Through the years I have painted many types of food, but seldom have i painted chefs.... so in honor of all those talented, dedicated men and women who make dining a fine art.... a little FINE ARTSY texture.
Today’s textures are KK Fall-in and KK And then Some.
Like pungent cardamon, a thousand shafts of seed falling on soiled saris of silk., blaring Sun beats down like a heavy crown of gold. Survival--life-- comes through cooperation and care of one another.
Adding textures to this painting seems to make it more REAL, more AUTHENTIC. Life is hard from a physical stand point. However, Life is lived to its fullest potential, family, children, faith, home, food and companionship.
Thank you Kim Klassen. for lovely textures. Peace, Scratched Magic textures, plus brushes around edges. Heart Thought: put yourself in another culture, another place, another home. You would still be who you are, your essential core stays the same. We blossom where we grow.
If you like anything on paper, you have to head to Malaprop's..there is even a spot for tea and yummies.
It was pretty cold, but hearty vendors kept the Farmer's Market open. Most were too busy hanging onto their tent frames to try and sell anything...but I managed some fantastic French pastries and apples I have not tasted before...one was the color of plums...unfortunately it wasn't very tasty! "But it sure was purty."
Another fun bookshop is in Little Switzerland: Books and Beans...not sure where the Beans comes in, but the bookstore is zany fun, teeters and totters, an ant's maze of books....very dusty books, intriguing none-the-less.
There were actually two levels of books...the ceiling was crumbling and patched with yellowing newspapers!!!! the floor squeaked, dust bunnies flopped and floated everywhere.....but ah, it was heaven, a real-honest-to-goodness used bookstore... which included a wood burning fireplace emitting wonderful smoky odors and HUGE WORN, THREAD BARE chairs and couch. It all called out, "Please stay and linger awhile."
Asheville was our "home" while we explored the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway....it was an amazing journey.
Writing a blog post can be rather a challenge on many levels.
Energy, Time, Commitment and IDEAS..
There are weeks when I can't think of anything that might be interesting to share. (Don't want to bore you!) There are other weeks when ideas jump like O.R. popcorn out of a kettle with lid OFF!
I started this blog years ago and the purpose and theme have changed with time.
But the primary focus was to discuss ART. (I do wander and stray away at times.)
Searching for something fresh to share on a weekly basis,
it occurred to me to post faces painted in a very serious manner, faces in sketches and faces in a really crazy, folksy sort of way.
Once a week I will slip one or two Faces into the pot and see what comes out.
Today I share two:
This oil was done several years ago...one I wish I had not sold.
This is portrait of a Tibetan woman in her beautiful turquoise and coral adornments. I love the deep burgundy blushed cheeks of the nomadic Tibetan people. Oil on black under painted panel.
Did I mention that these would be serious mixed with punky-funky. This painting along with 5 others in the series, are inspired by the life of Edith Piaf. I was totally smitten after seeing the movie of her life, and listening to her raspy amazing voice for hours on end.
Marion Cottilard won a best actress academy award for her amazing transformation as Edith.
Acrylic, gouache, oil pastel, pencil, India Ink,
bamboo pen, and fingers!!! Lots of luscious layers.
Patience is not my strong suit, but before I get too carried away squirting out luscious colors, I make a sample card. The reason for the numbers is to identify the color once on a palette. When they dry it is difficult to distinguish between colors. I mark the numbers on my palette with permanent marker. My ode to organization.
Before trying some quick sketches, lots of fun doodling and swatches of color. A bit of a warm up.
We recently went to the beach, hence the beach theme of very loose sketches. Light mark making in pencil, bouncy pen work with permanent ink, followed by washes of diluted color.
The "Quins" are very strong pigment and a little goes a long way. They don't loose their vibrancy with water.
After the watercolor has dried, more details are added with pen followed with a light scribble of colored pencil. It is all just for fun and relaxation....nothing serious here, my friends.
This page in my journal is a bit more complex. First a light diluted wash of color. Next build up the contrast, by using more pigment and less water. Sometimes I use the color straight out of the tube. You will notice the blips of white....that is white gouache.
These new colors were more fun experimenting with than going to a movie...and I love movies. If you are into watercolors, serious or just for fun....and haven't tried the "Quins" pick up a few tubes....
Quinacridone colors are also available in oil paints.