Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 17 Music

It's no secret that I have been painting this month,...or that I collect antiques and vintage. Some antiques, I don't even display, have sold, or passed on to others. This painting is a culmination of things I have owned, still have, or Mom had. The Painting Theme today is "Music", and I thought of the Edison Phonograph with the Morning Glory horn that I have packed away with some 60 wax cylinders. It's huge, but then it took place of all kinds of things we now use for entertainment, in the late 1890's.


Paper 10 1/2" by 14 1/2"

In 1971, we bought a huge Victorian stone monstrosity in Northern Wisconsin that had been made into three apartments. We lived on the second floor and rented out the other two. It had a carriage house, which we cleaned out and I made into a studio on the second floor. I gave clay throwing classes. In 1976 for many reasons,---I drew a line from Madison, Wisconsin to Sheboygan and said, "We have to go South of this, back to sanity and civilization." 



With my hubby, kids, and Victorian antiques and we moved to the NW Chicago suburbs. It was a great move, my children grew up in great schools, with multi-racial families, and my husband had 5 fabulous jobs, each better than the last. I threw thousands of pots and did art shows, galleries and taught classes, worked retail, had a vintage/antque/crafts store...and a few other things.

The table above we had in every house we've owned or rented. It was in horrible shape, and we repaired it and I painted it moss green and antiqued it, I sold it in the shop. The matelasse cloth, Mom had, as did the framed mirror, which I sold when we left up north. The blue/white vase is one that Mom sold at an antique show, it had a nasty chip/crack, but was very old English pottery. 
The green walls are the color we currently have, which sets off Pecan colored woodwork, so well.


Again, I got so involved in the sketch and painting, I forgot to take photos---as I went along.

Paper today is Strathmore Gemini Mould Made 140# Cold Press 594-6
(I loved this paper--absorbent, didn't bleed, I could wick up extra color, didn't stretch or buckle) 
It's pretty pricey by the large sheet though, ugh!

Here are the 3 brushes I used.
Top" 16 round Artist Loft Necessities tm (talon -love this brush holds water and keeps the point) (probably bought in a set---very reasonable)
Middle: 5/8 flat Plaid Enterprise (nice taklon holds water, springy, and holds the edge and bounces back) again probably from a set-Acrylic/water color again, very reasonable
Bottom: 6 round  again a Plaid brush probably from a set. 
The foam brush is there for reference- it's a 1" brush.

All three of these maybe originally designed for craft painting or watercolor. In buying brushes, I usually go by feel, look, wetting them, and price. I don't think the most expensive brush is necessarily  the best, but do buy the best quality you can afford. Sets are a great way to find out what type of brushes you like to use.

Palette:

Burnt Sienna
Van Dyke Brown
Lamp Black
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Ochre(new color I added to Palette).
Carmine
Hookers Green
Yellow Green
Cerulean Blue 
Prussian Blue
Cobalt Blue

Disclaimer: Any products I am using are not a recommendation, but only for reference for the reader's use. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies or products, or have I received compensation or products. 

My painting projects will be posted on Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook with the hashtag






Midwest Gardening Mid-July 2019

AD_FREE  BLOG


Well, we finally have summer---boy, do we have summer. Once the rain stopped we had a few gorgeous days, almost got caught up in the yard. NOW it's HOT! Yardwork consists of scurrying out and watering very early in the day, closing the drapes and huddling down.

Late last week, I did get some photos, though to share, everything has grown since then with the heat.
Long-picture heavy post. Pictures say a thousand words. Normally I would split this into 3 posts, but we are so far behind this year....!


Pot assortment on the back stairs. The Impatiens have been doing super this year.


The pool for the Grand sits over the sandbox, it's huge. 
Flamingo stalks the Lemon Grass,
 our GREEN mosquito deterrent.


Along the garden fence we have small crops planted, onions, beans, lettuce.



The garden itself is going bonkers. We have tomatoes and peppers, zucchini, pickles, squash. Tomatoes and peppers are almost ready for picking---about 4 weeks late---but, looks like a good crop, very soon. (We've had one pickle, so far)


Vines are pickles/cucumbers---they really do well in our small garden going UP!

Hubby put down weed fabric, without the mulch. Hoping that more water will get to the plants this way. After 35 years in this house...we are still experimenting! His back can't handle all the weeds, and I'm really walking poorly on uneven surfaces.

