Friday, July 3, 2015

Paint Party Friday and Summer of Color ----heavy on the pictures

It's Friday 
and the sun is SHINNING!!! ♥
Top it all with a holiday weekend here in the 
U.S.A. ♥
Thanks again to Eva and Kristin for keeping this amazing party going!!!
Plus BIG CONGRATS to Kat of dreamcolor-kat for being chosen for the featured artist of the week!
We had another week of wet and cooler weather here so there's a bit more art to share. 
For Summer of Color we had to use two red and a metallic if our choice. 
For my reds I chose Bombay Inks in Bright Red & Cherry Red and for the metallic I used  Artist Loft's Deep Yellow and Liquitex Basic's irridescent medium to create a bright and shinny gold. 
The painting is a Bee Balm blossom. I have been working with my Bee Balm all week after the storms last week knocked so much of it down. 

Ending up with several jars like this to use in some yummy tea blends..
The next art was another make over a pencil drawing I did a couple of years ago...
The drawing was done on a sheet of printer paper which I later glued into one of my journals.. I didn't do a very good job of gluing so there are lots of wrinkles. Just added texture, RIGHT :) 

Then I started laying layers of glazes and paints.... 

Finally ending up with this ...
I learned this method in an E-Class I took at 
Kat Can Paint I had saved the PDF file from the class and used it as a refresher last week . When I went to look at it again this week I had accidentally deleted it when cleaning up my downloads :(  so went to see if I could find it online and her blog is now longer open. I did find a couple of the videos from the class on YouTube but not the whole class. So I have to do a bunch of them now while I can remember the class and maybe then I'll retain the method  in this old and worn out brain. 
Next I just played in one of my journals doing a big eye while I listened to the June 28th Grateful Dead "FARE THEE WELL" concert. Sure wish I had been able to go to at least one of these 5 shows :( My daughter managed to get tickets to all five so I'll have lots of pictures to look at whenever I see her next :) ! 
Doing the eye brought back memories of 2008 when I was on a Prisma Colored Pencil addiction and drew a ton of eyes all year. 
Here are just a few... 
which were all done in the ACEO format...
2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.

You might say I was a bit compulsive with doing the eyes :) I was caring for my MIL at that time. She had Dementia and was going through a phase  where she had to be able to see me ( or whoever was watching her at the time) or she would have panic attacks. She didn't talk much just sat in front of the TV but she had to be able to see me. So I would set on the couch and draw with the colored pencils.... all evening. I produced lots of tiny pieces of art during that stage of her illness. 
Since I've already  over loaded you with photo's we won't take a garden tour this week. Not much happening there anyhow because of the rain and very cloudy days. I did get one ripe and very yummy tomato though. 
Today's Random Thought

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  1. Wow, Carol, what oodles of goodies from you this week. The bee-balm painting for SOC is fantastic, as is the face, and they eyes and your harvest of leaves and petals for tea. Enjoy your weekend and take good care of yourself!Hugs, Valerie

  2. So much to look at! Wonderful flower and I loved seeing the process of the painting of the face. Love how you used that time with MIL to such beautiful effect.

  3. your eyes are really fun! great that you created so many.

    love your bee balm piece, so lovely and year for tea! I don't know if i have ever had bee balm.

  4. You have been busy...great artwork. Happy PPF

  5. You did great with the SOC-colours this week! And I just love all those colourful eyes :-) Very original and I love the humour in them. Your remake of the girl looks great. I did an e-class with KatcanPaint too and have all the files on my computer. If you want I can send them to you. Just let me know!

  6. am LOVING all those eyes carol!!! The bee balm illustration is fab too-I may have to suggest to my neighbor to plant some:):)Great makeover on the sketch too.

  7. I enjoyed seeing your work --- that bee blossom is really nice.

    I surely can relate to the Grateful Dead tour. The Rolling Stones were in Raleigh a few days ago for their last tour; I didn't get to go but surely would have loved it.

  8. Great bee balm piece. Such a sweet scent. You must have been in heaven crushing it up. Seeing the steps to your portrait was like watching one of those forensic artists create a 3-d face from a skull. So compelling.

  9. all those eyes, so different so lovely; have a nice PPF

    much love...

  10. I love your SOC piece. The Bee Balm flowers look like giant red spiders just laying there, lol. The face is incredible; beautiful.
    Your eye paintings are fabulous, I like all the varieties you created.
    If you look in your computers recycle/rubbis/trash bin, the pdf may still be in there - Right click your mouse and there should be an option to Restore.
    Have a lovely weekend :D xo

  11. WOW, Carol! What an amazing post! I love the blossom that you painted using this week's SOC colors. It is gorgeous! And I love everything else that you created, too! that face, the eyes, and your random thoughts are all simply awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us at SOC!!!

  12. Really full post of lovely work.,..the bee balm painting is gorgeous and drying it for tea so interesting!! The eyes are so fun they would have made a great subject for icads this year! Wonderful work and happy independence day weekend!!

    Hugs Giggles

  13. Beautiful drawing of the bee balm blossom!

  14. Beautiful bee balm painting, Carol!

  15. I love the colors on the bee balm picture... the gold! Eyes are always fascinating! Hope you had a great 4th! I am running behind... :)

  16. nice work :) shame the Bee Balm was damaged, but know you have lots of tea :) double check you recycle bin, the PDF might be there *crossign fingers*