Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Not much yet and my favorite brush

At the present moment I am painting with acrylics due to easy clean up and the fact that I am tad wary of having turpentine in the room with the gas fireplace. Although that may change as I'd really like to complete the oils I began earlier this year.

Kim mentioned something about favorite brushes and so here is mine. I don't know why but I love to paint with it and tend to use it even when I should search out a smaller or flatter bristle.

I began layering Prussian Blue (love that color), two coats, and purple one coat onto this canvas. For each layer, I wiped some paint off with a rag. It looks much darker in real life. I am going to attempt something with it, which I wont reveal yet as it may not work out. I won't know till I try it.

Meanwhile, Mom seems to be eating better. She is staying in bed much longer however. She was up on the couch only two hours y'day with a nap in between. I am going out to get my hair cut and do some errands. She has her lifeline button. Thanks for everyone's kind words and concern. Hugs, Suki


Kim said...

Hello Suki,

I am glad to hear your mother is eating better and the lifeline button gives you a little bit of freedom to do a little something for yourself.

I adore your favorite brush! I love all of your fingerprints on it and the round shape. The greatest part, though, is knowing you have the memories of all of those colors!

Now Suki, you have my curiosity going here with that fabulous blue. I love it and can't wait to see what you do with it.

Have a Beautiful Day!

sukipoet said...

Thanks Kim. Yes the lifeline button is great. If she remembers to push it. At the present time I dont feel i have to be here non-stop. Thank goodness.

Mary said...

I also love prussian blue and use it in my watercolors ;-)

Acrylics are definitely easier in many ways and I'm not sure about the heater and the turps--turps is highly flammable and I think the fumes are, too--not just the liquid. You might actually call the fire department and ask them.

I'm with you on preferring oils but sometimes we just have to make do....love your favorite brush, by the way. sort of looks like mine!

Jude said...

Beautiful blue,love it! Can't wait to see the finished piece.
Bless your mum, so glad she's feeling a bit better. I'm thinking of you both.

Annie said...

Happy to know mom is getting better. Have a wonderful haircut, and I love the blue! Oh, and the brush is a wonderful brush! I can see why you favor it.

soulbrush said...

i too love this blue, and cerelean blue too....so bright, makes me happy just looking at it. makes me happy knowing mom is feeling better too. gotta love that woman's spirit! award time on my blog!

Teri C said...

I love that Prussian blue also, it is so vibrant. I am anxious to hear what you are going to do with it. Glad to hear Mom is better.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

You will come back from getting a haircut feeling so much better. I did it yesterday as you know and I got up and my hair was still looking nice.. wow. Good feeling. :)
Glad your Mom is eating better. could her sleeping more be from SAD. Seasonal something disorder. the depression from this time of year sometimes makes us just want to sleep. I too get to love a certain brush so I under stand that. Cant wait to see what you do.
I am so behind in commenting on blogs since I kind of took yesterday off to be kind to me. Sometimes we need to do that.. so hope the hair cut outting is a be kind to you day. :))

Debbie in CA : ) said...

That's quite a vibrant blue -- nothing downcast about that hue! Beautiful! I love your curious and child-like enthusiasm to explore and seek and try without dependence on success in another's eyes. Keep walking this delightful path.

When I was younger I sought only the "best" or "perfect" and shied away from chances. When I found my footing in life I began to spring forth with lots of "experiments" and a rich and full life showered down upon me and those I love. God blesses the child in us all.

I love to come sit by your side and watch the "play" you have created that grows to be "art." I am inspired and so thankful I happened onto your bloggy little spot. Have fun with that favorite paintbrush! : D

Greetings to your precious mom as she eases through the day.

sukipoet said...

Mary thats a good idea to call the fire dept. I had called the gas provider people and he asked me if I would worry if we had a woodstove and I said no and he said well then it would be ok. But not sure if I agree. Although all last winter I used a gas furnace to heat my studio and I painted with the oils. It's being inside the house this year that makes it different.

Thanks Jude.

Thanks Annie. The haircut was fun but I think she cut it too short on the sides. She asks me questions about what I want that I dont really know the answers to so I just say yes. I cant remember from one time to the next what seems to work and what doesnt. Oh well, it will grow.

