Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Magic of Eyes in a Painting


Do you ever find yourself making eye contact with a stranger and saying hello? Sure we do. Everyday. I work at a store so I am making eye contact every three minutes for eight hours a day. Some of those eyes I'd rather not look at. They are scary, or drunk, or zoned way out. Once in awhile I'll look up and be mesmerized by a set of eyes. Deep brown and a little sad like a bassett hounds, or vivid blue and sparkling with excitement. Soft green and filled with compassion. Silver blue with a shadow of sadness. No words need to be spoken. It is all spoken through the eyes. A visual art. I find myself staring and blurting out that if I had a camera I'd ask for a photo so I could paint them later. This always brings a smile. It's kind of like, "you had me at the eyes." Anyway, I'm a big fan of eyes. I love to paint them. I like to see paintings where the person is staring wishfully out beyond the canvas. And I think I will challenge myself this week and see if I have the nerve to start capturing some of those people with the great eyes. Then you'll see what I mean. Take a "look" with me this week.

Namaste,
Darlene

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Art is...To Swap- Art is...You-The East and West Coast Art Retreats

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Page three of six pages I am painting for the Art is You art swap. I used pan pastels for the very first time on this background. Whoohoo...I love them. They go on so smooth. I got the mottled effect by painting Golden white fluid acrylic in spots then I applied the pan pastel. Kind of a resist effect. I like it because it looks vintage. I've had pan pastels on my wish list for a long time and finally bought some at Dick Blicks. Got a set of six colors to start, but now I'll just have to have all the colors.....also bought Pam Carriker's Liquid Pencil in the permanent and the water soluable. Have not tried this product yet. I'm taking her online portrait class at Artful Gathering in June and we'll be using that product then.

Namaste,
Darlene

 

"Whisper"

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A mixed-media collage painting on chipboard. I had already painted this on 140lb watercolor paper then I found out I was supposed to use chipboard, so here is the second version. This is a page for a book to be given to a member of "Roses On My Table" site. It will be a book of love and care for someone going through a challenging time. We also make books for someone celebrating a success. The pages will be mailed to the host and she will bind the book and mail it to the recipient.

You may like to visit Roses: http://www.rosesonmytable.com/


Namaste,
Darlene



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Art is...To Swap - Art Is...You - The East and West Coast Art Retreats

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These are the pages I've completed so far for the swap hosted by Art is You Art Retreats. It will unite artists from around the world. Six pages are made by each artist. We will receive 5 pages back and the 6th page will be bound in a book to be raffled for charity. The photos show the front and back views. I will write my personal information on the back with a white gel pen. Here is the link if you'd like to join in. The theme is "Weird Wild Wonderful."
Art is...To Swap - Art Is...You - The East and West Coast Art Retreats

Monday, May 7, 2012

Whisper

This is a page I painted for a book being assembled for an artist friend on "Roses On My Table." One of the groups on this site is "Kindred Spirits." This is a group where a member can ask for art pages to assemble a special book to give to another member. It may be to celebrate success, or to offer support for when someone is ill, or is dealing with a challenging situation. We can create whatever art we want on one side and write a loving and encouraging message on the other side. I titled this piece "Whisper." Don't we all need friends to whisper in our ears that things will be okay....

Namaste,
Darlene

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Once Upon a Time...(Dawn's Monthly Journal Journey Challenge)

The theme for Dawn's Journal Journey this month is "Once Upon a Time".....I used to love the childhood stories which started with this. I knew it would be a magical tale and usually Grimm's Brothers were the authors. I still love Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, etc. William Steig is one of my favorite authors, along with Maurice Sendak. Great storytellers and illustrators. I may have to get these books out tonight and read aloud to myself.

Jump on over to Dawn's Blog to join the journal challenges each month. (See link below or her badge in the left margin.) Infact, Dawn has several creative blogs you'll want to visit. I met Dawn through Strathmore online workshops in January 2011. She gave me my first tips to start a blog. Thanks Dawn.

http://journaljourneys-dawn.blogspot.com/


Namaste,
Darlene