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Love is in the Air

This watercolor with its soft and highly textured colors was a demo piece that I did in a class I’m teaching. The class is about painting watercolor in layers and stacking them according to their transparencies. The color palette is not my usual and so I’m happy that I am going in new directions. I am using my own hand drawn lettering as an off the cuff expression. We actually used cookie cutters and big flat brushes as well as thin riggers for variety. It was a fun project and everybody seemed to enjoy it. Here it is on textile.

flora and fauna, patterns

Red and green abstract floral

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I’m loving abstract flowers again.  This one is a combination of watercolor and intense markers. It’s interesting on its own and it gets wild as a repeat pattern.
These kind of paintings to me are more like drawings and they are an in between mix of media which is really fun.
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flora and fauna, Illustrations, Uncategorized

A few tulips

tulip-combo web

I have not been posting here in a long time as I have been filling every day with remodeling a house in Mexico.  The project has taken literally 100% of my time.
I also no longer have hi speed internet.  When you rent, the wi fi belongs to the owner of the property.  Upon moving, I lost my wi fi.  This is a difficult concept to grasp but I had no choice in the matter.  Now that I own a home here, with proper procedures, I can get on a waiting list.   I plan to get good service which will be fibre optics as soon as I can but
that is dependent upon many technical and administrative goals to be achieved and a time element I have no control over.  I won\t
go into details but it is complicated to say the least.  Life in Mexico is very easy for some things and very complex for others.  Also the town I live in is putting up all new transformers and poles.  The new poles aren’t completed yet.   We seem to have lost power on a weekly basis for months now but it is slowly getting better.  The main drag is being completely overhauled and redesigned to be safer and more efficient.  It’s hard when there is only one street in an out of town.   For now at least I have something
which at times can be as slow as ancient dial up.  I may be posting photos of the remodeling I’ve done to my cute little abode.  It will depend if I have enough energy. ha

These are little watercolors done out of my head and I’m just putting them here as a
test so I don’t forget how to type or upload anything. chuckle. chuckle. It ain’t so funny. So it looks like this house demands another full month of my time.  I’m shooting for the bulk completion at the end of July.  Since the onset of Covid 19, social distancing, etc. I miss my blog as its primary function for me is to keep a record of what I’m doing here in the progress of my art and watercolor painting.

Lots of people have really suffered with this horrific pandemic and I have only felt a little discomfort from time to time.  I don’t and won’t complain.  I keep my workers employed and that is my contribution to the Mexican labor force that is so loyal and hard working.  They have families to feed and life is normally a struggle anyway so this is super hard for them.

I am going to try to draw every day even if it’s for a few hours.  I miss working on my tablet, my originals on paper and anything I am used to.  I am painting some paper mache animals and masks a friend made for me.  It will be a gringa’s view of a traditional craft.

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animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work, whimsy

I need to find me a cat, design

find-a-cat-leaves

I am very happy with this drawing.  Maybe things are falling into place with this effort.  The leaves are a watercolor that I scanned and brought into photoshop.  The cats were added in layers in line art and colored in.  Everything was done after that on my tablet. Hey, I only crashed Ps once, and I think that’s because I got distracted with a visitor and had a feeling it would happen.  I was away too long and by the time I hit save, I knew it was too late.  But I did not lose too much as I just had to paint in more of the pale turquoise leaves.  This happened once before for the same reason.  my fault.   ALSO, as  time goes on I will learn how to manage things better and make smaller files.  I am getting more and more comfortable working with text.

This is kind of new territory for me and it’s really been fun. Here is the drawing on products.  and boy this product line is getting bigger every day. what fun!

Let me know what you think about this dear readers.  I would love feedback.  I am getting closer to my goal.

alphabet, greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, thoughts behind the work

Holiday cards update

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The gallery I am in now is new and we are learning what people like and what they want.  So we are happy that customers have been requesting Christmas cards. Living in Mexico has taught me that you have to get used to the unexpected.  Examples would be not being able to get  my favorite art supplies.  Solution:  try and try again and eventually learn how to survive by being very inventive and learning how to make substitutions.  Now that I have a full year of living here under my belt, I can honestly say nothing is easy but if you persevere, you may find as I have, that you will succeed.

I have learned that Mexican people don’t mail beautiful big cards often, or little, or not at all. This came as a shock to me and I got kind of scared when I realized it but, over time, I’ve learned how to fix this situation.   You can discourage me but you can’t kill my persistence.  These cards can be framed, given in person and make wonderful inexpensive gifts signed by the artist.

So here is the first collection with more in the works.  So far the gallery is loving them and believe it or not, this may be a rather new and unusual idea for the art-loving Mexican crowd.  They are an answer for expats to shop here and get what you had in mind and can’t find in general stores here.

I now have an excuse to play with fonts I love and their glyphs, photoshop and printing.  I am using the large HP scanner/printer HP7610.  Adobe photoshop 2018 cc.

The bottom line is that these are all my original artwork.  I do all the painting and drawing,  photography, and digital editing and I also do my own printing.  Why?  I like my own preference for high quality prints, rich colors and luscious heavy ecru paper stock.  These are my way of establishing who I am here in Mexico.  I have to say, for this job, I have worked very hard and now I can continue on this path and I am very grateful people are appreciating the effort.

p.s. the ripples on the photos are sun reflections from the glass top table.