Okay, THIS is the card fro this week. I am finally caught up now. Whew! I painted this card today after lunch. I had canned tuna for lunch, so I thought I’d paint a tuna. I’m not sure why I like to paint what I’m eating for lunch, but a doodle is a doodle and inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.
Tuna are very large fish. The one I painted today is a yellowfin tuna. I painted this in oils, so it was a bit more difficult to layer the colors because the paint will take a few days to dry and I didn’t have the patience to layer paint properly for my doodle.
After painting a number of these cards, in both oils and acrylics, I think the acrylics work better for a small quick painting like these are. Oils are richer in color and texture, but to do them right, you should layer the paints to reach full potential. Oils blend really well. Acrylics on the other hand, dry almost as fast as you can apply them to the surface you’re painting on. This is ideal for small paintings, in my opinion.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes over the next few weeks. Almost to the half way point for this project!
After this card, I’ll be caught up on my weekly card paintings. Well, actually, I have one more to do for this week, but I’ll post that on Saturday! This card is inspired by the bag of cherries I was eating while painting a new mini-pet painting (still working on it). Cherries are interesting to paint. They are such a deep red/purple/blue color. I also had a pretty intense lamp pointing on my canvas, so the lighting is dramatic. I painted this in acrylic, which I’m still learning to paint with. I showed this card to a friend of mine and she said it looked like a rotting apple with a worm coming out of it. I love my friends. 🙂 It is supposed to be a cherry with a stem; although rotting apples would make an interesting painting I’m sure.
I am a couple weeks behind posting my 52 card pickup art. This card was created on the week of March 19. This card reflects how busy my week was! I had the privilege of participating in the Boulder County home and outdoor show on the weekend of March 24th, 25th and 26th. It was a great opportunity to show my art to a large audience. Thanks to LAG and LAG for the opportunity to do this great event with some great people !
This week’s card is very personal to me. I’m cautious about discussing politics on my professional website, but this artwork reflects how I am currently feeling about the world and the USA today. In general, I am a happy, hopeful person. However, this past week, the immigration issue has weighed heavily on my heart. I am scared about the direction my country is heading, but I am trying to remain hopeful and optimistic that we all will get through this.
The blackness is encroaching on the horizon. There is still more beauty in this world than darkness, I really believe that; and that is what this card represents. The “orange” color is actually yellow and red blended together. Yellow for peace and red for blood. Because, regardless of where you were born, what religion you practice (or not), the color of your skin; we all bleed red. But we all also have the capacity for peace within us. Let’s push the darkness down and have more sunshine in our world.