Saturday, 30 March 2013

In My Garden

I was going to take a day off art activities today, ha! The muse rules.

I was having breakfast this morning out in the garden, basking in the balmy autumn sun, when I espied a blackbird.  It wasn’t just any blackbird.  It was the lame blackbird with a withered leg.  I hadn’t seen him all summer and assumed he had gone to bird heaven.  Ever since I had moved into this house 4 years ago he has with his mate visited pecking away at insects and worms that my garden provides.

 I was so happy to see him, I heard some squawking and looked up and sure enough there was his mate on the washing line.  She was squawking a warning!  One of my cats, Bro was meandering along the path; he stopped and went into hunt mode.  Then something miraculous happened!  He suddenly sat up, made a peculiar chirpy noise and the one legged blackbird hopped closer to him and its mate started to sing!

I was speechless; Bro just sat there and watched the little bird hop about collecting bits of worms from the grass.  At one stage they were only about a metre apart and Bro made no effort to hunt it. 

So I had to go inside and do a sketch, well, a couple of hours later the sketch turned into this journal page.
Yes, the muse rules!

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Friday, 29 March 2013

A Journal Week

This week has been busy for me and I haven’t had much time for painting my large portrait of my friend.  Hopefully, I will get time this holiday weekend and I will be able to finish it next week for PPF.  However, I have been able to do some journal pieces this week.

I used gouache for this page.  I love it as it has more body than pure watercolour.  I read that quote in a book of quotes about ‘tranquility’ I am reading and thought it wonderful and suited my rather quizzical girl!

One of the reasons I have been busy is that I did a guest post for Julie Balzer’s  Art Journal Every Day for this weekend.  Click here to view.  She wanted me to write about my experience doing the 29 FACES CHALLENGE.

Earlier in the week I managed to get out and do these two water colours in my watercolour journal.  I love trees and there was a time when they appeared in nearly every painting I did.  I have realized that I have not painted any for a long time.  I have had a painting in my head for a long time and I think it is time to let it out.  So,I think it will be the next painting I do after I finish my friend’s portrait.

The last bit of art for today is a journal page I have been working on for a while.  I think I need to do something about the text.  The text doesn’t show up very well when scanned.  Perhaps if I put a dark lined around the edges?  The text should read “Home is where my heart is.”  So that is my week.  

Have a great Easter Holiday every one!

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