I was born and raised in the tropics (Venezuela). Now, I’m in Missouri, USA. I really miss the tropical weather in winter! So, I decided to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden Temperate House, and paint this romantic little scene of vines trailing along a Mediterranean stucco wall. This is done in soft pastels, en plein air.
I really love this Art Spectrum Colourfix Paper. For one thing, look at the rich, colorful violet blue background. Using colored pencils on this is so smooth and buttery.
I was inspired by an image I saw in church of a cross with spots of light, like stars. The “stars” were soft and dim, bright and clear, or in between. That made me want to do something similar. I went with a variation of a split complement color scheme. Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel. Red and yellow are close to orange. So, I used lots of variations of red, pink, orange, yellow, and cream to make these various balls. I love how the blue shows through on some of them between the circular lines, so I left them that way.
I got the idea to put shadow tails on some of them (like a comet’s tail) because the drawing looked flat, and just reminded me of a fabric print. I think this really helped add a sense of mystery, and made for a much stronger value system, which is the system of lights and darks. I used indigo blue for the shadows. I like the the shadows form a veil over some of the other orbs, and create a greater sense of being three dimensional.
I’m really enjoying doing these abstract pieces. There is so much freedom of expression in abstract work. I don’t have to worry about making it look like a real object. When I first started painting, I was very uptight about making everything look true to life. I have a brain for exact detail, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the millions of details of nature. Whenever I do a representational work, I work from real life or a photo. When I do abstract work, I do it strictly from my imagination. I don’t have to worry about making some semblance of something “out there”.
This piece reminds me of pregnancy, womanhood, fertility, etc. It could be the eggs of marine life in some seaweed. It could be a woman’s womb with eggs in it. It has a very organic sense of rhythm and flow caused by the curved lines, and the lines that echo from each other.
After being very busy taking care of my 13 year old, who is off for the summer, my house and garden, and my health, I finally got back to my art today. I started out with a sheet of heavy duty black toothy pastel paper. I drew “S” curve lines on the paper, and fanned them out. Then, I drew in colors on each “S” curve, in the order of the color wheel. This makes it colorful, but yet harmonious. My color palette is red violet, red, red orange, orange, and yellow, with accents of green. The green accents add contrast, and interest. This piece has a nice flowing organic feel to it. It is all based on curves. At the same time, it is lively and colorful, and has a sense of controlled energy.
I seem to have taken a turn towards the abstract. I never thought this would happen. However, I have become interested in expressing ideas, instead of physical stuff lately. This piece was entirely hand drawn – no computers here. I only used a ruler for the lines I drew in perspective. I hand drew all the ovals.
Before I knew Jesus Christ and had a personal faith in Him, I was in darkness. I came to trust in Him in 1976.
The square light represents Him. All the small surrounding ovals in white, yellow, green, and blue represent different facets of me, and also me in various stages of my life. Some days in my life, I am towards the dark, blue ovals. Other times I am in the light yellow area. Most days I’m in the green or yellow green areas.
For the past couple of months, I had been struggling with bitterness and resentment. I was in the darker bluer areas at that time. In the past few days, God has really been dealing with me, and I’ve repented of unforgiveness. I’m praying for some people that have been persecuting me and falsely accusing me. I’ve forgiven them. I have to see them as broken, hurting people, which they are. I have to look beneath the surface, which is usually hard, tough, aggressive, and often polished and pretty. My sins against Jesus are so much greater than any transgressions against me. I can only forgive and let go through the power of the Holy Spirit. I have felt such peace and joy since I’ve released all the wrongs done to me. I’m praying for the people who hurt me, sincerely. Thank you Jesus.
My husband has been off work the past 2 days, and Andrew, my 13 year old, has been on his 8th grade trip to Chicago. It’s been wonderful. My husband and I have been out taking walks at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park, having lunch out, and relaxing and having coffee at local cafes. One such cafe is Shaw Coffee Company, in “the hill” section in St. Louis. I love the interior of this place. It is spacious with high ceilings, being as how it is an older building. There is an old fashioned coffee roaster that they still use. Today, it was not in use. I enjoyed sketching this in pencil first, then in charcoal. After I got home, I added some hilights with off white pastel pencil. I started to use a stump to blend it out all the texture, but decided to just leave it be.
By the way, Shaw Coffee Company makes some darn good coffee!
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.