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Artober 31: Aaaaand DONE!

Woah! I finished my painting and a whole month of arting! For me, that’s quite an accomplishment. I also really like this one. It took me longer than any of the others, but I’ve been working on it in 20-minute spurts. Painting is hard when you’re surrounded by puppies! Here’s the whole thing:

Oh! And here’s a link to the tutorial by The Frugal Crafter, who is fantastic.

My original plan was to take some time off, but it looks like that’s not going to happen. I’ll be starting a Skillshare workshop on inking + watercolor tomorrow. That’ll just involve a sketchbook, and I don’t think I’ll be posting every day, if at all. Maybe if there’s one I especially like. Unlike this month, I’ll have to finish an entire sketch a day, so they’ll have to be quicker and I’ll have to be more willing to settle.

In other news, I have some very helpful pets. Shakespeare kept my palette warm for me this morning, and Penny supervised.

Artober 30: So close!

I’m so extra going to finish this painting tomorrow. And ALL of Artober. I’m looking forward to both. Forcing myself to work on something every day makes sit less fun, though I’ve learned lots of new skills over the month.

Here’s the whole thing. It’s still coming together nicely:

There’s not much to report in Puppy News, but here’s a photo of our local branch manager and assistant branch manager hard at work this morning:

Artober 26: Makin’ it count

Because that’s all I’m doing today. I decided on Monday that I NEED a break, so just as Palmer comes home from Dallas, I’m going up to Hot Springs to spend the weekend sans dogs. Yes, I love my dogs, and yes, I know what I signed up for, but DAMN I’m tired. Palmer is tired of traveling and doesn’t want to hike around the national park with me, so he’d rather stay home, which I understand. I’m looking forward to leisurely foods and a long leisurely hike in the COLD on Saturday. I’m taking my good camera and my watercolors. It’ll be lovely.

Anyway, that photo is the palette I’m taking with me. Paints on the list are cadmium red, alizirin crimson, quinacridone red, permanent rose, Indian yellow, cadmium yellow, gamboge, lemon yellow, sap green, viridian, phthalo green, phthalo blue (my favorite!), cerulean (I want a better one for obvious reasons), French ultramarine, prussian blue, winsor violet, yellow ochre, burnt sienna (I want a better one of that, too), burnt umber, raw umber, sepia, and Payne’s gray. 24 colors allows me not to have to make too many choices. This palette should definitely be sufficient for a weekend.

In Puppy News, Lucy had her first treat from Lucy’s Barkery today. She was pretty excited. Puppies have to have treats on Halloween!

In other news, I discovered a second cult meeting on my basil plant today. It appears the juvenile cult members (orange, on the left) have now grown up and are conducting their own meetings.

And, finally, here’s a pretty flower that’s currently blooming on our front hedges. I might or might not paint it eventually.

Artober 25: Progress!

Here it is so far. I added a first green wash and some bark and initial darkening on the tree. The purple on that tiny mushroom is just the first wash. It’s a weird color: Daniel Smith’s cobalt violet. That’s about as dark as you can get it, which is strange. It’s also exactly the way it was depicted on the Jerry’s Artarama sales page. I was sure it would have to be darker, though. Nope. There’ll be more paint on that one. Also the rest of the whole painting. The yellow bits, if you can see them at the bottom, are masking fluid that will eventually be leaves and sticks after I put down a wash in all that white space. The leaves and sticks are a lot lighter than the soil, so I wanted to preserve the paper for grays and lighter browns. Here’s the whole painting so far:

There is, of course, still plenty of time to ruin it.

In Puppy News, Lucy apparently shares Penny’s love of gardening:

She does not, however, share Penny’s love of baths. She had her first non-emergency (read: non-poop-related) bath today, and she whined and tried to scramble out of the tub the whole time. Sigh. She’s clean, though! For now.

Artober 24: A little sketch and even less paint

There’s a lot to come with this one. That’s a basic sketch and some raw umber. Hopefully I’ll be able to get in the tree’s streakiness. Here’s the photo it’s based on:

This is one of my few attempts sans tutorial, so we’ll see how it turns out. As luck would have it, I happened to receive the perfect color for that little purple mushroom near the bottom today (it’s Daniel Smith’s cobalt blue), so maybe that will help.

Along with the new paint, I got a butcher tray, which seems to be one of the more sought-after watercolor tools. It’s an 11″ by 15″ porcelain tray that I got on Super Sale from Jerry’s Artarama. I soooo didn’t realize how big it is before I bought it. It kind of dwarfs my workspace.

That’s really big for the small portable table I’m using.

In Puppy News, Penny harvested a sweet potato from a neglected supermarket purchase Palmer and I planted last year. She was pretty proud of herself. I saw another one down there, so I’ll pull it and any others up and make jerky out of all of the smallest, which I’ll replant. Fun times with gardening!

Artober 22: There Will Be Birds and new workspace!

So here you go. I’ve spent most of the day feeling EXHAUSTED and generally terrible, so I just did this. Cooking and eating a super tasty dinner made me feel better about things and is probably why I rallied enough to produce something today. There will be a lovely flock of birds once the background dries, which means tomorrow. I see now that the little hill would have been a good excuse to pull out the ink. I don’t have a black on my palette, so it’s mainly Payne’s gray with a little sap green and cad yellow in it. Plain ol’ black ink would have been just as good if not better. So it goes. There’s also white gouache up in there, which is kind of exciting. I’m following a tutorial by Maria Raczynska, the same artist who designed my last painting. I really love her stuff, but most of it is too complicated. This one is advertised as for beginners, so I figured I could handle it, but hers is AMAZING. If you’re into art and videos, you should probably subscribe to her channel. Here’s the whole painting as it stands:

Because I was so tired of all my paintings looking yellow in photos, I arranged myself a new work area, *ahem* borrowing one of Palmer’s photo lights and sticking it into an IKEA floor lamp to shine on my work. So far, it seems to make a huge difference in painting and in the pictures I take of said painting.

