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Thursday Night Art

Rune Puzzle is the runic blessing I promised Lauren. This elegant, simple design actually contains every one of the Futhark runes. All of them. If you take a book of runes and go tracing them out -- they're all there! I thought that was so neat. So I did them in Cherry Inktense, a brilliant red, then gave them a dry wash in Mont Marte pastels using a size 6 chisel point Colour Shaper to smudge and blend the powder around. I love those pastels. They are so strong and brilliant and of course, so amazingly handy right next to my elbow where I don't have to get up and run across the room to dig them out from under a stack.

Sometimes I just open the drawer to look at them and get color hypnotized. They do that to me. It's such a great range!

I'll be listing these on eBay starting tomorrow, but here's a little preview tonight.

Spring Sunrise in VA is the September "Skyline" challenge for Abstract Art, Traditional Art & Collectors group on eBay. Most of the photo references were night scenes of city skylines with lit skyscrapers, a lot of different cities. I didn't want to do a city so chose one of the three rural ones that just had great sky and a low horizon.

Sunrise Sea is also from an ATA challenge, the Limited Palette Mini-Challenge that had six specific watercolors posted to use in it -- without mixing any of them except on the paper. This did include either wet in wet or glazing them over each other. It drove me nuts. My sky changed a little from the reference mostly as if the wind blew the clouds a bit, because the paint migrated the way watercolor does. Otherwise it's pretty close and I like how it came out, especially the strong darks of the shadowy sand and rock. I managed to get how the water glowed with the light. This one will get listed on ebay either tomorrow or day after.

Autumn Bridge is different. I did it with Mont Marte watercolor pencils and washed them afterward. It was difficult getting a true dark pine green with them, the darkest green is sort of a medium value bright blue-green and I've got two pencils exactly the same color, that shade of green, so there might have been a darker green that just got left out of my set. Eh, I could always pick up a Derwent dark green watercolor pencil and swap one of them out just to make it a little easier -- or do what I did on this and start going wild with blues and grays and ochre and black to bring it down in value. I did manage to do it after all!

If you want any of the three ACEOs and want to catch me before I post them on eBay, I won't be listing them till at least seven or eight tomorrow night. So just message me or comment and message me your email if I don't already have it. Lauren, of course since there's a lag here, if you want one of these just comment Dibs on what you like!

I have a photo reference open for a wicked awesome butterfly for Lauren that I'll be doing in the Mont Marte pencils or pastels -- haven't decided which set yet, but it'll be neat. Might do a little iridescent wash into it just because and see how that mixes with watercolor pencils... I am having too much fun putting together your package! So far everything's 4 x 6" or thereabouts but I'll do the big ones too. I have the Colourfix out for those.

I also have the Colourfix out for Cheetahs Fire Dancing and came another step forward tonight in it -- not really documentable but something in the one I haven't got a reference for cleared up as to how to get it. I'm actually stuck on just one point before putting it all together, and thinking that through.
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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
I do like Spring Sunrise in VA!
Sep. 12th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Coolness! It goes in your pile. I thought you might want dibs on something neat in this Thursday's art!
Sep. 12th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
The runes are gorgeous.
Sep. 12th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Purrr thank you! I was thinking of you and composing a blessing through every stroke of working on it. May all the good things that can come into life come into yours.
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
My invisible cat whiskers are quivering with excitement!
Sep. 12th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Purr. This is going to be fun. In a few hours I'll post one or two of them. Spring Sunrise in VA goes to Lauren, but I might put up the neat Sunrise Sea first, or just post the bridge too and do more art this week.
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