NOTE: All our Peppers are in large pots---they just seem happier that way then in the ground? 


Tiger Lilies are ready to bloom next week! Birds are in almost every birdhouse we have. 


I have all these plant hooks, but a frog decided he would rather swing here!



Love this combination!


My shade mixture pots are coleus, sweet potato vine, and impatience, and more lemon grass for mostquitos. Hostas were grown from small starts, and finally ready to put in the ground.


I had 10 Caladium bulbs I planted the end of March---and they are finally getting big. These are obviously temperature triggered, even in the greenhouse, it wasn't warm enough for them to do their thing. Caladiums are notoriously slow!


Rex Begonia, will be gorgeous and I will winter this over in the house. I've kept them as long as 4 years, wintering in the house. Last years got nipped by the early frost, so this is a new one.

More shade plants, some funky maroon and lime coleus, impatiens and some more caladiums. Marigolds I grew 4 different from seeds. The bees love them, and they are hardy in any weather.


Hubby did the plant shopping as I wasn't able to go out at all----he picked some great plants, lots of reds, and a few surprises. Hanging pot has those tiny petunia like plants, which are gorgeous.


This area gets a few hours of sun, then shade the rest of the day.




On to the fence area on the east side. Strong sun until about 3 pm. Some morning glories from the neighbors side wrapping the chair. 
Some more of those mini looking petunias and impatiens

Next to the fence are my Hollyhocks, I have 12 new plants started,  but we won't get flowers on those,until next year, as they are biennials!


I'm ignoring all the holes in everything. We have a crop of leaf hoppers that are happily chewing, and a few other bugs. We might have to do a soap spray on everything, soon.


Our Giant Hostas are ISLAND HOSTAS, this year. Now that the hot weather has hit, I will have to cut the burnt leaves off. All the Hostas have blossoms this year, and they have a fabulous fragrance.

 

Next to the house is a Sweet Pea, that grew from a 59c pack of seeds from 1985. I have to pull about half of them out--or they would swallow the house. Normally these bloom with peonies and roses around Memorial Day---this is the first blooms, July 12th. 


First blooms on the Del Oro Lilies, small and compact I have a few around the pond.


We just got the pond running last week.


Iris are sad looking. I cut them as they yellow, I've surrounded the stems now with some rocks, and pieces of concrete for support. I'm not sure what happened here, too much water, too much snow, too many temperature changes? It's really hard to say. I think I will plant some giant sedum back there and give up on flowering plants. (lost:Black-eyed Susans, delphinium, Liatris, creeping sedums.

See how bare it is?...YIKES.


The plant on the left was my 4-5foot tall Phlox las year? Peony behind it has been trimmed and is very healthy. I had to trim back the lime Barberry...it was crazy thick. 


This side has the most life, a rose that hasn't bloomed, the lilies and a few fronds of Phlox. 

It's VERY sad around there, as the winter plant loss was the most of the perennials in this area.
Even my huge phlox are not 'well'. 


I have two large long planters on either side...impatiens and three kinds of marigolds. They should bloom later this week. It's hot right here, the impatiens may not make it.



Moving to the pot by the front stairs---WOW, I THINK THATS A SUNFLOWER in the back
___1 plant out of 6 packages???


The planter by the front stairs is coming. Lemon Grass again for mosquitos. Weird short pom-pom marigolds? 


My rusty dragonflies, and a planter. Again, my sunflowers aren't making it?


How about this for a welcoming front porch? All the plants huddled in the shade---
basil is going great now though. 




I've moved all the hanging planters under the trees---just too hot for potted plants without saucers.


This area is happy, we have creeping sedum, copper leaf Coral Bells, Hosta, Giant sedums and the planters under here.


Our front yard is 80% shaded by trees now---so, I'm using pots for colors. Waiting on lots of lilies to bloom soon.

Along the garage---it's slow, the sunflowers I planted to go up the trellis' didn't make it? I think it is too late to buy more plants. 


The planter at the street, greets everyone at the mailbox...colors are brilliant, 
and if we keep up with deadheading and watering, it will continue to be gorgeous. 
(Note, the Purple Salvia)didn't make it here, and last year it was amazing)

I'm really only mobile a few hours a week, so this will have to be it, watering and deadheading!

