Ah, after festivities it was time to return to the lake! Rick's prepping for his bike ride to Quebec (which means working like a dog before), so I'm up here -- just me and Lizzie. She's surprisingly talkative, so I'm not too lonely -- but I sure do relish the nightly Skype calls with Rick, though I'm having a devil of a time figuring Skype out! (I forgot my phone.)
It's been a pretty mellow week, mostly beautiful apart from one really horrible rainy day when I hit the road for Petoskey to see the Ansel Adams exhibit -- but that's another post! The rest of the time was spent swimming, reading and painting.
I have a new favorite subject.
I like the matting on this. Centers the subject.
I like this one, too -- but I have to redo -- the lips are too red. I kept fussing to get just the right color and all of a sudden it was really off! Did I mention that painting when things are in shadow is really hard? And the eyes need a little work. Too dark around the outside. But the face is our Baby Grand, so back to the drawing board. Or painting spot.
This one -- not so good. Carson's lips look a little fat, I'm having a devil of a time with shading and poor Rick only has a partial resemblance. So that's due for a do-over, too.
But I've had a little better luck working with some photos Jemma shared with me of her craft projects. I was surprised this one turned out -- the baby's breath (white) is not easy to paint! Maybe it will turn pink. Or the background will get a little darker. Or both. Or I'll do it over!
I like this wreath too -- I think the browns might be a tad dark but it captures the warmth of Jemma's beautiful styling.
And this one -- her decoupaged dessert plates -- turned out better than I thought too. Whose name should be on that place card? I'm not sure if the fork looks a little wonky. The more I look at it, the more I don't think it's the fork's fault -- I think I got the perspective on the table a little off. I think I might be able to fix that. Hope so!
(Really, you should check out Jemma's blog if you're into crafting or gardening -- she has some wonderful ideas and good recipes, too!)
A friend sent me a photo she thought I should try so I did. I think it will benefit from the matting, but the shadows were pretty intense when I was trying to photograph it so there you have it. No mat here!
A couple of fancilful things -- my back-of-the-cat got a do-over...
...and so did the Martha's Vineyard porch chair. The left is the original one I showed a bit back and the one on the right is the do-over. I'm not sure if it's much better.
Finally, my owl from Pittsfield, MA a couple of years ago. Not quite right either, but getting there.
And here's another Martha's Vineyard house -- very festive! (The gingerbread looks like how it did in the photo but to me it looks like icicles so I think I'll play with that a little more!)
I've been doing some landscape looking too and bought two Quick Fire hydrangeas, which are supposed to get to eight feet and the flowers are supposed to be a pretty pink...
... and staked out my planting area for three Blue or Norway spruce trees. They start out five feet tall and grow two feet a year. Aiming to get some of my privacy back!
I'll paint till the sun goes down -- unless I'm reading or swimming or working in the yard. But sunset is mellow time!
And the girl quiets down and starts to get a little tired too.
Loving the lake. Oh, yes, I do!