Searching the stars

Last year I started painting galaxies on star-shaped magnets. I did about 12 of them. Each one turns out so differently. It’s exciting to see what happens and fun to use these as practice to expand, experiment, and practice the technique. There is so much more that I want to try out.

Cosmic galaxy star magnets
© 2020 Dawn Blair

These are my first batch for 2020.

I have a feeling that I’ll be creating a lot more of these star magnets this year, hopefully more than 12. (grin) I am also thinking about doing simple tree and sky paintings on heart-shaped magnets too, much like the ACEO’s I started out painting, but I haven’t made that commitment yet.

The reason I haven’t started on that is because there’s another avenue I’m also contemplating exploring. And I know that every time something is added, something else needs to be removed. There is only so much time. And I have to decide which is more important.

This other avenue: working more on Bristol board, possibly including charcoal/pencil work as well as paint. I know that to some this might not seem like a very exciting decision, but for me it was something I was thinking about most of last year; I just didn’t get started on it. All I can say there is that the time didn’t feel right; another one of those “trust the process” things.

What changed?

Star magnet 2020-4
© 2020 Dawn Blair

I’m not very certain. Maybe I’m just reaching for the stars. Maybe I am another year older. Maybe I just like working on Bristol. Quite frankly, I do painting on Bristol and I want to get better at it, so there’s no time like the present. Is there another reason?

Possibly. But I think those I stated are enough.

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Palladium – Chapter 28

Since I’ve been spending all summer telling people about the free fiction here, I thought it might be time to also issue a reminder: this is just a first draft, not the final thing. Text will change. Scenes will be added or removed as the story needs. It is not a completed book.

PSA over.

If you have recently started reading the story, welcome. If you have been reading my free fiction for a while, welcome back. Hugs all around! (grin)

Now, let’s get you to the story.


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Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
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Chapter 28

by Dawn Blair

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Palladium – Chapter 27

This weekend I will be out at the Thousand Springs Festival of Art. I have a few new pieces I’ve done since Twin Falls Art in the Park, as well as new ACEO’s. I also have a few new magnets. I completely sold out of the magnets I had on hand at FanX. I haven’t even had a chance to show off of talk about the magnets I’ve been painting yet.

Since I haven’t shown any painting for a while, here are a couple of the new magnets I have for Thousand Springs.

Varnished magnet
©2019 Dawn Blair

The picture of this one was taken after I had varnished it. I forgot to do it beforehand. This one is before being varnished:

Unvarnished magnet
©2019 Dawn Blair

I also have replenished my supply of blank note cards and they are now individually wrapped. Who wants to fold and bag 300 new cards? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Okay, well, let’s get you to the story.


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Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
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Chapter 27

by Dawn Blair

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ACEO’s to see

When I’m painting, the whole world seems to disappear. Lately, I’ve been putting on the Gaia channel, usually to some interview or another, and listen to it while I paint. Except that after about 10 minutes or so, I’m no longer listening; I’m just painting and focusing on color mixing and where the painting wants me to go next.

Since I’ve got a month between shows at the moment, I thought I’d put up a few eBay auctions on so paintings. As of this writing, I only have ACEO’s up, but I’d like to get some larger paintings up as well.

Here’s a look at a couple that are listed:

3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol
©2017 Dawn Blair
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol
©2017 Dawn Blair

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A tree dreams

Once again, I’m going to start with the last picture of the prior painting blog. This is where I was at when I started “fixing” the nebula. I almost stopped here, but I felt like the colors were too soft now.

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Black needed added in.

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I knew I needed to make the color more dramatic. It just felt too soft and everything blended without a draw for the eyes. So I intensified the hues with another layer. If you look carefully at the next picture, you can also see the splattering of stars.

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Time for the final stars and highlights on several of them. There are 7 glittering stars in that sky created by the dreams of a tree.

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Come see the original today at the Jerome Music Booster craft show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Happy adventuring!

The nebula develops

Honestly, I never expected the nebula to give the problems that it did. I thought I had this.

Yeah, right.

Okay, here is the last picture from the last blog so you can recall what it looked like.

