Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LOVE MY TEAM

LOVE MY TEAM was a message created for Necco's The Game of Love theme for its candy conversation hearts in 2005.

I do love my team!

You know how sometimes folks come into your home and as you hug them you can drink deeply of the fresh outdoor air they carry indoors with them in their hair or on their clothes? Today I felt so aware of the fresh air of my friendships with other artists online—my team. I breathed that pure oxygen right in.

In particular, Simone's mention of painting with her fingers suffused my studio time, and Carol's mention of using a black and white filter to assess values in a painting is about to freshen up this post.

I continue to move along with Vova, mixing and adding color with my fingers, using spray paint, playing with stencils, scribbling with wax pastels, dripping paints from bottles, turning the painting on it side, and checking its values.

Happy Valentine's Day, one and all!

Vova 21417 [working title]
values, not too bad!

detail
detail
detail

11 comments:

  1. My lesson is on variety!! You are the queen!!! So much going on here, yet my eyes aren't tired. Love those little dots on those brush like strokes, and of course those pinks all those details amaze me. Very positive on a winter's day.

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    1. Thanks so much for the link! Great black and white!!!!Values very good!!!

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    2. Carol, thanks for your feedback re variety. I didn't set out intentionally to create variety, but that's what I did! There IS quite a bit going on, but I was glad to here the busyness doesn't tire your eyes. That's my experience also, especially with the painting in hand; it engages my curiosity and feeds me without overfilling me.

      Happy to link to your post : ) And thanks for the thumbs-up for values!

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  2. Can i just say YUM??? Those detail pics each look like complete paintings. Scrumptious. Like sherbet on a hot day.

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    1. Indeed you CAN just say YUM, and I thank you for doing so! I love snapping the detail pics, i.e. discovering little compositions hiding everywhere. Reminds me of discovering poetry in prose, which is another pastime of mine. Sherbet on a hot day—great simile; sherbet with twenty toppings!

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  3. So GLAD and honoured to be part of your team, Dotty! You know I would not have been anywhere without your constant support. And as I said, I am glad we are in each others team!

    How big the role of friendship, companionship and support is as it comes to creativity (sorry for this terrible English).

    Aha: fingerpainting! Isn't that a great thing to do? Making huge steps back in time, straight to kindergarten?

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    1. Your 'terrible' English is exquisite. I know I've said this before but I have to say it again—without your English we would not have the sustaining enlivening and delightful friendship we have because my 10 or so words of Dutch would not get us far AT ALL. Being part of each other's team is the best! I do sometimes sit back and wonder what (if) I would be painting if not for my little band of online art friends. Truly, it is beyond my imagining.

      In the same vein as fingerpainting, today I am back in kindergarten using glue and my fingers to do collage. It is SO enjoyable to get in there and be one with the paste!

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  4. Disney is shaking in their boots. Watch out, Dotty is on a roll! This is so fun, so eye catching! The details would be so wonderful, framed and lined up on a wall together. I keep going back to look again. In awe of how those yellow dots seem to be floating miles above the rest. Brilliant!
    Thanks for this mini vacation to your magical kingdom!

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    1. Sheila, thanks for your feedback and for your kind and delightful magical kingdom metaphor! Love your idea of framing and lining up the detail paintings on a wall together—entirely doable, since I've got the photos and can make prints. Thanks for the idea. The yellow dots are made with house paint, and they do have a different quality/viscosity that adds dimension.

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  5. Hi Dotty - late to visit! Great shapes and the balance of pure hues and neutrals is perfect. Carol is so right - a lot going on, but I can't stop looking. My eye moves around the painting and each time I find something new to focus on. Agree totally - great values!! Appreciate your detail photos - beautiful little gems. Hearing your description of your process is so freeing. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Janet, it's never too late to visit! Delighted to have you stop by. Thanks for all your input—the best part is gleaning after the fact what makes a particular piece 'work' rather than making a deliberate measured effort as I was creating. I just love when pure hues and neutrals are in balance, and values are great WITHOUT my having given more than fleeting thought to those elements while painting. I'm glad that both you and Carol enjoy that there is a lot going, but that the busyness is engaging rather than overwhelming. I'm also glad that the detail photos offer gifts in themselves and that my description of process is freeing to you. Yay!

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