Friday, May 16, 2008
Four More ATC's - or Miniatures
There is a 'sort of' story behind this one. The painting above is actually about 81/2 by 11 inches.
I painted it probably 20 years ago. It was done in water colors.
When my sister was visiting, she was looking through my portfolio (fancy name for scrap book) when we discovered that this painting was missing. I have absolutely no idea what has happened to it. I was - am- quite sorry about its loss, since I thought it was probably one of the best paintings I had done, and as you know I am quite partial to cats -- even big ones.
Anyway, last week I was looking around for something to draw as an ATC (Art Trading Cards, which I think I will now have to call Miniatures, because it is more appropriate). I came across another picture of a lion's face which I really liked but had set aside as being too difficult for me now in my 'declining' years!! This time I decided I would give it a try anyway and I didn't have to finish it if I didn't like it. I used my Prisma Color pencils and it took me two evenings to do as opposed to usually one (remember they are miniatures). It turned out so well that I have now regained all my old confidence and tell myself that I will tackle more difficult subjects in the future, regardless of my arthritis and eyesight. Actually, new glasses have helped a lot also!
Leo the Lion
From the sublime to the ridiculous! Color always fascinates me, and in this one I just wanted to use color.
Note the windblown stance of the tree. They grow like this at Flamborough because of the constant gale force winds. This is from a photo I took in the field behind where I used to lived. The tree slants from the north, because that is where most of the wind comes from.
Hawthorn and Sheep at Flamborough
Finally, by contrast, a Mexican scene. I love the colors of Mexican architecture. This turned out really too yellow, but what a pleasant courtyard nook!