They're still in it!!! I haven't been following the World Series myself, just through Facebook comments from my friends and family who are BIG fans. I grew up watching lots of baseball (I played a little fast-pitch softball) and I am a Cardinals fan because it runs in the family--they're my Dad's team and my brother's, plus I'm loyal to my friends in and from St. Louis. This year my Dad and brother went to a game together at Busch Stadium--it was my Dad's first time ever, although it had always been one of his biggest dreams.
When I saw this morning that the Cards won last night and are miraculously still in the Series, I thought, "that must have been the subconscious reason I chose red diamonds for my next painting!" HA! I guess baseball's in my blood even if not always on the forefront of my mind.
I've mentioned before that painting is sometimes like praying for me. Well, I'm going to work on this some more tonight hoping they'll win the whole thing! Wish I was home to watch the game with my Dad...
This is a background for another vintage-inspired piece about creativity--I'll add a drawing of a little Brownie camera to it later. Right now I'm really just playing with color, trying not to be too precious. I like to see what happens when I don't plan too much.
I drew the diamonds free-hand (no ruler!). They are a little wonky, but I'm trying to be ok with that. Randomly added some wax on top of my rough graphite sketch--I love the way it resists the paint, and I love the way I'm always surprised by what happens because it's hard to tell where you've applied the wax since it's clear! :)
I wanted this to be imperfect with a worn, rusty, vintage feel. So I let the reds bleed a bit--I blotted some away when it was too much.
It's a little tricky adding in the contrasting colors--I was inspired by my blue teapot full of red daisies (and by the Cardinals, of course!) and decided to use blue with a little green--so it's very possible I could come up with some pretty muddy mixes since I'm working with complementary colors (red/green, blue/orange). But that's ok--I like the challenge of creating interesting and pleasing color mixes against the odds!
The Cardinals came back against the odds; I guess I can too! :)
Sharing this today with my friends at Studio JRU and Paint Party!