Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Saying Goodbye and Happy New Year to Font Favorites

As we review 2014 and plan for the new year 2015 I'm having fun while saying goodbye to a long used print font. I have put off the parting of the ways for some time.

I so admire the art of typographers, especially their popular uses of print lettering today. Yes, I passed a course in calligraphy many years ago, but it definitely is not my art form. For me I think it is a question of patience rather than hand and finger coordination.

On a computer back a few systems ago I found a perfect font, Cezanne, which spared my making a gif file of my personal signature. I liked the font. It kind of went with my admiration of Cezanne, the painter. 

Here are a few samples of banners I used with my treasured font. I even loaded the font onto new computers as I acquired them. Some have called it a funky font. Ignore the intense yellow screaming at you, please.

This year I've transitioned to yet another new computer system. In creating new banners for my websites yesterday guess what I couldn't find? My Cezanne font! It is on the old computer! I don't really want to go through working on that system and transferring files.

So it's time to move on. It's a new year. Time to simplify, maybe even go back to tried and true arial. 

What do you think of the new banner for this blog?

Happy New Year, everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Test Painting Watercolors on Canvas, Daily Painting Fun

Today's painting fun challenged me with a re-visit to painting watercolors on canvas.
Recently I used my jar of Golden Acrylic Absorbent Ground to prepare two canvases. In the picture's top portion I used a palette knife to spread a layer of ground on raw canvas. In the lower portion I spread a layer of ground on a previously double gessoed canvas panel.

With a #8 watercolor brush and fresh paints I played with colors on the two areas of ground. What amazed me the most was the lack of uncontrolled watercolor over the surfaces as I've previously found in using commercially prepared "watercolor canvases". I acknowledge "operator error" could have contributed to my previous frustration.

The paint seemed to "grab" on to the raw canvas ground without going through to the reverse side of the canvas. The ground on the canvas panel has a somewhat smooth surface but the paint didn't run uncontrollably. 

I tried adding colors to wet areas of paint, and I also tried  "lifting" paint in places. Additionally, I tried some "negative" painting areas and was very pleased with the results.

Later when the initial paints had dried I added more strokes of paint and also tried to re-wet areas for further work with surprising success

In conclusion, I'm excited to try more watercolors on canvas. I am so accustomed to traditional watercolors that they are a natural medium for me in contrast to using acrylics as watercolors. 

In recent years I've been painting oils and acrylics to get away from the framing challenges of watercolors on paper. Maybe I've found the best of both worlds for me. There's a freshness in the watercolor on the canvas panel ground that I like. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountain River in Summer Original Oil Painting | Small Art | Wall Decor

"Mountain River - Summer"
5 x 7" Oil
Today's small oil painting reminds me of warm summers in the mountains of Oregon. This painting will give you a smile on a rainy gray day as we are experiencing today. The sun came and went today, but the dry warmth of high mountain streams made my day.
The contrasts of summer shoreline rocks exposed by the low stream add a different note to the usual contrasts of cool greens and blues. Hopefully, the low river water created some pools for the fish to escape the heat of summer.
Visit my other small paintings for recent landscapes. Small art make perfect gifts and can be easily framed in standard size frames. Treat yourself, too.
Have you considered planning your decorating from the colors of a painting? Start with your wall decor rather than your sofa color for a change!  


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