Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What Was I Thinking?

When I was at ArtUnraveled in Phoenix I took a class from Mary Beth Shaw where I learned to use Wood Icing and scratch into it, and using Ampersand Claybord, and all about colors and mixing them. This was in early August. Who would have thought that September would bring fires all around us in Austin?

The class was supposed to be focused on depicting layers, like strata in rocks, but I sort of fell off in a different direction, although I did manage to maintain the 2-panel idea. Mary Beth is totally cool with people who fall off her planned route so I want to take more classes with her in the future.

I've been practicing my color mixing stuff by using her methods of painting your own style of color charts. It's more interesting than I thought it would be.

The fires are still around, it was 103 degrees yesterday, and winds are starting back up. People are still being kept away from their homes in Bastrop, whether to sift through the ashes or to be thankful their home is still there. Even if the house is still standing, electricity will be a long time coming.


Seth said...

Nice to see you 'in action' in this photo. So terrible about the heat and the fires.

MB Shaw said...

Oh my gosh, what a sad connection - the fires to your paintings. I still think you did some great work though.