I’ve been doing some nature photography lately, snapping pix of spring flowers with my iPhone. I’ve been trying, with some success, to use the Rule of Thirds as a guideline for where to place my main image. The Rule of Thirds is a “rule of thumb” for visual artists — photographers, illustrators, painters. See the photo above? (P.S. – It’s not my photograph, but I don’t have the attribution.) It’s divided into three sections horizontally and three vertically.
The Rule of Thirds proposes that the main image should be placed along the lines of intersection (see the red pluses in the photo above). Proponents assert that this technique creates more interest and energy in the composition. Below are a few of my most recent photos. How’d I do? Do you have a favorite?
My Crafts and Cocktails group loves to play with different crafts together. One member of the group recently broke her right thumb and is in a cast. In a nod to Karen’s dilemma, we decided to each bring an inspiration photo of flowers in a vase and replicate it in acrylics using only our non-dominant hand. I had a few slips, resorting back to my dominant hand, but the effort loosened me up and made me laugh. Here’s mine — inspiration photo and replication.
I’m co-opting this idea from my BFF, who made this card to accompany a baby shower gift. As you can likely infer, both the giver and receiver are tennis players, and this easy strategy makes a perfect gift tag for a baby-to-be.
Because Dan the Man is a pastry chef, we have several cute chefs decorating our kitchen. We had two chef pictures hanging on the wall by the dining room, and DTM asked me to replace them with something that I made. (Quite a compliment!) I’m afraid I can’t say these are 100% original. Since I’m a crappy draw-er, I used the lightbox in the studio to trace (using a Micron permanent pen) the outlines of the spoons and rolling pin from images I found on the Internet. I then used water colors to paint the images.
As you an see from the pictures below, they don’t lack some skill if you look too closely. But they look good on the wall, and that’s what counts, right?!
Several months ago, I blogged about my every-once-in-a-while art lesson with my BFF (Art Lessons | crapsmanship). We gather up a still life and then draw and paint from our own vantage points. BFF and I have done a few more. Strangely enough, no museum has come to call!
I know you’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the third installment of my Paint and Pass pictures (wink, wink). Last week, though, I was busy with my eight-year-old granddaughter, who hadn’t stayed with us for a year due to COVID. I skipped a week of blogging to play with Lulu, but I’m back again full steam.
Last week, I blogged about a routine I now call “Paint and Pass.” In the studio, two friends and I painted on our own for ten minutes, and then we passed the painting to another for continued work. We kept passing and passing, changing each painting in both little and big ways. Here are photos showing how BFF’s painting changed over time.
A while ago, two friends and I met in the studio to create, but none of us had an agenda for the day. We decided to each get some acrylic paints and a piece of mixed media paper and work for ten minutes on any design that struck our fancy. After ten minutes, we rotated the papers to work on someone else’s. We continued this routine until we’d each had six or so turns of the rotation. This week and the next two, I’ll share with you the process pictures. I know I missed several of the iterations of this pic, but here is Martha’s.
Our main Christmas tree (we have five!) is very tall and very skinny. Each year, we take down the art work that usually hangs on the wall behind where the tree is now situated. Every year, the wall looks empty except for the little area taken up by our thin tree. Art to the rescue!
I bought two 16”x20” canvases, and began with a layer of blue base paint. I varied the color a little and used some bubble wrap to add some texture to the blue (see close-up photo below).