Thursday, June 25, 2009

Heading to the North for the weekend

I'm heading to Maine for the weekend, finally some nice weather in New England! I won't be able to post anything, my mom's computer is so old it doesn't have USB ports to download any pics and takes forever to open a page.

Today I went to Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA. It's a small zoo in a nice woodland setting next to Spot Pond. I took some pictures of animals, just to have as reference for who knows why, but I like taking pics. I saw a wood carving of an owl that is near the front entrance. I don't know who the artist is, or how long it had been there, but the erosion from weather and time makes it that much expressive.

Isn't it cool? Well, off to the North!

Lisa B.

Lake Quannapowitt, Early Morning

Painting #2! Yay! This is Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA. I often drive by the lake on my way into work in the morning. The morning I took the picture for this painting, I fell in love with the way the sun was stretching out over the grass in the early morning. As opposed to my first painting I posted about, I held myself back from being too detail oriented and worked on getting a sense of light. I think I'm starting to see some success in that area. For paints, I used: Jenkins Green, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium white, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Med. Yellow, and Payne's Gray.

Lisa B.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First Steps

Here goes! I'm starting this blog as a daily exercise in reminding myself to be more creative. I've been missing the creative element in my life, spending most of my time working in a field other than the creative one. I have a lot of other interests, and those might show up from time to time, but I'll focus more on art and any crafts that I might be working on.

This is the first painting I've done in quite a while. I've usually only had time to draw, but I'm determined to make time to paint. This was from a picture that I took last summer, it's not finished yet. I still have to play up the sense of light. I spend so much time on the little details that I'm sometimes oblivious to the light play until I step back an really look. I'll work on this more after I've been away from it for a while. A good start, I believe.

Lisa B.