Sunday, May 06, 2007

Trying to upload AGAIN

Sorry to confuse everyone...I thought i had done this RIGHT last nite but had gotten some really ODD message from blogger saying it wasnt going thru...and then it acted like it uploaded...now its nowhere to be found...sooo here goes again!!!


EDM Challenge 117-Something Round

These small green balls have been all over the driveway and yard alot lately...But i had no idea what they were. The rain in the last three days knocked down a jillion more. Going out to check the mail yesterday i picked one up and though...perfect for the round challenge...such a strange looking thing...still wondering WHAT they were....we have so many different trees in our "woods" it was hard to tell....

By the time I got back to the front steps I found the answer to my question...a tip of a branch knocked down with the little ball on it still...SWEET GUM was the culprit...one day these were all going to be the big ouchy prickly balls that fill the yard up in the fall...

OH Charles Reid wanna be again...splattered and dripped....I first painted the leaves a yellowy green and then painted darker colors over each one...I got more proficient as I went...the top ones are the last ones I did...well not quite...the branch was last...and all those charles reid drips of paint that I love...hes got to be painting on an easel vertically...at least thats the only way i can get the paint to run and drip!

Daniel Smith WC in my big wc molie..decided to give it a chance with real wc...not pencils and it worked very well....I do think this needs something on the left side..not sure what bbuttttt we shalls ee!!

8 comments:

martín said...

I still don't know why, but all this splattering, dripping, and colour mixing atracts me so much. Maggie you're making want to get that... what's the name...did you say it?? oh sure, Charles Reid's book right now!!! hahaha:) Really awesome combinations you did in this one!

Nina Johansson said...

Wow, another awesome painting! I love Reid too, he has an incredibly free and loose style that is just fantastic - a great source of inspiration, and so are you!

shirley said...

Great painting Maggie - I love the color variation you achieved on the leaves. Last year I followed one sweet gum tree all through the year - sketching it whenever the changes were dramatic. I finally understand how the green balls form and then evolve into those spiky brown things with holes all over them.

Kristin Saegaert said...

Love your sketch and painting! We had a sweetgum tree in our backyard when I was a kid, and I LOVED to go barefoot - the front yard was fine - no sweetgum there - but as you ran into the backyard - ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!!! Thanks for the sweet memory!

bec said...

I've stepped on those before too! Nice job on the painting... you handled the colors with authority.

Serena said...

I could have sworn I'd already left a comment on this very post but.......awesome take on the challenge, Maggie ~ :)

Felicity said...

Your painting progress is just amazing Maggie - love these!
Somehow it didn't surprise me to hear you were not into quilting so much as art now. The quilting world seems (to me) to be a not very positive place. Anyway, you are obviously having loads of fun with your paints!

Africantapestry said...

I'm so glad Serena is saying she could swear she left a comment...just like I was sure left one on your foot post! Your work is really growing in an interesting direction lately and I like it Maggie...keep going!
Ronell