In other news, there was a big storm early this morning that involved lots of wind (which I somehow slept through) and a huge tree limb fell down into our yard and the neighbor’s. Luckily, it didn’t do any damage (this time), so I retrieved the limb so Palmer can cut it up for firewood next weekend. I’m not sure that’ll be necessary, though, because the Stick Patrol was workin’ hard today.

Artober 21: Clouds are hard!

Here’s another one way above my level, though I didn’t do as well as I did with the power lines. I’m trying to learn to paint good detailed clouds because there’s a photo I took in Grand Isle a couple of years ago that I really want to paint. This one could be worse, so that’s something. It’s 5×7 on Arches, and it’s based on this YouTube demonstration by Maria Raczynska. She actually knows what she’s doing (I’m pretty sure she’s an actual professional watercolorist), so of course hers is amazing. But this is probably the best cloud I’ve painted. And look at the white spatter! It’s not terrible! It’s also my first attempt at using gouache, which is pretty much opaque watercolor.

This one is as done as it’s going to be. Here’s the whole thing:

The main issue is the paint colors I used. The demonstration was with a warm purple and the yellow shade of phthalo blue, neither of which I have, so I used a cool purple and the green shade of phthalo blue. That, and  I mine is a bit overworked compared to hers and too dark. But I learned some things!

In other news, I learned a new skill today. You see, I have a peanut butter issue. I like the freshly ground stuff that’s only peanuts from the grinders at Kroger and Whole Foods. I refuse to buy it at Whole Foods because they want SEVEN DOLLARS for a pound of peanut butter. That’s entirely ridiculous, so I always get it at Kroger for a more reasonable $3 a pound. Except Kroger’s grinder is currently broken. My solution was simple: I bought a pound of peanuts from Whole Foods (for $3.50!), dumped them in my food processor, and made my own damned peanut butter. It took roughly three minutes.

I guess it’s like the time Whole Foods didn’t have my favorite kind of bread in stock, so I made my own. Except this doesn’t take three hours. That’ll show ’em!

In Puppy News, Penny and Lucy posed this morning, and Lucy made her first stuffed dog toy kill. Poor Mr. Snek. She heartlessly pulled out his squeaker and squeaked it in triumph until I extracted it from her mighty jaws before she could try to swallow it (which, at this point, she couldn’t do if she tried). Good times.

Artober 20: Decidedly Not Rurnt!

And I even have a new favorite! This one was really a challenge because of the trees, the super-narrow power lines, and the birds. I’m least happy with the trees, but I’ve definitely made progress! I followed a speed painting by artbybee7, an amazing artist on YouTube. I thought it was way past my skill level, but I think I handled it pretty well. There is definite room for improvement, though. I really like the bright sky color and contrast with the deep purple (which probably looks black in the photo) of the trees and power lines.

Here’s the whole thing:

The lines aren’t perfect, but they’re a HUGE improvement over where I started. The trees are better, too, though those need major improvement. I was convinced I ruined the whole painting with the sky, as the lighting angles aren’t realistic at all, but I think it all works reasonably well together in the end.

No idea what I’ll start tomorrow.

For now, here’s a gif I made of Apple’s live version of the photo I posted yesterday. That extra disk space needs to make itself useful!

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Artober 16: There’s hope! (while the puppies sleep)

Soooo this painting is working out better than I thought it would. There is, of course, still time to ruin it, but I certainly have more hope than I did yesterday. Here’s another link to the tutorial. And here’s the whole painting, which gets cut off in the featured photo. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow, for better or for worse.

Fall finally arrived in Louisiana with a cold front yesterday afternoon. Instead of our usual nineties, the high temperature was somewhere in the seventies. Here’s a selfie I took wearing my first sweater of the season:

Fall is my favorite season. I guess that goes for Winter here, too, especially since last winter was essentially a long Fall. I think we got one hard freeze? I hope we have more of a Winter this year. Anyway, it was not only Fall but a super beautiful day, so Penny and I celebrated by going to Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City. I’m pretty sure it has the closest hiking trails to my house. I’m also a huge fan of Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, but it’s a bit of a trek to get there. We only hiked a little over a mile, or so, but it felt so good to be outside now that there’s less crushing heat and humidity.

We even saw an armadillo!

Here’s an even more impressive photo: Lucy is growing so fast! I’m pretty sure she’ll be as big as our house soon!

Artober 15: Can you feel the skepticism?

Oh so much skepticism. This is a work-in-progress from another YouTube tutorial, but I have roughly zero confidence that I’m going to like it once it’s done. There’s lots of details to add, though, so we’ll see. I’m not ready to toss it yet.

Since the featured image gets cropped, here it is in all its glory:

In Puppy News, I took Lucy to meet my grandmother in Minden today.

Lucy kissed Nunpoo, Nunpoo kissed Lucy. A good time was had by all. My uncle David pulled up as we were leaving, so he got to meet her too. Hopefully she’ll remember him next time she sees him – Penny is terrified of him.

Meanwhile, Palmer took Penny to Petsmart for a toy and to the dog park for the first time since well before we got Lucy. She had a good time and returned home for what might possibly have been the most thorough bath she’s ever gotten before Lucy and I got home. We’ll resume her usual daycare schedule this week. I’m sure she’ll enjoy spending some time with adult dogs every week.

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