Ugh...today ended up as a sick day :(. My throat started feeling scratchy this afternoon and then I started feeling achy this evening. I've had strep a couple of times and one time it came on like a ton of bricks and I really didn't want to feel worse. overnight so off we went to urgent care. The quick strep test came back negative so that's good news but I still have tonsilitis...yuck! Thank goodness I worked on these two pieces before I started feeling crappy. I love trees and I think they are definitely part of my artistic symbology. The pencil sketch of the tree resulted from wanting to play with some water soluble graphite pencils. I love how it turned out and it was so much easier to blend the shading with the water than scrubbing it around with a blending stump. The other piece is another like I worked on yesterday. This time it's on a card made from watercolor paper. I still have the leaves to do but that'll come tomorrow. Once done, this card is on its way to my husband's grandma for her birthday! Now off to bed to rest since I feel like crap...
Fall is my favorite season and it actually seems to be arriving on time here in Portland! It's been a warm summer and dry here (I know it's hotter elsewhere but I moved here for the clouds and rain) and I've been white knuckling it for a bit so I'm so excited for the change. Starting tomorrow, we're supposed to have rain and much cooler temps for the foreseeable future! Every year on Facebook, I post a poem or quote about autumn as an ode to my favorite season. This year, however, I opted for a visual ode. I saw a tutorial on The Postman's Knock blog this weekend for creating a tree using watercolor and a straw to blow the paint across the page to make the branches, It took me a couple of tries but I totally nailed it and I just love the result! I used pearlescent watercolor paint for the leaves so they sparkle. I'm totally going to do more of these trees...there are so many options! This is 4.5" x 6".
I'm feeling better now that I've recommitted to my project and my learning/discovery process. I didn't get a chance to start as early this morning as I wanted but I'm so pleased with what I produced and learned that it's a very successful day. Now, I'm going to sign off and read some books...art books, of course :)