Such is Midwest Gardening in the Chicago NW burbs, 2019. 

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?








Tuesday, July 16, 2019

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 16 Relaxing

AD-FREE BLOG
I hope you go and visit the amazing sharing pages on Facebook for the gorgeous watercolor participants from all over the world. Some take your breath away!

#WorldWatercolorMonth


You can join to post or just view---it seems like a thousand a day!

Meanwhile, I have to explain this next painting.


oldnewgreenredo

Today I tried some people, since we never relax, LOL, or go on vacation, I resorted to some photos of people,
...well sort of people.

For those of you who know I have a doll blog, I did a series of Vickie and Joe on vacation in Costa Rica, here: Seven Days and Six Nights. I used a photo of them first landing on their island and relaxing.

Seven Days and Six Nights
Mostly what I love about this photo is the composition. and they are talking to each other. Lots of color and shadows....and who wouldn't want to be on this kind of vacation.

 I did a quick sketch, but then used the photo as a suggestion. I kept the composition, but tried to get more contrast, that kind you have in blinding sunlight.

On sketchbook paper:

Palette:

VanDyke Brown
Burnt Sienna
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Green
Carmine
Prussian Blue
Hookers Green
Sap Green
Lamp Black

We had cloudy skies today, so it was a sunny fun theme to paint. What do you do to relax?



Disclaimer: Any products I am using are not a recommendation, but only for reference for the reader's use. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies or products, or have I received compensation or products. 


My painting projects will be posted on Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook with the hashtag



#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 14-15 Furry Things and Monochromatic



Ad-Free Blog

Weekends always run away with me. Happily though. Kids were here (in their 40's) on Saturday for game day. And the Grand was here on Sunday, age 6. Despite the heat were were outside in the sandbox and she's outgrowing the play set. Later, we PAINTED, fireworks with resist and everything.

Hint for Kids: Have more than one project available when doing watercolors, to give a painting some time to dry (like when applying resist or multiple layers) Grand had a box to paint with acrylics that needed two coats---so we went back and forth!

So, I tried to catch up yesterday after a three-hour weed pulling episode. Like much of the country it is blistering HOT outside, even here in Chicagoland.

Sketchbook paper, I've long lost the cover, so I don't know, what it is. The paper definitely soaks up water, ripples and swells. But it takes the colors well. Great for experimenting on. 

oldnewgreenredo

Day 14  Furry Things: 

Palette: 
VanDyke Brown
Burnt Sienna
Lemon Yellow
Prussian Blue
Hookers Green
Sap Green
Yellow Green
Lamp Black

We have three bunnies that show up now and then under the birdfeeders. They do help themselves to other things in the yard, too. Upside, I think they have eaten all the clover in the lawn.

I tried to let the fur come from the colors running into brushed water strokes.  This was semi-successful. I think a paper with more tooth, might have helped with this wishful thinking. 


oldnewgreenredo

Day 15  Monochromatic

Basically when you do monochromatic---it's for a quick sketch. I wish Had chosen a color/paint that was stronger. You can water paint color down, but not make it stronger. So, I chose Blue and worked off of a pan with mixed blues in it. 

Cobalt
Prussian,
Thalo Purple (maybe) 

This would have been more interesting if I had not centered the pitcher-a very old English Ironstone flow-blue that belonged to Mom.

But, I'm staying true to one paper per day---and, each day I learn from my painting experience and assess the good and the bad!

Hope you are all surviving the heat and rain. 
You can always, Stay inside and PAINT!

Disclaimer: Any products I am using are not a recommendation, but only for reference for the reader's use. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies or products, or have I received compensation or products. 


My painting projects will be posted on Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook with the hashtag











Saturday, July 13, 2019

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 13 Glassy Blue Ball Jars


Ad-Free Blog

Quick Post!  We were having company today, so I dashed this off in the middle of the afternoon...the photo was pretty late and the light had changed drastically. I started with a sketchbook paper taped down and worked basically wet brush on dry paper.


oldnewgreenredo

I use these antique canning jars for staples storage, I grabbed three filled with: beans, parsley and rigatoni noodles.

