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Thursday, April 9, 2015

End of Winter

8" x 8", Mixed Media

"On winter's margin, see the small birds now
With half-forged memories come flocking home..."
--Mary Oliver
from her poem, "On Winter's Margin"

This is a small painting I started a few weeks ago while playing with my oil paints. I'm really attracted to working with the oils again. I finished it using oil pastels. It makes me happy. 

I will link this to Paint Party Friday when it goes live. Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sister Love, Missing Mom

"Paula", 12 x 12, oil

This is another project from the class I am taking with Misty Mawn. It's an oil painting of my sister. The oil was still wet when I photographed it. I am hoping this will dry by the time her birthday rolls around in June. I LOVE oil paints but that is the drawback. They take forever to dry. 

This is a flat style of painting (something Misty taught us). I love the effects and will do more with it. 

Also, I want to acknowledge that today is my Mom's birthday. She's been gone 11 years now and I miss her so much. I still think about her every single day. Happy Birthday, Mom.


Have a great weekend everybody!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Haven't Got Time For The Pain

5" x 7", Graphite and Charcoal

This is another exercise from class: drawing emotion. It's also how I feel whenever I get my migraine headaches. Ugh! They have been more frequent lately. Mine are due to pressure changes in the weather. It's crazy weather here this week. I hope you all have a better weekend! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Reflection

7" x 5", Oil

"In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost...
And what you had...
And what you lost..."

from "Dreams", by Fleetwood Mac


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