flora and fauna, Illustrations, Uncategorized

A few tulips

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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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people, Plein Aire Painting, street scenes

Calla Lilly seller

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We are finally having some sun here in Mexico.  It’s been really cold and I can’t get used to it.  So on my patio today I’ve been working on this large watercolor and intermittently putting the painting in the sun to dry.  While it’s drying, I catch as many warm rays as I can.  Boy, the sun feels great.  I have not picked this painting  up in a few months as I’ve been super busy with many things other than painting. So in a day or so, it should get finished if nothing else crazy happens.

flora and fauna, Illustrations, interior design

Love ribbon with flowers

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Here is another zentangle from my collection of pen and ink little drawings that I am digitally drawing and painting to finish them ON THE WACOM.  This one was a real experience because I guess it’s a shock to experience the vivid and true color on the cintiq tablet and  see the paler version  on the internet.  On the web the colors look pale to me.

 

 

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To say the least I spent many hours on this and I worked it through and reworked it trying to learn how I could have done it easier.

 

dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, step by step, how to, thoughts behind the work

My Orchid Kitty

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This kitty is covered in orchids.  I had orchids sitting in front of me from my patio garden  and I drew the simple outline of kitty, added wings, a little bird and some fun and not so ordinary color palette.  Then I drew abstract fragments of the flowers on his body.  The little bird ended up having one of his wings looking like another bird facing in the opposite direction. a perk from heaven.

The font is Gigi.  I got the color just by going down a few shades darker than the orchid flower on the color wheel.  The whole drawing was done in photoshop with a few simple brushes.  lots of layers: orig. scanned art, outline, coloring, text, and a white layer in there to be able to see what it finally                                                                                            would look like.

I love getting comments.  Let me know what you think: either about this revision series or any comments on the art are appreciated.

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flora and fauna

Finding White Lilies

white-lilies-cameoWalking in downtown Ajijic, along a small crowded street, a shock of white caught my eye.  It was coming from a dark doorway.  I couldn’t make out what it was exactly so I stepped closer to get a better look.  There were art objects in the doorway as well; a big earthenware bare brown jug with a minimum of decoration, as well as tables with sculptures and displayed paintings.

Then I saw the white of the lilies.  I snapped some shots and felt privileged.  I just loved them. They were dropping red pollen from their stamens onto the lower gigantic petals.  They were on their last leg as cut flowers.  I knew them as stargazer lilies.  I had grown them in Washington.  Mine were many colors of pinks, but I had never seen white ones like these.  I looked up and saw a woman staring at me and smiling.  Apparently I thought I was walking into an art gallery when in reality, I walked right into someone’s studio.  I was embarrassed and apologized and stepped back quickly.  She did not seem to mind.

I felt both silly and lucky at the same time.

Even though I have been in Mexico almost a year, I have not seen one calla lily yet.  I have seen only a few backyard versions while walking in my neighborhood.  They were shades of red and I noticed that they seemed happy in shady gardens.

Diego Rivera painted many works using the calla lily.  Even though we see these images over and over just about everywhere, I don’t get tired of them.  He also painted them so well that he transformed from the well known flower into abstract shapes molded around his figures as perfect adornments. He found a perfect prop for his figures and faces.

Read about this iconic Mexican artist here:

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So lilies of all kinds have been on my painting list for a while.  Here is what I painted today from my photo.  The red grains are pollen.   Click the picture to purchase a print.

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If you would like to grow some of your own calla lilies, this is a good site for information.

To learn more about stargazer lillies…

Here’s a lovely little video of a bee collecting pollen.  It’s relaxing and I’ve watched it a few times. Nature is amazing.