Agecroft Hall and Sunken Garden / underpainting / oil

on a violet tinted canvas

on a violet tinted canvas

I mixed up 3 shades of blue gray for my underpainting, so I could plan my lights and shadows. I decided to use cool grays for this because when I go over it with layers of warm glazes, they will visually lift off the underpainting. It’s fun to work on a violet tint. If you want to experience”lift” you should try it. The violet is kind of transparent and seems to rub off on your hands, even if it’s dry. You can tell when you paint on top of it that it’s coming right through the underpainting colors. That’s ok, because as I’m building up layers on top of the violet, I can totally kill the violet if I want to, or I can let it show through in places. I like when it shows through. I don’t know if others can see it in the end, or if I’m the only one who sees it because I put it there. But the violet continues to influence the glazes on top. If I let it show through in the shadows, it will be muted violet, not VIOLET!! haha. You know what I mean.

It’s a fun color theory experiment, and it works.

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Nature Connects / Lego Bricks by Sean Kenney

These amazing Lego constructions are at Lewis Ginter Botanical till Sept 18

These amazing Lego constructions are at Lewis Ginter Botanical till Sept 18

Legos Float!

Legos Float!

The little bird on the buffalo's back looks real.

The little bird on the buffalo’s back looks real.

lego butterflyIMG_1708

They’re feats of Lego engineering! If you’re in the Richmond area, you should see them in person!

Sean Kenney says he’s just playing! YEA!! I like that spirit! hahahahah

Tacky Light Tour / Richmond VA / 2015

2300 Wistar Ct. Richmond VA.

2300 Wistar Ct. Richmond VA.

I saw a lot of Christmas Spirit out there tonight!

This is the home of Frank Hudak. He’s 72. He’s collecting donations for the VA. Home For Boys and Girls. This year he hopes to bring in $103,400 !

 

Scary Pumpkin

photo from imgur.com

photo from imgur.com

Vampire mural / street art / Richmond VA.

vampire mural
Now here’s an artist that can communicate. I mean, I doubt he’ll type in to me, “No, that’s not a vampire.”
It can be found on Madison St. at Broad.

It’s my new favorite.

It’s titled ” Moonshine”. We mistakenly thought it was strawberry jam / street art

I submit for your viewing pleasure

Kids around here are mixing their shine with something red.

This mural was ranked one of the best in the world by BuzzFeed. Richmonders agree. It can be found at 1003 W Grace St. Richmond, VA.

the Pitcher Plant Sing Along / oil

anthropomorphizing plants

anthropomorphizing plants


As I’m hanging around in the Water Garden on different days drawing the pitcher plants, I’m often joined by groups of kids and their teachers. This is what I learned about the pitcher plants.

The pitcher plants grow in poor soil. The water dissolves the nutrients in the ground and washes them away. Pitcher plants catch their own fertilizer in the form of bugs. Bugs are attracted to the sweet slightly funky sticky stuff inside the pitcher. When they go in to eat they get stuck and drown in a little sugar water inside the pitcher. As they decompose they feed the plant. The lid shaped leaves don’t go down to close the mouth. The leaves are shaped to run rain water away from the pitcher. The stems are narrow at the bottom and wide at the mouth, so it looks like if the pitcher fills up with water the plant would fall over. Later in the summer a lot of them do fall down.

When I get home and look at my drawing I wonder why the teachers don’t talk about the plants crazy personality. Everyone finds these plants fascinating and they don’t know why. This is my explanation. The wide open heart shaped mouths and upturned leaf shaped noses make the plants look like they’re laughing or maybe singing. What are they laughing at? Are bugs tickling their throats? Is it all a bug joke to them? Are they all singing? Is it a frequency beyond the range of human ears? This is the kind of questions I think of.

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