Taking a break from writing my eBook about using CitraSolv® for an art technique, I decided to go for a walk. I have to watch my step when I walk to keep from stumbling, but I often see interesting things looking at the ground. Sometimes it’s just cracks that form interesting patterns which I photograph thinking they may be useful in some way. My picture folders on my computer are stuff with images like these. I rarely use them. However, on this walk I found a piece of wire that had been wrapped in an interesting design. I knew when I picked it up just how it would be used. One of the pages that appeared in the CitraSolv® process would make a perfect background for it. As I said in my previous post you never know what you are going to get with CitraSolv® or when you go on a walk. It’s all serendipity.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Above It All
If Forest Gump was dissolving inks in National Geographic Society® magazines with CitraSolv® he would say it is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you will get. That is what makes the process so fascinating.
I stopped writing the book and working in my studio when I was diagnosed with kidney disease. Fortunately, the doctors caught it in time. Changing my diet, watching my blood pressure and not using NSAIDS has stabilized them.
The piece I am posting is pretty much the way it looked when I pulled it from the magazine, with the exception of a few tricks I teach in my eBook. The abstract design pleased me so much that I thought I would post it here.
Friday, May 02, 2014
This is Baxter; an adorable Shih Tzu that belongs to KathiGanong. Kathi, a very talented pet portrait artist, said this about Baxter, "He found this paint brush and thought it was the neatest toy/chew stick he had ever found." She decided to take a picture of him and paint this portrait. I love it! What artist wouldn’t?
I met Kathi in on Facebook. We are both members of Karen Bonaker's Facebook Digital Art Academy. I have really enjoyed getting to know Kathi. She is such a kind soul and so generous about helping animal shelters and rescue groups by offering free portraits they can use for fund raisers such as raffles.
Some of the groups that have benefited from Kathi’s generosity are http://www.potomacpekes.org/ and http://www.cairnrescue.com also http://www.floridayorkierescue.com and http://www.pugdogrescue.com/ as well as http://www.southernstatesrescuedrottweilers.org.
Not only has Kathi been a blessing to them she has been one for me also. It is rare to find someone who understands you and gives you insight and support without judgment. She has been a wonderful sounding board and friend! Thank you for your friendship Kathi.
Check out Kathi’s website and see some more of the wonderful pet portraits she has painted. http://www.kathiganong.com/index.html