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ImageLance
Nov 10, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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It has been a while since I have visited around here. I don't think I ever posted a photo of the wonderful paintings Skye did for his Grandfather's birthday, so here we go:
Thumb of 2013-11-10/Lance/8e086f
The painting Skye is holding is all his own. We worked out some ideas and did some sketches, and then off he went. A few mistakes along the way that he fixed, but that is part of learning the art. I helped a little, but wanted him to let his imagination have fun with it.
Every part of the painting has meaning, as well. It is sunrise as Grandpa never gets up that early, fishing rods because we go fishing sometimes, a beluga whale because they are also called sea canaries - it can sing Happy Birthday, and striped bass and seahorse because they are local native bay critters. I am not sure if it can be seen, but the seahorse has many babies also saying Happy Birthday.
The mallard duck is a painting done during one of his last lessons. It was amazing, the teacher could not help him at all with his creative painting because she had nothing to go off of. She did teach some techniques, but we are not returning there - too limited for his imagination.
He just created a painting last night for a friend's birthday. We have purple New England asters blooming that he used as a start. He took a small 6 inch square canvas, painted it all black, then put a single stem with 2 leaves and one flower on top in the middle of it. A very striking contrast that works quite well, especially in its simplicity and how it demands the flower be the center of focus.
Sharon, they make animal toys without stuffing for just the reason you mentioned - too much mess. Putting treats into a Kong toy can also be entertaining. Unfortunately, my larger dog has jaws strong enough to squeeze an extra large Kong and break up the cookies, so he just chews away for a few minutes and both dogs clean up the crumbs that fall out. Still, they have fun with it.
Enjoy your day, everyone.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageLance
Nov 10, 2013 8:44 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Forgot to mention an article I just did on a Gnome Garden Skye and I created. Fun photos in it to check out.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks for showing us Skye's art work, Lance. I'm glad you are giving his imagination free rein, and your gnome article is excellent.
Imagevic
Nov 10, 2013 10:05 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh what beautiful paintings and I love his grandpa's dimples Lovey dubby
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SunnyBorders
Nov 10, 2013 10:15 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks, Lance.
Great to hear from you.

Love the picture
Skyes work is very impressive.
Wish I could do that!

SunnyBorders
Nov 10, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Don't see where the gnome garden article is.
ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Scroll down to the bottom of your Cubits home page Charlie. That's where the articles are.
ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 11:58 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Negative painting
Second layer only, so a long way to go.
About 14"x22"

Thumb of 2013-11-10/Sharon/08a5c0
Imagevic
Nov 10, 2013 12:57 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
It's still beautiful Lovey dubby Looks like trees to me??
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ImageMaryE
Nov 10, 2013 1:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, what is negative painting?

Lance, I sure did enjoy seeing how your project went together. And Skye's artwork is very good! I'm glad you are encouraging him to use his imagination.
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ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 1:23 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A negative painting is like this:

You choose your subject and in my case it's trees, then you concentrate on painting what's behind the subject, the space that is behind the trunk, between the branches and you ignore the subject.

It does have a sort of washed layer of color on the canvas first, but just color, nothing specific. That first layer of color becomes the color of the trees that are in front because i only painted behind them. See?

But in painting behind them, I also left areas blank and they became trees too, but farther back in the distance. So anyway, painting the negative means to paint what's around or behind an object, but not painting the object itself.

Not finished, there will be more layers done mostly the same way, but going back and forth to create depth. I could show you better than I can tell you. It's one of those techniques that must be seen to understand, I guess.
ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 3:03 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Third layer

Thumb of 2013-11-10/Sharon/b78c89
ImageMaryE
Nov 10, 2013 3:11 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Interesting. Is this a commissioned piece?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 3:16 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Nope, not a commission. But most likely I will use it as a Christmas gift.

I do have a request for a magnolia bloom and for a poinsettia, so those will be commissioned but fairly small. I'm just a little tired of doing so many blooms right now and needed a break from them.
Imagevic
Nov 10, 2013 4:39 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Stunning!
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ImageMaryE
Nov 10, 2013 4:55 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
There may be something mysterious back there in the woods!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagemcash70
Nov 10, 2013 5:07 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Very interesting Sharon, bet it will be very pretty. Thumbs up
ImageLarryR
Nov 10, 2013 6:28 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Most interesting technique, Sharon.

The two lads next door won't be around for Christmas. Their mother just got an eviction notice. Turns out she hasn't paid any rent since July. They have to be out of the house by December 1. I feel sorry for the children because this will without doubt make for a sad Christmas, wherever they end up.
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ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 6:34 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh sad, sad.
Does she have family? I thought she was related to the lady who owned it?
Where will she go? I really hurt for those children -- really hurt for them.
ImageLance
Nov 10, 2013 6:50 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Wonderful painting, Sharon, and an interesting technique. I will have to show Skye. If I can provide some painting ideas, let me know, although I am sure you have plenty. Perhaps a pet painting is in order, of a Tiger Toe game?
Thank you everyone for your appreciation. So many things to try out I am not sure how to slow down! We are now also trying glass etching with paste. Very easy to do, but of course we added a layer of challenge to it. We are using real leaves as templates for cutting out our own stencils. Anyone else do this? We have piles of glasses to use from left over from various purchases; too many auctions attended by another family member!
Always disheartening when the children suffer, typically for no fault of their own. I hope something works out for them.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes

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