Sunday, February 28, 2016

January/New Art/Watercolor

Painting is something I have been playing with for a few years now.  I've taken classes from a teacher who knows classical painting methods and is quite successful in our area.  Learning to paint is much like learning to play the piano, learn from the great musician's and then take license to find your own style.  I've not been comfortable with dark paintings and have bucked it a bit.  As you can see my style is light, and I like it that way.  Now that I've said that, I'll probably paint something dark for next time! :)
January 2016/working on color
Palette: Bright Earth/Intense
I've recently painted several smaller works on one piece of paper, choosing a Bright Earth Palette because of how the colors glow on paper.  While mixing the colors I realized that the colors in my house reflect this group of paint colors.  I've been able to match the color in a bathroom, the living room and other rooms from this palette. What a lovely way to find out about color and how it works.
I can trust color when mixing it from three harmonizing colors. I do get stumped when not staying true to the basics, but in time that should change, I hope. 
The Bright Earth colors are Perylene Maroon, Indanthrene Blue and Raw Sienna.  The downside of this palette is the purple is less than spectacular but I've found I can use Cobalt Violet or Windsor Violet to bring up the mix.   
Something new to my love of watercolor painting is to share more of it via a painting forum.  It should be great fun and I look forward to meeting many more people who are encouragers of art! 
The group is Paint Party Friday and I'll be posting on schedule for it next Friday...except for today! :) 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Daphne and spring like days

It's that time of year again when the Daphne Odora breaks out in perfumery song!  Daphne reminds me of my mother because she most always had a bush of it growing in a protected corner of her yard. She would show up at my door with a few sprigs as soon as it was blooming. We would lift the blossoms to our nose, and lavish in the perfection of the scent. It's such a clear, untouched smell that brings out a smile every time we shared in the beauty!   I have often thought it would be lovely to have perfume that smelled like it!
As it turns out, there is a company in Portland, Oregon that has created a perfume called Dafne.
If you're like me and interested in trying some.... here is a link to the web site that offers a 9ml bottle of "Dafne"  for $45. There are several other delightful sounding scents too.  


 Our Daphne Odora bush is rather loaded this year, and that means it likes where we planted it. 
It is on the North side of our house, catches the afternoon sunshine, but not so much as to discourage growth.  Our suet bird feeder sits above it.  Even the birds seem to enjoy this bush as they scatter under its cover, and out of the way of danger. 
I've been lazy in getting to my blog pages the past couple of weeks, but not lazy in view of work.  Valentines was an eight day week which left me ready for some quiet, and time to take in a day like today..... full of sunshine!  I'm simply grateful, and will be keeping in tune with what nature has to bring these almost spring like days!