Saturday, July 31, 2010

Goals updates

Ok, I dropped the ball a little with the minimum of two posts a week, but I did accomplish some of my goals. I've been taking classes and doing a lot recently and haven't had a minute to play on the computer, I guess that's a good thing that my time wasn't spent surfing, LOL.

1) I submitted FOUR paintings to the Patchogue Walking Arts Tour (WAT). One of which is the one above that's been sitting in my studio for a while until I was ready to finish it. I started this in Chincoteague a while ago, never finished it. I was standing by the channel painting the Assateague Lighthouse. I was never entirely happy with this painting so I finally popped it up on the easel in my studio and gave it a whirl. I submitted this to the WAT as well as two I did of East Point Light in NJ, one was a pastel and the other was a little egg tempera I did. I also touched up my Higbee Beach painting and submitted that as well.

2) I have been working in my Art House Sketchbook. Posts on those pages will be coming. Been having a lot of fun with that book. Ordered Golden's Absorbent Ground so I can beef up those pages more for wet work. Found out from Gwen Diehn's book that using tube acrylics makes the pages sticky (doh!! found that out the hard way!!).

3) Haven't worked on my new website in a while, need to work on that again. I'll put that on my to-do list for next week.

4) Yep, posting on FB and my blog took a slide these past two weeks. I'll put that on my Monday to-do list.

Overall, I am happy that I got my WAT submission in. That was my primary goal and I achieved it!

Monday, July 12, 2010

This Weeks Goals - My First Week

I took an e-Course with Kelly Rae Robert's called "Flying Lessons." I met a lot of great folks and someone posted a suggestion that we start a Weekly Goals Blog...

So here are my goals for the week of 7/12/2010:

1) At least two additions to my Art House Coop Sketchbook, and to try to post them here and on the art house site.
2) Do two paintings to have something new to submit to the Walking Arts Tour
3) Read more about journal, specifically, Gwen Diehn's The Decorated Journal.
4) Try to Blog at least twice a week and FB Page once a day
5) Work on my new website!

You can check out the Blog here:

Sketch book wrecking

I have the Art House Coop Moleskine Cahier sketchbook I have been working in...been doing lots of fun sketchbook wrecking stuff. Like mixing acrylic paint and rolling it on the paper...I just got this tube of Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Pink...let's see what happens when we mix it with....

Quinacridone Gold and a Buff color of Golden acrylics...

Oooooo, juicy!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A week at the Shore

Between the holiday and going away, been a little lagging with my posts. I have to post my Independence Day Challenge photos, when I get a second to photograph them. We are in Sea Isle City, NJ. My sister and mom rented a house and asked us to come down. The house is right on the back bays, over looking the salt marsh. I love the the's a sea of green. We went down to Townsend's Inlet (top photo) to hang out because it was hot and we could sit in the shade of the bridge. While we were down there, a Laughing Gull strolled by. They are little beggars and they have a loud laughing call, but I missed the little feather brains, we don't have these guys on Long Island. I had a bit of a tough time getting his picture because he wouldn't hold still and I was using my IPhone camera. As my grandmother would say, they are "comical."
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