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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Haiku for Mom


Another year gone
My tears bring forth a garden
Your spirit lives on

                        -- Pam Tucker

This is another exercise from Misty's class.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Studying Schiele

Self Portrait        9" x 12",       Mixed Media

Hello! This is my first self-portrait. LOL! It's also an exercise from Misty Mawn's new class. It is the first week and I am over the moon about how awesome this class is. 

Without revealing too much of the content, we were to study an artist whose work has influenced us. I chose Egon Schiele. We were to replicate one work of theirs to the best of our ability and then do a self-portrait in that artist's style.

Self Portrait by Egon Schiele

Here was my attempt at this. SO incredibly hard to draw those hands!!


I loved really studying his work and trying to capture every line. So much learned from just this one exercise. 

I am probably going to make a change in my blog header soon...  ;)

Linking this to Paint Party Friday  and Art Journal Journey. Have a great weekend everybody!

I am also working on a new wolf painting and tons of other things. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sketching Amy


I practice sketching faces every night while watching TV with hubby. I have a book of portraits that I use as inspiration for my practice. This is supposed to be Amy Winehouse. The portrait in the book really caught my eye and I wanted to try and replicate it. It was much better of course. Practice, practice...  :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spring Flowers

4" x 6", Alcohol Ink

4" x 6", Alcohol Ink

Since I can't see any Spring flowers right now (expected low temp. of -7 degrees tonight), I decided to paint some. These are actually small paintings that I made to go onto cards I'm sending. Just enough color and texture to make me happy today. Happy Sunday everybody! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Hunter

The Hunter                                  22" x 30", Mixed Media

This is the second painting in a series I'm doing on wolves. It is taken from this reference image we used in class:


Again, I used metallic accents to stylize the wolf a little. I really like this one. On to the next! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Free Spirit

6" x 6", Mixed Media

"I have fallen in love with the imagination.
And if you fall in love with the 
imagination, you understand
that it is a free spirit. 
It will go anywhere, and 
it can do anything."
        -- Alice Walker


This is another one of my paint skin people. I really like this one. The "face" was lifted off the palette just as it is. I love when that happens... 

I am linking this to Paint Party Friday. Have a great weekend everybody!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dancing with Wolves

16" x 22", Mixed Media

I just finished taking a class on painting animals in nature. I am so excited about everything I learned! The first project was a wolf. I'm working on the one from class now. I thought I would try a "practice" wolf first. I have a book about wolves so I picked this photo as a reference:


The painting is a stylized version loosely based on this photo. The main thing I learned was how to paint the fur texture and how to jazz it up once you are finished. NOW I am painting the wolf from class. He has a more menacing presence and I hope the painting will result in a more dramatic scene. 

This is the first in a series of wolf paintings I will be doing. I love everything about the wolf. We have a wolf park very near here and I LOVE to go and watch them interact with each other. So be prepared for more wolves in the coming weeks... 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Color Pencil Play


I've been re-discovering my art supplies through Jane Davenport's Supplies Me workshop. She has given all alumni lifetime access to her workshops. Woohoo! I've taken three so far.

Anyway, colored pencils! I have tons of them. So instead of having the supplies lay around unused we are to dig them out and play! I am trying to perfect the burnishing technique (blend, blend, blend that face). So this little lady emerged. Then of course I scanned her into Photoshop and played with some backgrounds.

I'm working on a big project I hope to show soon. It's very exciting and something totally new for me. Stay tuned...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Holy Cow!

Approx. 6" x 10", Alcohol Ink on Yupo

Yes, I painted a cow! Hubby teaches in the College of Agriculture and I painted this for his office. There is a really cool website called PaintMyPhoto.ning. It allows photographers and artists to work together. You find a photo you want to paint, give the photographer credit and you can use it as a reference. This is from a photo by Nicola McLean:


It is painted with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. I'm still working with that medium. I'm learning to manipulate the inks better. 

I will link to Paint Party Friday when the link goes live. And thank you, Eva, for pointing out that Nic McLean is also a member of Paint Party Friday! Ha! Small world.  ;)  Have a great weekend everybody! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Surrender

5" x 7', Alcohol Ink on Yupo

"To the mind that is still
the whole universe surrenders"
-- Lao Tzu

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Looking at Grief: A Journal Page


"That time
I thought I could not
go any closer to grief 
without dying

I went closer,
and I did not die..."

-- Mary Oliver

This journal page materialized on its own. I added the two figures and bumped up the color with markers and Photoshop. 

I often use CitraSolv painted onto National Geographic magazine pages in my art and my journals. You can see more about the process here. When I was tearing out the solvent-soaked pages from the magazine this one emerged. 

Usually I'll have a page spread of pretty colors all melted together. Then I'll tear them up and use them in my art. This one, I LOVED just as it is. I scanned it into Photoshop so I'll always have a copy to play with. The original is framed. 

I've started another blog where I post just my art journal pages. It's here if you want to check it out. Have a great week everybody! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Among the Flowers

5" x 7",  Alcohol Ink on Yupo

"There are always flowers
for those who want to see them."
-- Henri Matisse

I had to paint another hummingbird so I would have two paintings to hang together. ;) I'm working on a few special projects that I'll share soon. Have a great weekend everybody!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hummingbird in Flowers

5 x 7, Alcohol Inks on Yupo

I've been experimenting with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. There are a lot of paintings in progress. This one makes me happy!  More to come...

Happy New Year everybody!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Abstract Flowers

5 x 7, Alcohol Ink on Yupo

"There are always flowers
for those who want
to see them."
-- Henri Matisse

This is just a small section that was cropped from a larger painting. I thought it looked like an abstract flower. I adhered it to some nice black paper, attached it to a blank card and mailed to a friend.  

Have a great weekend everybody!