Thursday, July 28, 2016

Days 13-17 Five-Minute Painting Self-Challenge and a Tomato Sandwich

The daily five minute paintings have continued. Unfortunately, time has not allowed me to get them posted here or on Facebook. I think this will be the last of the self-challenge posts as a few other projects need my attention. The photos are once again less than excellent quality  (phone camera.)

First up is "Fringe Lily."  This little lily is really tiny and grows low to the ground.  Isn't it a strange little flower?  Strange but very charming in person. The time here was 6 minutes...fringe takes time.

Next up is "Palmy Beach."  An afternoon of drawing flowers and palm trees inspired this painting.  This was a true five-minute effort. I like this piece. Something about it makes me happy. Probably the beach theme. It gave me inspiration for a future graphic version using Illustrator. I'll let you know how that goes.

Back to the fruit for this next one. "Apple" was about seven minutes. I had to do several layers and I could have cut it off at five but knew it would be much better with just a bit more work. I like its simplicity.

Next is another piece of fruit which we more often think of as a veggie. The lovely "Tomato."  This was a real rush job. The leaves appear to be an afterthought and it is true that I didn't plan properly for them. For all of its flaws, it is still good enough to make me want a tomato sandwich--a wonderful and delicious Southern delicacy. Recipe below.

Last and my favorite is "Blue Angel."  This has inspired a larger version on canvas which is one of the projects that needs my attention. Total time for this was 4 minutes. I wanted to spend longer but I'm glad that I stopped when I did. I might have ruined it.

Well, that's all of the paintings. Now for the tomato sandwich or more properly called "mater" sandwich in Georgia.
1. Start with the freshest, softest, white loaf bread you can find. 
2. Slice the biggest, juiciest, freshest, locally grown tomato available. 
3. Smear your favorite mayonnaise thickly on one slice of the bread.
Note: Mayonnaise is a Southern staple and each family has its own favorite brand. I will leave it up to you to decide the best for you because I do not want to start a feud.
4. Add the tomato slices. 
Note: Juice may spread into the mayo and down the edges of the bread in this step. This is perfectly okay and actually highly desirable.
5. Add salt and pepper and the other slice of bread.
6. Slightly press the sandwich with your hand -- not too hard, just enough to hold it all together so you can get it to your mouth without the tomato sliding out.
7. Eat with caution. You need to hold the sandwich over a plate, paper towel or even the sink or countertop as you eat it because it is likely that the juice will run down your chin and onto whatever is below. very a little piece of heaven in your mouth.  

Next time I will share my Uptown Tomato Sandwich which is healthier and very good but just not the same at all.

This made me hungry. I'm going to make a run to the local produce stand and get some tomatoes. Have a great day.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Days 10-12 Five-Minute Painting Self-Challenge

My last five-minute painting post was on Friday.  It is now Tuesday.  Yes, the painting is still going on and no, there have been no posts since Friday.  Just a little bit busy and a little bit lazy.  Trying to get back on track. I did skip Sunday because it is a day of rest at my house and that usually but not always excludes painting.

My Saturday painting is "Butternut Squash." Not a bad effort for the seven minutes that was spent on this one.

Yesterday, the subject was a "White Daisy."  Portraying white flowers with watercolor means leaving the white unpainted. Normally, when doing a white flower against a background, the outline of the flower would be drawn lightly in pencil, then covered with masking fluid to protect it while painting the background and then the mask would be removed and the flowers completed.  In a five-minute painting, it didn't seem worth the bother of using masking fluid since it is time-consuming and the whole idea is to paint something quickly every day.  So, I winged it by using gray to define some of the daisy petals and then using the blue of the background to outline others. It was mostly successful with only one really bad area in the upper right part of the daisy where the background color is too dark and pooled a bit at the edge of the petals and the petals are a bit misshapen. Not a perfect daisy but I'm not going for perfect here, which is a good thing because the photo is also less than perfect (oops!)

"Yellow Daisies" were the subject today and this is one where I didn't have an image in front of me to assist. Purely out of the imagination which resulted in a drooping daisy and some blunt ended petals.
This one also took the longest at 12 minutes. There is some variety of shape for interest and I like the leaves. Other than that, not too much to say about this one. Daisies have rarely been a good subject for me.  I do like the way the photo came out on this one because it looks like a vintage page due to both the bad lighting and using my phone camera. (Too lazy busy to get my good camera and tripod.)

My thought at the moment is to continue with these little paintings until the end of the month and re-evaluate this project at that time. Hopefully, I will be motivated to do a real painting at that time. We shall see.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you have a great week.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Day Nine - Five-Minute Painting Self-Challenge

Had fun working out with our new home gym today and am feeling pretty good.  I might not be able to walk tomorrow but tried not to overdo.  We shall see.

