Saturday, February 11, 2012

Use every bit

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

After spending a good bit of time on the Morning Commute painting today, I suddenly had a hankering to do a quick dog sketch. So here he is, our Blue, in blue. Indigo acrylic, that is. Love those sweet eyes!

Continuing on to the underpainting, here he is with glazes of phthalo blue and cadmium yellow light (making greenish areas in his ears and snout where the finished color will be a pinkish tan) and, in the background, quinacrodone rose with cadmium yellow light glazes, combining to make a delicious warm red (where I’m planning for the finished color to be on the coolish side of green).

And this is when I had to stop and clean my brushes, change my clothes and head out with my hubby to a gathering of good friends where we:
  • ate scrumptious taco soup with cornbread, salad, and various sweet desserts
  • played and listened to guitar and piano music (singing along of course)
  • made valentines for our 92-year-old friend Miss Gertrude (the guys were curiously absent from this activity)
  • had a wonderful, beautiful bonfire complete with roasted marshmallows and s’mores.
A fun time was, indeed, had by all. 

And in case you’re curious about Morning Commute, here’s a tiny peek at the progress:

Later, taters!

1 comment:

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Loved the quote, made me stop and think. There have been times when I haven't fully appreciated the gift I've been given. Looking forward too seeing Blue's finished portrait but I loved the sketch it told me everything in it's simplicity :)