Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Photo of the Day and A Favorite Guest Artist

Today's photo is of a sunflower that is just beginning to open. It is so fun to see the random placement and the amazing number of these flowers. I am guessing that birds are either really gluttonous trying to carry too many and drop them as they fly, or (perhaps more likely) they are dropping them from their "exhaust" system almost continuously.

At any rate, here is one in its beginning stages. I really like the greenness and the fuzzies, and the out of focus color behind it.

I had an unexpected guest artist yesterday and she began asking about "bainting" almost as soon as she was in the door. Before long we (actually she) was doing "awrt" and looking like an old pro. I love her attitude and her complete freedom to choose color without thinking about it too much.

Needless to say, I didn't get any art done yesterday, but I had a great day with this one and then with her 2nd grade sister after the bus dropped her off. Their Mom came around dinner time to pick them up and they stayed for BLTs and then by the time the kitchen was cleaned, the Tigers were on. I went to bed really early last night and slept in until almost 8 am. Perhaps I've caught up a little on the sleep I didn't get the last couple of nights.

I am planning to do more with the heron. Since I can't lighten it up very easily, I will try darker in the background and around the heron's head and some darker color in the water in the foreground and around him. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and suggestions, but for today's class I am planning to sketch some kind of waterway through trees with a lone fisherman in the water. At least, I think that is what I am going to draw. I'll share both the drawing and the first stages of painting tomorrow.

For now, I hear the treadmill calling. And while I am walking perhaps the "fishing in the river" idea will begin to take a more definite shape in my head so that when I am ready to sketch it out I'll know what it is I am trying to accomplish.



  1. what a beautiful little artist, Makayla and I will be elbow deep in finger paint shortly. Have a joyful day, let those creative juices flow sis!

  2. Hi Vicki,
    children are real pro, the best thing is that they just do it with out asking so many questions like us!
    I enjoy very much looking at your blog, your pictures, your art, and also your photoshop lessons!
    thank you for stopping by my blog, I used photoshop for the bouquet.So much to explore with that program.

  3. You are so lucky to have that budding artist to hang out with! I'm sure that one day she'll remember these times with you fondly. I hope you have many more of them to cherish.

    Can't wait to see your fisherman in a boat. You're very brave to try such a complicated subject.

  4. Oh my! I love the photo, this would make a lovely painting!

    Kids have it all over us...they "play," doing everything intuitively...wish we could retain that, but we usually lose it by the time school rolls around. Such a shame that art is not considered a necessary subject any more, at least not in the public schools around here.

  5. That is a great photo of the bud.

  6. What a totally cute pic of the little dear! Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do that without all the baggage we seem to accumulate along the way? nancy

  7. Awwwww cute guest artist! And the photo is beautiful!

  8. Oh, if that isn't the expression of a serious artist! So cute!