Monday, June 29, 2015

A New Challenge

My girlfriend Sandy has a new website and brand new monthly challenge. Since this is my very first post done on my phone I'll keep these brief ( otherwise autocomplete will add something I never intended).
I was late to the June party but here's my entry:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Font Play

Hi guys and dolls! Sometimes I have episodes that keep me from my art space. During those times I create what I call "Armchair Art". I know I'm not alone, it's just a fact as we age that we have some good days and some not so good days. But unless I am so sick I cannot lift my head (thank the Lord that rarely happens!) I still have the desire to create. That's when a good sketchbook project comes in handy. A lot of the time I just spend it sketching, period. I recently came across this guest spot by Megan Wells (aka Makewells) on Alisa Burkes blog She mentioned in one of the posts (be sure to read the whole series, it's Wonderful!!) that creative lettering is more like drawing than calligraphy. That was a serious AHA moment for me! So I grabbed my cheap composition book with graph paper and started practicing! I have no idea why I started with C but now I've decided to work through the alphabet.

Most of them I sketched out in pencil first, then went over with pen (I'm using Microns) and then erased my pencil lines.  Be sure to check out Megan's own website as well If you decide to play along be sure to use Megan's hashtag  #redefinecreativelettering. 
I'll be posting them on Instagram. If you are on IG look me up (link in sidebar). I'd love to see what you are up to as well =0)
As always, thanks for stopping by and happy arting! 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Blacked Eyed Susans

After creating whimsy girl postcards for the last month or so I was itching to do something different. I learned a lot from doing those post cards and I hope to be able to share that someday soon (maybe a video??) But for today I am sharing a piece I created for my 12x12 loose page file folder journal. The background was already collaged which just left me free to paint.

I always thought purple was hard to photograph but this Phthalo Turquoise proved equally difficult! 
I can't wait to see what it looks like after it dries for a day or so and I give it a coat of varnish. 

Products used:
Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink  (Waterfall Green)
Jacquard Lumiere Acrylic (Bright Gold)
Assorted collage and tissue papers as well as texture pastes that I doodled into while it was wet.

I also can't miss the opportunity to remind you about sign ups for the classes being offered at Community Thrive. My Soul Food class from 2014 is being offered for $35. I take you step by step through how I create a mixed media background, draw a whimsy girl face, collage with antique music papers, draw and paint angel wings, draw a whimsy bird AND how to make it look like it is an antique fresco painting.  Some of the feedback I received after my 2014 workshop is that it made things "click". Here is what we will create together:
I would love to see you in class! Sign ups are open now =0)
Happy Arting!!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bubble Bowl

I was going through my loose 12 x12 file folder journal yesterday morning looking for a collaged piece to start a painting on. I came across two paintings I wasn't crazy about and decided to pull those out to try to rework them if I could. 
I always did love the background (the underlying textures you can't really see in this pic) and the colors. I wasn't happy about a few things compositionally, namely how the horizon line (or tabletop) is right at the lip of the bubble bowl. Also the flower arrangement itself didn't appeal to me. This is where it stands so far:
It may still go through more evolution's but I am happier with it now. 
Now to see if I can "fix" the next one!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pansy Girl

I was very inspired by a piece of mail art I received from Sandy Leamon Derryberry that was created on corrugate. Mystele inspired me in this years Soul Food 2015 with cardboard as well. I've always loved working on cardboard and couldn't wait to give it another go!
I started with 2 coats of black DecoArt gesso on a recycled piece of cardboard from a recently purchased coffee pot:

I exposed some of the ribby bits for added texture . I originally sketched my girl in with a white China marker 
Here I had added some Gelli Arts prints. They've been glued down on just the print side leaving the backs raw so after the glue (or gel medium) has dried I'd be able to mist them with water and remove the paper pulp:
(you can see a video of how I do that here)

Pretty cool looking, huh? I love that hit and miss look!

And here's when I start really getting in to the whole process and stop taking pics! It's never intentional, quite the opposite. I just get lost in the process. But I did get a few with the background completed before I jumped off the deep end, lol. 

I end up totally obscurring those orange leaf shapes but it it was fun adding them and I think I will be using them again in future projects. Now we jump to finished (or at least I think finished at this point).

Somewhere along the line her smile changed and no matter how much I tried I couldn't it back without it looking wonky. So,  she remains aloof (or whatever emotion you define).

The products I used were the whole kit and kaboodle of my supplies, including:
DecoArt Americana Paints
DecoArt Media Line Fluid Acrylics
Caran d'Ache Neo II watersoluable crayons
Caran d'Ache Supracolor Aquarelle Pencils
Stabilo .88 Fineliner pens
Sharpie waterbased paint pens (Black. white, flourescent Pink)
Prismacolor Premiere Pencils

Thanks so much for swinging by! As always, happy arting =0)