Music Instruments

Working on a new project of musical instruments. These watercolor pieces are completed on 9×12 rough watercolor paper and will be available for purchase as prints and products on my merchant account with Fine Arts America and Pixels. Completed the saxophone and had fun changing it to a digital abstract using Topaz Studio 2 AI photo-software. After using this software it has inspired me to take out my camera and start taking photographs again!

Calling this "Tractor Display"

I added a few touches to an art study I completed while attending a painting class at the local college. I pondered whether I was going to Gesso the canvas board, then repaint another scene. As an afterthought…after staring at this painting much too long, I decide to capture the essence of country living by adding “county fair” theme. Here is the final product with tractor and corn stalks. It’s a perfect painting for someone whose decor is vintage or country, or someone who likes tractors. Nontheless, it’s for purchase. Below is the before and the after. You can see other paintings and photographs by visiting Fine Arts America/Pixels.

Work in Progress – Oil painting

A work in progress. I decided to try using oil paints since it is similar to Acrylics. I love the ability to walk away from the painting and come back to blend the paints. When using acrylics, you have a limited time to move the paints around since the paints dry so quickly. More so when you live in the high desert of Oregon.

I am using a mixture of Zen oil paints , their Infinity oil palette set, which the owner claims in non-toxic, and 12 Shades of Grey oil paints that I purchased at Jerry Artarama art store. Both decent oil paints with deep pigments. I also purchased a few tubes of water soluble paints from Windsor Newton. Makes for great clean-up with soap and water. So that I don’t have to use turpentine for brush clean up, I found out that I can clean the traditional oil paints with oil (vegetable or olive oil) and follow up with dish soap.

Bamboo in watercolor

Prompt: Bamboo

There’s this Sketch A Day app available for android and iphones that I base my daily sketches on. The app provides a prompt, gives ideas to select your art piece and a community of supportive artists. If you have a chance, visit the site and start your habit of drawing!

Orangutan and Giraffe photos and…a hawk

I’ve been gone a couple of weeks babysitting my grandchildren and while I was gone, took a few pictures while out at the Sacramento, CA zoo. My favorites are always the giraffes and the primates.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t a planned outing and the temperatures after midday was in the 90’s, so I rushed through the zoo and took only a minuscule amount of pictures.  Nonetheless, I thought I would share a few photos with you!  You may use them for traditional art, but unfortunately, not for digital art.

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Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, Challenge #2–drawing upside down

I started the book Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards a week ago. When I started drawing several months ago, I evidently tapped into my right side of the brain. The book gives a great overview of how each side of the brain develops the intellectual and psychological patterns of our life. As I have continued through the book, the exercises are evidently confirming my artist growth, since its been easier to draw.

The second exercise of the book asks that I turn a picture around and copy it backwards suggesting that I tune out any outside sounds and allow the left side to relinquish control. The instructions are to draw without distractions for an hour. The left side of the brain will see the upside down drawing as non-nonsensical and allow the right-side of the brain to take over to drawing. There are 2 drawings that I copied out of the book upside down: 1)Pablo Picasso’s, Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, and 2) Spiderman. I was not allowed to turn the photo around to check my progress, otherwise, the left-side of the your brain will try to make some sense out of the drawing, and interrupt the right-side of the brain’s process.

The book points out that many students feel conflicted when asked to draw upside down; obviously, the logical side of the brain wants to see the picture right side up. When I started drawing, I was tempted more than once, to turn the picture right side up. Surprisingly, once I turned over my drawing, I was amazed at the similarities of the two drawings (see below). It only took 10 minutes for me to draw, although, Betty Edward allows an hour to complete the drawing exercise. Not perfect, but not too bad. I ran out of room on my paper for Portrait of Igor, so I finished his head on the reverse side of my drawing paper. I included 2 pages from Betty Edwards book so you can see the comparison.

Challenge: If you are following the drawing challenge, find a simple photo or drawing and turn it upside down. Grab a pencil and paper, find a quiet room and take an hour to draw the upside-down photo/drawing. Do not get tempted to take the photo and turn it right-side-up. Once your are done, compare your drawing. Below is my drawing. Feel free to share yours if you decide to do the challenge!

Hello…

I invite you to join me in a journey into art, photography and prose. Part of this journey will include photo challenges, exploring color pencil art, acrylics, watercolor, sketching or drawing. My hopes is that through this process, you and I will emergence as an artist. Your welcome to follow me and post your art pieces or photos as I will be posting weekly. This blog will include podcasts, YouTube videos of artists I follow, online instructions from teachers, and challenge themes.

Hello, my name is Ann. I am a wife, grandmother (10 grandchildren), photographer and an aspiring artist. I am also an avid reader who is active in 3 book clubs. When I am not engrossed in the aforementioned, I am cheering for my favorite sports teams. I enjoy football, hockey, soccer and baseball…so be forewarned…you might see me cheering for my favorite team once in awhile.

I wasn’t always a photographer or artist, but when I decided to move to Southern Oregon, I fell in love with the beauty of this state. There is so much to see and do: waterfalls, hikes, wildlife, lakes, rivers, etc., with numerous opportunities to take photos or draw/paint what I see. I took up art because I wanted to paint or draw what I photographed. It’s been 6 months and I’ve explored acrylics, color pencil art and watercolors. I see some improvement, but I enjoy moving back in forth between the different medias.

When I am not doing my new found art, I part-time teach in our local schools. I’ve since retired from my old career of being a Human Resources professional. I am loving retirement and admiring the art I create!

I blogged many years ago, but with a full-time career, wife and mom, my blogging lagged until I finally it went to the wayside. In fact, I still have my old blog up, but alas, I can’t sign in so my blog gunterandann.blogspot.com/ lies dormant in cyberspace.
The purpose for this renewed desire to start a blog again, is to reintroduce my passion for photography and to grow as an artist. In fact, here is a few pics just hanging in my art space. Not much to look since I am aspiring to get great!

For those who follow me, thank you for stopping in. I hope your day will be blessed!
Ann