Today's painting is of another favorite fruit. It's summer and in the summer is there anything better than a perfectly ripe, juicy delicious nectarine? They are one of my very favorites. I thought long and hard about the title for this and came up with "Nectarine."  Pretty sad nothing original occurred to me but it's five o'clock, it has been a busy day, still more work to do and this nectarine has made me, nectarine, it is!

I limited this one to ten minutes. There was a good bit of  drying time required in between layers and that is included in the time. I can still see some additional work that is needed but stopped anyway. Continuing to exercise restraint as hard as it may be. 

Hope you have a great evening.  I just might go treat myself to the last juicy nectarine.  Yum!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day Eight - 5 Minute Painting - Self Challenge

I suppose this is actually day nine but since I did not post a painting on day eight, I am counting today as day eight.  Day eight was spent assembling a home gym. My husband, stepson and I all lost a good two pounds each from the assembly alone. We are very hopeful with the results we might obtain from actually using it! Ha!

The subject of today's painting is of one of my very favorite fruits. The lovely pear.  I am rather pleased with this effort. I titled it "Pear in a Pear Tree." I kept it simple and didn't overwork it and stopped when my time was up. There are imperfections but I find that they are not bothering me nearly as much as they once did, so I believe this exercise is working. Hope you like it.

Hope to post day nine tomorrow.  In the meantime, I hope that happiness and joy find you today.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day Seven - 5-Minute Painting Self-Challenge

Moved into the world of food today with my painting challenge. This five-minute radish was quick and easy. Will be out and about some today so perhaps inspiration from a different direction will present itself.

Have a great Tuesday!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Finally, A Gallery Wall

I wrote this post a month or so ago and just did not get it posted. One reason is the photos just aren't that great. They are a combo of  DSLR camera and phone camera--I'm a little lazy these days and it is so easy to grab the phone instead of the Pentax. Anyway, I wanted to take a little break in Five-Minute Paintings to bring you my gallery wall. Please forgive the photo quality.

We have had a few gallery walls in various homes over the years, We didn't call them gallery walls. We called them "arrangements" but a rose by any other name is...well, you know.  I had been planning one for our current great room for awhile  A few weeks ago, I started pulling all of my collected pieces out of the guest/linen/junk/soon-to-be-a-guest-room-again room and searched the rest of the house for other pieces, while I rearranged furniture, and finished painting a vintage bench.
Please excuse the dog's toy peeking into this photo and the contents of the TV console. Ha!  It was empty because we haven't had it long and I have not yet decided what to put in it. I grabbed some of our vintage Native American baskets and pottery, a Gullah seagrass basket, ceramic bowl that I used for Easter and a bouquet of wheat which was part of an arrangement from my mother's funeral. I will rethink the contents later but enough about that.
I had no preconceived notion about how large the gallery wall it would be.  I began laying out pieces on the great room floor in earnest. My husband observed and made helpful suggestions as I continued to bring in pieces and rearrange them, go back for more, go to the basement to dig out a frame, go to the office/studio to frame a piece, rearrange more, and on and on. I finally had all of the artwork and photographs assembled in the GR and began to place them.  Finally, I located the piece for the far right, top, corner and everything seemed to fall into place. It finally had the right mix of frames, colors, and sizes to balance everything out and within a couple of minutes, we had the final design seen above.
My main concern then became how to get it on the wall. I know some make a paper plan to use for placing hangers. That method has never seemed to work well for me. I'm more of a by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person when it comes to hanging photos and art.  Anyway,  I started with the bottom left corner and then the next vertical row, filled in above and then moved to the next pieces on the bottom row, and added the pieces above and so on. I did use my phone camera to capture the arrangement on the floor so that we could estimate the spacing as we went. John used a level to make sure we were on track and I eyeballed everything and just went for it. The only thing difficult was the top row because the top row is about 9 feet up, but between the two of us we got it done.

I'm not quite sure yet what I am going to place over the bench.  I might extend the gallery wall or put something separate and large there. These are three of my favorite pillows. The two "love"  pillows (Corinthians 13) are from Dear Lillie and the quilted sunflower pillow was made by my friend Laura of Laura Jane's Flowers and Gifts. I painted the bench with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Layla's Mint. The bench is made from an antique bed. I've had it for years. I should have painted it years ago. I'm sure I'll figure out something for that big bare spot above it soon.
All of the pieces hold meaning for us as a couple. Some pieces are old and some new. In a later post I'll go through all the items and explain what they are and why we love them.

We had fun putting it together and I am really liking the way it looks.

Gracefully yours,