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Here I blended the colors together. Oh, and I also added the sparkles to the tree which I wanted.

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So I thought it was all well at this point. I just needed to add in some dark spots.

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That was when I realized I had a mess. Giving the top a moment to dry, I filled in the ground beneath the tree. I wasn’t certain that I even wanted ground, but after I got it in, I decided that it had been the right thing to do.

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I had the thought at this point that I wanted the nebula to reflect the colors of the tree. I went back to some reference pictures of nebulae and tried to decide what I wanted to do. Here’s what came about:

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I’m going to leave this blog here for now. I’ll post the final on Saturday. As I will be out at the Jerome Music Booster craft show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can come see the real deal there.

Until then, happy adventuring.

The tree develops

Happy May Day!

Short blog here. It really didn’t take long for the tree to take form.

This is the second layer of the tree. Also started some highlighting on the trunk so it can take shape.

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Now for the full highlighting of the tree.

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Happy adventuring until next time.

Space on a long board

I’m working on a new space nebula painting and I’m hoping to have it ready for the Jerome Music Boosters’ craft show this weekend.

I had picked up this board that is 20″x10″ and I had thought I would paint a kind space nebula on it. Then I had another idea.

In order to start it, I had to plan where the “mist” would be and let it guide me to placing the nebula.

Are those dark clouds now on top of the mist at the bottom. Nope. Let’s see if the next picture can give us a clue.

Ah! There we go. It looks like the beginning of a tree. Stay tuned to see how this develops!

Nebula on a hexagon

My six-sided painting. I was pretty excited to find this canvas. I knew immediately that I wanted to do a space painting on this. Once I felt ready, I painted the canvas black. The picture above shows it all prepared and ready.

My first layer:

It’s hard not to block a painting in like this and not absolutely hate it and fear that it’s been messed up. But, the painting must continue.

Here’s the next layer:

Now we’re getting some of the misty cloudiness into the piece.

In the next layer, the stars start to shine:

More layers come next, more stars, and adding some of the black of space back in. Finally we end up with this:

There was a point at which I really messed everything up. I didn’t grab my phone to take a picture though; I knew my paint was drying quickly. That probably returned the fun to this painting. I’d started to take it too seriously and quit having fun with it. In causing a catastrophe on the canvas and knowing I had little time to fix it, I had to attack it with courage and release everything. Believe me, at the time I really wasn’t sure I’d be saving it. It was extremely hard to release the fear. Words make it sound so easy, but at the time it was horrible. I instantly projected myself into the future where I had to paint the canvas black once more to restart and regretted the past where I wished I hadn’t touched it so much. I was everywhere but the present.

Grounding yourself with courage puts you firmly in the moment. There’s an obstacle that must be overcome and only by stepping forward can this obstacle be hurdled.

This painting could have easily gone the other way where I did have to go through the future of repainting it that I had imagined. However, I’m glad I kept working it and gave myself the chance.

As my friend, J.D. Estrada, said a few days ago on an Instagram post, “Self doubt is an option, but so is believing in yourself.”

This weekend, believe in yourself.

Happy adventuring!

I think I’m finally done!

I’m done. This time, I mean it. I swear. Done!

Okay, remember this painting I showed you about a month ago or so?

I’ve been working away at it slowly. I worked really hard on it last weekend because I wanted to have it done in 2018.

Here’s a couple pictures of it in progress:

I even said I was done on my progress blog because I really thought I was done. Here’s a picture of it “completed.”

Not a bad little picture, right? I was so happy with it. Yea, a nice little space galaxy. *insert happy smiling face here*

NOT!

Two days ago, I painted a picture that blew this one out of the water.

Ka-BOOM!

I picked this picture up last night and nearly started to cry. It looked so bad, horrible, blah! Especially when compared to the other one.

So I wasn’t done. I knew I could do better. Back on the easel it went. Awhile later, here was the result:

I dare not say that I’m done yet. Who knows what tomorrow will bring,

Now, aren’t you excited to see the picture that inspired this one? Yeah, I think you’ll be just as amazed on that as me. How about I show you tomorrow? Great! It’s a date.