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Such A Busy Season!

I apologize for my recent inactivity here on WordPress. Work has really picked up since Mardi Gras is upon us. I can hardly believe it’s next Tuesday! I have been working on art and sewing projects in the time I’m able to find after work hours. I’ve completed 2 special occasion dresses with accessories and at least 3 art pieces. I don’t know how many photos I’ve snapped and edited. Here’s a portion of one of my art pieces, snapped and edited through Instagram. I hope you like it!

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"Dance" mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

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A New Year, A New Practice, And A New Artwork

Happy New Year!

I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m talking about. We are dropping our home internet access. I still have internet through my phone, but it will be limited. I’ll post as I’m able and as the app allows. Sometimes the WordPress app glitches. Even so, I know my posts will not be regular (not that they have been lately, but…) I do want my readers to know I will continue to post as I’m able. At the very least, I can say that when I do post, it will most likely be on Saturdays, unless we are traveling. I want to spend more time with my family and not be so heavily reliant on the internet.

My newest art piece is a straw painting done in ink and acrylics. For more information, or to purchase a print or art gift, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

"Spring Half-Dreamed" - artwork by Melody Kittles - Please click the photo for more information, or to purchase a print or art gift.

“Spring Half-Dreamed” – artwork by Melody Kittles – There’s a nymph hidden in there, helping the tree bloom. Can you find her? I was totally surprised to find her there! Please click the photo for more information, or to purchase a print or art gift.

It is my hope and prayer that each of my readers will have a happy and prosperous 2015. See you later!

Farmer’s Market and New Artwork

I learned today, that it is indeed possible to pack up some paint, water, and tools and bring them along to the Farmer’s market. Just having to sit still while I know I could be doing something productive or fun is really tough. So I pulled out my travel watercolor kit, filled a plastic container with water, and “carefully” packed some acrylic paints, a straw, and a small palette in our market basket. (We have a huge basket that stays packed with our display things and the items we feel are appropriate to sell at the Farmer’s Market.) The paints arrived safely, I’m happy to say, as did everything else in the basket. And I was able to paint.

It’s been quite a while since I was able to do any straw painting so I decided to try doing that today. I like straw painting because while you /can/ control the flow of the paint to create fabulous and intricate pictures of exact things, it can also be a random, crazy, thought-provoking roller coaster ride. I like the second option better. I like to see what the paint, the paper, my own breath, will present to my imagination. What kind of story will my artwork tell me each time? I don’t always know!

I focused mostly on red and black but my favorite work has golden green and coppery brown added to it. I watered down my black and red to an ink-like consistency. I practiced with the different brushes on one of my 4 sheets of paper to see what kinds of lines and such I could create with them, as well as how much paint on the brush achieved what shade of color. Here are the results, in the order they were created. I’m happy with them! I hope you enjoy them, too. The last photo is of our table at today’s market.

For some reason, I worked in sets of three for this painting. Each section of black lines was created with three dots of paint. I had a lot of fun with the maned spirals. I think they might be baby dragons but I suppose that's up for interpretation!

For some reason, I worked in sets of three for this painting. Each section of black lines was created with three dots of paint. I had a lot of fun with the maned spirals. I think they might be baby dragons but I suppose that’s up for interpretation! Oh! And this photo is a scan of the original. The only adjustment was the ‘autofix’ option I clicked to smooth out the lines and show the red a little better.

Again, I used sets of three for the black. I didn't count the red streamers because my goal was to create a pleasant background for the focal points. I called this one "Lines Of Third Connection" because the three dots connected to each of the other sets of three. The lines are crazy, but they still connect. Again, this is a scan of the original, using only the auto-correct button to smooth out the harsher texture of the paper and bring out the vibrancy of the red.

Again, I used sets of three for the black. I didn’t count the red streamers because my goal was to create a pleasant background for the focal points. I called this one “Lines Of Third Connection” because the three dots connected to each of the other sets of three. The lines are crazy, but they still connect. Again, this is a scan of the original, using only the auto-correct button to smooth out the harsher texture of the paper and bring out the vibrancy of the red.

As the sun sets, the tree showers down a few leaf-kisses in farewell..."Golden Goodnight Kisses". I used the same black and red and the intensity alters with how much paint is on the brush and how many times you paint over the same area. The tree trunk was created with a good bit of paint and a straw. Yes. There is a bit of white shining through, here and there. I left it. I'm truly satisfied with this picture. It's one of my better ones. This is a scan of the original and I only used the auto-correct button to smooth out the harshness of the paper and bring out the color vibrancy a bit more.

As the sun sets, the tree showers down a few leaf-kisses in farewell…”Golden Goodnight Kisses”. I used the same black and red and the intensity alters with how much paint is on the brush and how many times you paint over the same area. The tree trunk was created with a good bit of paint and a straw. Yes. There is a bit of white shining through, here and there. I left it. I’m truly satisfied with this picture. It’s one of my better ones. This is a scan of the original and I only used the auto-correct button to smooth out the harshness of the paper and bring out the color vibrancy a bit more. This one is John‘s and my favorite of the three.

I use acrylics. I haven’t done much with watercolor, or the watercolor pencils that came in my portable kit. I needed to use a medium I knew very well today. I did use two watercolor brushes because I knew they’d be better for the ink-like consistency of my paint. My brushes: Royal brand, Round #2; Master’s Touch brand, 785 Round #8; Master’s Touch brand, 7520 Oval Wash 1/2″. This is the first time I’ve used the Master’s Touch brushes, though I’ve had the kit for about 2 years. I really liked them! (I don’t do the affiliate thing. Probably won’t ever do that because it seems like an extra hassle I don’t need.)

And here’s the photo of the table we set up today.

This is our small table set up for the Farmer's Market. I didn't put out much of my chainmail today. Most of our items were John's paracord items he's been experimenting with. We also had the girls' painted glass stones on our table and my three paintings as I completed them. You can get a better idea of the small size of the paintings in this picture. I took this picture with my cell and edited it in Pixlr Express, an Android app.

This is our small table set up for the Farmer’s Market. I didn’t put out much of my chainmail today. Most of our items were John’s paracord items he’s been experimenting with. We also had the girls’ painted glass stones  and charm bracelets on our table, and my three paintings as I completed them. You can get a better idea of the small size of the paintings in this picture. I took this picture with my cell and edited it in Pixlr Express, an Android app. (Magiba was ready to call it day.) I am loving my birthday present. I think this new phone will make it easier for me to present better photos online.

Of necessity, we had to limit our wares as we had to go straight to the theater for practice. We had to leave before the market closed, even, in order to get to practice on time. It all turned out well in the end. It’s my intention to blog about the nightgown I finished up today in tomorrow’s post, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments or ask questions. 🙂

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron