Margaret Brock's Blog (8)

Making art on my iPad

Over a year ago, I gave away hundreds of dollars worth of beads because my obsession with beading had run its course.

Then I took up drawing. Soon my small apartment was filled with drawing and painting supplies. My magical magnifying mind thinks that if I just buy more supplies, I will finally be able to DRAW.

As a result, I was soon crowded out by art supplies.

When I look back on my art journey, the only real satisfaction I had was drawing zentangle inspired… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on June 9, 2012 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments

Another art experiment

The other day, I bought a set of Beinfang Watercolor Brush Pens. When I got them home, I discovered that they are very similar in construction to my waterbrushes.

I like the Beinfang Watercolor Brushes, but they are expensive. I believe they are refillable, but I can't find a source for paint.

Then I found liquid watercolor for use in schools. This stuff looks like it would work. It's inexpensive, but heavy and shipping would more than double the price.


Added by Margaret Brock on March 4, 2012 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Should I give up ny artist dream and become a drafts(person)man?

I am drawn to abstract art. I like art where the color is flowing. I admire people who can render an exact image, but I have no desire to learn their skills. Nor do I want to join the "more water than paint" school of watercolorists.

I want real color. Lots of it. I want it to be abstract. I don't plan, nor do I wish I could plan.

So why is it that in my hand, paint wants to appear organized on the paper? instead of flowing waves, I get squares and circles marching in… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on February 5, 2012 at 12:18am — 6 Comments

Retired. Finally.

Actually, I've been "retired" from my job as a computer programmer for about 10 years, but I've tried to "keep up" with that world. I have a recurring dream where I announce at the end of the day that I'm quitting and won't be back at my desk tomorrow. I didnt know what the dream was trying to tell me.

Years ago I read an article about a retired man who would suit up every morning and spend the day haunting his former workplace. How pathetic, I thought.

This morning while… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on January 25, 2012 at 12:33pm — 3 Comments

You never know who might be an artist

I was downstairs having coffee with some friends today and showing them the new waterbrushes I got in the mail. Along came the maintenance man. He saw the brushes and asked me about them.

Turns out he's a very accomplished artist.

We had an interesting conversation about his art and he was very encouraging about mine. He did say that when his day job interferes with his art, he tries to doodle to keep his hand "in tune."

I've noticed that since I've been doing… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on January 20, 2012 at 10:04pm — 2 Comments

The mind of a curious non-artist.

It's too soon to know if I'm an artist or if this is another in a long life of revolving passions.

My crafting experience is broad, but shallow. I've tried almost every craft but interest is "scientific" rather than "artistic". I'm interested in "how" it's done and once I've figured out or learned the how, and often "invented" some new way to replace the tried and true methods employed by the real artists, I lose interest.

For example, this past weekend, I played with… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on January 17, 2012 at 1:56pm — 7 Comments

CAUTION: I'm about to reveal my ignorance :)

While trying out Sherry's suggestion about using a glass plate as a palette for watercolor markers, I had an AHAH moment.

I'm sure everyone already knows this, but it must be so simple that experts don't think of mentioning it.

One of my problems when working with color (I'm a monochrome sort of gal) is that I acquire so many different colors, but then they often clash when I use them together. I would pick out three reds thinking I was going to get a range of color and I… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on January 13, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Alternative watercolor media

My studio is my recliner in the living-room, therefore I need to keep mess under control. Making art is a new hobby for me and I haven't had any instruction so I'm free to try anything that catches my eye.

I have watercolor pencils, but some are poor quality and don't deliver enough color, some deliver color, but colors within the same brand clash. Also, since I use a minimum amount of water, it's difficult to mix and blend colors.

When I was first thinking about making… READ MORE

Added by Margaret Brock on January 12, 2012 at 2:09pm — 7 Comments


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