Friday, September 30, 2011

Paint Party Friday Yep Yep Yellow!

I want to thank all of you for your helpful suggestions last Friday. That's what makes this group so fun! I really liked Faye's suggestion about using a lighter "mottled" orange. I'm not sure but is that where you use a sponge and dab the paint in? That would be really cool ! And I really liked Elisa's suggestion about making the lines blue and white like a water effect. I loved the symbolism behind that idea and I almost tried it but I was afraid the blue tail would get lost. ( It got me thinking about a whole other painting idea though, so thank you Elisa! ) And Rushmore, you are so sweet for worrying ( right along with me,lol) about what to suggest like it was your own painting! We are too much alike my friend! ( I love how your blog profile says Chief Salamander Catcher!). I probably should have listened to those of you who said to print out a copy to try backgrounds on, but our printer is out of ink and I didn't want to go out so I dived in with the yellow paint! Yes I can see how the yellow in the lizard is getting lost because of it, but I was thinking I could put more detail into the yellow in the lizard ( like scales or lines ) to bring that back out more. Or I could try "mottling the yellow in the background to make it different from the yellow in the lizard. I still would like to get a little blue in too! Would it be too much to sponge in blue water effects lightly in the yellow? What do you think? Maybe I can get some ink this weekend and try the printer this time! Happy PPF everyone!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paint Party Friday and Thanks Dana!

I'm so excited I have to share with you all a pic of the wonderful goodies I got in the mail this week from Dana at Sinderella Studios. I won her giveaway a couple of PPFs ago ! The prize was the book Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts (which is wonderful by the way!) but Dana even threw in 3 of her beautiful note cards and an adorable tag! Thank you Dana for such a generous giveaway and for picking my name! You are a sweetheart and very talented!

Ok, its back to the ole skink tease. I told you it takes me forever to finish a large watercolor! This is where I need your help too. I'm not sure what to do in the white areas. I kind of want to just do a gentle yellow stripe and maybe outline with blue like the tail. But the detail fanatic in me wants to go crazy and do wild zentangle stuff there too or southwest designs. I still need to put darker detail in the tail and darker outlines everywhere for more contrast. What do you think? Happy PPF everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Paint Party Friday and Happy Birthday Stacy!

I have two reasons to party this weekend! One is Paint Party Friday and the other is that it's my sweet talented friend Stacy's birthday from Magic Love Crow this weekend. Hit the link to check out Stacy's cool blog! So to celebrate both events, I am going to give you all a break from our little blue tailed friend and show you the new aceo I made for Stacy! Its called Geckostone and Magic Love Crow!( this will be winging its way to ya soon Stacy!) So party on everyone! Happy PPF and Happy birthday Stacy!!!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More Orange for Paint Party Friday!

Just added more orange this week. Didn't have much time to paint but I squeezed in a few strokes last night! Oh yeah, more oooooozing orange!!! Yummy! This pic of our little model friend was taken when Jeff rescued him from crawling under my shoe. You can tell by his hand he is a carpenter, lol! Happy PPF everyone!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rocks from the Pow Wow!

We had a blast at the Rib Cook Off in Reno and the Pow Wow in Valley Spring so I thought I'd share this pic of  all the cool rocks we got at the pow wow! Can any of you name some of them? Rocks rule, yeah!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Paint Party Friday Orange Beginnings

Oh here comes the best part, the background!!!! Nice big areas to just let the colors do what they want. ( hopefully some animals and muses will appear! Last week some of you commented on the star of the photo session himself. To tell ya the truth I have not seen him since he jumped free the same day and ran into a hole in our porch to hide. The pic above is taken right before he ran into the hole. We live out in the country on 10 acres so hopefully he is out and about all day and I just never see him. I have been spotting little lizard poops inside our house though so I'm wondering if he's actually living somewhere inside. We usually catch a lizard inside the house at least once a month so it could be a different one. If its him though, I wouldn't mind snatching him up for a minute just to hold him agian! I miss him! Perhaps he is hanging out to see how  his portrait is coming along. Can you just see him peeking out from under a cabinet or something? LOL! Happy PPF everyone!