Day 192 Rousillon 2

I darkened the buildings. Think it’s better bid. Still need to work on the big bush on the right. Maybe hmm well heading to the beach. Been baking all day. 2 loaves of banana bread.

Peanut butter cookies

The best wheat bread I have ever eaten. Yum

Pot kitty pic. They love my pots. Silly kitties.

The back porch pile.

View from the beach house crows nest.

Margaret who is Tahred now. Xoxoxo but I have my painting stuff packed for the beach.

Day 188 I just had to.

And I should have left it alone but NOOOO I couldnt do that.

So I have quit now. Impossible to knock out that yellow and make a nice tin roof on the house like a Low Country Cottage would have.

Bytw in case u were wondering the Low Country is the coastal area of South Carolina starting around Orangeburg about 90 miles from the coast. A slower way of life.

My moms fav cookie. I love the orange cranberry walnut version

Our family has been making these cookies for as long as I can remember. Originally on the back of the Quaker Oatmeal box.

My son Bens fav. Also quite a few of my friends. Some like them with nuts some without. I usually make both types.
My friend slim trim Alexis will break her diet for a few of these and my friend Elizabeth- well better than anything to her. Tell her I am baking and she WILL show up. Voted best cookie by all the Saturday artists. Well at least a big fav.
Grits is …. well these can’t be beat. Best made with nasty mineral laden Edisto water. Anything with all that milk and cheese is bound to be good right??!

I didn’t wet this watercolor pencil because I was afraid it would smear the ink. What is with that ink?! Should be permanent.

Pot kitties. My pots used to be gorgeous til the pot kitties took them over. A veritable kitty play ground.

Tootsie short for Tootsie roll actually came in the house today. Oh my.

A few more kittie pics because who doesn’t love kitty pics?!!

Margaret whose made two loaves of bread and hand made artisan pizza today as well as a jillion other things now calling it quits. Oh wait ones still in the oven. Xoxoxox

Day 189 – Impressions in Watercolor

Today’s painting. Somewhere in Europe.

Half sheet Cheap Joes Kilimanjaro 300# cold press. LOVE this paper. So easy to lift color from the wrong spot like when my sloppy painting gets a dark where it should be white. Eeekkk.

Now about the painting. I took a day long class from Vlad Yesileyev today. Oh my did I learn a lot. MAYBE it’s finally getting thru my thick head. Lol.

Draw the shapes

  • FIRST w line.
  • Then make forms.
  • Then add details LAST.

The Order of Importance!!

Same thing with painting.

    Light overall wash – lightest lights.
    Then midtones.
    Then darkest darks
    The add details.

So this is what we did.

The photo

The value sketch. Extremely important to determine focal point and details.

The sketch. Half sheet is 22×15″

First wash. Lightest lights in the focal area. Yellow ochre alizarin and cobalt very watery w some cad orange and burnt sienna.

Eek. Half tones running wild with that black. Trying to loose the building edge but NOPE and ending up black. Odd now that it’s dry it doesn’t look like that. Sometimes in watercolor what U think is a train wreck isn’t.

So watch

More washes lots of splattering. The dark mess on the bottom right is now light. Hmmm how did that happen?!!

  • Negative painting always makes what it surrounds lighter. Even if it isn’t light.
  • Laying on dioxzine purple burnt umber ultramarine and neutral Tint. Splattering w cad orange
  • Doors green cad yellow cobalt yellow ochre. And make up a black. Fun stuff as long as you paint really fast aka flying paint brushes.

I love flying paint brushes. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

Close to the right colors. Adding details aka last steps. I used a large oil brush to paint a lot of the darks. Lots of fun!! Who knew. Thanks Vlad for the idea.

I meant the left door to be the focal point but I think I have the right door as the focal paint. What do u think?!

Adding details. Who knew wires were even round NOT a flat line so should be dry brushed. Vlad did. What that man knows. Maybe in my next lifetime I will know it. 😊

And putting my feet up with a glass of wine and some cheese. Time to watch Biden on CNN.

Today’s pot kitty shot. Mind u we have had hours of monsoons from Sally and I am near Augusta GA- hours drive from Mobile.

Pot sitting must be really good even when it’s soaked. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… Margaret Xoxoxox