Tantalus

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Tantalus found a way to properly piss off the Greek gods.  It was known gossip that he was asked to join the gods for dinner.  Zeus was his father and that helped get him the invite.  While he was there he misbehaved.  He misbehaved something proper.  Some say he tried to bring back the nectar of the gods to the mortals, or that he stole something during his visit.  Others say that he served up a main course of his son (boiled) to the gods in a sadistic attempt at an offering.  The gods weren’t having it.

He was cast away to the Underworld, Tartarus to be specific, to be eternally tantalized.  They set him in a pool, water covering him up to his chin.  Above him draped groves of luscious fruit.  When Tantalus would bend down to drink the water, the water would drain. When he reached up to grab the fruit, the branches would raise beyond his arm’s length.  Suffering continual deprivation while being constantly taunted with nourishment.

Tantalus never stops reaching.

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Watercolor pencils on paper

Stained Glass Painting

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Fancy finished tape painting. The design is inspired by stained glass.

This is an ode to colors.  Rainbows, splotches, swatches, and schemes.  Colors make me feel comfortable.  Blame it on a serious lack of technique, but most of the creations I’ve made on canvas are expressively color coordinated.  Here’s a quick and easy art project to numb boredom and inject some color into your life.  It’s even simple enough for children and those who do not consider themselves artists.

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I used 1″ blue gaffers tape. I was only concerned about the stickiness before I started. In retrospect I wish I would have used thinner tape, and something with a little more stick to it.

What you’ll need:

  1.  Canvas or watercolor paper (I used a stretched canvas).  You will need to use paper that can get wet without disintegrating.
  2. Tape.  I used 1″ blue gaffers tape.  This tape was not thin or sticky enough and required a serious amount of cleanup after i peeled it off.  The paint bled everywhere. Next time I will try this with masking tape. ***Edit: I tried this by painting the entire canvas white before using tape.  Very minimal paint bleeding.  Before you tape, paint the entire canvas with a neutral color!
  3. Scissors (to cut the tape).
  4. Paint.  I prefer acrylic or watercolor.
  5. Paint brushes.  If you are trying to get the  “color scheme” look I achieved, use bigger brushes and load heavy with paint.

STEP 1: Cut tape and place on canvas.  I went for a more abstract “stained glass” outline.  Feel free to tap into your own creativity and create your own shapes!  Make sure the tape lays flat or else the paint will find it’s way underneath.  Trust me!

STEP 2: Paint in the areas around the tape.  I took big brushes and over-loaded them with lots of acrylic paint (use many colors at the same time).  As I filled in the areas I rarely stopped to clean my brush.

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Filling in the white space.

STEP 3: Let your masterpiece dry completely. I can’t stress this enough.  I know sometimes we get excited about our artistic outbursts and want to see the final result asap.  Do not give into these urges; they will only create a stained glass-sloppy mess.

Step 4: When the paint has dried, peel off the tape.  Touch up with white paint if your edges bled at all.

Step 5: Hang this up somewhere, it’s beautiful!

Hummingbirds on Canvas

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Hummingbird Yellow - Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10x8

Hummingbird Yellow – Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10×8, Handmade

Enjoy life, and be light.  We only experience this existence briefly.  Be playful and trust yourself.  Much like the hummingbird, you are resilient.   When life makes you feel small remember that you are capable of great things.  Just keep going.

Hummingbird Wire - Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10x8

Hummingbird Wire – Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10×8, Handmade

Here are the first three photos from my Hummingbird series.  All of them are a mixture of acrylic and watercolor on a small stretched canvas.

Hummingbird Sip - Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10x8

Hummingbird Sip – Acrylic and Watercolor on Stretched Canvas, 10×8, Handmade