Monday, 3 July 2017

SUMMER FLOWERS IN THE RAIN

The ever-inventive Elizabeth is hosting Susi's  "Art Journal Journey"  this month with the theme "Summertime Love".

Call me strange, but one of the things I love about Summertime is the rain, whether it is the gentle soft rain or the bouncing off the pavements rain, and of course the flowers and plants love it too, especially the vegetables which thrive on water.

I gave my watercolour pens the week off and went back to my normal practice of using every colour in the box to make


FLOWERS IN THE RAIN



The original paintings were made with oil pastels and watercolours and the results photo-edited.

And of course the other good thing about rain in Summer is that we are "allowed" to stay indoors and make art.

Monday, 26 June 2017

PLAYING ALONG WITH THE PENS

I'm having fun playing with the colours the pens choose.

To recap - here are (my self-imposed) rules.

The pens themselves choose the colours of each painting in a four-inch sketchbook.
All the pens are in a bag and I take out three pens without looking. 


If I like the three colours together I keep them, but if I don't (for example if the colours are too similar like two pale oranges) then I'm "allowed" to take out two more, but I can only use three of the five.


I also wanted the paintings to be abstract.
And additional rules - colour mixing is not allowed, only the three colours can be used and I'm allowed to add black.


The pens started off by choosing a nice threesome.

THE BLUE GARDEN



However they were planning something.

They chose these three miserable together colours and in the end I had to add red and black to add a little interest.

AT THE THEATRE



They gave me a reprieve with this next one.
I rather like this jolly picture.

DANCING IN THE BLUE SNOW



Then they threw me a googly with the next set.


I could hear them giggling in the bag.  
("See what she makes with that", hahaha!).
I took out two more (allowed in the rules).


Not my colours at all, but I chose three and just to show the pens that I wasn't worried, I painted this in five minutes.  I added black.

THE FLOWERS ESCAPE FROM THE BOX



The next day these same three pens were still looking at me.
And I made a little collage.

DANCE OF THE FLOWERS


And funnily enough I almost like this one the best.

The light colours in the background checks were made by painting the colours on to a plastic sheet and taking them off with a brush and water.

So good choices of colours after all, pens, thanks!


How do you choose your colour schemes?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

THE NIGHT TRAIN

"Try it on Tuesday" is asking for "Steampunk" or "Something Mechanical" and
"Art Journal Journey", hosted this month by Rosie, is asking for Circle Art.

I've painted a little train, it's powered by steam so it's mechanical and I also painted it with the computer mouse so that's sort of mechanical too, isn't it?



THE NIGHT TRAIN



And there are plenty circles here - the two wheels on the right and the other wheels - these wheels must be circles too, don't you agree? - otherwise the train wouldn't travel very far.


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I'm also having a little experiment where the pens themselves choose the colours of each painting in a four-inch sketchbook.

All the pens are in this bag and I take out three pens without looking. 

If I like the three colours together I keep them, but if I don't (for example if the colours are too similar like two pale oranges) then I'm "allowed" to take out two more, but I can only use three of the five.
I also wanted the paintings to be abstract.




This is the very first one I made.




The pens chose two greens and a red.  The purple colour inside the circley thing was made by painting green over red.
What do you think?  Did the pens choose three good colours?


More experiments next blogpost - some good colour choices by the pens, others more questionable.


I'm also linking to "Mix It Monthly" where the theme is "Lyrics from a Song".
The song I've chosen is "The Night Train to Memphis" and if you want to be amused and cheered for a minute or so Roy Acuff is singing the song here.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A NEW BIRD

The uber-talented Rosie at "Art Journal Journey" is asking us to make art on the theme of circles. 

With the ordinary computer mouse and using the basic Windows Paint program I drew three circles and coloured them.  


Mouse drew a (rather wonky) vase for the circles which had turned into flowers.  I enjoy seeing the different way in which one can paint with the mouse which often has its own ideas about lines and direction.



A little caterpillar wandered by



followed by a new species of bird (new to Orange Esmeralda).




The new bird is very interested in the flowers.



I quite like this bird.  You might see him again (with his family).

Monday, 29 May 2017

THE ONE-EYED GARDENER GIVES A FLOWER TO HIS FRIEND BLACK RABBIT

Hello everyone.
I've been on holiday in a cottage with no wifi, no phone reception and no radio.
It was very relaxing.

At "Art Journal Journey" the theme chosen by Gill is "Elegance and Grunge".

I've always been fascinated by the quote
"In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king"
and I hope you will agree that the one-eyed gardener with his very elegant hat and stylish outfit is the king of his garden.







I'm also entering this into a new interesting challenge called "Digitally made" where they are asking us to make a purely digital art piece.
Apart from the butterflies this was painted using the mouse and the digital colours.
The butterflies were painted with "real" paints and digitally transferred, and the text was printed using Photoshop.


I hope you had a good time while I was away, and I'm looking forward to visiting you again.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

ON THE CATWALK

Every cat should wear a hat.





What do you think?
Should every cat wear a hat?


Linking to 
"Moo-Mania" where the theme is "Headgears" 
and
"Art Journal Journey" where Gill's theme is "Elegance and Grunge" and we should choose only one of these.

Which to choose - Elegance or Grunge?