Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dawn's Journal Challenge: Paris

This is ink and colored pencil. Dawn's challenge for this month was Paris. Look for her image in the left sidebar and click on it to see the other artist's work, or to join in on this fun. I already work in an art journal so creating from Dawn's themes each month gives me the chance to pull away from myself a bit and challenge something new from within.

Namaste,
Darlene

B&W Sketches

Raccoon in Studio

Dog in Chair

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Woman in Red Chair" Painting

"Woman in Red Chair" was done on 140lb watercolor paper (4x6) with acrylic, and a bit of colored pencil and pan pastel.

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Drawing on the Front Porch



The power went out during the storm today so I took some drawing paper out to my porch. I have a grand front porch that wraps around a good portion of my house. It has large stone columns and three sets of wide stone steps leading up to the porch. This is a place for afternoon naps and a place to be outdoors listening to the thunder when it rains. The birds visit in the pines and I feel like I am at a retreat setting when I sit on this porch. I grew up in this house so I used to draw and color and make paperdolls on this porch. There was a big old porch swing that was perfect to sleep on during very hot nights. Porches are divine aren't they?

Why Working in Small Bursts of Time Works


This is titled "Woman in Hat." It is acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper. The verse on the left side says, " In the event a zebra shows up at your door please invite him in and offer tea." Well, I would. Wouldn't you?

Working on a small scale is a good method for completing projects inbetween domestic opportunities (always like to stay positive) and the day job. When I create in little bursts of time on little canvases then I keep my brush moving. This is important in order to keep the imagination alive. I no longer wait for those long leisurely days to write or paint. (Those haven't showed up for me yet...although I haven't stopped hoping and working towards that.) I grab ahold of little bits of time and chase after myself with it all.  And look what happens as a result...a zebra shows up at the door and I invite him in for tea.

Namaste,
Darlene




Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Strathmore Aquarius 11 Watercolor Paper. Have you used it?


This small painting is titled, "Woman Lounging on 140lb Watercolor Paper."

I adore working with watercolor paper. It holds Golden fluid acrylics and india ink exceptionally well. I can collage on this and build layers. I'm going to try Strathmore Aquarius 11 paper as soon as I get it ordered. I want to experiment with a dip pen and watercolor. Have any of you used this paper? I know one of my favorite children's author/illustrator uses it. He's the one whom told me about it. David Ezra Stein. Check out his web and say hello.

http://www.davidezra.com/  

Or find him on facebook. His books are surprising and delightful. The illustrations make me want to jump into the pages and hang out there with the wonderful characters he creates....I love "Pouch"  and "Interrupting Chicken." Oh hey, I love them all.

Namaste,
Darlene

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Devotional Bottle

This is the paper layering stage. Look at the design of this bottle neck.(EEK!)  That was a challenge to adhere paper to because I also have to have the paper go down inside the neck of the bottle. I bought this bottle and stopper at a local flea market.
Back View: I drew the back view of woman sitting in the chair. (See Front View)

Front View: Instead of using a commercial image I created my own. (I can't get out of my own way. ha ha)

Side View: Working with rusty wire and beads is addictive for me. I now can handle manipulating pliers in each hand...at the same time.)

Close Up View: These pearls and topaz gems were from my grandmother's broken necklace. The pink is from a rosary. Now I have purpose for all those vintage beads and baubbles.

 As Zinnia suggests in her workshop (at Artful Gathering) to attach charms and baubbles that mean something to you. Make a memory piece and add a decorated scroll of paper with a memory, wish, or dream written on it. I also think you could add a special photo or trinket that represents something meaningful in your life then it is sealed in this bottle forever. No one but you knows what is inside and it will be a lovely reminder when you look at it. This style art would be meaningful for a little meditation altar, or would be beautiful hung in a window.

