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stick bushes on dune sketch and collage update

It was sunny and cool with a crisp wind from the North. Felt great to be out there and I got used to the wind. I was on the leeward side of a dune.

I can’t decide what scene to paint next. I have a couple sketches of good possibilities. Now I like this one for a painting. It looks easy. There’s a white building back there across the road but I didn’t think the sketch needed the building.

This is the background and gold fish for my collage. I used acrylics and my palette knife to scrape shades of blue. The fish are my mono prints that I cut out. Some are on wax paper which I used as a printing plate, some are on watercolor paper tinted blue, some are on blue craft paper and some are on green glitter craft foam. They’re not glued down yet. I might have too many fish. They were fun to make. I could save them for another project if I have too many.

The next step is to do some mono prints of kelp and cut them out. Then the hard part which will be a mermaid and I still didn’t get her drawn but I will. Then I have to try to arrange the pieces. and glue them down.

I like the ones on the glitter foam which shows little bits of sparkles.

oops. This pic is sideways. Well, just pretend it’s abstract flowers or something. Yeah, it’s not sideways fish, it’s a design.

I like the smears of color on the fish from doing the mono prints. Every fish is different.

A plasma portal opens at the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah and E.T.s materialize. / collage

They’re just some rowdy inter dimensional kids that come around once in a while to raise Hell on Earth then they go home. They might make a crop circle and we all love a pretty crop circle except the farmer who is not amused when his crop is flattened. They might mutilate a cow taking whatever they want out of the cow with surgical precision and leaving the dead cow in the field without a drop of blood. No one knows why they do that but it’s enough to keep anyone from raising cattle on the ranch. They might buzz around in their UFO or maybe abduct a human. There isn’t much we can do to stop them.

A rich guy bought the ranch but he doesn’t live there. He hired a team of scientific paranormal investigators and wanted to get to the bottom of the question. They made a documentary which seems inconclusive. It’s on TV if you want to check it out. I think the guy wasted his money buying a ranch that can’t be farmed.

I’d like to go there some day. I’ve been to Utah before and there’s so much beauty I only saw a little of it. I bet the Skinwalker ranch wouldn’t let me on the property since the show is on TV they probably have a lot of people going there to see the UFOs. The Navajo tribe reservation is there and they knew about how weird it is and all about the shape shifting E.T.s long before shape shifters were in the pop culture. Yes. There are shape shifters too.

oops. This one is fuzzy. Good thing I’m not a pro photographer. I don’t care.

If I ever go there I’ll probably park my car a few miles back and bike in and leave my phone in the car because things with batteries and electronics suddenly go mysteriously dead there and I don’t want to risk a dead car battery out there in the middle of nowhere. But I feel like if I could go as far as the gate and hang around long enough to get a sketch that my intuition would tell me yes, this is a spooky place or no, the story is all hype. Have you seen the documentary?

fish print experiments continued

This is my rainy weather project. I wanted to try different kinds of paper for my prints so I bought some sparkle foam like sheets and some multi colored card stock. I applied the paint thicker to my wax paper to try to make my fish more solid looking but I want some of the green sparkle to show too when I cut these out for the collage.

You can’t see the sparkle as well in the photo I took looking down on the paper but when I take the shot at an angle you can see the sparkle and the fish don’t show up as well.

These are a second pull off my wax paper plates onto blue card stock. Now I think I have enough fish. The next step is to get a background ready and do some mono prints of kelp. I tried to paint kelp about 6 months ago for this project but then put it aside because I couldn’t get my plan worked out or visualize the mermaid that goes with the fish and the kelp. I’m going to toss that first kelp attempt and try again.

These are my wax paper printing plates that I smeared some acrylic on with a palette knife in a rough fish shape then turned it over on the sparkle paper or card stock and pressed down to make the prints.

I came to an executive decision here about the mermaid. I decided to do her in pieces to make it easier for myself. I’ll have to try to do head, hair, torso, fin, arms the same way I tried to make fish and when I get something that looks ok assemble it. Also, I decided to make her G rated because now I have a granddaughter. (no nudity) This might take some time, like, till next year.

fish print fun / acrylics

I might be able to cut these out and use them in a collage. I should experiment with different paper. I’m not sure about this. They seem a little weak because the edges are all broken up. Maybe I could outline them. Would that be an improvement or would an outline mess it up? So many decisions! I’ll do a few more and decide later.

This one isn’t bright enough. I used a squirt of gold acrylic straight out of the tube and also had red, white, silvered and yellow. My palette knife was mixing the colors as I scooped up random blobs and tried to make fish shapes. I could brighten him up later with something shiny glued on. I tried to make tiny black eye dots on a few of them.

Don’t stare at this guy! He’s sensitive! hahaha. I mean be honest, would you know this was a fish if I didn’t tell you? I think I can do some kind of plastic surgery on him.

This is my favorite one because the paint made veins that could be fish bones.

These are my wax paper printing plates. I used my palette knife to blob the shape of the fish on the wax paper then turned the paper over and pressed it down on the blue watercolor background paper. The wax paper makes it easy because you can see through it so you can see where the fish is going on the blue paper. There’s also the possibility that I could save these wax paper fish and use them somehow.

Interdimensional Tossed Salad @ Milliways collage

It’s served with their own secret recipe house dressing called “Infinity Ranch.” The dressing is more than just regular ranch dressing with purple food coloring. I couldn’t identify the secret ingredient. The shiny salad toppings are crunchy.

The menu has so many of the favorite foods of the galaxy and I didn’t know what any of them were, except they did have pizza but we wanted to try new foods so we ordered the Super Nova Pu-Pu platter for two and inter dimensional tossed salads. It’s a 5 star restaurant so you know everything on the menu would be approved by Gordon Ramsey.

When I stuck my fork in for the first bite I heard a screeching sound and didn’t know what it was. I thought it could have been the weird fork scraping on the weird plate so I took a bite and when I chomped down on it I heard a voice say, “Not again!” I stopped chewing and looked at my boyfriend. He was enjoying his salad. He said, ” Everything ok, Babe?”

It was real tasty and I didn’t want to spit it out because that would be rude so I swallowed it and I heard it cry, “What are the odds?!”

I said, “Yeah,” Then I got a box to take it home and finish it later.

background for my collage / oils

This looks busy, doesn’t it.? I’m not sure if it will work. Maybe I should swamp it with terpenoid and see if that improves it.

I’m excited about the collage plan that started with mono prints using these colors and I added violet for this step. The mono prints were thin paint so I decided to use thick paint for the background and smear it on randomly with palette knives.

Most of this will get covered when I put the mono prints on top. It will take forever to dry. I could work on it again tomorrow if it partially dries. At least I made a little progress on it because the weather isn’t good today, cold, rainy, windy yuck out there.

Anyway, the collage idea is inspired by “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” It’s going to be fun!

UFO dogs fighter plane / collage

should we be scared?

I just don’t know what to believe anymore. I can’t say for sure that UFOs aren’t space craft from another planet or dimension, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they found a natural Earthly scientific reason to explain them either.

Some people believe ETs have been hanging around for thousands of years, so, if that’s right and they didn’t kill us yet there’s a good chance they won’t.