This piece is entitled "The Journey". Sometimes the journey is a smooth ride. Sometimes the journey is a bumpy road. Sometimes the journey takes an unexpected turn. Sometimes the journey slows to a stop....I consider this time a moment to regroup and reflect as has been my process lately.
After not having enough time to paint for three months due to a hectic work schedule, I was finally able to pick up my brushes again. I have missed and longed to create in my art journal with acrylics, oils and inks. As with many others, art is an outlet. Art is my therapy. Art allows me to express feelings and thoughts....good or bad. I truly love to paint, put it through photoshop then run it through pixlr for different effects as is the case with the above piece.
I created the above piece with acrylics, oils, inks and spray paint. This piece took many different turns with many, many layers. She ended up with wonky eyes which I am coming to embrace. The tear was not intended, it came about when I used ink on the eyes then turned it up to get a look at the progress. The tear just emerged.
Today I am truly thankful to have the time to create again.
No time to break out the paints, but seriously wanted to create tonight....so....turned to the next best thing....digital. Deviant Scrap has some awesome Halloween kits/elements: Pinkloty ItKuPilli Hotel Hell
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. P.J. O'Rourke
YouTube video of the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland
The above was painted with love for my daughter Ashley which requested something from Alice in Wonderland. I so love Alice in Wonderland so this piece was SOOOO much fun to paint!
The piece is an acrylic/mixed media on a 14" x 22" cradled birch board. My favorite part of the piece is the addition of Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Pearlescent White which was used to highlight all of the white. When the light hits the white from a certain angle the piece looks so magical!! I wish I could show this in the pic but there is no way to show without a huge flash on the piece.
Anyone who follows my blog knows how I love to take online art courses. This week I stumbled upon thelandoflostluggage with Julie Prichard. The site was exactly what I had been looking for!
Just getting back into art recently there is so much that I want to explore/learn and have taken some awesome online courses. This particular course "Act Natural" explores the art of making "grunge" which can be used for backgrounds or stand as contemporary abstracts on their own.
Julie has a ton of courses that I wanted to take but this one for some reason just stood out. I am sooooo impressed with her class! Julie is very knowledgeable and very organized.....I love that. From the time I paid for the class, to the time I clicked on the first video the whole process was completely spelled out. Being very familiar with online courses I didnt need an intro but decided to watch the intro video anyway. Anyone not familiar with taking online courses would easily be able to find their way around with this intro video. Just the whole process was very impressive.
Not only does Julie give you a fabulous class showing you in detail the techniques, paints and brushes she uses to get awesome effects, each lesson also has a printable PDF. The PDF's have instructions, paints, brushes and supplies with the dickblick reference number attached.
Check out her site The Land of lost luggage for some awesome online courses. Julie also has courses with Chris Cozen which look awesome!!!! So many to choose from it will be a tough decision deciding which to take next, but I definately know....there will be a next.
The above pieces are my first lessons with Julie in my art journal. Will probably go back and play with this piece more tonight but just had to post about this exciting class!!
Finally I finished this piece. Have been "piecing" it together for what seems like forever.
I made Riding Hoods face out of paper clay after taking JoAnnA Pierotti's online tutorial Creating faces. Once I decided I wanted to make Little Red Riding Hood with her, I added more paper clay for the hair and the hood then painted with acrylics. Background was created on 11"x12"x1 1/2" birch with stain, oils, acrylics and spraypaint. I did make the Big Bad Wolf out of paper clay but he turned out looking more like Rudolph so he didnt make the cut....
My dearest and oldest friend Ed died a couple of weeks ago. My journal is full of journaling and drawings lately in his honor.
Ed was an old school kinda guy that has taken care of his mother for 10 years. Taking care of his mother for 10 years was a double edged sword for Ed. Although he enjoyed the final 10 years of her life, it took a tremendous toll on him. Ed's mother died one month ago at 90 yrs old. Ed of course was mourning her death, but was finally planning his decent to Florida. Life for Ed was finally just beginning....he would be free to hang out by the pool all day and travel to all the places he had longed to visit and experience. In the last month the "old Ed" I first met, a happy go lucky, fun, stress free kinda guy emerged again. This was FINALLY Ed's time to live....truly live.
Exactly one month after Ed's mother died, Ed died in his sleep.