I will have to do more wire/steel work. I don't know what direction I will go yet (ideas are brewing) but I love the feel of it in my hands. I also love that when I am creating something I have to have paper and pen nearby in order to record the flood of new ideas that come to me. This is the very reason that when I get "stuck" I color in a coloring book or simply doodle in order to burst forward with ideas again.

Let me know if you like rust, baubbles, or steel/metal. How do you use it in your work?

Nmaste,
Darlene

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Clay Face Charms

Made these clay face charms to use in art assemblage pieces. Currently I am making devotional bottles. The inspiration? From Christina Zinnia Galliher at Artful Gathering workshop. Session Two is still open for registration and you can learn to use tools, Japanese painting, metal work, mosaic, relic frames, etc. A huge selection from well known instructors. Click on the AG image in the left sidebar to see what is going on over there.

I used Apoxie clay to make these. This clay is fabulous. I added color with Holtz Adirondack inks. I blended colors. I added touches of Golden Fluid acrylic in Iridescent Gold Deep (fine). I used sandpaper to add an aged look. The red eyeball is handmade by my friend, Dave Hunter. His email is on his image if you want to order some. (Image is in the left sidebar) I imbedded a teeney piece of green glass in one forehead and set another in a metal washer.

They're a spooky little group aren't they?

Namaste,
Darlene

Look What I Made With Dave Hunter's Eyeballs

This little devotional bottle was inspired by the online class I'm taking with Zinnia at Artful Gathering. My artist friend, Dave Hunter, makes beads and glass eyeballs. (Hey Dave, I'll need to order some beads from you for future work...) (See the image of Dave's eyeballs in left sidebar) The rusty stopper holding the eyeball extends into the bottle and it has two teeney eyeballs and bead dangles attached to it.

I put Apoxie clay on the bottom of the bottle. First I put a layer of white tissue paper down. I pressed religous medals into the clay and inked it (Holtz Adirondack) for color.

Here you can see the impressions in the clay and the bead dangles inside. A teeney blue eyeball is above those beads but the glass reflection makes it difficult to see. I took apart some old coin earrings from the 80's and used them as dangles.

Top view. Isn't Dave's eyeball a hoot? By the way he sells beads and eyeballs. I will hang this bottle in a special place to remind me of Dave and how grateful I am to have him as a friend.

I am so addicted to beading and rusty wire that I'm trying to figure out a way to work on it at my day job. Think they'd notice?

Namaste,
Darlene

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Devotional Bottle / Artful Gathering Workshop

Close Up View

Back View

Front View

This is a Devotional Bottle, the first of three, I will be making during the online class at Artful Gathering taught by Zinnia whom is also the host. The base is a glass bottle layered with paper, paint and moldeling paste. The orange wrap around his neck is dyed cheesecloth. That is a handmade teeney book of wisdom hanging from his neck. The Buddha head is carved bone. Wire work and beadwork adorn the Buddha. I have a sore thumb from twisting wire and I know I need better tools. Click on the "Artful Gathering" image in the left sidebar to view all the fabulous workshops. Session two just started so registration is still open.

Namaste,
Darlene

Friday, July 13, 2012

Seth Apter's Buried Treasure

This is a repost as part of Seth Apter's call for "Buried Treasure" to rehighlight a favorite blog post. Click on the image of Seth's book in the left margin to go to his blog or click here:


Once you are there you can visit other artist's treasure blog posts from his site. You'll want to take the time to browse. Exciting and inspiring stuff. While you are there you can order Seth's book and his two DVD tutorials just recently released.

Namaste,
Darlene

Sunday, February 19, 2012


A Window Back There

This art assemblage piece is titled, "A Window Back There." I am enchanted with the space between awake and sleep and the power that space holds for us...if only we knew how to tap into it. This piece represents a window into that time. What is time other than what we know of it defined by clocks and calendars.....and where are we really when we are dreaming?...I've used a clock as a symbol to these other areas of time and have included old pieces such as marbles from my dad's childhood, the handle to his workbench, a fuse and nails from my old childhood home, etc. If I could hover in that space between here and there and look through the window back there I may find myself in a space without the tick-tock-ticking of the clock. We'd be forever...







