When life gives you limes make limonade.
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You know how some kids can get all sorts of bumps and bruises and never care a bit? My son is not one of those. He worries about the slightest bump crying, “Mom, I have a bleeding cut!” at the slightest scratch. He happily worries over each of his injuries, checking beneath the band aid to make sure it is all right. You can imagine what happens when he falls from his bike.
Not thrilled with this portrait–not exactly what I was going for but I have done worse. This was done without the benefit of pictures to work from since the kids are away today. I did it on my new watercolor block–8″ x 11″–very different from the sizes I usually work with. Not sure I call it finished but we shall see if I mess with it anymore.
Had a hard time coming up with something that worked for “Homage”. I did this one today based on the kids last summer. It was a hot day at the park and the kids were getting a drink from the water fountain. Consider it a homage to two things–summer fun and sibling love.
After watercolor (at my husband’s request.)
I did it!
I now am running a dual boot system: Windows XP and Ubuntu. I am all thrilled and stuff. And I managed to rake the leaves/mulch out of the flowerbeds so the plants can peak out. And I managed to get my Illustration Friday done this week–based on my kids’ attempt to make a garden using plastic Ello flowers and transplanted weeds.
Took some photo-shopping to get the lighting and everything right (and it still isn’t right).
This was a fun one–very loosely based on a photo I took of my middle child sitting in a field of flowers (she was about 3). Did this sketch from memory.
Just playing around with some on the spot sketching–the kids were huddled up under a blanket watching a movie. Got a new watercolor block–4 by 5 inches–much smaller than I usually work with–also picked up a pen to try some outlining. Not sure I am happy with it but it was fun, which is the point. 🙂 Spent more time trying to photograph it than I did doing the painting.
This is from January last year . It was the first time in years that I had tried painting. I was stuck in bed with nothing to do (no tv and out of books) until a friend brought over a full set of tube watercolors, lap easel, and paper that she had bought for herself before she got into photography. It is based on the sketch below was from a month or so before–capturing my Essie engrossed in a book. I am still not happy with the dragon but oh well–it fits the theme well. 🙂
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