Category Archives: Saints

Happy Feast of The Assumption!

For once I was bored, a rare mood for me, so I decided to make a quick watercolor sketch of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary. As usual, once I started, I got really into it!

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Water Coloring and the Waterworks

We did do a “project” as my elder daughter begged all morning. Then they wanted to paint the stencil itself. Then there was impatience with cleaning up the mess.  I’m not sure it was worth the mess, but that’s probably the Ferial in February talking.

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You don’t need a special system, just jump in where you are at.

When I was younger I watched the homeschooling moms around where we lived obsess over, spend money on and in some cases not use, elite programs for whatever the “in” thing was. Maybe it was an obsolete piano program, or an antiquated penmanship art, or the French this or that. I just wish that those ladies had honestly looked over their own lives to discover their special talents, then however imperfect the curriculum might be, dive into imparting their own skills to their children. At least they would have learned a few unique subjects to a high degree and everyone would have had fun and stuck with it most likely. After all, real skill in any area is always respected, whereas dabblers and big talker are always scorned.

So that’s what I want to do with my own kids. In particular, I enjoy watercoloring jam sessions. Nothing special just…no, actually something very special is going on here! A mom having fun with her kids!

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Maria Wanders Through a Thorn

I have been writing in my to-do/reminder book that I wanted to do some sort of Seven Sorrows based art for like, two years. I wanted there to be more than pallid spanish statues depicting it. I was was intimidated at the idea of drawing figures in motion which is so hard unless you have models. So I decided to do it my way. I started in June and spent several months getting the concept, making my knots, measuring the paper and drawing. A week ago I mixed my colors based on a Crivelli inspired painting in a plastic egg carton. Several days ago I stopped most everything else and just painted. My husband agrees that the watercolor works! Speaking of him, it was his idea to incorporate the teardrop shape.

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Master Copy 2

I love the work of Giovanni Battista Salvi Sassoferrato! I just realized. I do not know anything about him yet. Art history mostly talks about groundbreaking artists. But sometimes my favorite artists did not do anything revolutionary. I like how this particular artist has high contrasting values while yet being crisp and fluttery.

This drawing took me many hours but I enjoyed it. I like master copies because all you have to do is put down what you see. It is all there for you. No more decisions or research or enterpretation of three dimensional space onto paper. I did however, have a hard time with the third grade multiplication of fractions involved with enlarging the picture from my iPhone screen to my paper. I literally had a ruler up to my screen.

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My copy done in graphite.

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Sassoferroto’s masterpiece

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