Tuesday, February 26, 2013

When the Art Journey began...

Back to the Beginning.  I was looking back at some of the watercolor paintings I did when I was first learning how to paint and came across this one.

This is a photo of the park across the street from our house.

Isn't that a beautiful scene.  And to think it is just right across the street.

Here is my first attempt from last year to paint it in a somewhat abstract manner.

At that time, I was taking one of Alisa Burke's Online Classes in Abstract Art.

Wishing you a lovely week,

Joan


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Flowers of Art

As I was taking my mother to the grocery store today, right outside the entry was this very creative and artful flower display of Primroses.

Certainly a way to brighten up a cloudy day out here in the Pacific Northwest - wouldn't you agree?

And here is another way to brighten up a cloudy day:

You guessed it:  CHOCOLATE!!  And not just any chocolate - This is Seattle Chocolates!  Oh my, they are wonderfully delicious - a favorite in our household.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone.

Until next time,

Joan


Saturday, February 9, 2013

WikiPaintings.org

Yesterday, I discovered a wonderful site which is part of the Wiki craze!!  It is WikiPaintings.  I haven't had much time to really explore the site.  However, I did look over their page on Picasso.  And oh my, they have just tons of Picasso paintings that I haven't seen yet.   I can't wait to explore in more detail.

I would have to say that Picasso is on the very top of my "Favorites" list.  Last year, is when I truly started practicing with painting and taking online art classes.

Speaking of Picasso, here is Picasso's 1937 painting of Dora Maar Seated:

Here is my practice version that I painted in May 2012:

At that time, I was taking one of Alisa Burke's online art classes, and decided that I would spice it up a little using her 'messy' technique.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Joan

Friday, February 1, 2013

Paintings in the Sky

I remember when we were kids on a beautiful summer day, we would look up at the sky and try to find a picture in the clouds.

To this day, all grown up... I still love looking up at the sky to see what sorts of pictures I can find from the various cloud formations.

Hmm,  in the following "Cloud Painting in the Sky", I see a few seagulls.

What do you see?

 Let's try another.  If I look at this one vertically, I see a crowd of people standing.

What do you see?


And last but not least,  I see a cat.

What do you see?
I have been taking various online art classes for a little over a year now, and they have been amazing.  You notice things on a completely different level.  Everyday objects become new and rewarding objects to paint or draw.  Children see things like this all the time!

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Until next time,
Joan