Saturday, September 28, 2013

It's Time To Paint!

Oh..... such a nice rainy cool fall day!  Perfect day to do a little painting.  I have an upcoming art retreat centered on balance and motion.  I've been trying to decide what to take to work on for 3 whole days..... My first thought is to do a pastel of a lovely horse that resides at the stable where I ride.   But, to be quite honest, I'm a bit tired of working in pastels (although I will most likely have time to do this piece, and probably will at least get it started).  But in the meantime.......  I looked around, and my eyes landed on this sweet little old gardening encyclopedia that my friend, Jessy, gave me.

Do you remember these?  I think they were sold as individual editions at the grocery store back in the 60's.  I thought, "wouldn't it be fun to paint on some of the inside pages".  Sort of an art journal, but without all the wording (there's plenty already on the pages, and I'm not one for adding inspirational phrases).  I decided I would paint scenes from our gardens and yard.

The above is a painting of little Firefly.  He's a stray that loves to sit in the grass at night and be with us while we enjoy our "deck time".  I feed him, but he's pretty wild and won't let anyone come within petting range.  I think firefly is ours now even though he doesn't know it.

We were so lucky to have lots of red breasted grosbeaks visiting our feeders last spring.  This one was more orange than red, and I loved the days that he hung around in the trees.

So..... I think I'm going to work mostly in my garden book at the retreat.  I've got lots of ideas for paintings, and I love getting something done quickly... and instead of loose paper, they're nice and neat in their sweet old gardening book!

I've also started a "doodle book"  where I do pencil drawings and color with pencils, pastels, and oil pastels.  The type of art that's portable and doesn't require trips to the sink.

It's all just for fun!!!



Tammy Burks said...

Love it all!!!!

Charlotte said...

What a great idea. Love the doodle book.

summersundays-jw said...

I'm lovin' it too....makes me want to get a doodle book.

Mary Stanley said...

Hi Dulcy! You have been busy! so many beautiful creative things going on! Love all the hooked pieces, weavings and now painting too! Hope you have a great time at the Oct. workshop.xoxo

Jennifer Richardson said...

I love how your blog has put on
her autumn colors and is twirling
in the fresher, cooler air:)
And I love how you're painting
in old texts....gorgeous!
Every single time I come by here
I'm inspired....oh so inspired.
Thanks for that, beautiful dulcy,

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Love your little drawing !!