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Grizabella

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Those who have known me for a long time know I've been learning to watercolor.  It's taken me a long time but I've finally gotten pretty good at it.  Now, though, I've discovered gansai, which is Japanese watercolor and I'm entranced.  I just ordered my first set and I'm so excited to get my paints.  They're supposed to be here Monday.  I've been painting Christmas cards for all my neighbors with western watercolors but the gansai paints are a different type of watercolor that more can be done with.  

 

For Christmas this year, I didn't paint the usual Christmas-y kind of card.  I had heard that people were leaving their cards up on  the wall all year because they liked them, so this year I thought I'd paint something that wasn't specific to the holidays.  So I painted 6x9 inch paintings of animals that are local to our area or other woodsy scenes so they can leave them up all year if they want.  I just put the "Happy Holidays" message on the back and not the front.  I painted elk and cougars and houses and log cabins in the snow in the woods and things like that.  This year's cards will be made using gansai----I'm very excited about that.  I may even make small ornaments with my beads for each person, too.  (I really AM feeling lots better.  🙂 )

 

I doubt very seriously that I'll ever work on a deck but if anyone here would like me to use my gansai to make them a painting of their favorite card (like Queen of Swords or a Major or something like that in general but not deck-specific) send me a message and I'll make a special effort for you.  It will be one you can print out  but if you're willing to send me postage, I'll snail mail the actual painting to you when it's done.  (I do have paypal.)  It will be good practice for me.  I posted some examples so I can get some comments on my ability.  I started in the 70's with oils and I can paint anything with those.  Watercolors are much harder.

 

I don't know why that middle picture is upside down because it isn't on my computer but those are examples of my progress with watercolor painting.  It's taken me so long to get that far with using watercolor.  I'm not any huge shakes as a painter but it keeps me thinking, keeps me busy and I hope some of you will want to give me some requests.  I don't actually go anywhere, partly because it's $40 for gas just for one trip to town and back and partly because my doctors warn me that even with vaccine, I still should try not to get covid again so I really would appreciate requests, but I just need postage if you want the actual painting instead of you printing it out.  I could use the requests as painting prompts because I run out of inspiration.

 

Back to why I'm making this journal post, though---

 

My gosh, it's snowing so much right now.  It's beaufiful but the power may go out and I always hate that part.

 

I started this out talking about gansai.  Gansai means "watercolor" in Japanese but the paint uses a different binder and although I won't go into technical stuff when I don't think most people would be interested, it's really got some intriguing differences from western watercolors and would be excellent to make a handmade deck with.  Does anyone else know about Japanese watercolor?  I'm finding that a lot of the youtube watercolorists who do reviews of them seem to have no idea the real deal with gansai. They think they aren't getting as much pigment for their money because the paints are in bigger, shallower pans but in reality, they're getting more pigment and less binder.  There are more differences, like the fact that the paint will stay on the surface of the paper more instead of becoming a part of the paper like western paints and that means you can even use them on rice paper and not get serious buckling like western paints will cause.  

 

Is anyone here a user of gansai?  It would be great to chat with someone who knows the technicalities of Japanese watercolor.

 

 

 

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stephanelli

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Hi @Grizabella

I've dabbled in watercolours but I'm not particularly skilled, but neither do I give myself time to practise.  I'd not heard of gansai paints but I might have to look them up!

 

I love your paintings they are so beautiful, the bottom one is particularly nice to me!

 

If you'd like the challenge of painting a card, how about a Queen of Pentacles?

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OK I'll make myself a list of cards to paint.  Queen of Pentacles top of the list.  It will take me a little while to formulate the idea in my mind but I'll get it done. I'll put your name next to it on the list and let you know when it's ready. 🙂

 

Thank you for saying you think my paintings are beautiful. Like most people, I think I'm more critical of my own work than others looking at it are.  

 

That bottom painting of the elk was one I was especially satisfied with.  I splattered white gouache to make snow but I'm not experienced enough doing that  so I "snowed" more on myself and my surroundings  than on the elk.  LOL  

 

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stephanelli

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18 hours ago, Grizabella said:

OK I'll make myself a list of cards to paint.  Queen of Pentacles top of the list.  It will take me a little while to formulate the idea in my mind but I'll get it done. I'll put your name next to it on the list and let you know when it's ready. 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂

18 hours ago, Grizabella said:

Thank you for saying you think my paintings are beautiful. Like most people, I think I'm more critical of my own work than others looking at it are.  

