to turn the water off. See that little outhouse right over yonder? Past the sheds? That gonna be the throne after a few more days. Planning on turning it off Monday at the latest. So savoring those hot showers in the mean time :p
The building on the left with the axe up against it is the cabin, on the right is the wood shed, the other little shed is just a random shed, and then the outhouse. There is also a garage where our freezer chest is (thank you mom), our multiple 55 gallon barrels of water, a (soon to be) second refrigerator, kayaks, storage and TOOLS! We plan on setting up a work area in the garage, we have a bunch of tools between the two of us and want to work with wood. Probably going to need a propane heater in there though- its getting chilly!
You can see how surrounded by woods we are. We're up in the Huron National Forest...and it RULES :)
Reverse painting is when you paint on the backside of plexiglass, acrylic panel or glass. Since you are looking through the clear panel, you build up the painting backwards & flip-flopped. So the for most marks (like the black ones in this painting) are actually made first. First photo is it against wood, the second is when you have a light source behind it.
Preparing a work space is very important, the environment you are creating in directly effects the work itself. My last workspace was very cluttered and had everything from the past 6 years stacked up. I simplified when we moved and only brought a few unfinished pieces, everything else is materials, tools and blank paper/canvas. While getting set up the other day I realized I have a lot more paint than I ever knew!
Here are all my watercolors... between my own collection, Bob's grandpa's paints that were given to me, and some of my Grandmaw's paints I have a ton! Ready to get going on some artwork! Learning to be patient though, I need to extend my paints as far as I can. So, while I come up with some new ideas, I'm working on 2 landscapes that need to be finished. Both of which are landscapes from up here which I started months ago.
& the pups are the best art buddies ever by the way.
We went on an all day hiking adventure the other day. It was warm enough that we could hike with our shoes off- the ground here is all sand and moss! It's wonderful, almost like "Fern Gully," which is one of my favorite movies of all time.
From May until last week I was teaching painting classes at Westerville's Senior Center every Tuesday. It was my favorite day of the week, and we had a lot of fun during our 2 hours together each week. Here is a photo from one of our last classes...I sure will miss everyone!!
The button above will take you to a new blog I have on cabin living and some artwork as well :) The blog here on my website will be focused on more professional art endeavors, where as theheARTofthewoods will be more of my daily random practices and how we are getting along up in the woods this winter!
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy