Blessed Are the Rejects

This Woman Writes by Carolyn Henderson

Maybe it’s because we live in the country and don’t have a proper lawn, but I really like dandelions.

Dandelions original painting impressionism girl and mother in green field of flowers in springPeople with the minds and hearts of children see and understand with a wisdom denied to the canny and clever. Dandelions, by Steve Henderson

To most (urban/suburban) people focused on keeping that living carpet pristinely green, dandelions are a scourge, a pest, an abomination that need to be trampled upon, plucked out, and sprayed at all costs. And while the hostility is understandable, it’s also a bit sad when we consider we’re talking about a bright yellow flower that covers the hillside in spring with its blooms.

As a bonus, the flowers turn into white puffy rounds that many of us remember, as children, blowing into, oftentimes while making a wish.

Such is the difference between the thought process of an adult and that of a child, and while there are…

View original post 653 more words

What therapists of autistic / Aspie women should focus on

Wow! Did this ever hit home.

Aspie Under Your Radar

picture of a woman's face in three different aspects - large, small, line drawing We are diverse. And you need to look deeply to find what’s there.

Countless women have been incorrectly diagnosed with personality disorders and treated for them — via psychotherapy and medication — when what’s really going on is Autism. Or Asperger’s.

Part of the issue is that so little is known about how autistic spectrum conditions actually manifest in women, and how women work with them. It’s a big, big problem, in my opinion. And it’s one that can be addressed.

Therapists working with women on the spectrum can do certain things to help:

1. Please, please, please STOP pathologizing our differences.

STOP treating our differences like problems to be solved, and accept us and our quirks for what they are — just differences that scare other people, but can work really well for us, if they’re properly managed.

Instead of trying to normalize us and get us in line with…

View original post 1,297 more words

Royal Sunshine Painting Completed

RoyalSunshine

You can’t beat pastels for color that just knocks you into the next county, as my artist mentor Jerry Thomas would say.  I’m very happy with this piece that I just now finished.  Believe it or not, the brilliant magenta is from a Nupastel.  I’m almost out of it, and need to order some more right away.  I also need to order some deep dark shadow blues and violets.  I mostly used them up on this.  This is a complementary color scheme of red-violet and yellow-green.  I used a photo I had taken in the Missouri Botanical Garden 2 or 3 years ago as a jumping off point.

I like the warm glow in the lower right corner.  The effect of bright sunshine is in this piece.  I lightly stumbled orange and yellow orange over the light areas in the leaves, and in the main flower.  It doesn’t shout “orange”, but it adds a warmth and vitality to this piece.  It looks so much better in real life than in a photo like here.  I like how the dark blues tie everything together.

Today is a very cold January day.  As you can tell, I love warm, sunny, colorful days, so I’m trying to stay “up” during this winter weather.  I will go to the gym now and work out.

Color Effects in Art

Hey guys.  The wind chill was minus 10 Farenheit when I awoke this morning.  I am enjoying my day of staying at home and cooking and doing art.  This morning I baked banana bread and started beef goulash in the slow cooker.  Now, I just got done working on a pastel painting.  I’m using a rough, toothy pastel board of about 20 inches by 16 inches.  It is brick red on the front.  This will help create unity in the painting, as little splotches of this will show up throughout.

I use mostly Nupastels and Unison pastels.  I also use other brands, such as Schmincke, Sennelier, and others.

I started this several weeks ago.  I’m using a photo as a reference point for it.  I took the photo at the Missouri Botanical Garden several years ago.  It was a potted plant – some type of daisy.  Color is my favorite aspect of art. I’ve been told I have a strong sense of light in my paintings.  I’m very glad, because this is what I aim for – color and light.  Since I’m on the autistic spectrum, I also can’t help but be detailed.  That is how my mind works.

As you can see, I’ve painted in the background around the flowers.  I think the flowers will be easy.  I’m doing a secondary color triad (green, violet, orange).  I realized that there is quite a lot of gold and orange in the greens, and an orange influence in the flowers, too.  I really love the lighting effects on the leaves, and on the sphagnum moss. The trick to achieving an effect of strong lighting is to contrast light with dark mainly, and secondarily to contrast color temperatures between light and shadow areas.

I’m seeing that the background is quite busy.  I will just go ahead and do the daisies, then see if and how much I need to soften and simplify the background.

coloreffectsdaisies