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ATA August Challenge "Clear" Marble Splash is my entry using two of the reference photos for the "Clear" challenge. One was a Tomato Splash photo from the Tomato Splash pack from Unrestricted-Stock on DeviantART, the others my photos of marbles and glass objects. Two of them. I changed which marble I was doing midway through because it started getting too dark to be the faintly tinted pure clear one, but looked better darker.

This drove me nuts to paint it. It kept changing while it dried. I kept tilting it to move paint around within the marble. I kept putting in more paint and more water to push the paint around on the marble and finally had to poke it with wet cotton swabs to soften some edges and create some soft highlights. So it has a lot of experimental techniques, at least for me. Sitting there watching paint dry wasn't passive.

A new issue of Watercolor Artist had arrived earlier and I read half of it, so that led to some of the experiments. Also, the second package from Blick with my delayed pencil sharpeners and the Arches Size 3 Squirrel Pocket Brush arrived. I thought it'd be about half the size of my Size 6 brush, the Arches one. Bigger than the tiny pocket brush, useful for broader areas, still basically a small brush. Nah. This looks like a cigar case when it's closed. I am not kidding. It's a good sized cigar. The brush itself is gigantic! Fluffy, not even sized, holds a good point, would make big gloppy washes on half sheets or big pads, not just little watercolor journals. I'm going to have fun with it. Maybe I'll do more big watercolors sometime, since I've got a brush big enough for the larger blocks.
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notalwaysweak
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
I got the snow leopard and butterfly today! It had rained into my letterbox, but they survived.
robertsloan2
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Yikes! That's scary. I'm glad the top loaders and soft sleeves are effective. Whew! Very glad they survived. I'm going to have to be more careful with the package with the big pieces and make sure all the art's taped into plastic bags, since I don't have top loaders for 9 x 12" pieces.
notalwaysweak
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Well, hopefully by the time that arrives the rainy season will have stopped. We're coming into spring now, though, and it is Melbourne... four seasons in one day land...
robertsloan2
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
I never knew that about Melbourne. Tell me more about the climate. I'm not kidding. Right... you're heading toward spring and I'm heading toward fall. That's always cool anyway.
notalwaysweak
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
We're heading towards spring, which I usually gauge by a general feeling in the air rather than by the calendar. Spring is often pretty wet. Summer's usually quite hot (being under a hole in the ozone layer and all). Autumn is often miserable weather, but the heat hangs around for a while. Winter's pretty average. We've had some really cold mornings, but they're slowly warming up.

Crowded House did a song called Four Seasons In One Day, which refers to Melbourne's endearing habit of the weather changing very quickly. Today was a good example; I waked from the gym to work in a short-sleeved t-shirt and tracksuit pants, changed into a sleeveless top and skirt once I got inside, and then couldn't go outside at lunchtime because it was bucketing down rain.
robertsloan2
Aug. 22nd, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
That is so cool. That feeling in the air is natural. I get that too even if the weather hasn't changed yet or seemed to, there's a point it seems to swing toward the next season. Heck, I think I'm feeling it for fall, as I start to perk up and get more active and less sick. Kansas Autumn is some truly fine weather, it seems to me like the best time of the year.

Oh wow. Melbourne would probably flatten me with the arthritis, unless I had sufficient painkillers. I'll have to keep in mind what seasons are worst for it if I ever get a chance to visit, because I'd hate to waste the whole trip too sick to do anything. Though I might be a bit less weather vulnerable as I get stronger. Good nutrition here seems to be turning around some of the problems I've had for the past decade. Not enough that I could hold a regular job, but much more than I expected.

Loved the song. That was a fun song and a beautiful music video. I liked how artistic they got with it, it had so many beautiful scenes and effective use of surrealism. LOL -- no wonder the world thinks of Australians as rugged and bursting with health, tremendously athletic and capable of dealing with any weather or harsh environment. The ones that aren't probably never get out of their houses.
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