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Secondaries, Tertiaries, New Stuff

After the fabulous markers I posted last month,

After Josef Albers (the only card I've made with the Bic Mark-its so far)

After Josef Albers (the only card I’ve made with the Bic Mark-its so far)

I recently found some water colors in a similar vein:

Next time I go to Michael's I'm buying more--I love the colors

Next time I go to Michael’s I’m buying more–I love the colors

As I used them I realized they don’t have all the true primary colors–the reds tend to be off and I end up using tube color to get true red. But I love them! It occurred to me I favor secondary and tertiary colors more than the primaries–I’d rather have purple and orange, teal or fuchsia, than red, yellow or blue. Although these two might give lie to that:

Floating on Air (water color)

Floating on Air (water color)

Cavendish Sheds, Newfoundland (from a photo by Jerry Curtis) (water color)

Cavendish Sheds, Newfoundland (from a photo by Jerry Curtis) (water color)

I couldn’t bring myself to mail the fishing sheds. It’s being framed as a gift for someone special who loves it.

More new pieces:

Freaky flower (water color, neon paint, water color pencil)

Freaky flower (water color, neon paint, water color pencil–experimenting with the neon paint)

 

Super moon 3 a.m 9-8-14

Impressions of the September super moon seen through blinds at 3 a.m.

Impressions of the September super moon seen through blinds at 3 a.m.

 

More balloon inspirations. The first one was titled after it was finished when I realized the scale was wrong. Then I read this quote from the highly successful artist Chris Ofili, whose paintings fetch into the high six digits. He’s commenting about a painting of his own in which the scale of the figures is wrong, and someone asks him about it: “Oh, yeah. That really bothered me for a while. But I didn’t feel it was my responsibility to change it. In a painting you can do anything, right? I’m making it all up. This thing is too big! But it’s just what it is. Not bad, not good, just too big.” (New Yorker, October 6, 2014)

Even Giants Love Balloons (water color)

Even Giants Love Balloons (water color)

Before I read the quote, I did another balloon card and just omitted the hand.

"UP" (water color)

“UP” (water color)

Two cards recently received:

From Catherine in the UK

From Catherine in the UK

From Patricija in Slovenia

From Patricija in Slovenia (the little tag survived the long journey!)

I’ll be busy for a few weeks with other projects–putting together a condo association newsletter, and house-guests and hoopla for my husband’s show opening, for which I did the publicity materials:

Stella and Lou post card front final

If you’d like to swap cards, or just receive one, send an email to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com with your mailing address. International addresses are welcome.

 

Irresistible temptation!

You know how you go to the grocery store for milk and bread and end up spending $50?

I wasn’t event looking for markers. I have LOTS of markers.

My well-stocked marker bin.

My well-stocked marker bin.

But in the Office Depot checkout line, these just begged for me to buy them, and never has a package of markers been so yummy. The colors are gorgeous (as are the names–margarita green, peach parfait, ocean view blue).

It was fun just working with the swatches and think about how I'll use them.

It was fun just working with the swatches and thinking about how I’ll use them.

They’re permanent but don’t soak through, at least not Bristol board. They’re nice to the touch and came in a handy case that I’ll use for travel. Thirty-six bits of happiness for $20.

Bic, Mark-It in the case, $20 of total joy

Bic, Mark-It in the case, $20 of total joy

I have new cards to scan and post, as well as several beauties recently received, but I’m on deadline for a postcard and poster for my husband’s next show, with a tight turnaround. Stay tuned, while I try to keep from playing with my favorite new toys.