Archives for February 2013

Journal Paintings

I have been inspired by the working methods of Jane LaFazio.

One of her posts about journal paintings motivated me to take out my painting supplies and sketchbook with watercolor paper.

My first attempt is okay. Not great, but at least I did it.

Camilia

Camellia

Camellias are in bloom in my garden. I used them as subject matter.

I used a paint brush she recommends that holds water. This works great. No need for a water bowl and rinsing.

She recommends to paint for a few minutes every morning. This will take discipline. I’m geared up to sew most of the time. Painting took a lot of concentration, more than I realized. But, it was a good exercise and made me use parts of my mind that get very little use.

I highly recommend this exercise.

My next subject will come from photos I took on a recent trip to San Diego. I went to an event held every Saturday morning in Little Italy.

Little Italy San Diego, CA

Little Italy San Diego, CA

Several streets are blocked off and vendors set up tents and sell their wares. Fabulous prepared foods, fresh veggies, pastries, fish and jewelry to name a few. Fresh flowers were abundant as well as potted orchids.

Potted Orchids

Potted Orchids

Cut Gerber Daisies

Cut Gerber Daisies

Fresh Kale

Fresh Kale

The red veins caught my eye.

I took pictures with journal paintings in mind. It is an excellent way to document the events and experiences in your daily life.

 

 

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