Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Watercolor palette

The colors of the rainbow are evident in my watercolor palette. Rainbows aren't as messy as my palette is, but you can see that I love bright colors. They are very evident in my underwater paintings, both watercolor and oils.

Whenever I am having a "blue" day because of the dreary, rainy weather outside, I open my box of paints and I immediately take on a brighter attitude.
The painting of the waterlilies was inspired by a trip to St. Germain, in northern Wisconsin where I took close-up photos from a row boat of the lilies and pads popping through the water in East Bay.

Monday, October 26, 2009

SHARK !!!!!!

Last Monday, the 19th of Oct, I returned from a great diving trip to Nassau with 3 of my dive buddies: Cindy, Deena and Larissa.
I usually schlep around my dinosaur of an underwater SLR camera, but decided to wait until I got to our destination to rent a modern 12MP digital camera. Wow !!! I fell in love with it immediately. It was great to see what I had just shot and delete and re-do if I didn't like it.

I think I had the most fun with this camera on our 2 shark dives. We went to a place called Shark Wall, where for some reason, Caribbean Reef Sharks are plentiful. We dove side by side peacefully with the sharks. Once in awhile, they would curiously come nearer, but they mostly just held their distance. They have no intention of acting on their reputation...........being killing machines. I wish that more people could understand this about sharks. Long before Hollywood and Jaws, sharks got a bad rap. I'm not saying that there are not times that they do strike a human, but it is mostly NOT intentional. The silhouette of a surfer on a board or the splashing in shallow water that mimics a wounded fish, are just some of the reasons a shark may strike.

But anyway, this is about my wonderfully, emotional dives with the sharks. It never fails that I get tears in my eyes at the sight of them. They are one of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean.
Since I am back on dry land, all I have left are the memories and my photos.I hope you enjoy them.

Week 5- Airbrushed fish bowl

Although I love living in Wisconsin, I sometimes think I am living in the wrong part of the country. Since I learned to scuba dive in 1992, I have had fish running through my mind. I dream about diving, talk about diving and my paintings are usually of the underwater persuasion.

When told to buy a piece of glass for a project in airbrush class, I unconsciously bought a fish bowl !! This is what I ended up doing with it :

It glows beautifully with a small candle placed inside.

Silk Painting added to my resume

Along with all of the fun I am having in my airbrushing class, I decided to take a mini-course at UW-Parkside on Silk Painting.
How fun was this ??!! I am going to need another lifetime to work on all of the projects that I have running through my head. I am not, by any means, giving up on my watercolor and oil painting, I just wanted to expand my horizons. I'm very pleased with my first attempt at silk painting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Airbrush class....week 5

Well, I would really have liked for you to see my project from this week's class, but I wasn't finished with it yet. We have now graduated to working on glass. I have a round shaped clear fishbowl........and you guessed it ! I'm airbrushing an underwater scene !! Fishes swimming in an aqua ocean, shaded in ultramarine blue and yellow seaweed.
I hope to have it posted by next week.

We have decided to extend the 6 week schedule for 2 more weeks.......8 classes in all.