8.5 x 11. I used Photoshop to make 4 copies of the sketch and placed them into the four quadrants of the paper. I printed using the matte photo paper setting and printed in grayscale. I am thrilled to find that I can print very nicely onto watercolor paper!

I am spending the day with my friend Nancy today. I don't know where we are going yet, but I know it will be a good time. I still don't have my car so Nancy will drive and I will buy lunch.

Before I go, I have a wonderful video to share with you:

Now I really need want an iPad!!!!

Gotta go! Have a great day!



  1. I love your rose photo. It is beautiful! You've done a marvelous job on the shading around the eyes of your face painting.

  2. Hey Vicki! I love roses as subjects for watercolors. I like the Plovers and what you are doing with them with the colors. I think the Eyes of the technicolor girl need to have the pupils made into more perfect circles-- the pupil of the eye is one of those things that a circle template is so helpful for. Hope that helps a bit. Cheers!

  3. I do agree about the roundness of the pupils - it does make a difference. We talked about your painting today - it's a great WIP, and you're coming along nicely, even tho I know it's frustrating you a bit. I watched the video - OMG - it's totally amazing! I think I would be intimidated by it .... it probably wouldn't work for me anyway .. you know how I am. lol! hugs, nancy

  4. Wish I could load that 140# through my printer. Just won't do it.

    Your rose is beautiful. Go ahead, lets see it painted.

    Your girl looks better than mine! Yep, I finally started one but I think I need to go back in with some flesh tone. I turned the whole lady into magenta (using the colors I have on hand). She looks rather goofy right now.

    Hope you and Nancy have a good time!

    Oh, I've got to share this video with my granddaughter. Two of her sibs bought Ipod touches but I think she ought to get the Ipad and this app! Wowsers. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I don't think I can ever get tired of any of your photos... and I like roses too eventhough tulips are my favorites ^^
    Love the added colors on the birds, and I like the progress on the girl so far. Keep it up ^^

  6. And I just watched the video....OMG it's awesome! I want an iPad too ^o^

  7. I'm not normally a flowery type of person, but that rose photo is phenomenal! The color is stunning! Would definitely make a great painting!

    Also, your technicolor girl is looking great! For the eyes, I think one possible solution would be to make the irises larger. Normally when we see someone's eye, we don't see that much of it. (We don't see the bottom curving around and the top at the same time. Does that make sense?)

    And I love your Plovers. Do you have a laser printer? I've always heard the inkjets won't make a waterproof line. Though, I've never personally tried it. And if it can be done, wow! This opens up a lot of possibilities!

  8. the watercolor is lovely...i really like the colors and the shading on either sides of her face! cool!

  9. Your photos have just been beautiful and I love your little bird drawings!
    That ipad video is awesome! I keep trying to tell myself I don't want one - it's not working :-)