Thursday, November 18, 2010

still creating

Yesterday was a full day.

A big chunk of the day was spent working on the design of my new business cards!  I sketched out a design for my logo this past summer. 


My graphic designer brother-in-law worked on cleaning up my design and turning my sketch into a usable digital format.

Then yesterday I roped my husband, also a graphic designer, into helping me design the business card.  I don't know how to use Illustrator or Photoshop so I got to say things like, what if we did this... while he did all the computery stuff.  I'm excited, but I'm also second-guessing myself in terms of design, etc.  More of my fears surfacing as they tend to do.  Silly, really.

I spent the evening painting.  I usually paint during the day, so painting in the dark, with artificial light was a new experience for me.  I worked on the meadow that I'd started the other day, painting in some wildflowers.


I had something else in mind for this painting, too, but I'm not sure if it will work now that the flowers are in the way.

I also painted another sky.  Actually, a few more skies, but only one where the focus is the sky itself.  I like painting skies.  It's very soothing.



I added a foreground to a sky I'd worked on the other day:



Not sure what I'll end up doing with this one.  The paint misbehaved a bit and I ended up with more ground than I had wanted, but it might still work for a Queen Anne's Lace skeleton painting as I'd originally planned.

One of the skies I worked on last night dried enough for me to add part of a colorful tree that I'd been wanting to paint.


This one really did not do what I wanted.  I'll play around some more and see what happens.

Another sky, a gray one this time, dried enough for me to paint a network of tree branches. 


I plan to add some birds as inspired by a photo I took on a walk a couple days ago:


I also worked on the rose hip painting.

 
The branch I brought in as a model has a lot of thorns and I still need to add them.  I liked painting this one and will probably try painting some different versions.

Finally, I worked on two paintings of roses.



For both I used a bottle full of cut roses as a model.  I enjoyed painting them, but I wasn't happy with how either was turning out.  Of course, this was also after having been painting for hours.  It was late and I was tired.  They still need stems and bottles, so maybe they'll look less like blobs with those additions.

All in all, I am so enjoying painting, but I'm also realizing that I need some sort of instruction, too, in order to go further with what I'm doing. 

11 comments:

  1. Anne, you are fairly exploding with creativity!!!
    Love your business card design - the contrast of the little bird with the giant strawberry - so great!
    As for your painting, I can only say "Wow!!" You are doing some seriously awesome work!

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  2. I think your logo looks great. The little bird looking up at the giant strawberry is wonderful.

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  3. I love the story about the giant strawberry, and your business card is quite charming. You've been very busy with your art, that's for sure! nancy

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  4. I think your business card looks fabulous, as do ALL your paintings. I love the tree ones especially!

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  5. I love your business card, so cute. So creative today, love all the clouds and colors.

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  6. I really like what you've created here. I especially like the meadow, it's very dreamy.

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  7. wow, you got so much done and sure is nice having those designs guys helping you...hehe

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  8. Your skies are just so beautiful...VERY soothing to look at too :)
    Awww and I LOVE your business card! It looks fantastic, well done you and your creative team! :)

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  9. I really like the roses...the transparent quality make them look pressed. The background is really sets off the colors, too.
    Your business card is precious!

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  10. Thank you, everyone! You have all been so encouraging and kind. I can't wait to show off the actual design of the business card. The logo is the same, but placement and background are different. I wouldn't have been able to do it without my "creative team" (love that!).

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