Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Was I going Blind?

I've been working on this painting, an image of children at the sea shore. I've had this image in my head for months. I am a huge, huge, huge,(did I say HUGE?), fan of Bessie Pease Gutmman, the famous artist, who captured the pure essence of children. Her images always makes my breath catch. If I could only illustrate as she did...anyway, there is no way I could ever paint as she did! But when an image triggers something in you to create, well that is what art is all about.
I have always desired to sketch, draw, paint,...children, and always told my self, who you? Yeah me, I had to try. I layed out the sketch, filled a little color in to give me guide line and started working. Of course it will change in every way so as not to actually copy her work. As with every artist, you capture an inspiration and use it to make it your own. I picked my colors, which will change through out the whole process, and began to do some light detail.
Now I know my vision isn't what it used to be, but something was diffidently going on here. I would dip my brush, and apply. Well that didn't show up, so I dipped my brush again. Nothing. Am I going blind? Is my eyesight finally going? Do I keep dipping my brush thinking it hits the paint, when it's not?
I even clean my brushes, and start over. Zip, not'ta, the paint is not going where I apply. This is serious if I can't see detail. I cleaned my brushes again, wipe off the water and put them away in the rusty tin cup I always store them in.
I decided it was time to see the eye Doc'. I looked up his number, made an appointment and felt a lot better, knowing I was going to nip this eye sight thing in the bud. I went back to my studio to tidy up, and re organize, and what did my perfect sight see? Ah Hah! It was more than my sight, it was my lovely little kitty! Apparently she has penchant for chewing on my brushes until all the fine bristles are totally chewed down to a nub!
I kept the eye appointment, because if I couldn't see that the fine hairs of the brush were gone, then it is time to bi-focal! UGH! Still can't blame the cat!


Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Welcome to bifocals...giggle!! Have them in my contacts now and still use reader glasses for fine detail. Age, it isn't all it's cracked up to be!!

I'll be back and thank you for stopping by!!

Lisa said...

I'm still 30 in my mind, and bi-focal s are going to make me sea sick. Thank for poppin' in, and you are welcome!

~* The Beldame on Peach Street *~ said...

Hey Lisa!

Thanks for visiting with me! You would love this class. She makes it so natural and easy You should pop on over to jessicasprague.com now and sign up for her newsletter. She sends one out to let you know what's going on, upcoming events, tutorials and such and sometimes there are free mini-tutorials on her website.

I think this free class is the first of it's kind that she's done but there are classes going on over there all the time. I don't know what the prices are but they would be very worth it!

Hope you'll check it out. It feels so good to know what to do with photoshop! Let me know if you get a chance to check it out!


Lisa said...

Thanks Jamie, I felt like and idiot, first buying it and then not knowing what to do with it. I go over and check it out now. Thanks for getting back.


Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Lisa you are too funny! I love the painting so far, imagine how great it will be when you can actually SEE!!!!

Lisa said...

Yea, with magnified glass,