Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bob Ross

This video was posted on Faccebook yesterday, and I've made everyone in my house watch it. I just love it! Lately it's been a rather popular thing in art circles to knock Bob Ross. Well, maybe not directly, but if you want to discount a landscape artist you call him a "Bob Ross Knockoff". There is some legitamicy to it, because there is a lot more to art than learning techniques and imitating someone else. But there's also a little art snobbery in there. Or at least that's the way it comes off to me.
I love Bob Ross though. He seemed like a genuine, kind person who delighted in teaching people to paint. So, anyway, watch the video and see if it doesn't make you feel a little more cheery.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Colorful Landscape Painting

I love how this one turned out. It is painted on wood. Painting on wood has a very different feel than painting on canvas and I like it better. I want to do more of it. It takes other mediums like colored pencil much more readily and they show up much more crisply. I want to do more of it, but the panels you buy at the art supply store are so expensive! I want to get some birch plywood see how that works. This is on plywood I fished out of my husbands scraps. It's a little heavier than I would like, I think I can get lighter pieces.

Anyway, it has been such a cool summer. I am grateful for that, especially when I see everyone else is roasting! It is lightly cloudy today and will probably burn off this afternoon. 

One nice surprise is that an old high school friend of mine has moved right down the street. I haven't socialized much with the moms on my block. I don't feel very much commonality with them. It's nice to have someone that I can just pop over and visit with. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Whale and Listening

This painting was interesting because the whale came forward so forcefully. It was as if it was saying "Don't paint over me, I am a whale. I hadn't even thought of painting a whale. But there he was. I like to look up the symbolism for different animals to see what they meant to different cultures. Whales are symbols of remembering and record keeping, of listening deeply and carefully, creativity and to Christians, rebirth because of the story of Jonah and the whale. (Though the Bible never actually says it was a whale, it says it was a fish. But anyway.)

I've been feeling the need to really listen lately. I'm trying to hear God's voice in my life. So often other things crowd in. Then later something happens and you feel like "I just had a feeling..." but you didn't pay as much attention as you should have. I want to pay attention. I don't want to miss God's voice.