Fun idea, a few canvases, some wine, and some good people. Everyone added something different. Here are some snaps of my additions.
Still need some work, but loving working on new watercolor florals recently. Here is a little taste. I am looking forward to playing with the layouts and color ways!
Here are some flowers I captured while visiting family in Northern California. The yellow lilies seems to be called L. Martagon "Orange Marmalade". (Thanks google image search!) They look like little bows to me, had to stop and take a photo.
I've been pushing myself back into watercolors over the past year. I wanted to reconnect with painting again (I had been mostly using pen and ink since college).
My mother is an artist as well and has been working in watercolors since before she was my age. Her style of watercoloring is very different from mine (she does it properly with a soft hand and very little layering). Either way It's been fun, I need to back through the stack of paintings I have and get things scanned so I can put them into patterns.
I have alway been drawn to wood and bark patterns. My iphoto and my phone are filled with random photos from hikes. I am working on a new project that inspired me to go back and take a look, here are a few of my finds.
I entered the Printed Village nautical scarf design competition last week. This was a last minute decision, but I had some free time and I had not used Illustrator in a few weeks (as I have been mainly Photoshop based recently).
I have put myself in positions in the past where I took on an illustrator based project, but hadn't done much in the program for years. It was a rough few days of re-teaching myself skills that I should have been building upon in those years. Since then I have made it a rule to keep myself familiar with both photoshop and illustrator, no matter which I am favoring at the time. Technology is advancing so fast, it is too easy to fall behind.
I don't expect anything to come of my entry, but I enjoyed the time and I think it has inspired me to use illustrator in more of my day to day designs.
To start I unscrewed the top from the base of the stool. I used a power drill, but a normal screw driver would work for this part of the project.
I found this odd "plant" in my new Los Angeles Neighborhood (Mar Vista) and I had to stop to talk a photo. This might be a variety of cactus that I am not aware of, but to me it looked like a tree (perhaps a birch) grew simultaneously with/outside of a cactus?
In hind sight I wish I had gone across the street to get a full picture of this behemoth of a tree. The top was full on cactus and the bottom looked like a tree stump. I love this mix of textures. Here are some close ups of the texture.
So after looking back on my first few posts I realized that I could do better with the photos. I work in the design industry and I am very comfortable with photoshop. I don't plan on overly adjusting my photos in any unnatural way, but I often use my iphone and after seeing my posts online I knew I needed a change. I realized that especially after lowering the resolution for web, I needed to fix my exposure and do my subject matter the justice it deserves. The fact that I'm usually taking the photo while a little black and white dog is trying to pull me along the path probably doesn't help either.
I am a visual person, so photos are usually my favorite part of a blog/website. I've learnt in this situation that it is worth it to invest a bit more time to make the photos look true to what initially inspired me to whip out the phone/camera.
Here are a few of my "Re-Dos"
My favorite way to exercise has become hiking the past few years. I know it doesn't have as much impact as a gym membership but wow I love the scenery so much more. I always bring my phone/camera to capture the textures and possible pattern inspiration living around us. Here are a few of my recent favorites. I plan to do a whole post on wood and bark textures since I have enough of those saved up to fill pages and pages.
Supplies needed :
-Terracotta Planter (lets be real you can use anything here that has some drainage or that you can drill a hole in the bottom of - I found this old cracked planter in the garage and decided it needed a new life)
-Making tape (painters tape and probably whatever you have on hand will work fine)
-2 different colors of spray paint (unless you are ok with the design portion being the existing color of your planter)
-A plant or seeds and soil
-I also suggest an inspirational helper such as Jack the Camel
Give your planter a coat of your base color with protection for your ground surface (and hands) of course too. Depending on your design, you might not need to cover the whole planter.
Use your tape to make your own design and then coat with your outer layer of spray paint
Peel off the tape, plant your plant and bam you are DONE!