In April, I made a 5×7 set of three Season Fairies to go with my 11×14 Winter Fairies painting I made one late night in December. I was anxiously awaiting the warm weather, and it’s finally come! Well, it’s been here a while, but I went swimming yesterday, so now it’s officially summer. To commemorate this, I decided to make my Summer Fairy painting the special for this week.
Yesterday I made a really cool watercolor painting, that inspired me to create a similar painting with acrylic on an 8×10 canvas. Again it’s relatively simplistic, although, I had a broader color palette this time and did an undercoat of pink before applying the blue to make an interesting periwinkle sky. The fairy’s dress is just a faded shade of the colors of the plants surrounding her – I used black to outline it all because I like how it stands out. I wanted to try something different though, so I added white dots at the end across the painting to give it a different, more grunge like feel, as opposed to the smooth swirly feel in the watercolor.
I really love how both paintings turned out in their similarities and differences. I might try and do some more of these in watercolor, as I learned that I actually prefer it when I’m doing something like this. I think it’s because of how much I need the paint to flow…
Earlier this year I made a list of goals – I’ve done quite a few so far and yesterday, we gave ourselves an early anniversary present, which I also happened to put on my “what I want to do this year” list.
We got a cat! and named him Tonks.
I had an idea for some watercolor paintings the other day – limited colors with swirls and lines as accents. I centered it, naturally, around a fairy.
At first I thought I would just do something black and white, but then decided a cool palette with blue and light green hues would fit the black accents better.
I’m so close to being back to normal, I’m really happy. Today I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and walked to the library to take out the Half Blood Prince, and then reserved the Deathly Hallows (on CD!). Can’t wait to finish the series, honestly. It’s moving and hits something that I haven’t been able to pin point, but anyway. I didn’t end up painting today, because I’m out of watercolor paper and was busy doing some cleaning and then was sort of intent on listening to the last few chapters.
Yesterday, we listened to the Order of the Phoenix while putting together our futon. We finally got one! I’m thrilled, I spent the rest of the evening cleaning and re-organizing the office around it and letting the mattress set. Now we can have people over and they can sleep on something that’s not a love-seat.
It’s taking on more of a modern-meets-whimsy look now that there’s actually more than a bookshelf for furniture in there. I tried taping up my fairy houses, but the blue one keeps falling, so it’s hovering over my cardboard desk at the moment, which I do hope to replace eventually, and maybe get some decent tables and a rug. We’ll see. We can also have a cat now, so I cleared out and cat-proofed the closet since, unfortunately, that’s where the litter box will have to be. But we’ll get a good one, so it shouldn’t hurt anything anyway. I’m excited.
I finished my second fairy house today. Added all the decorations, admittedly, mostly glitter. I also found a few other odds and ends to put inside – my compact mirror and some tiny animals from boxes of Red Rose tea (or whatever it’s called). I used my bottle cap to top the thread-spool-crochet-topped mushroom table and added a magical button swing/elevator on the second level. I also used pink thread to add a bit of flowyness to the outside, and a button hangs down above the entrance. I think I finally made something that my husband *liked* the glitter on…although now it’s all over me and I can’t seem to get it off. 🙂
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In other news, I went outside today when we had a bit of sun and that felt really good and I stopped coughing for a bit. I’m coughing again now, but I think I’m getting better. 🙂
Today, I’m doing a little better. Still averse to coughing and sneezing all over my paints – not to mention making my neck-ache worse (hate colds or whatever this is). So I think, I’m going to build another fairy house with one of the tiny cardboard boxes we recently got instead. This may or may not become an obsession, but it’s really fun, and a good way to be creative without spewing all over my paintings. I’ll probably be planning out what to do with my next three canvases too, and deciding whether I should focus on larger or smaller paintings. I find that I enjoy small paintings more because it’s easier for me to focus on adding lots of little details without getting so bored from laying on the huge amount of background that I feel the need to hurry my way through so I can get to what I wanted to paint before I forget. I guess that’s what happens when I start painting in layers as opposed to all at once…go figure. It’s something to work on anyway, which is always good.
Maybe instead of coloring on paper, I’ll paint on card-stock and use that as the interior to the house…
Over halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire, I painted on my last piece of watercolor paper. I guess I’ll need to stop by the art store sooner than I thought – in the mean time, I suppose I’ll be using the last few canvases. I am disappointed with my brushes though. They’ve gone all fuzzy. I bought myself some brush cleaner which helps a little but not much..so I’m looking forward to buying myself some new ones in the near future.
Anyway, I had an idea last night, but couldn’t remember it this morning, and ended up painting a piece of falling fruit.
So today, I got in my gaming keypad and spent the morning getting used to it while listening to some podcast about Sherlock Holmes (the movie, with RDJr.). I found a sweet spot in Nagrand above the throne of elementals where, well, all the elementals live and you can farm for motes to your hearts content. I caved and bought motes of fire from the Auction House but there were no Motes of Air or Primal Air to be found (same thing with the Overcharged Capacitor. I finally gave up and abandoned the quest. If it ever comes back, I’ll pick it up again) until I found the spot where the Storming Wind-Rippers lived. I’ll be getting used to my new keypad over the next few days questing, and then when I’m used to it, maybe I’ll try it out in a dungeon or two.
So then, after the Holme’s podcast, I put in some more Harry Potter and got out my watercolors. It always helps me to do something when I’m listening to things, I don’t really know why. Habit, I guess. So while Jim Dale was talking about the Marauder’s Map and Quidditch and Dementors, I was painting a fairy floating amidst bubbles.
I added a wizard hat because it seemed fun. I’ve had sort of an obsession with bubbles or polka dotted backgrounds lately. I don’t know why, it just adds a bit of interesting-ness. So I made another drawing.