Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
A cherry blossom landing in one's cup of tea is good luck!
Hanafubuki event is a Cherry Blossom Blizzard!
Bobi, thank you again for this great challenge during our mostly grey sky January, mine was swirling with Cherry Blossoms while sipping aromatic tea.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The picture shows the parent materials up top. And both front and back (inset) so far. I flatten a piece of the very thin, crinkly base then soldered it to a piece of side trim (also flattened), then cut out the heart shape.
Both of them are very thin so I soldered a piece of the hammered bowl to the back to give it some stability.
It has potential to become a fun, bohemian piece but pretty ho-hum so far (bo-ho-hum?). My only ideas of added wire and rivets are pretty boring too.
This is from yesterday. I hope to get to the studio yet tonight and have a wild and crazy idea take hold.
Monday, January 25, 2016
And then, for something different, I tried a quicker sketch and simpler subject (except for the cars).
Thanks for checking in - Bobi, thanks again for reminding and including me - it's a great way to start the new year!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The music teacher at Scott's school was trying to reformat her student's wonderful art by copying and literally cutting and arranging components on a photocopier to make a poster. Poor babe was about to pull her hair out trying to align things and find space for words and sponsors.
I'm not a graphic artist but even rudimentary photoshop skills are 100 times, ...no 1000 times easier than photocopying.
The young artist is rightfully proud.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Toyed with this old drawing as a Heart a Day brooch. Would probably combine copper, silver and brass but it's just not grabbing me enough to push through this awkwardness.
Perhaps down the road a bit.
Repaired the ding in my rolling mill that happened during the move. Pleased it wasn't any worse. It's my most expensive piece of equipment.
In my mind I imagine silver inlay but seriously question how to pull that off.
These are charming to hold and cogitate possibilities.
|"Delia" oil painting sketch on 8x10 canvas, ©Laura Gable|
|"Clouds Above Hanford" 8x6 oil painting on oil paper, ©Laura Gable|
The other painting is a small one I did on a piece of Arches Oil Paper, which I mounted to gatorboard. It's from a photo I took up around the Hanford site near the Ringold entrance... a great spot to go do some storm watching. Working with the paper is interesting. It has a soft vellum texture and holds up to oil paint and washes surprisingly well. According to a few "how to" sites, it's best to put a thinned wash of oil paint down first which seems to keep the heavier strokes of color from absorbing totally into the paper. I've got a few spare pieces sitting about, so let me know if you want to practice on it. ;-)
Friday, January 22, 2016
My first day in the studio...pretty much for the whole month. Nice to be 'home'. Dinked around looking for a direction and came upon these cash register key bases I altered with a wood burning tool and hot needles, stained with paint and inks then added black plexiglass bases. Contemplated making a bracelet but not feeling the love so maybe it'll work for a February Heart a Day brooch? Looking forward to many studio hours this week. For now..., to bed.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wish I'd have thought to take a photo before color - it sure helped a lot, especially since I think much of the interest in this photo derives from the red door. About to attempt 1 point perspective......
Urban Sketchers: Tri-Cities will be sharing the gallery with David Wyatt, local aerial photographer, at Allied Arts during the month of February. All of the "Art-A-Day" folks are invited to attend the reception - February 7th from 1pm to 3pm. The Super Bowl is on at 3:30, so there's just enough time to come on over and enjoy the show. Want to know more about us? Click here, or find us on FB.