Monday, August 31, 2009

From Inches to Feet

I'm trading in my pencils for a few weeks and taking large paint brushes in hand to create a mural in the Benton Center lobby.

The plan is to create a "Tree of Learning" on the wall along the ramp leading to the older section of the building. The wall has some challenges with a hand rail as well as a slope. My plan is to use the hand rail as a horizon line and put the roots of the tree under the rail and the trunk and leaves above.

The request is for the tree to have some dimension, so my next challenge will be putting some sort of material on the wall that I can sculpt to look like a tree. My plan is to use a dry wall texture, in dry form so I can control the thickness.

I have put a layer of primer on the wall and have drawn the tree out roughly where I want it. This week I will be working on the sculpting part.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Silver Creek

Last week I was in some of the most beautiful country in the world. I happily found myself in the Boise National Forest in Peace Valley, Idaho along a clear mountain stream named Silver Creek. I was fascinated by the huge granite rock formations and canyons. It has been a long time since I was surrounded by this beauty.

I awoke early my first day and ventured out to find a spot to paint. It didn't take long to find a spot along the banks of the stream that inspired me. I set to work and within a few hours caught the picturesque setting on my paper. Several fishermen and woman stopped to take a look as I worked. I don't know how they did with fishing but I came away with "a keeper".

It was fun painting in a place that I don't usually get to visit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Something Different

I'm getting ready for a mini vacation to visit family and some places of my youth. I am planing to take my supplies with me and try a bit of outdoor painting in a different part of the country, most likely without as much green.

When packing for this kind of a trip I cannot take as many supplies as I would painting locally. I plan to take only what I feel I have to have with me. I plan to pack everything into a small carrying case so it is all in one place.

I have a small portfolio that should hold all I will need. I will take some colored pencils packed in a small box, some colored pencil sticks, also in a small box, some paper, a drawing board, and a folding chair. My camera is already in my purse.

Idaho, ready or not here I come!