Soulbrush I love Cerulean too. Although in real life I'm not a blue person. But in paintings I like them both.

Thanks Teri.

So glad, Cris, you took a be kind to you day. It is so good to do that now and again. In my opinion mom has been depressed and tired since at least when I was in high school. I think this current extra tiredness is primarily heart related although it could be a combination of SAD and the holidays (which must bring up memories of Dad).

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

That is one terrific brush...nice fat handle! Fun to read you are off on an art adventure starting with Prussian blue. Today and tomorrow I'm going to do a few exercises in the book Art of Intuition: simple compositions and simple prints as a way to exercise the painting groove. Happy studio days ahead!

sukipoet said...

Debbie you always say such sweet and heartening things. I'm glad you have embraced an experimental approach to life. Take care, Suki

Blue Sky Dreaming,it will be interesting to see yr exercises and what evolves from doing them. I am inspired by your enthusiasm, dedication and art.

willow said...

I love that shade of blue, too. I have some vintage bottles just that shade and I love how the light shines though them.

Good to know your mother is doing a bit better.

Karen Mowrey said...

I just had all my brushes lined up the other day thinking if I wasn't so lazy I would take a picture of them. I was conditioning them...I am so brutal on them. I will tell you why I would use that brush of yours, it looks like it holds more paint for more fluid strokes

I would think small amounts of turpentine for your needs would be ok as long as you did not let a lot of fumes build up from rags, open containers etc.

I am glad your mom seems better, I do still read your posts even if I can't get to comment and she is in my thoughts and prayers. And btw if I did not mention...she looks adorable with that beautiful heart necklace.

m. heart said...

i love the smell of turpentine and oils, but i would be nervous about the turpentine too — though i imagine it's perfectly safe.

glad your mom is eating better.

Honour said...

Suki, I'm so glad to hear your mom is feeling better. Even though I don't comment as much as I used to (working at home has led to interesting habits on how I "relax" now) ... I want you to know I read ALL of your postings!

By the way, I LOVED your seven odd things about yourself posting you did below. I really appreciate you sharing more of who you are with us!

sukipoet said...

Willow, I just love blue bottles. Definitely a great color for them. Mom seems much better today, Wednesday. A relief.

Karen, good to hear from you. I have never heard of conditioning brushes. Mine are a wreck too. Thanks for your kind words abt Mom who rallied today (Wednesday). You may be right abt the turps. In fact i will use a premixed medium although that too says flammable on it. I put the rags into a bucket of water outside the house until time to take to the dump so that part is safe.

sukipoet said...

m. heart I love that smell too. I think I'd feel more comfortable if I were painting one room away from the stove, but you are probably right, it is safe.

honor, good to hear from you and thank you for reading my posts! You're a dear. Yes, I'd imagine working at home would bring up new ways of handling the day and the self. Interesting. Are you enjoying it?

marianne said...

Wonderful blue!
Glad your mother is eating again!
I love it when brushes are colored like that, it is a piece of art you cant match if you want to. I love my waterbowl as well, the colors inside like telling the future reading the paint instead of a crystal bowl

Take care Suki!

sukipoet said...

Marianne, you are so poetic. Your images of your waterbowl. Lovely. Yes, I guess the brush tells a tale of me trying to paint :) A history. Wouldnt you love to go see Cezanne's brushes? Or Frida K's?

Karen Mowrey said...

Suki, about conditioning my brushes: I learned in highschool to use vaseline to reshape oil paint brushes and keep them conditioned...also good to coat around the tube of oil paint before the cap screw back on, it will never get stuck again. I actually clean all my brushes with shampoo once in a while and use hair conditioner on them ( I try to use mostly natural hair, like sable, but do this to all my brushes) Then I use aquaphor instead of vaseline and just reshape all my brushes with it, even aryclic, watercolor, what have you. It really helps to keep those "stays" in line. I just give them a wipe down with a baby wipe and rinse before painting. If it is a big thick brush then I will swoosh it in alcohol before painting in case there is a lot of goop. Now if I only paid this much attention to the million other things I need to!