Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photos of the Flood in RI

The malls as seen from above:

This is a home in Exeter - the backyard had a small stream running through it.

This is Greenwich Ave - right across the street from the mall.
This was a street - I don't know the city.

This was in the same neighborhood as the above photo.

This was an apartment complex.

National Guard vehicles were the only vehicles alowed on Greenwich ave near the malls.

This is the Pawtuxet River, flooded almost to the top of the bridge.

Another road in Exeter.

This is the mall parking lot, about a 5-10 minute walk from my house. I zoomed in - hoping to get a clear shot of the two cars still parked there. There was a security guard still stuck in the mall at this point - thankfully the National Guard was able to get him out.

This is The Cornerstone, my husband and I had a date there less than a month ago.

More photos of the cars in the parking lot at the mall.

This is NYLO, a brand new hotel down the street.

The most AMAZING thing I have ever seen in my entire life. The picture below is of Rt. 95 - the frickin' highway!!! A couple of my friends actually went down there and were laying in the middle of the highway - just to say they did it. CRAZY!!

This is my CRAZY Shannon on the highway - dancing.

The below is the street leading to the apartment complex.

More of the Rd. in Exeter.

This is another amazing photo - this is 295 right near the on ramp near exit 12. This is usually a dry valley/field.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Kid's Rooms

I am about to make some major changes in my home. The room that is now my husbands - will soon be my little boy's and little girl's bedroom. They will have much more room in there.
I want to keep the gender of the room neutral - for obvious reasons, but I am thinking of a colorful, whimsical, enchanted woodland theme for the room. I went to my favorite place (etsy) to get some ideas and here are some of my favorites.
Just getting a few ideas to buy or make for their new room. I will keep you updated on the progress.

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An Ugly Still Life - an Awesome Lesson

OK - I was talking to a friend about taking art and we were talking about drawing and painting from life. I told her I've never painted from life. I decided I needed to paint from life.
I got my fake flowers and a lamp to be my fake sun and sat down to paint.

I wanted a light blue wall behind the flowers to really make them stand out.

I started with the vase - no roughsketching or mapping it out - I just started.

I like how the orange really contrasts with the blue - it really pops out. I wasn't afraid to lay the paint on thick. I don't know what it is lately, but I am liking the thick paint. It feels almost like I am sculpting with paint.

Ooops - I skipped a few steps here.

Added the last details - the shadow and little highlights.

Here is is - my first ever painting from real life - not very pretty - but I learned a lot. I have to tell you that it was a challenge. I am not sure why painting from a photo is so much easier, but it certainly is. Even so - it was a great study - and I will be doing more in the future.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

60 Minute Painting #5

This one - for some reason I got really into. I love pears - maybe that is why.
I went across the street to the market and bought the prettiest piece of fruit I could find. I also wanted something that later on, I would enjoy eating - so the pear seemed like a good choice. I put it in my window and took a photo of it.

I sketched it out. One of the things I have learned is that sketching things with pencil causes a headache. The graphite smudges and gets into the paint and alters the color - no fun. So I now only sketch paintings in paint.

I blocked in all the colors with acrylic paint. The canvas is super absorbent, the paint dries quickly, and with that combination - the paint is drying so quickly that I don't have time to move it around really. Especially because I am outside. I put a glob of acrylic paint on the palette and in less than three minutes - it is all dried up. I figure out pretty quickly that the acrylics aren't working for me today - so I bring out my favorite - my oils. I use Holbein Duo Water soluble Aqua oils, which some would say aren't really oils - because they are water soluble. Anyone who feels this way - I challenge you to use them. Just once and you will fall in love. They handle just like regular oils - they even come with linseed oil medium (I have no idea how they made that water soluble). The best part though - is the clean up. A short time at the sink - all clean. No smell either. I LOVE them.

Anyway - I finish the painting with those, and this time I go over the 60 minute mark - without even realizing it. So this is more like a 75 minute painting.

I was on a role - so immediately upon finishing this one, I grabbed a painting that I started a while ago, but never finished. Here is the beginning phase of this pretty flower.
The dark background is done in oil - while the chalky white petals are in acrylic - the difference is really noticeable. The oils are richer and deeper in color. The acrylics are very matte and really too light - no matter what I do.

So I finished it up with the oils again. I am really learning to be brave. I don't know if you can see the big strokes and how thick the paint is in some areas - but I never paint like this. I usually work so hard to get the strokes out. No, looking at it, the big strokes and thick paint are nice - they create texture. Obviously not all paintings would benefit from this kind of brushwork, but this one seems to.

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