Friday, May 10, 2019

paint party Friday

Welcome to paint party Friday!
My friend Carol (https://quiltedfabricart) told me about a free online sketching/painting workshop, unfortunately now over. I signed up and it was very fast paced with two videos a day from world known teachers. I have another week to finish up but it'so been very valuable to me. it was at (

First of all I now have my sketchbook, paint sketchbook, watercolors, pencils and pens out on the kitchen table next to the computer.

Apparently it's good for my creativity to have supplies at hand. I've been stretching and learning and growing in my confidence from doing these exercises. The picture above was yesterday's sketch on my own, as I read the I Like posts and had a morning cup of coffee. Not even a prompt.
That's a sign of a good workshop, that it leaves you experimenting on your own.

I have painted for a long time, and nowadays often on fabric...remember this piece from a couple weeks ago?

I watched the color move across the fabric, and as it dried I decided it was no longer horizontal mountain scene, but a flower in the foreground. I came back using a stencil of petals, some dark blue  and dark magenta paint with a sea sponge, and daubed in depth and details to lead you to see my tall flowers. Then used a spiral stamp for some whimsy. (click on photos to see them better)
I would like to somehow not quilt it but hang it on the wall as a banner

Back to painting on paper...

All of the teachers have in common their ability to really see an object. The ones working intuitively will just start in moving color across paper but the ones painting a face, or seahorse, or dog, or flowers will start with looking around them. They noted shape, positive space (the object) negative space (anything that is not the object, which also creates spaces) color, line, perspective, proportion, etc.
One can learn to draw.
One gets better at any skill as one uses it. Languages, riding a bike, cooking, speaking to a group.
I looked at my carnations as I trimmed them, added water, deadheaded them. Oh, the colors and the textures were lovely close up.
How delicate, how could I paint them? The lesson that day was on botanicals. It included creating a mix of colors you saw in your palette first. I usually mix right on the wet paper, so that was interesting in itself. (see the pic above). Then daub each color across the paper at the top, to see it will look dry.
paint one petal, paint one leaf, paint one blossom. Paint components before painting a composed picture. Again different, and a way to really see the object.
I carefully followed directions, and painted on watercolor paper. I didn't particularly like my picture but learned from the lesson. Now what to do with the paint remaining in the palette?

I took my sketchbook, the large one with sketch paper (thin) that I had made notes on, and with abandon painted big globs of color, squiggling my brush as I went. Painting over dried areas again with another shade, creating depth and curves and just letting myself see the color as I saw the flowers.
One is white with pink edges, but a hint of yellow in center, one variations on pink, and a tiny bit of greenish yellow too. When the paint was used up I found I liked the freely painted, large blooms more to my liking than the careful first painting.
the camera can't capture the color, which is at once subtle and dynamic in real life.

 when I drew the faces, I was amazed that this came from me. From me, from my center and heart, from learning from brilliant people, from seeing, from God.

mixed media, paper, painted coffee filters torn, pieced fabric

Milo was understanding while I learn and practice...
I'm bored, and it's cold again
 Music is important, while writing this I was listening to my CD of

Linking to:
Let's be social Wednesdays 
off the wall Fridays
can I get a whoop whoop Fridays
rosie and the boys nature pics 


  1. There are so many wonderful mediums to mark make upon, fabric is a beautiful way to make a statement. You are so right we have to look around us, take note and repeat to learn and improve our skills. You have made wonderful work of those carnations and face.
    I'm sure Milo takes note of everything you do, but I do not blame him for huddling up on a cold day.
    Thank you for sharing and Happy PPF Tracey x

  2. Looks like a soothing way to spend some time!

  3. Mmm, the paint on Davis is so lovely! Aren't these online offerings inspiring? I always learn something! And what lovely flowers - and sweet little "knowing" face!!
    Happy PPF!

  4. Beautiful.

    I love it that Milo is featured today.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  5. So much fun. I love how you are experimenting and enjoying the process. Wonderful that you moved through your "making" intuitively having fun along the way. Enjoy, enjoy and have a lovely weekend.

  6. Lovely carnation sketches--and that painted fabric is so beautiful nice work hugs, Julierose

  7. Wow Lee Anna! The flowers you painted are gorgeous! I need to find some tutorials and learn more about what I could be doing to improve. Right now I am sketching or painting some every day. I hope that helps! lol Love keeping a sketchbook now too. It makes you feel special to have a place to express yourself every day. I'll show a little of my art on Monday...I promise! heehee! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Keep on creating! I love that fabric too! Hugs!

  8. Beautiful use of color. I can picture that first one as a banner, maybe sewn onto a nice canvas that will give it shape, but not too much stiffness.

  9. What a wonderful journey, LeeAnna!! It brightens my day to see you further exploring your creativity.

  10. Milo ~ you are precious and such lovely creations by Mom ~ all of them delightful!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. the watery the watercolors the better to me. Glad you could use some of the watery colors on fabric and coffee filters that have filtered your way from me studio and become inspiration ! That long beautiful painted piece hanging in your kitchen is lovely and makes me think of a scarf wrapped casually about your neck . i buy scarf blanks to paint upon and satisfy that need to saturate color into cloth,( think it's a lawn cotton.) ...yum!
    Have a great weekend. And What a great cd of music..thanks for that 2.

  12. Aww, Live, Love, Bark!! I adore that. Your talent continues to shine in multiple mediums. ~smile~ Roseanne

  13. This is so interesting! I love the orange fabrics, as well.
    I really enjoyed this post!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  14. Those carnations are so beautifully colorful. Love the shades of pink.

  15. Really beautiful. I am taking WC class and it is just a medium I am not good at.