Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Bob!

I know, I know...not everyone gets my old lady crush on Bob Ritchie, aka Kid Rock, but at this stage of the game a gal needs some eye candy any way she can get it.  Anyway today is KR's 44th birthday and I'm saying happy birthday to him here, just for fun.

Speaking of birthdays, I am never quite certain what to get my sisters for their birthdays, but one is already taken care of.  I painted a landscape this week and my sister loved it...

It's ok to post that I'm sending it to her, she already knows.  This painting is a bit of a reach for me.  I sometimes like to do things a bit differently and she and I had been talking about this painting as I did it.  It  only took two nights, which is a new thing for me, as a painting may take me several weeks to complete.

I began by doing an underpainting on a 11 x 14 canvas panel.  This probably wasn't necessary, but I normally don't do an underpainting and I was just experimenting.  After the underpainting, I covered the panel in matte medium and laid a piece of crumpled and smoothed out tissue paper over the panel.  I didn't really try to create any special texture, I just let it happen.  I let it dry and did another coat of medium to protect the tissue paper.  For me this was a necessary step, as I did get a bit rough with the application of paints, pencils and texture medium and didn't want to tear the paper off.

Anyway, I just messed around with it until I got what I wanted and here you see the result.

I don't have much more to say today, except Sister Peri did send me a camera lucida  (as seen here),
which is an interesting artist tool.  There is a strong learning curve... on the webpage they call this "a bit of practice"...but I am trying it out.

Sorry there isn't much else to talk about today.  Just popping in to say hey and remind you to wish Kid Rock happy birthday!

We'll talk soon. :)


Peggy Coffey said...

I love your painting. My mom loved to paint landscapes and we lived in northern Texas. She would load us up in the car and take us to a remote area that she would sketch for a while and we would run around. Then she would come home and paint it. She had no formal training, it was something she said she had to do. She became quite good and still never took classes or any training. My brothers and I have her pictures hanging in our homes and everyone comments on them. Your sister will love it. You are very talented.

Tina said...

well, it's just beautiful. I love how you play and let it happen. I am very much the same way. I get it. lol

Love how it turned out.