Orange

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Orange is sharp, orange is zesty,                                                         bright like the sun, full of sweetness.

Orange is clay, terracotta, rusty.                                                         Iron oxidized, turned into ochre.

Orange is fire, hot lava pouring,                                                         burning with heat, spitting out rocks.

Orange a mixture of red and of yellow,                                            painting the sky in a deep sunset glow.

Orange is warmth and spice in food,                                                 saffron in rice, turmeric too.

Let Orange be free, paint with it, see –

It’s colour reminds me to be happy…

Nebula

 

Just spent two hours going from a blank canvas to this. I’m trying to paint Planetary nebula NGC 2044. May have got the number wrong?

Anyway I saw the canvas last week and decided to have a go at something. I was going to paint the moon  but decided on something a bit more colourful….hmm there I go again!

Anyway, astronomers out there will see its not accurate, but its bloody difficult to hold a book in one hand and the canvas in the other…not doing my back any good. Its now 2am. I have an appointment at 9.30am, I dont know why I’m still up? Well yes I do, my artists block is well and truly broken. I have finished 8 tiny paintings today and started this!

I sort of explode sometimes with art.. can’t help it. I am so full of ideas sometimes…..but…bed…ok..bed..hmmm…coffee? No..bed…

Night all!

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This is the finished painting. Sorry about the lighting!

Blue

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Drawing this made the white of my screen appear orange when I had finished it.

Orange is Blues contrasting colour, but Blue can be warm or cold, but you don’t often hear of Cold Orange unless it is juice out of the fridge… anyway here us another Mad, Bad, poem….

I am BLUE, you too? Are you blue with cold?

Are your lips blue?  and are  you feeling old?

SKY is blue, cerulean too, depending on the view.

SEA itself can be quite blue with turquoise or greenish hue.

Notes fall up and then crawl down, JAZz can be real blue.  a complicated time for you…life can reallymake you BLUE

Blue BIRDS sing, make notes ring,

Blue of a cloudless sky,

we wish, all the summer through.

I love colours!

But then you probably guessed that….

My favourite colour as a child was red, not pink….but hot , bright red. Some people say red is orange when it is bright, but I disagree.

I’m lucky to have full colour vision (even if it is a bit blurry) my other senses might not be so good but I love the bright cerulean blue of the sky. I love emerald green..Orange oranges, the brown, purple, greens of tree trunks…

Where would I be without the varied colours of the sea. Grey’s, blues, aquatic turquoise, even muddy orange when there has been a storm that drags soil or sand out into the water.

Yellows that make my heart sing. When I first moved into my own home I remember painting a room bright yellow. Like walking into pure sunlight.

Black and deep purple give contrast to stark white. But white and black can be warm or cold, just add a bit of red or blue to change the hue…

I love metallics too. I put them into my paintings to add interest…

So ask me what colour I hate? Not one, none, zero….  x

Mandelbrot

If you look closely this is my drawing of the Mandlebrot set..not a photo.FB_IMG_1524272149873

I do love Chaos theory, when I first heard of it I bought a book called Chaos and read about Mandlebrot who came up with the theory.

That was around 30 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. But I love the idea that coasts can be fractal, and so can clouds. When you zoom in on a real Mandlebrot pattern you always see this distinct pattern no matter how deep into it you go.

The colours change, curves and swirls and spirals appear, but that pattern keeps coming back.

My drawing is not perfect, but at least it gives an idea of the pattern….like a little Buddha on its side… sparking with electricity.

Other fractal patterns include squares within squares, and triangles within triangles.

Go and look at websites with them on….you will be fascinated hopefully.

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Something spooky?

For the last few nights the Moon has been close to Venus ….FB_IMG_1524173492793FB_IMG_1524173482026FB_IMG_1524173492793so I took these on thursday night with my phone camera..IMG_20180421_001900_423

And each one showed up the Moon, but Venus was very faint, and the bright light on the canal warehouse was shining so bright that you can barely see the pixel of light that is Venus.

But then I like duplicating photos, and there was one with the moon glimmering through the branches of a willow tree so I decided to use the layout app to switch one photo through 180 degrees.

Much to my cheer I realised the glimmers look like eyes! The branches and leaves like hair, the roof looks like shoulders.. it could be a monstrous alien……

(I also see faces and animals in patterned wallpaper)

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Wednesday pen and ink studies

I did not have my soft pencils with me last night..I was drawing at the life study class I go to on Wednesday evenings.

So I used a fine knibbed ink pen instead. It made shading the figures more difficult, using more cross hatching than I would do usually.

I also had to solve the problem of sketching in a small, square, sketchbook because I could not find the one I usually draw in. So for the standing figure I turned the paper at an angle so that it fitted in across the diagonal of the paper.

I recently was given an old book of anatomy for figure drawing for student artists ( I will have to check the title)… the drawings look so old fashioned and precise.  I’m afraid my eyesight these days prevents me from being as accurate as I used to be, and sometimes I get the proportions of the figure wrong.

A case in point is a small painting I did of this model in acrylic on canvas. I decided to block in the colours first, because she was sitting on a vibrant red/pink cloth and there was a yellow carpet and floor, with strong diagonal staging behind her.

Unfortunately I ran out of time on this. I may try and make her head larger as clearly it is too small.

I quite like the composition. The diagonal angle of her body contrasts with that of the stage.

I will continue to draw and paint figures. It helps to work out how people are “put together”.

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The painting is too sketchy. I dont know whether to shorten her legs or her body as well as enlarging her face. It’s a conundrum which I want to solve. But not today.

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