I worked very quickly---which was good, because after 2pm the light changes very quickly.
I did a quick sketch with Prussian blue/VanDyke Brown to give the grays and blue outlines of the jars and lines. The blues vary on the jars, the smallest one being the most intense in color.




oldnewgreenredo

Next I painted the Ball indentations on the jars, the middle one is very faint but it is is there. Adding the beans, parsley,  and macaroni. Very faint, then washes of blue and blue gray on top. Burnt Sienna was perfect for the rubber rings. The old-fashioned Zinc caps have interesting shadows on them...added a bit of washes and call it quits, my company was coming. I took the photos before the paper had even dried. 

Palette: (very limited in colors)

Prussian Blue
VanDyke Brown
Burnt Sienna
Lemon Yellow
Hookers Green
Carmine (for the beans) 

This was fun and quick, I had agonized over painting glass, but I guess charging ahead works, okay!
HOPE you had a Great Saturday!



Disclaimer: Any products I am using are not a recommendation, but only for reference for the reader's use. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies or products, or have I received compensation or products. 


My painting projects will be posted on Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook with the hashtag










Friday, July 12, 2019

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 12 Blooming things

AD-Free Blog

Hello, followers and new visitors. 


Hope some of you are visiting from WWCMonth. 
Please leave your site/or FB page in a mail 
or leave a comment with a link-so I can see your work. 

I can't imagine how many paintings are posted in a day---
it must be many thousands, and finding someone's work is hard!

I hope you aren't getting bored with this journey. This has been heaven-sent for me, since moping around the house because I'm limited in what I can do right now. Surgery for my knee won't be until October-November. I have some relief from a cortisone shot, but the knee itself isn't stable...so I spend more time being careful than doing ANYTHING!

Anyways, painting has been MIND therapy. 
If you are having any kind of stress/personal issues, find something you love to do---and DO IT, for yourself.

Theme, Blooming Things....I trundled outside and took a few photos as our remaining HollyHock went into full bloom yesterday. 
We've lost the red and pink ones..and all that remains is white. My D-in-law transplated some starts we had from the greenhouse, for me so hopefull next year we will have NEW colors. Hollyhocks are bi-ennials, so they bloom on the second year. So you really need to seed, or plant twice, to have blooming each year!


oldnewgreenredo

Here's my computer setup---with my painting started. The white areas were masked, and the yellow areas are where the masking still needs to be peeled off. 

I'm using Water color paper 10 1/2" x 14 1/2"
Strathmore 
Imperial 140# Rough surface 140-1

The WinsorNewton Masking  peeled off very easily on this paper. 


oldnewgreenredo

Here's one of three photos I worked from. If you have followed my blog, you know Chicagoland had a long, wet Spring, and everything is covered with a slick of mold/mildew or even moss. I actually hoed-yes sat down and hoed off a section of deck 
from 1/2" high moss! 
Crazy---we have never had mold/moss this bad before. 

When the weather is totally dry---
we will tackle all those areas, maybe not until Fall,
 because we have so much planted along this fence.
We also have a crop of bugs---chewing on everything--I chose not to paint the holes in the leaves, LOL (artistic license) 


oldnewgreenredo


A closer view of the half masked paper. I did do some quick pencil lines---and did heavy washes FIRST on the fencing. I didn't know how much this paper would buckle so I wanted my straight lines--straight! I had to work quickly though, because it's very absorbent paper and it buckled quite a bit.

oldnewgreenredo

Here all the masking has been removed and the darker shadows and a base for the fence is established. The wrought iron bed was just catching the sun...so I wanted to keep it lighter.

oldnewgreenredo

I worked on all the backgrounds and leaves first and then started on the  Blooming Flowers. 

Holly hocks are so gorgeous, these have a five-pointed green star
 in the center and then feathering out into pink/rose. 
Temptation to work the flowers over to death tempted me, 
but I walked away. 
Palette:
Cerulean Blue
Prussian Blue
Thalo Purple (which I used to mix shadows)
VanDyke Brown
Burnt Sienna
Lemon Yellow 
Lemon Green
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Hookers Green
Carmine red
I added: Sap Green
and Viridian green

AGAIN, I Hope some of you are visiting from WWCMonth. 
Please leave your site/or FB page so I can see your work. I can't imagine how many paintings are posted in a day---it must be thousands, and finding someone is hard and I would love to follow 
your hard work!

Disclaimer: Any products I am using are not a recommendation, but only for reference for the reader's use. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies or products, or have I received compensation or products. 


My painting projects will be posted on Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook with the hashtag