Phoenix nebula

So I thought I was going to have a book cover reveal this week. Yep, that’s not happening, Life has blown this week out of the water. I’m counting myself fortunate enough to be doing this post, thought it’ll probably be short unless I find myself with something suddenly to say or rattling on like this sentence is. Yeah, I go off like that sometimes. *grin*

I thought I’d show you one of the paintings I finished last week. I do wish I had more work in progress pictures of it, but I wasn’t certain about this painting. It probably really hit rock bottom when I had just started it and my youngest son walked by and said, “So, Mom, what’s up with the eclipse and the alligator.”

Eclipse and alligator? Well he wasn’t wrong. Here’s sort of what he was seeing:

You see the “eclipse” at the top of the painting and the alligator at the bottom left. I do believe this is actually after he had made his comment and I had started a second coat, getting rid of the alligator’s open jaws so much. You can still see the two parts sticking out that originally made it’s mouth. Yep, can’t get much worse from there.

I wish I’d remembered to take a picture of the first layer when I started, but I really did feel like I’d messed it up right from the get-go. Then the eclipse and alligator really made me question it. But I had this burr that I really wanted to work with, to try this, to see what would happen. So I continued. That’s when I ended up with the picture above, and then this.

This is after a few more layers and some stars added. I was tempted to go with the angel look here, but I decided to hold to the idea I really wanted.

More layers, added so black back to it, and more stars. This is the finished piece.

I really want to do this, or something like this, on a larger canvas. I am having so much fun with these space nebulae. I’m learning something new with each one. It’s definitely been an interesting journey. I never thought I’d be creating these as beautiful as they are. My first attempts at nebulae were so awful. I’m glad the urge to continue attempting to paint these never abandoned me.

Onward! Let us continue our explorations!

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Ninjas: By the Numbers – Part 2

A black-winged angel and a homeless man gave her hope. Now, Amanda searches for her destiny. Numbers point the way and a star guides her.

But some things cannot be calculated. Will the numbers add up, or is there an error in the Universe’s designs?

A fantasy adventure told in four parts. Available for 1 week only! Then, part 3 will turn back into a pumpkin and a new part will appear.

Enjoy!

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Ninjas: By the Numbers – Part 1

A black-winged angel and a homeless man gave her hope. Now, Amanda searches for her destiny. Numbers point the way and a star guides her.

But some things cannot be calculated. Will the numbers add up, or is there an error in the Universe’s designs?

A fantasy adventure told in four parts. Available for 1 week only! Then, part 1 will turn back into a pumpkin and a new part will appear.

Enjoy!

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Ninjas: By the Numbers (Part 1)

This part of the story was available for one week only and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to get the full story. There’s another free story or story partial somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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Ninjas: By the Numbers – Copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Not Every Brushstroke Is Golden

You’ve heard me say it before. It still remains true.

There are just times when a painting needs help. Overcoming the fear of changing a painting is the true challenge. Recently I’ve had to rethink my stance on dating paintings. Until now, I’ve put the year a painting was done on the front beneath my signature. But what happens when a painting isn’t as done as I thought it was?

I had finished Windswept Angel in 2009 (or so I’d thought). I’d been in a rush trying to finish it for a show, and that was my first mistake. Never rush a painting just because you want to be done with it and show it off. I knew better than this, but I did it anyway. Here’s a look at the original:

Windswept Angel
20x16 Acrylic on Canvas
© 2009 Dawn Blair

I knew there was something wrong with it. The eyes bugged me and I hated having so much thick hair across her face. It made her look like she was wearing a scarf or something. I know that if I hear that nagging voice, then I really need to listen to it. So I put it back up on my easel.

With a deep breath, I started working on the painting again. I was terrified of messing it up. Terrified! Not that I’m afraid of destroying a painting gone wrong, but I really didn’t want to repaint over the canvas. I liked this picture. It just needed help. So what if my “help” ruined everything?

I’m proud to say that that I didn’t ruin it. In fact, I made the correction exactly as I wanted. Here it is:

Windswept Angel
20x16 Acrylic on Canvas
© 2010 Dawn Blair

So now the painting is dated 2009, but actually finished with the correction in 2010. Yep, a good reason not to date the canvas itself. My art program I can change to reflect it accurately. I can even add a note, but who wants a scribbled note at the bottom of a canvas? Or maybe I could scratch out the year and write the correct one like I do on my checks. Just kidding! I’m chalking it up to a “live and learn” experience. Be sure to check out the painting on my website for all the details.

Have you ever had any “live and learn” experiences like this?