I stocked my shelves with some of my many paintings and other artwork, and I will have some of them for sale on my Etsy. I’m inclined to keep some of them for myself, but if there’s anything you like let me know and I’ll list it. All of the mini paintings are watercolors. The two goddesses Hecate and Diana are prints. The Magic Red Roses are an acrylic painting.
The color of red in our kitchen is terrible. It clashes with every color in the house, it matches none of our furniture, and it colors everything in the kitchen in an unflattering light. In a different house, with white cupboards and black countertops, with stainless steel or gold accents, it would absolutely be amazing. In the process of painting over the red, I started looking at red mural ideas and discovering most of them were cherry trees or roses. So I decided to riff off those ideas in my own distinct style instead of the clip art/ off the rack choices I’d seen online.
The roses are heavily stylized- think of Beauty and the Beast, tattoos by Dave Quiggle, and the deciduous tree and evergreen tree are pure observation committed to memory. The mountain is inspired by Mount Rainier, but it can’t be accurate as I’ve only glimpsed the mountain from the freeway and never sat down plein air to learn how it looks.
If I was going to really finish this mural, I’d take out my gold Tiger’s Eye Martha Stewart Metallic paint and start filling in some of those negative shapes, and I’d do the sky in a baby blue with atmospheric perspective, to tone done the red. But since I’m planning on painting over the whole wall because of the total clashing red, I won’t be using any of the $25 gallon paint here!
I showed these photos to my art class at school. I knew they’d give me a good critique. They told me, “It’s like being in a forest!”
Why am I painting over this gorgeous mural? This red background was painted without permission by a previous tenant. It matches nothing, so we’ve received permission to paint over it. I’m using white primer to create the mural because I wanted to do a portfolio piece, but I will be painting over the whole wall eventually. The red just clashes with the slate gray countertops and the white sage walls in the adjoining room, as you can see here. I’ll do the whole room in white primer and then color match to the living room (that light sage color next to the red below). I would match to the countertops, but they are laminate and that gray blue is too cold for this climate.
Just because you can use painters tape doesn’t mean you should. Going to have to lose the red on our kitchen. A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
What? #cat A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
What are you doing this weekend? #mural #art A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
Red and white mural art love light A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
I chose mountains, trees, and roses, because they are so much fun to paint and they make me happy to look at. I liked the drips because they created a nice striping effect to bridge the middle ground of the deciduous tree with the foreground heavily stylized swirls and roses. You can see my appreciation for graffiti art in this, as well as my more classical art-school subject matter. And the blending of the two is so post-post-modern. I love it. It’s making this red so much easier to live with.
Fairy Queen sends love to the world, a fairy child is surrounded by a circle of protection, and a fairy queen rules the world.
These 3 Fairy coloring pages are printable! Just save image than print as usual. Or use the Procreate app to color these pages directly on your iPad.
Listen to a Playing With Fairies guided meditation while you color! Mary Malinski’s boys love this as they fall asleep at night:
“A few nights later, all three boys were arguing about what music (or no music) to listen to before bed. The eldest asked if they could listen to Playing With Fairies. They all agreed (finally!) and listened quietly to the whole meditation.” – WalksWithin
This colouring fairy picture is based upon a painting of my stepdaughter which I gave to her mom for her birthday. I do portraits by request!
The Seven Macaw Constellation Painting
This painting is about truth and beauty. The Macaw is beautiful, and here she is in the midst of transformation. She remembers the story of the Seven Macaw Constellation, and it warns her to avoid pride and arrogance, so that her beauty can become a beacon of light. There’s no need to pretend she is the sun or the moon.
It’s not a canon depiction of the story, because I don’t like to paint ‘demons’/unevolved entities. I would like to think she is the good aspect of Seven Macaw. As well, as a painter, I seem to either think I’m the most amazing painter of all time, or absolutely the worst painter ever so embarrassing I ever showed anyone my artwork ever. A good balance is just letting my work be what it is and not being prideful or self-deprecating about it. So a beautiful subject with this prideful fable made a good and fun combination to paint. I like shapeshifting transformative subjects, too.
The Seven Macaw Story
The constellation in the painting is the Big Dipper, and according to the Popol Vuh, it is the form of Vucub-Caquix (possibly meaning ‘Seven–Macaw‘) . The handle of the Big Dipper constellation is the tail of the parrot. The Seven Macaw story is one of pride coming before a fall.
Seven Macaw, realizing how beautiful a parrot he was, began to declare that he was the Sun and Moon.
How is Seven Macaw Destroyed By His Pride?
The hero twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, decided to put an end to the self-magnification of Seven Macaw, and watched his daily routine. When he was eating his favorite food, they shot him with a blowgun. Then they enlisted the help of the grandparents Great White Peccary and Great White Tapir to finish him off. Read the full story here.
The fall of Seven Macaw happens annually when the constellation appears to be the falling macaw. For those of us in northern latitudes, it is always circumpolar: Above the horizon. Use the Big Dipper to find the North Star.
I recently was gifted a spirograph, which I absolutely love. I like making the circles in each pattern, and watching the pattern appear. I have been using the circle wheels until my pen ran dry. I am going to experiment with pens. I want a nice dark line that applies smoothly and doesn’t puddle or spot (when the pen leaves white spots in its wake I have to fix it in Procreate). My pen did both but for what I had, its nib fit in the Spirograph discs so I used it anyways. Mine is vintage, and from the looks of the ugly bulky colored not clear plastic modern ones, I am very lucky to have it. I guess parents don’t want toys that come with dozens of tiny push pins. I don’t blame them; Jeremy has already punctured his thumb after picking up what he thought was a small green bead off the floor.
My Super Spirograph set comes with a little cardboard surface. I lay out my paper – I like more than one layer of paper so my pen doesn’t fall in a pin hole and puncture my paper. Then I pick the larger shape and pin it to the cardboard. This is the one the circle will spiral inside or around.
Then the circular wheel, with pen shaped holes spiraled around the disc. These are where the pen goes in and turn the gear. Its a little bit of a steampunk craft, with the little gears revolving around a shape and laying down a pattern.
The process reminds me of this drawing machine.
(edited to add: my friend Alan let me know my previous link was not working and adds, “Caveat: the device above is not recommended for small apartments or those with nervous cats…” Ha! 😀 )
Have you ever heard of the Spirograph nebula IC 418? It is so named because its patterns are complex and lovely, too.
I import the spirograph designs into my digital illustration app, ‘Procreate’ and edit away the texture of the paper. Then, I transform the drawing from pen and ink to black and white, suitable for creating custom brushes in Procreate.
So I’m in the process of creating drawing lessons that are fun and make the steps involved easy to remember. And yesterday the first one got posted to BoingBoing.net!
Here are the videos for you to enjoy!
How To Draw A Skull