Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I have added some gold leaf to the surface to add just a spark of shimmer.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Ah the joys of being an experimental mixed media artist! The teeth gnashing and cursing is part of the creative process. The good news is that working this way has taught me about patience, which had always been in short supply in my world. I have benefited greatly from improving my patience and persistence.
Friday, December 28, 2012
This shot is of Bottle Babe #3, which is in progress but not completely finished yet. She was supposed to be covered in Primitive designs, however when I began putting them onto her body it quickly went into Burlesque so that is the evolution of this one. She fits beautifully with this Jimi Hendrix music...some of his songs even had a Burlesque beat to them. I adored this man and his music. It was a horrible loss to all of us when he took his last breath. I'm glad that he left his music behind for us to enjoy. Even the movie Rainbow Bridge that featured footage of him and his music after his death was quite a tribute to the man. Jimi wherever you are....thank you!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
In the background you can see two more of the Bottle Babes that are being prepped for their next step of evolution.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Revisiting and reworking my previous artworks is something of an occupation in itself. I am constantly changing my mind about what I like and this is why I enjoy mixed media so much. It is very forgiving for those of us with restless hearts and souls.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A little suit like this would need to be patterned, cut, sewn, stuffed and assembled. I am quite sure that I would be pulling hair from my head by the handfuls. His little face and hat are handpainted in great detail with oils or acrylics. He's priceless!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Once again I have used the Colorado theme in this one. The star-studded sky that you see when you are up in the mountains is unlike any night sky that I have ever seen. Well, perhaps when I was out to sea...that was very special, too.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
And then there are days when I feel utterly insecure. I compare my work to the professionalism of some others and cannot help but feel woefully inadequate. I am reading a book about Maxfield Parrish at the moment, who was extremely detail oriented. I recently finished reading a book about the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, their lives and techniques. How hard they worked to gain the abilities that they had.
I have had an epiphany today while inspecting my feelings of insecurity. It's totally okay to feel insecure....to have doubts about your work and your work ethic. This can act as inspiration to keep you motivated to improve. So it's a good thing! Why not compare yourself and your work to other people....how else can you learn? This is all part of our process as artists, no matter where we are on our cycle of evolution.
This little doodle piece is one that I finally completed last night while watching one of the worst Monday Night Football games ever. I had started this piece some time ago with the sole intention of using the Painting Out technique to make it into something else once I had this background completed. I have it slated to be added to my Sassy Kats series at this point, but who knows if that will be the final destination.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
This piece is not finished yet, nor is it affixed to the substrate in the photo. I merely placed it on this board so as to photograph it. I really like the stone like qualities that I am getting with the mediums that I am currently using.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I'm now learning how to make molds myself since I have had limited success searching for molds online that look like what I want. I also have a block of air dry clay that has gotten hard on the bottom, so I might try my hand at sculpting some faces. I have visions of sugar plum whimsical dolls dancing in my head these days. More ideas are popping up weekly as to how I want to present them. I might even get into some little bodies at some point, too.
I am delighted that at long last I have begun to move into the doll making arena because this is something that I have wanted to do for years. Not only that, but I am envisioning some characters (aside from the Bottle Babes) being made from bottles and jars. Fantasy, elfin, fae type characters.
Monday, December 10, 2012
I believe in you.......
Saturday, December 8, 2012
After Dad died, I took Mom for several drives around the area where she had grown up. She had been bed bound for the last 8 years of her life, so it was a lovely experience for her to be out and about again. We saw her childhood neighborhood where their home had once stood, visited one of her aunts that she hadn't seen in a decade or more, and drove by her high school and other places where she spent time as a teenager. We also visited cemeteries and put flowers on the grave sites of her parents. I can still remember how emotional Mom was while we were there; quietly grieving for her lost relatives in that cemetery.
Both Mom and Dad told me stories during these drives. Stories of the various adventures they had during their lives that had been revived for them while we drove around in those areas. This gave me an opportunity to ask them questions and find out more about these two people that had been so influential in my life. The hopes and dreams that they had created. Stories that I had never heard before.
