Sunday, May 30, 2010

More Paintings

I'm busily working on my Imaginary Visit to the Beach classes.  This week we were given the starfish to paint and also 2 pelicans to paint.  I found the ocean water difficult. 
Here is my "before" and "after" of my starfish.  I added a lot of bubbles and sea foam to the edge of the water.  I also added some pebbles. 
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I wrote Psalm 139:17-18 on the painting.
It gives me comfort to know that God's thoughts outnumber the grains of sand. Can you imagine all the beaches in the world and the deserts, and still God's thoughts outnumber those grains?  I guess this is why he has time to think about me and my family. Thank you Lord.
So now here is Petey the Pelican.  This will be my before painting. The before paintings are to be worked on for only 45 min. Then we are instructed to take a photo.  After the photo we can go back and finish our painting.  So I will do that maybe tomorrow.  The reason we are to paint so quickly is that we are imagining that we are visiting the beach and if we were really to be sketching at the beach we would have to do it quickly before Petey flew away. 
My water is lacking.  Water can be so difficult.  With watercolor you have to be careful not to paint your whites.  If you put in a light color you have to be careful not to over paint it. Once you darken the paper in watercolor you can't go back to a lighter color.
So I left a lot of light areas. I will paint in some depth to the water.  I think some of the shadows got away from me.  the rocks above and below the water will make shadows. 
My rocks need work too.  I made them with a sea sponge. 
All in all I kinda like the painting.  Most of the girls in class and the teacher write something on the painting. But they write things like it was a journal. For example: "It was a beautiful bright day and to my surprise I saw this pair of pelicans sunning themselves."  I think I might find another bible verse.  What came to my mind was that Jesus was a fisher of men.  Any suggestions for a bible verse?

The other day I arrived home to find this....
I think that these two sweeties hear my garage door opening and come to greet me.  It cracks me up because they try to act so aloof like they don't care.  But I know that they do.  Oliver, the gray one is getting better and better. His rash is gone. He has a few spots where he scratched himself to bleeding. But those places are better. I am keeping both of them in the house 24/7.  We do have a kitty harness and leash.  We tried it out but cats just hunker down and don't want to move.  Oliver did like laying on the cool lawn.
Well that's all I have. 
Go do something creative. Have a good Memorial Day.


  1. Love love love the bubbles and the way the painting turned out. Your so talented. Can't wait to see the second painting done.
    Have a good Memorial Day!
    Love ya

  2. Sometimes "after" is better!

  3. I love your work! I'm trying tp get back into watercolor--but it runs away from me!

    One I can think of:

    Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
    1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

  4. Thank you so much you guys. Bluebird you should paint. It is very relaxing. You go into your own world and get lost. I think it is a great stress reliever. Also it helps you see the world in a new way. I love the bible verse too.

  5. The bubbles and foam really make a huge difference! Love it!