Jane Dunnewold, textile artist and author of Complex Cloth and other books, has launched a new blog called Daily Visuals. Each day, Jane posts a photograph and analyzes its color, composition and content. It's a lovely site and a fantastic opportunity to learn from a teacher and master of visual complexity in fabric.
I've also been wandering around the tutorials, articles and techniques on the Golden Paints site. Though I did a lot of painting quite a few years ago, I got rusty. Last year, I began to paint again, and I was mystified -- also very intrigued -- by the vast array of new mediums, new kinds of acrylic paint, and new surfaces. Golden has very helpful information on fine art techniques, and a section of decorative technique instructions that give you step-by-step information on how to create textures like this (link here):
For those who work in watercolor, Daniel Smith also has a great articles library on its site.
That's all I've got today. Truth is, I've spent too much time this week distracting myself in the online candy store of fabric, paint, art, color, beauty and interesting words -- surfing, but not creating. All is well, and I'm especially grateful for my spacious and well-heated apartment, but I'm not in a holiday mood -- I have the frequent flyer miles to go to Hawaii, but no money for expenses! It's just been a long year, and vitality and magic seem far away tonight, as does any light at the end of the job-search tunnel and all that goes with it. No need to worry, I'll be back this weekend with a lighter heart, I'm sure.