We also enjoyed some quiet moments together with the car windows rolled down and the fresh country air swirling around us and enveloping us with the sweet scents of the land. Each of us looking at the play of light upon the morning fog, or the glint of a ray of sunlight as it beamed through a cloud to the earth below. During those quiet moments, I don't know what Mom or Dad were thinking, but I enjoyed having those peaceful experiences with them. A special bonding took place as we relaxed in the space that we shared. I will forever cherish my time with Mom and Dad while driving.
Friday, December 7, 2012
This is a photo of some of the Bottle Babes prior to decorating and finishing them. I have 9 pieces in progress for this series.
Last night I came up with another idea for a new series called Book Worms. When am I going to get that one started? No clue. I work very slowly, unfortunately, so like most artists I cannot keep up with the ideas that I have. When I try to pour the coal on and work longer and faster, I don't enjoy myself because it feels like a J-O-B. Now there is nothing wrong with having a job, but at this point in my life I want to enjoy my art and not feel like I am working hard. Does that make sense? I don't consider myself to be a professional artist because I am a dabbler and I get bored too easily.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Well, there is one detail left to do...and that is to compose a letter to her to thank her for being my sister. After all our years of being together and sharing adventures from one coast to another, we have taken to living in separate states and that took me some little while to accept. Years, in fact. I had come to expect that we would always live near one another, but then she went in another direction.
Now that we are both older and crankier, this is a good thing. We certainly had many differences of opinion and disagreements over the first 40+ years of our lives. Even screaming matches. They were rare, but today I am not so sure this would hold true? She will always hold a very special place in my heart and I would do anything for her.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
By adding the black and white checks to the sides, and putting her name onto the surface, it became much more personalized and whimsical. I think she might like this.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I was using up some greens, golds, and pinks and after smooshing them around, I had to pick out a theme of some sort. So I started basing it upon art and creating, and while I was collaging pieces onto the surface and building a story I found myself being transported back in time by about 30 years. That's when I pulled out a black marker and began writing what I was thinking about and the whole direction of the piece changed. I had to paint over some of the things about art that I had added, but this piece was really speaking to me and guiding me in this direction so I knew it was the right thing to do.
This is the story of 4 friends that became very close and shared many adventures together in Colorado in the 80's. We laughed, loved, shopped, played, ate, and grew together during those years. Only 2 of us are still living today, so I made this for my sweet friend, Ann.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
This was the collage landscape piece that was created two weeks after the prior video was made.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Flower Art Journal Flip...it is now completed!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If you wish to improve your portrait skills then practice, practice, practice. Using the loosey goosey method shown in this video will get you moving in the right direction. There are many formulas available for making faces and when I was first doing them 10 years ago, I used lines and thirds and suchlike to create my faces. THEY ALL LOOKED ALIKE.
People do not look alike. If you study them carefully, faces do not look alike. Let's forget Vogue models and the Beautiful People...real people each have a unique look.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
This is the completed journal....at long last!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This video is time lapse, so it plays quickly and there is some music to dance to as well!! In this video I am recycling another painting and giving it a fresh new look.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
And in this video I show some additional art journal pages using collage and stamping techniques. One of the things that I have noticed is that my saved collage papers will bring back memories from earlier years when you see them. You can remember where you were, what you were doing, and often how you made your collage papers.
This final video shows you how to paint over a photo or magazine image that you have applied to a page of your art journal. This is great practice on becoming comfortable with painting portraits. Use of fixatives will be necessary on the surface of your image prior to painting it. This will prevent any bleeding or beading of your paints when you apply them in the paint over method.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Also shown are some other pages done with hearts, faces, and whatever came to mind. When I do my art journals, I prefer to use children's board books because the pages do not buckle and warp.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Out of those 70 oil paintings, about half of them were worth keeping. The other half has since been recycled into something else. There is much to be learned from doing a Painting a Day, so if you haven't already tried it I would recommend it highly.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A completely different series came into play in 2002. These whimsical frogs burst forth and began a life of their own. Many of the pieces in this series were created about members of my family. You should have seen my Dad's face when he first saw Big Al, which was made about him. And my friend, Louise, was over the moon happy when she saw Beezer for the first time, which I had made in her honor. Since then, both my Dad and Louise have died, along with several other people in my Frog series, but their stories will live on and on......