Working out a street scene

So, my “Painting Friends” wanted me to demo a street scene at out “Splash” get-to-gether! yikes! This is something i can do WELL…in my head and in my dreams, but getting it to come out my brush is so hard. these type of paintings are NOT my strong suit. I like working out the perspective, and planning what will go where, but i find it hard to paint that area between the background and the foreground area, i think of as “no-mans-land” Its the area that i always wonder just what the heck i’m gonna put in there! anyway, i like the one point perspective plan, and an interesting sky line too. I think i’m finished now. I added a little bit of color along the street to add interest, and lead the eye. I added a little chinese white to tone down the far building just a bit.

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Painting Glass

While in San Diego, we worked on a glass painting project. My friend Mollie Jones took the pic of the setup. She can really put together a great setup. So we started with a great photo and went from there. I had a hard time with the red bottle but loved the front one that had a little frosted design on the sides. The bottle stoppers were so interesting, throwing around the colors of all the bottles. It sure made for a lot of interest.
Every now and then i like to settle in and paint a whole lot of detail!
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Painting trip to San Diego

I’ve had 10 days in beautiful San Diego Ca with some dear painting friends. We had amazing accommodations, interesting views, good food and a fabulous time. My husband doesn’t believe me when i say that i now need a vacation. We painted every day but one i think. Its exhausting. But so invigoration and inspiring! We did a little plein air, glass, streets and figures, faces…a mix of just about everything. I’ll show you a few things over the next few days.

Here’s the first. We all tried alcohol ink…the first time for me. Painting with that stuff is difficult to say the least, but I think i finally got the hang of it. I tried it on yupo first, and then on tile. I like working on tile the best.

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These are on the yupo. I had absolutely NO control and ended up doing a little ink, trying to save things.

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This “flower” if you want to call it that, in on the white tile. This was a little better, but still hard to control. I would spray the ink with the alcohol and it would just bleed all over. The nice thing with the tile is that it wipes right down to pure white again.

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This last one is on a white subway tile and I used no alcohol and no canned air, and no blowing through a straw. I just had the ink bottles in one hand and the tile in another, and tilted the tile to control the ink. I really enjoyed the pears. I could see me doing more of this….kitchen backsplash perhaps? lol
I need to spray the tile with acylic to seal.

More from my trip later!