Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Little Art


In celebration of the first official Veg Out and Be Artsy Day (Oct. 1, from hence forth), I whipped out the ole' Winston & Newton watercolors and added about ten items to my stack of small "finished product" pictures. I literally needed time to do a little art.

Why small, you might ask? This year, I'm sharing the wee bit I know about painting with some lovely kidderoonies. My goal for this class is to avoid boring them to tears (where possible) and jumping right into actually doing the fun stuff - the actual art. Hey, I was a kid once...I think I was, anyhow. If I remember that correctly, kids are all about the art and supplies; skip the yada yada. 

Rising to the occasion - I will make this fun! Consequently, projects need to be paired with focused skills and I need to do test runs. The project of the day needs to be small and easy to complete, so I time myself to see how long each project takes to finish. However long that may be, I double the estimate. With only an hour long class each week, the time flies by. You might also be surprised - oh, please say you're surprised - at how weird and nerdy I look with my specs sliding down my nose, timer in one hand, paintbrush in the other, and watching the timer like I'm working with the bomb squad.

Mouseketeer Van Gogh, BuzzFeed.com
Timing myself goes against my very nature when you're talking about art or crafts or even blogging. I love to linger over projects. I'd hate to have to time everything; as a matter of fact, I'd hate to punch a time clock again. That's another form of timing yourself.  Timing yourself and pushing to the finish line, so to speak, can be a drag. Lingering is so much better.

But, it did take fifteen minutes to blog this.

19 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    That mouseketeer portrait..
    It isn't...It can't be...It IS...
    Willy Dunne Wooters!!!

    Before I write another semi-funny word, I want to get serious and let you know how much I admire your talent, not only as a blogsmith but also as an artist. Those watercolor leaves and flowers are marvelous. You should post more samples of your work.

    I love lingering (and have a black belt in malingering). Most of my career was spent racing against the clock and meeting deadlines. My job as a television news producer required me to keep track of every second. The segments ("blocks") of the half hour newscast needed to be timed precisely and the cast needed to end the second the network newscast began - no excuses.

    Cheryly (surely) your artwork will inspire the kidderoonies to develop their own abilities. Perhaps your influence will give the world its next Vinny van Gogh.

    Have a wonderful Thursday, dear friend Cherdo!

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  2. Once again, dear friend, you are too kind and I thank you. This is the fourth year I've taught this class, and some of the kids have taken multiple years with me. I never do the same thing twice, so I try to stay on top of it. I know many talented artists and crafting whizzes - I just do it because I love it, I've never taken a class or pursued it. The technical stuff all springs from my addiction to getting books and figuring it out, ha ha. I try to stress that to the short peeps - if you want to learn it, you can; you'll have to practice and you'll need a little info. I also tell them that from my perspective, after years of reading all the stuff about art and history that I can get my hands on, I've learned that the thing the art manual tells you to NEVER do is the thing that made someone else famous (Jackson Pollock, I'm still wondering about you...God rest your soul...).

    It's another run around like a chicken with its head off day! Have a good one, SDK, my pal!

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  3. Wow. You have an amazing talent!!! I especially love the fall leaves.

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  4. After seeing your take on Vincent....that is genius! (more than that even...I'm not sure where to categorize it among the creative sparks of the universe!)... and I am now ashamed to have ever thought myself witty and creative....now I know how Brian Wilson felt after the release of Sgt. Pepper...

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    1. ...I'm sorry, after looking at it again...it is genius on so many levels I can't even begin...you take my breath away...

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    2. Gary, that isn't something I can take credit for, but you are too sweet.

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    3. Really? Well...I appreciate your honesty, and gee, I still think you're really swell...(to be honest, I'd never in a million years have thought of the Mickey Mouse hat....who ever did, that is amazing!

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  5. Your leaves are too beautiful. I would like to be artsy. And craftsy. Instead I'm just fartsy.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. As long as you do it well, that will work. Excel and expel.

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  6. Stephanie's right. You are talented and those watercolors are strikingly lovely and subtle at the same time. As for this:

    'Rising to the occasion - I will make this fun!'

    You?? FUN?? Never would have guessed. ;)

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  7. Beautiful flowers and leaves. I've never mastered watercolor. I've used acrylic, though.

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    1. Watercolor is harder that the other mediums because you don't get the "paint over" option that gouache, acrylics and oil provide. And sometimes, I miss it! (Thank you for the compliment!)

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  8. These leaves and flowers-so well done! I love the bright colours, the veins look great. Love the splatter look on the one. This is excellent and too funny about Van Gogh and the ear:)

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    1. Thanks, Birgit! Glad to see you stoppin' by!

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  9. *Soib* I'm the only non-artistic one in a family of artists. Peple who can draw, paint, sculpt. My brother sculpted the Swiss Lion Monument ( http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/artists_l-z/thorvaldsen/lionmonumentlucern.jpg ) in snow one year and had himself photographed with his foot on its back. His silly grin negated the majesty of the sculpture, but still... All I can do is type. Sigh. Shoot me one of them leaves.

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    1. Girl, I'll shoot ya a leaf any time.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo