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Gosh I like Gouache!

Posted in art, Gouache, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Pastels, Watercolors with tags , , , , on May 28, 2018 by sebland

imageI’m planning an art retreat in September for my Art Chix and a Dude, and wanting a minimal amount of supplies. I like the convenience of watercolor, but it can be challenging. I decided to try gouache, and boy do I like it, for lots of reasons. First, it’s opaque, so you can paint over your mistakes. Second, even 24 hours later, you can put a wet brush to your dry palette and pick up nice juicy color. Economical! The colors blend beautifully so you don’t need a ton of paint. It flows easily, thin or thick. Cleanup is easy. If you make a miscue, it lifts with a damp brush. I’m liking it so much I think I’ll paint a sample a day. Anybody want to pick up some art work ¬†at a bargain price? 5 x 7 matted for an 8 x 10 frame. ¬†Lovely colors, new every day,!

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Learning to Paint a Wave

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2017 by sebland

A THOROUGHLY BLUE DAY

There’s an old saying that goes: “You can’t teach without learning.” I think that is true.

A while back I was teaching at a local crafts store and one of the students asked me how to paint a wave. Knowing that I had a lot to learn, I visited a number of instructional sites and found there really was a formula for how to paint that wave breaking. I won’t fill up your time with a step by step, but I will advise you to do a search and find some good how-to’s on line. This one came out pretty well, and my students enjoyed the exercise. So did it! So, if you want to learn something try teaching. There’s always more to art than you ever imaged! Just show up and you’ll find something new, all the time! Thank you, Lord, for the internet! By the way this painting is acrylic on watercolor paper and is available at my new gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/758356

 

 

Cooling it – On the Rocks

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Pastels with tags , , , , , , on October 2, 2017 by sebland

ON THE ROCKS

Living in the Texas Hill Country was always a dream of mine, and I’ve been delighted since we moved here several years ago. The friends and neighbors, the rivers and streams, the sunrises and sunsets have all been delightful and thrilling. Still, this land-locked person loves and misses the cool salty air from the ocean. We’ve made numerous trips to the Gulf, the East Coast, the West Coast, Alaska, and points in between, but on a warm autumn day my thoughts still head to the ocean. I love the smell, the sounds, the breeze and the excitement of watching each new wave break on the rocks. I’m playing with pastels for the first time, and had a good time painting this small work. Hope you like it, too. It is available at my new gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/s-e-bland/on-the-rocks/626656.

Little Grains of Sand

Posted in Acrylics, art, Painting with tags , , , , , on September 3, 2017 by sebland

imageI believe at some point all of us have asked the question: “What difference does it make?” Maybe someone disagreed with that great idea you had. Or the opinion you just expressed was shouted down. There’s a lot of that going around. A writer may have just gotten the rejection slip on the novel that took months to write. Your dearest friend didn’t like the color of the sky on the painting you just finished. Like a deflated balloon, poof! You’ve been shot down. I believe that only those who never try will not share that experience. If you want to smell the sweet smell of success, you must surely inhale your share of failures. Just as little grains of sand wash out to sea, so also are they carried back in with the tide. And they make a difference. Maybe they become an island or a sandbar, or a castle for a happy child to build. Those little grains of sand have no idea which crab might build a house among them, but they have a reason for being. So do you. Whether you are growing okra or zucchini to share with your neighbors or teaching Sunday School, buying groceries for a neighbor or making a beautiful piece of art, your time and talents make the world a brighter place. Try to remember that. You are here for a reason. In some way, every day, you do make a difference . Enjoy that thought!

THE AFTERMATH

Posted in Acrylics, art, Painting with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2017 by sebland

imageThe storm has moved on, the sun is shining, and for most of us life will go back to normal. For all those unfortunate people affected by Hurricane Harvey, it will be a long tough struggle. For days we’ve been glued to the television screen, hoping and praying for loved ones and being amazed at the force of nature. Who would believe more than four feet of rain over a few days time? We’ve wept along with friends whose homes are so badly damaged they may never return. We’ve seen favorite vacation spots blown away and we’ve wondered would it ever end. What has been noted over and over, though, is the kindness, the sharing, the rescues and offers of food and shelter for people of all races and religions.

My son was in danger for a while, and we’ve been relieved to hear they are o.k., but I can’t help thinking of all those who are not all right. I’m seeing a wonderful outpouring of generosity from all over the country, and somehow I know our people will survive. They’ll do whatever it takes to help one another dry out, pick up and start again. Because that’s what we do. God bless us, every one!

Peace Be Still

Posted in Acrylics, art, Painting with tags , , , , on August 29, 2017 by sebland

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Water is so refreshing. Standing on the shore smelling the salty air, feeling the spray hit your face, ah! There’s nothing like it! But muddy boiling flood waters in your home? Not so nice! I’ve been heart broken for friends and family in Houston this week, fighting desperately to protect home and pets from the rage that is Hurricane Harvey. I’m helpless to do anything from 200 miles away and the news reports are sickening. I lived in Houston for forty years, and I have many friends and family there. For that reason I want to do something to help. I’m putting “Peace Be Still” up for raffle. Every penny I raise goes to the Salvation Army. On October 1, I’ll draw a name and the lucky winner walks away with one of my favorite paintings. Tickets are $10, and there’s no limit to the number of tickets you can buy. Please join me in helping our neighbors in Houston!

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