Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Photo of the Day, Watercolor Workshop and EDM #136

I didn't get back to my still life to add some dimension yesterday, but I did get to the library, sketch my tree frog, and had two little girls stay overnight. Miss 7 and Miss 2 stayed overnight last night and slept with me in my bed. At about 4 am Miss 2 woke up and was very talkative and was telling great stories. Miss 7 was half way down the bed sleeping horizontally and Miss 2 was at the top of the bed lying horizontally with her head on my pillow. I suppose it is no wonder that my back hurts this morning.

Here is today's photo:

I'm not sure this a great picture, but it draws me in everytime I look at it. It is a reflection of the rock retaining wall on the road bridge over the creek in my yard.

I also sketched my tree frog from yesterday's post as EDM #136 Something That's Alive. I tried to use a bit of crosshatching for the shadow, but am not altogether happy with it. I really need to refine my drawing skills as they pertain to shadows.

And perhaps most exciting of all, yesterday on Kristameister's blog she told about her experience in a 3-day workshop with Joe Fettingis and showed an egret she painted in that class and she described the class as life-changing. I sent her an email to ask her about it and she responded, "RUN, do not walk and see if you can get into one of his classes." 

I did a quick search online and found that he is teaching a 3-day workshop in St. Joseph the weekend of September 10-12. Knowing that it would already be full, I emailed him to ask if there was room and he responded with a phone number to call and told me that there was one seat left. I called and then sent in my registration. I am waiting to see if I made it. The best thing about the St. Joe location is that my sister lives just 15 minutes away and I will combine a trip to visit her with this workshop. I can't wait!!! And you know I will share my experience with you.

Gotta go; there is a 2 year old bugging me to play and do art.



  1. I love reflections in photographs, as much as I love them in paintings. (That's one reason Monet's water lilies in Paris are such a muse for me.) I'll bet you could do that same photo in many seasons, with clouds, snow, leaves, spring flowers... It's great.

  2. I love the photo, too, and can see why it draws you in. The tree frog is adorable (she said, not he said), but then you know I'm a tad weird. lol I'm jealous of your watercolor workshop, but good for you!! hugs, nancy

  3. I think your tree frog is really good, for the shadow it needs is its edges softening that's all.
    Lucky you, I hope you get a place in the workshop, sounds good.

  4. Lucky you! Sounds like you are having fun and doing great with your art!

  5. Yay, Vicki! I heard from Nancy that you got the last spot in the workshop! You'll have to tell me all about it. I think I'll take the workshop in Ann Arbor in 2011 too, whenever he posts it.

  6. Great news about the workshop in St. Joseph! I'm sure you'll enjoy it. There's a saying: When the student is ready, the teacher appears." This seems to hold true in your case. HA

    Love the reflection photo...I'm always drawn to them too. I once sold one of my photos of a reflection of a catamaran's rainbow colored sail on the water. It was beautiful, if I do say so myself.

    Can't wait to hear all about the workshop...I know Krista was mightily impressed.

  7. Wonderful sketch of that frog and I agree with Cathy, it only needs a little softening at the edges. And how exciting about the workshop! I do hope you make it in!

  8. nice sketch of the froggy! I was passing by Rayne the other day and I saw the sign that said.. "Frog capital of the WORLD!" =) It's pretty funny.
    Nice shot too!