NaPoWriMo – April Thirtieth Already

Lots of wind, my first growler (go ahead, you can laugh, I live to entertain), and other things. What an April it has been and now onto May. You may continue to see some poems here for awhile until the pandemic winds change things around again. I’ve blended this year’s NaPoWriMo into some early cards for August PoPo so more to come.

Or until the DSL lines come crashing down altogether.

The end of April. Long month of grey days
with golden double lines – stay where you are
it warns as it dips and winds around town.
Wind is pummeling the house. Isn’t that
more like March with its half-remembered kites?
And yet, here we are, blown around like
teenagers with an abundance of so
much everything but no experience
to hang it all on, flailing, some flying
lightly, scooping the sky, slurping up
the tough cord, stringing it as clothesline
doing a windy tango of its own
How’s the weather up there, the cord-paying
hand telegraphs, hoping for a tugged reply.

NaPoWriMo – April Thirtieth Already

Figure Painting Studio

I sketched, I used water-soluble graphite, I watercolored… This album has all four weeks and you can see the newest at the end.

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Figure Painting Studio

World Watercolor Month Day #22

It rained all day and it’s still raining. Which is good because during that insane sunset last night the temperature and humidity dropped 10 points each and this morning it was a swell 65F.

An online tutor that I have, Alan Owen in the UK, posted a video demonstrating mixing various greens and wondering what blues and yellows we were using to mix greens. He’d asked me that question the other day about a painting I’d posted to the group and I have the feeling he’d prefer that we all mix our greens. I do test mixes from time to time because in theory mixing greens make sense. You have blues and yellows on your palette that should be all you need to mix up whatever you need. In reality I keep a few greens on my palette and mix from there. I think it’s often water control that messes me up.

But anyway – rainy day and a question worth answering – what greens can you get from the blues and yellows on your palette (and beyond). I took nine blues and six yellows and did a rather orderly mixing chart. Then I did a page of just various greens I have.

I’ve been thinking of setting up the new palette I got recently but was trying to figure out how to make it different than the one I’m carrying at the moment. So while pondering this I swatched out the yellows and red and browns plus a few purples. That about covered the whole spectrum.

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new palette

World Watercolor Month Day #22

World Watercolor Month Day #16, evening

Tonight was the last of six classes with Tony Conner of Bennington VT at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy NY. Tonight we started inside, had a great demo of painting sunsets and then moved outside to do just that. And boy, Mother Nature did not disappoint. It might not have been a technicolor dream of a sunset but it was a fabulous array of clouds and beautifully subtle colors. You could feel the rain approaching but it held off until we were heading to our cars. Poured and lightning for a few miles and then clear enough to enjoy a full moon.

It was a great class again with Tony and I enjoyed my classmates too. I don’t do much urban painting so that was good for me too. I tend to like my buildings without windows – sort of like faceless amish dolls, LOL. Tonight I plopped windows into a painting started last week just to say I could.

This rapidly expanding cloud was too fast for me. I took photos for reference and finally just put in the buildings quick below.

Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too. — Annie Bevan

These were the photos I took outside.

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World Watercolor Month Day #16, evening

World Watercolor Month Day #9

What does one do on one’s day off while waiting for evening watercolor class? Moves around the geranium to a more picturesque location and then gives it all the leftover clean water as a reward. Now it’s time for dinner and off to class.

World Watercolor Month Day #9

World Watercolor Month Day #8

Had a busy night – a friend and former co-worker fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a contestant on Jeopardy and after that Mom and I watched American Experience series, Chasing The Moon. Both were excellent.

Came home a bit later than normal but decided I could do a quick color play and here it is. That grey-ish curve started out as either pthalo blue or perhaps manganese blue… The colors are a little warm overall because it’s WAY too wet to scan.

World Watercolor Month Day #8

Last paints du jour #7

Last paints du jour #7

World Watercolor Month Day #5

I waited this morning for a package to arrive – early! – from Cheap Joe’s. This was the main event of the day because inside was this:

Then I did this, from a photo recently taken. Used a new-to-me blue – cobalt deep. oooh ahhh.

And finally I mixed up quite a bit of indigo and “finished” this piece started Tuesday in class and waited for it to dry before adding the tree trunks etc.

World Watercolor Month Day #5

World Watercolor Month Day #4

Also known as the Fourth of July. Was so hot as I left work I decided to come home and find something to paint at my house. My one geranium has all its first flowers going on so I moved it to be in the view.

First this. Second night painting on this multimedia paper – Canson 98lb 9×12″. It’s smooth but also light so you have to be careful. No do-overs.

Then I did this of just the geranium, 4×6″ Canson Montval watercolor paper coldpress 140.

After scanning and exporting etc in Pixelmator, I tried a kaleidoscope effect on the first image and liked this one.

World Watercolor Month Day #4

Watercolor Month Day #2

Wasn’t home til late last night but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t out there painting.

First, Mom and I went to the Schenectady Rose Garden which was beautiful, even as it was being dead-headed in prep for later re-blooming.

Then I had another watercolor class. I don’t think I managed to go as dramatic as the teacher was hoping and it was too wet to put in fine lines for tree trunks etc but whatchagonnado?

Watercolor Month Day #2