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3″ x 3″ Color Study

3" x 3" - image 7

© 2015 Calla Grace Fogarty

This hiatus from painting, which originally seemed like a good idea has left me feeling somewhat lost. It seems like I forgot how to mix color or create and image. The images I created this weekend were studies done primarily to work on the issue of color and a looser hand

I love the highlights and range of color. This piece seems to really help me see more possibilities. I would like to push the darks much farther since this piece has so much room for a bigger range.

Even though there was no intended image or reference this picture reminds me of the times you spend outside in the rain at night. When the reflections create a glow and the water causes the continued repetition of light to flicker all the way down the street. Its calming.

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Three Hundred and Sixty-Four!

The pattern and overlay really interested me after I did the first iteration of this image. This is a second version which offers its own special qualities. I really enjoy the color, it seems so soft and quiet which reminds me of the mood every day I see this. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Fifty!

Another piece inspired by the window panes. This one went a little more abstract than I initially intended but I guess you learn with each piece. These are such simple images to make but they are relaxing and with each one I do they seem to show me different things. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Forty -Two!

Time to mass produce. The weekend arrives and I feel like from Friday at 4 pm to Sunday at 10 pm I am just pushing through image after image. I tend to work on multiple at one time which helps because I’m constantly looking at each image from a different perspective. I don’t really have time to get caught up in one element or image. I find that if I have 4 images happening on one piece of plexi they tend to feed off each other whether it be color or subject matter. I saw that happening in the next few pieces. I always love the abstract images because they tend to teach me more about how to work with watercolor. They are much more experimental than the animal based imagery. Enjoy and see you next time.

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Three Hundred and Thirty-Four!

Sometimes you just need to revert back to an earlier style to keep your self moving in the right direction. This and the next image are not my favorites but they helped me stay focused and that is all I really needed this week. What I do enjoy is the transparency of layers that is happening due to an under painting. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Thirty-Three!

Alright, so I love going to cafes more than most people understand. I like the vibe, I love the food and beverages but most of all I love people watching. I sit back, pick up a pen and paper and sketch or write about those around me. I like to figure out their story and by no means do I mean their real life story. We are talking about the one I assign to them. The other evening, when the weather was absolutely the best we have had this year, I felt inspired to go out after work to the cafe and draw. While there I encountered a vast amount of people considering it was a Wednesday but they were all so different. I became fixated on this elderly gent who seemed so lonely. He was there far longer than I was and for the majority of the time he only had a coffee in hand. He stared blankly at a pastry case but not as if longing for its contents almost as if caught up in a memory or thought. If makes you wonder what a person is thinking sometimes. Anyway, as I have mentioned before people are not my strength which is in part why I am forcing this exercise more often. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Thirty-Two!

Line work, like you see in the image below, is so relaxing for me. It is somewhat meditative to just get lost in the repetitive behavior. It is funny, I tend to draw things like this on the sides of note pages or while attending a meeting, it doesn’t distract me but almost relaxes and focuses my mind. I once heard that those who doodle while they listen to a lecture or meeting actually retain more information, I think it works for me otherwise I distract myself by looking out the window. Funny how a bird outside a window or an interesting cloud can completely take me away but a page full of doodles focuses my mind on what I am hearing. Enjoy and see you next time.

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Three Hundred and Twenty Eight! 

Woke up early this morning and when I looked out at the snow I saw a cluster of shapes which at 6:30am looked like a bunch of faces. Easy image and great way to start the day. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Fourteen!

Couldn’t’t take a night off so I decided to sketch while watching a movie. The image just started with a pencil sketch of my dog but I quickly changed it to another creature.  Not really sure what I was going for but I enjoy the quietness of this moment. The color does not help amplify that but in another color palette I think it could really work well. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Twelve!

Trying to chug along with this challenge and luckily I finished another image last night. This little fellow was fun to paint but I will admit he looks a bit drunk. Honestly, I don’t mind, I sometimes wish I didn’t aim to create an image so life-like. I’m trying to work through it and just accept the end result as OK. I think It gives it character, it’s our imperfections that make us unique and I feel the same or at least I’m trying to feel the same with my painting! Enjoy and see you next time.

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