This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Works in progress...


Maybe now, since things are quieting down with Dad...I can finish some of my unfinished projects:

This is a colored pencil drawing for my son in law... Still have miles and layers to go. Had to stop working on this one in May when I went to stay with Dad.

I really enjoy the realism one can achieve with colored pencil. It appeals to my basic "anal" nature. I took up watercolor to release myself from the imposed obsession with detail I place upon myself.

This is my third colored pencil project. My Bighorn Ram was first, a yellow cottage on a Swedish island for my girlfriend, and this Elk.

Yesterday, I started this abstract...

It almost looks like an uphill landscape.
Not sure how I feel about it yet, but I know I really enjoy the colors...


It is so interesting the way the mind works. I see a picture or a color, some inspirational something that motivates me to create. I can see it in my mind's eye of how I think it will look...and every time, except for the colored pencil art, it looks totally different.

It's like the mixed colors, blend with the motivation and takes on a life of it's own. Leaving me as the pawn, aimlessly moving with a purpose to create. Intrigued and transfixed to discover the outcome...

I love that about Art... how it can beckon you in and take you off into the cosmos to finger paint in the sky...


This was a project in an art class I took. I still need layers of watercolor to bring out the colors and more definition.

I've allowed this one to sit and cook for so long, I hope I can remember the techniques. Our teacher provided us with an excellent lesson plan, so hopefully, it will all come back to me.

The technique she taught us was to continually turn the painting to keep the flow of the paint to run in the right direction to give the desired gradation of color...

My husband left this afternoon for his son's home in Arcadia. Tomorrow two of his sons and two of his friends leave for La Paz, Mexico for six days. My sister arrives this Thursday for 4 nights and 5 days...I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas...

I spent most of the morning visiting various blogs. It blows me away the talent that is out there in blog world...beautiful paintings, drawings, poems, words from creative writers...it's wonderful. The members of this blogger family are so friendly, helpful and supportive. Visiting the blogs is like visiting a neighbor. Dropping in for some conversation, sharing of recipes and catching up on what is new. Comments, feel like hugs to me, the cozy kind, from a dear friend...

2 comments:

krystyna81 said...

your work looks great! It's wonderful that you are experimenting with a variety of subjects and approaches, from the real to the abstract. Have you ever tried yuppo paper? It can create very cool effects for watercolor.

Donna B said...

Yes I did matter of fact. In art class we experimented with it. It has a very slick surface, right? It makes it easy to wipe off the paint, so you have to dab it or it will lift off. I did a desert grave scene...I will post it tomorrow. I used it with watercolor. What medium did you use? Thank you so much for your comments...it means a lot to me. What surface did you use on the Angel?