I'm the same.  I know I'm so critical on my own work...doesn't mean I'm less critical, just aware that of it.

18 hours ago, Grizabella said:

That bottom painting of the elk was one I was especially satisfied with.  I splattered white gouache to make snow but I'm not experienced enough doing that  so I "snowed" more on myself and my surroundings  than on the elk.  LOL  

 

ahaha, yeah, I've tried splatter painting before and made such a mess!  But the kids I volunteer with absolutely love it!

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I love the snow on the reindeer painting! I am VERY messy with my splatter painting and it doesn’t seem to get better with practice 😅 
 

I paint with watercolor and gouache but I haven’t tried Gansai. I have heard of it though and it sounds like a great art medium! It will be interesting to hear what you think of it 🙂

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Tarot_Apprentice

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Sweet!

 

Mom did watercolours and now a daughter does it.

 

So I saw the cat and immediately thought, The Empress! The bear? Strength — or if matched with a twin, The Chariot.

 

A little humility is a GOOD thing; that said — stop selling yourself short! Others are recognizing that YOU have the gift. Why does that matter? It matters because it means that you have the gift. Now develop it. 
 

Tarot_Apprentice

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Thank you Tarot Apprentice.  🙂

 

Raggydoll, that isn't a reindeer.  It's an elk and elk are more like the size of moose, almost.  They're very big!  But I know you probably didn't realize that.  I'm sorry it's upside down.  It wasn't when I opened the file on my computer but it just uploaded that way.

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1 hour ago, Grizabella said:

Thank you Tarot Apprentice.  🙂

 

Raggydoll, that isn't a reindeer.  It's an elk and elk are more like the size of moose, almost.  They're very big!  But I know you probably didn't realize that.  I'm sorry it's upside down.  It wasn't when I opened the file on my computer but it just uploaded that way.

Ah, I should have looked more closely, though it was very hard as since the forum page had flipped it upside down 😄. I just saw a darker head/lighter body, antlers and snow, so I jumped to the wrong conclusion. Sorry about that!
 

We do have both elk and reindeer where I live. Our elks are brown all over (except for the rare white elks, they are magical!) and they are indeed very majestic. I see elks from time to time as I’m out walking, and it’s of course something we have to look out for when we’re in the car. Reindeers are different in that they don’t perceive humans as a threat (which can be a problem in and of itself, when they decide to travel on well trafficked roads 😅), and they way they travel and move around in huge packs are a sight to be seen! I’ve seen 30-50 reindeer running together, it’s pretty fantastic to behold! But it surely slows down traffic 😁

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Here's what a real elk in our forest looks like.  This was a royalty free photo, though, not one of ours.

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1 hour ago, Grizabella said:

Here's what a real elk in our forest looks like.  This was a royalty free photo, though, not one of ours.

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Beautiful creature 😍! It does indeed differ a lot from our elks! It looks more like our deer stags! 
 

I scrolled through my phone and found a picture of a mama elk, from one of my summer walks. She appeared very  suddenly, and she walked out right in front of me. I got a bit nervous since she had her young ones in the woods behind her, and mama elks can get very defensive. But she seemed calm and I spoke to her gently, which is what I’ve been taught to do in case of a surprise close encounter. She seemed so content that I cheekily grabbed my phone and snapped a quick pic before tiptoeing away 😁 

 

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I couldn’t find a good picture of a male elk so I borrowed one from Wikipedia :

 

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They have bigger antlers and different faces than your elks. Fascinating that there is such a difference! 
 

And here are some of our reindeer (mom

took these pics for me)

 

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Yes, the elk where you are look like the moose in North America. Our elk look more like deer as far as the shape of their heads and faces go. The elk here have very large horns.  The one I posted here has a rather smallish rack of horns compared to what's "available" in the overall elk population.

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8 hours ago, Grizabella said:

Yes, the elk where you are look like the moose in North America. Our elk look more like deer as far as the shape of their heads and faces go. The elk here have very large horns.  The one I posted here has a rather smallish rack of horns compared to what's "available" in the overall elk population.

That makes sense. A Swedish elk farmer once told me that our elk isn’t identical to either the elk or moose in other parts of the world, but I had never seen pictures of non European elk so I didn’t know in what way they differ. So this has been interesting! 

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