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I Am Just An Egg… May 20, 2011

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Well no, I’m a person but I had to use that line to introduce this new post. THIS is an egg:

A Big EggOstrich of course. I picked up a couple from the internet a few years ago with the intention of doing a carving project. One egg was to be the practice egg and the other was for the final version. I had my dremel tool ready and waiting when the eggs arrived. One thing I did not realize was just how tough these damn things are. The bits I had barely scratched the surface of the practice egg. I figured the bits just simply weren’t hard enough so I ordered diamond covered raspy bits. When they arrived I sat down at my workbench and proceeded to work away. The results of my efforts:

Scratched Egg

Yeah, even with the diamond bits it was slow, slow. slow going. Later doing some more research on egg carving I discovered that it’s pretty dangerous to breath in egg shell dust and you had to be very careful. I WAS wearing a decent dust mask but I could smell it when I was carving with the dremel. Smelling = breathing in dust so I stopped. Yeah I could get better quality professional masks but frankly I just didn’t feel like dealing with all that. So I popped them into boxes and shoved them into a closet and forgot all about them. Now, after the nifty way that tree turned out I remembered these eggs I had lying around. They don’t have to be carved you know. 😉

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The Final Project May 14, 2011

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Behold:

The Spectrum of Zen

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The rock garden part isn’t quit up to final stage yet as I don’t have a proper sand rake to form the swirls properly, but I will soon. Now the question is where to put the darn thing. Oh, and the salamander dude isn’t my creation. That’s a little Tim Cotterill bronze sculpture that I thought complimented the tree colors nicely.

This was fun. I’m going to have to do more of these. Oh I’m not going to start killing bonsai trees to get raw material to work with. Interesting dead tree branches would work nearly as well I would think. I need to get out to the mountains and do some hiking.

Another Vacation Pic August 30, 2010

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I’m going through all of them now a bit closer than when I did when I first got back. I’m looking for good painting subjects. Here’s a nice one of the Mormon temple at Idaho Falls. It was cloudy and the light was mostly iffy, but the sun did break through from time to time.
I think that they always put up a statue of Archangel Gabriel Moroni on top of all their temples (the horn threw me off).  I think this has the potential to be a nice painting.  Great atmospherics going on that day and watercolor is fantastic for that kind of stuff.

Anyway, good job Idahoian Mormons!

Another Day, Another Painting June 22, 2010

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My Tutalage Continues…

I’m so glad I subscribed to this magazine; this one article alone is a goldmine.  Sterling Edwards schools me some more on painting skies and this one is about clouds.

9 x 12 inch on Arches 140lb cold-press paper

Again, this is mostly a straight copy from Mr. Edwards’ example so I’ll never sign it or sell it, of course. These are just exercises to learn technique. 

I like these scenes though.  If I’m not mistaken, it looks like these were done from Monument Valley in Utah.  Check out yesterday’s picture on Bing.com for comparison.  I’ve never been there, but now I have to go sometime.

Back to Watercolors June 20, 2010

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I want to get back into painting again, so I am!  It’s been a while so my skills are rusty.  To help me get back into it again I subscribed to a watercolor magazine to help me figure out where I can improve and whatnot.  One of the articles featured some desert scenes paintings by…er, I don’t know his name Sterling Edwards.  I really like them so decided to copy one just to get into the swing of things.  Check it out:

10 x 7 inches on Arches 140lb cold-press paper

This is just a small one and my colors aren’t as good as his. Also, I still have this frustrating tendency to fuss and fiddle with my painting. Grr. Clean strokes dammit!  Gotta run to the stores but I’ll be sure to give proper attribution to the original artist when I get back. 
**Udate**  Artist attributed above.  Sterling Edwards is the fellow’s name and he does REALLY nice stuff.  Go look:  at sterlingedwards.com.  That’s beautiful work there Mr. Edwards.