Thursday, July 12, 2012

Art Is You / Wild Weird Wonderful Swap

Front View

Back View

Sample of a print I made from a painting/Collage on wood placque where I tore out pieces to use in another painting.

Completed the 6th painting for this swap. I used Golden fluid acrylics, india ink, and paper ephemera that was printed from another of my paintings on 4x6 watercolor paper. I love to make prints of my artwork to use it in different ways in a new piece. I tear the paper and use it as collage ephemera (cheaper and I like the idea it is my original work being used), or I can gesso over parts of it and add new layers with paint or inks. Ther eare many ways to explore the use of prints. Also fun to cut strips from diffrent prints then arrange the strips to make a completely new print. The paper images you see in this painting were taken from a print of a painting/collage on a wood plaque. (see above)
Please share any ideas you have for reusing art to make new art. Would love to hear and try out a technique you like.

Namaste,
Darlene 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ArtAbandonment

I left this in the restroom at Turkey Hill in Delaware, OH.
Prisma Colored Pencils and ink. Inspired by a walk in a cemetary.

Namaste,
Darlene

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Art Is You / Wild Weird Wonderful Swap

Front View

Back View ( I will write my personal information here)

This is a 4 x 6 painting #5 of 6 to be completed for the Art Is You Retreats...Wild Weird Wonderful Swap.

Today I said NO to attending a festival. It is a festival I always attend every year. I am paying attention to the times that I do something else instead of painting or writing. I need to be in the studio painting and I definately need time for writing. I tend to deep sigh about how much time the day job takes (and it does) but I am now consciously reserving the time before or after work to create and write. I thought I already did this, but there was a large amount of time wasted with those little interrruptions, or domestic chores, etc. "Living the creative life" translates to finding those bits of time to create inbetween the day job and those other daily things that call to me. It's quite refreshing to say NO to outside distractions and YES to the studio. Did you say NO to anything lately in order to create?

Namaste,
Darlene

Friday, July 6, 2012

Art for Humanity (More on giving art away....)

Front View

Back View (I will write my personal information on this side.)

This is a 4x6 painting on 140lb watercolor paper. It is a donated piece to benefit the "International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission " organization. The exhibit will take place in PA at the Annex24 Gallery from Oct. 5th to Oct. 29th. Art will sell for $70 each with 50% going to the benefit. Purchases can be made online, too. Hope you will consider purchasing art or donating art to this charity event.

Go to "Post Art for Humanity" FB page to see entries.

If you'd like to submit art the deadline is Aug. 1st.

Namaste,
Darlene

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ArtAbandonment

"Adam, are you sure we haven't been here before? This seems so familiar!"

"Not only that but all this #*%***#ing time they *^^$#***ing think we're singing to them."

"Blah, blah, blah, blah... Anyway, to cut a long story short....blah, blah, blah....          "Yep!"

"Tonight we get proof, Todd. I'm tired of getting blamed for the scavenging the Freegans do."

"This isn't what I had in mind when they said pets ride below deck for free."

"I just want to say this about that..."



I will be abandoning these cartoons this week. Maybe you'll find some art. Artists from all around the world are participating.
Join this project at:

Namaste,
Darlene

Art is You / Wild Weird Wonderful Swap

Front View

Back View

This is the 4th painting of 6 for Art is You...Wild Weird Wonderful Swap. I will receive 5 pages back from artists around the world. The sixth page will be bound in book(s) to be auctioned off for a charity. The back side needed to be colorful and also include personal information, so I painted the reverse of my images. I will write my information on the body. These measure 4 x 6 and I used 140 lb watercolor paper. I used Golden Fluid Acrylic paints and Pan Pastels, plus paper ephemera.