Thursday, January 5, 2012

Got nothing...

...or next to nothing, anyway.

It's been ages since I've played along with the Butterfly Effect.  
This week's theme is "The Woods" and all I've got for you is an elementary school art project.

(I kid you not.  The project idea was found on one of the of the many websites we use to get arts-and-crafts ideas for the kids at work.  I think the middle schoolers are going to do it after school one day next week.  It involves masking tape and watercolors.)

So, I've spent the past hour staring at it, trying to figure out what to do to it to make it edgier. 

Trying to make it more worthy of a dedicated blog post.  

And I was getting grumpy and coming up with nothing.

AND it's too big to fit on my scanner bed, so I scanned it in two parts and spent another hour trying to figure out if I had any software that would stitch the two pictures together. 
(I don't, so I'm going to pretend it's supposed to be in two pieces. )
( I was going to call it a triptych, but that's three paintings. ) 
(What do you call two?  A diptych?)
 ( Dipstick is more like it). 

 So now worrying about this little painting has taken about 5 times longer than it did to paint it in the first place.  

I need to get a grip.

So here it is, in all it's fifth grade glory.
Just trying to get back into the habit of making art every day and posting here more than once a month.

Plus, I miss the radiant glow of all the pretty people at the Butterfly Effect.


  1. I really like it just the way it is... It feels like I'm looking out a frosty window on a winter day. (And on a cold winter day there is nowhere better to be than on the inside looking out... Well, I guess there are actually lots of better places to be - Hawaii, California, Aruba...)Ha!


    p.s. I love doing "kids" art projects!

  2. It's awesome! :) I love he effect tha salt gives on the wet paint and the trees look great!

  3. I am a big fan of birch-trees and espesially of these :-)) the sky looks so real with its color!

  4. I like it, um them! The trees look so beautiful and I really love the background! More 5th grade paintings fun!!! Isn't it great to do projects like these? I really love it when my grandchildren come over and I have an excuse to play. I love that you decided to play all by yourself and the results are fabulous! After all, many of the "grown up" techniques being used and taught in the art world today are really from 5th grade. Don't be afraid to share your talents with the world, we can't wait to see!

  5. The trees look great! I don't know what you don't like about this because I think it's beautiful. You must have some very talented 5th graders!!

  6. Looks like the birches in my back yard. Shine a little bit every day right! xox Corrine

  7. Well, I love it! Salt over washes is one of my fave watercolor techniques....and stark white trees against it look fantastic!

  8. I love it too,so you worry too much.... as I guess you realize, (and if i read my own posts I realize I worry too much too) so looks like it was fun making and was meant to become a diptyck!

  9. But this is beautiful...the stark emptiness of a winter woodland. To add anything else would spoil the silence it evokes. Calm, serene silence :D XXX