I miss my friend horribly. I miss his dry wit and huge heart. I miss his old school ways. I miss his laughter. I miss being called "angel". I just miss Ed.
If you are a caregiver, please remember to take time for yourself. Respite care is not a privilege, it is mandatory.
This little piece was made as a graduation present for a dear girl named Lindsey. Tomorow it will be printed and placed on mixed media craddled birch.
Imagery from ItKuPulli, Pinklotti and TumbleFish, all on deviantscrap.
Young lady and cat from Lindsey.
Recently I have grown to love Izannah Walker dolls so I purchased this awesome PDF book by Dixie Redmond HERE. Dixie Redmond has put together this beautifully detailed book of how to make your own Izannah Walker inspired doll (emphasizing "inspired" for me). She takes the doll step-by-step and even includes patterns!
This is my first attempt at actually making my own doll and let me tell you....this is alot of work but very gratifying. Because I do not sew....at all....I am improvising...alot. The head is made of paperclay. She is not perfect, but I think she is almost ready to cover with cotton stockinette/material. Before I cover her, I will make a mold of her face and bust therefore speeding up the process considerably.
Have been playing with paper clay this week. Of course the little girl on the bottom is inspired by the Tims Sally class I am taking. Wanted to take the girl a step further and make her out of paperclay. Now to finish painting the background for these guys and assemble.
I use art of relieve the stress. I was at the art supply store the other day and the girl at the counter said "Its cheaper than therapy". She didnt know how true this was for me. Its acrylic, etc. (mixed media) on 9"x12" Canson 185 lb paper.
This is my original 8"x10" oil on canvas. The eyes are alittle wonky, and its definately not perfect, but it is progress today not perfection.
Then I used Pixlr to get these effects.
Then used Photoshop to add this frame montage by Eenas Creations PS I Love U from Deviant Scrap.
I applied the beautiful frame by CRenee/PhotoMontage Grandeur3 from Deviant Scrap to produce this. Love painting these little girls and then working with them in Photoshop and Pixlr for different effects. Two more on the way, waiting for them to dry.
In my quest to find my perfect medium, finally I tried oils. I think I am in love, love, LOVE! Oils are so much easier for me to blend and shade than acrylics. I love the fact that they stay wet for so much longer enabling me to change things if not satisfied.....even the next day. Yeah! I have two more portraits to post when dry. 8"x10" oil on canvas
Finished my first encaustic today. When I started this last week it was very cold here, thus "Blustery day". This piece was done with encaustic medium and pigments of Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Raw and Burnt Umber. Accents of black and white were also added.
I am so amazed by the way the wax blends and moves when heated. The process is much slower than painting but far more gratifying for me. Truly love this process and the results it produces.
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"........
After taking Jane DesRosier's awesome class "The Red Scarf" at thetroddenpath.ning.com, I managed to finally finish my first portrait. It is a mixed media and acrylic on a 16"x20" birch cradled panel. I really loved her online course and loved making this.
The first painting was the female with a hat, but I didnt like it so I painted over the top portion. Couldnt decide what kind of hair she was going to have, so I sat on it awhile. Finally a couple of nights ago, I was watching videos on YouTube and stumbled across "Imagine" by John Lennon. The rest is history.
Thanks John Lennon for the inspiration!
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world
You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one
......by the way, I got all my encaustic supplies in today and have started playing with it. Love the look and feel of this medium. Hopefully will finish my first piece soon and can post pictures.
Tomorrow I start a new venture. It will be my birthday and I am celebrating with a new experience with my art. I have wanted to try encaustics for some time now. Last week after watching many videos and reviewing MANY blog posts, I decided I wanted to start working with encaustics. I have ordered all my materials, they should be arriving tomorrow for my birthday. What better way to start my birth year but with new beginnings. In the past year I have been searching for my artistic "niche", I am come close to finding it but something is still missing. I am so excited about encaustics and the possibilities. I love the simplist yet deep look that can be achieved with this technique. The above video is my encaustic muse.....her work is beyond fabulous!
These pieces were made for Jennifer for Christmas. They are acrylic mixed media on wood. When deciding on what to make Jennifer for Christmas, these two girls kept coming up for some reason. Jennifer has no children, when I gave them to her I said "I see girls in your future Jennifer". Jennifer then told me she had just found out she was pregnant. Everything happens for a reason.