Monday, December 16, 2013

Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook (Christmas Whimsy)




Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook, Uniball Pen, and Caran D'ache Watercolor Crayons.
Hope you experience holiday magic,
Cheers,
Darlene

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Quotes Illustrated: 100 Works of Art Inspired by Words," by Lesley Riley

I'm very excited to announce that my watercolor titled, "Nothing Standard Here" has been published in artist and coach Lesley Riley's just released book, "Quotes Illustrated: 100 Works of Art Inspired by Words."





If you know Lesley you know she loves quotes and she has taken this passion, involved 90 artists including myself and others I admire, such as Seth Apter, Ingrid Dijkers, Lynne Hoppe, Pam Carriker, Chris Cozen and more to dazzle and enlighten us with the power of  art and words. Some quotes may be artist written, others were chosen by Lesley, and in  my case  Lesley approved my choice of Nelson Mandela's quote "It always seems impossible until it's done."


Words do inspire and I can't wait to get my hands on this book. You can order it through Amazon or save 20% if you order from CreatSpace before December 7th. Coupon Code 85AXKF95.

Cheers,
Darlene

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Paint Candy with Miriam Schulman for FREE

"Autumnal Inspirations" course includes this candy painting course plus eight other different courses and dozens of videos by Miriam Schulman.

Hurry! This watercolor candy painting class is FREE until Halloween. This class is part of Miriam Schulman's "Autumnal Inspirations" class, which has many different courses and videos to explore within it.

Also, Miriam is giving away 5 prints of this sweet candy painting. All you have to do is go here    http://schulmanArt.blogspot.com   to sign up, and while you're there join "The Inspiration Place" and take a look at the FREE watercolor course on painting candy. (The FREE course is until October 31st.)You can automatically win a print if you tell a friend about "The Inspiration Place" and she/he signs up for a class, and tells Miriam you sent her/him.

Miriam calls her site "The Inspiration Place" because she has other artists present courses too. So far I've seen mixed media and oils offered along with the watercolors. This is unique because you get all 3 in one workshop, such as the TREE workshop I am currently taking. Miriam is available while you take the courses-which is always a perk to have the instructor involved...plus she will comment about your work. Great stuff over there!

There's more at her place...she requests Artist Interviews and Artist Guest Bloggers. Great avenue for exposure to what you're doing, as well as a place to be introduced to artists.

Hope you'll join her...and tell your friends. Halloween is almost here,
Cheers,
Darlene

Sunday, October 13, 2013

More Character Fun





I'm starting to hear a story from these characters. I think they need a background and some props. And perhaps lunch.

Cheers,
Darlene

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pperdoll Characters

http://willowing.ning.com




These characters were inspired by Tam Laporte at Willowing with her free art class, "Art, Heart & Healing." She also hosts LifeBook, a year long art adventure. Registration is now open and the class starts January 2014.

What a hoot to draw these characters. They remind me of the paperdolls I used to make when I were young. Funny how we circle back around and find our young artist self again and hey, it works for me today.

What creative activities did you do growing up?


Cheers,
Darlene

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Stencil Girl Talk




Do you like stencils? Then follow the yellow brick road to Stencil Girl Talk. Mary Beth Shaw has provided an avenue to receive exclusive stencils, artist video showing use of stencils, and a chance to win a piece of art designed by the artist being showcased that month...and this is every month...but only if you're a Stencil Girl Club member. All for $25.

I don't have much experience using stencils. I suppose it is because I used to see them as something to use if I couldn't draw the image I wanted. Things have changed since your mom used a stencil to stamp paint on the border of her bathroom window. The designs are imaginative and creative and they are so versatile. I was missing out.

I recently followed a blog hop that highlighted a set of Pam Carriker's stencils. It was the color wheels. You know I paint with oils, acrylics and watercolors and one area that I would like to investigate further is with color study. I thought if I win I could use these as a base to develop colors. And I won!!! I'll also be able to use them on my journal pages, or even on canvas. Here's what I love about stencils...I can use the entire image or pieces of it. Paints, pens, wood icing, all of this works with stencils. Visit Stencil Girl Talk to see what all of the talk is about.

P. S. Seth Apter has just released 3 amazing stencils. I bought them all. Pam and Seth have bothed invited artists to send them photos of work you have created using their stencils and they may post it on their blog.

www.stencilgirlproducts.com

Cheers,
Darlene

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I Won This Fabulous Art Journaling Workshop with Kate Crane

http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.com
A generous Giveaway indeed on Kate Crane's blog thekathrynwheel. I can hardly believe she gave away two spots for this art journaling workshop and I was one of the winners. I was just talking to my friend Jackie about how much I wanted to participate with all of these great instructors.....an amazing way to start the year in 2014! Thanks Kate.

Cheers,
Darlene

Finished the Surface Techniques with Seth Apter

The DVD by Seth Apter by North Light

From this painted grid......

to this finished project!

Side view

Amazing texture results

Added Chinese stamps Seth gave me

Cheers,
Darlene

Friday, September 20, 2013

Metal Stamps Replace the Printed Words

Purchased this piece of art from Seth Apter






Pondered about those words stamped on the ribbon all afternoon. Became a bit more friends with them after I added the wash of yellow india ink and the charcoal pencil. But still...nah!
I purchased this piece of art (in the top photo) from Seth Apter. I have it placed in my art studio. I see it every time I sit to think over a painting, to read or meditate. I love those metal stamps and I asked him if he had anymore. Seth surprised me with some when he mailed my package out. I was considering hoarding them instead of using them, but today I realized this is what my piece needed. So I covered those words with two stamps. Thanks for the idea Seth.

Cheers,
Darlene

Illustration Friday


Illustration Friday theme for today is "TOGETHER." This is a watercolor and ink painting in my Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook. Yarka Pan Watercolors. India Ink (W&N) and an old steel nib dip pen. This was inspired by a photograph of my husband's mother (R) and her sister (L) taken infront of a shed. Going for the feel of a vintage photograph.

Cheers,
Darlene

A Wash of India Ink...

Adhering the collage onto cradle board.

Press firmly.

Lay paper over the collage and roll with brayer.

Place paper on collage and set heavy books until dry.
A wash of yellow india ink to blend it all and to age it.

Woodless graphite 9B charcoal pencil to shadow bright spots.



The words (Confidential Draft) I stamped onto the ribbon was not blending into the piece as I had hoped, so I put a wash of Sunshine Yellow India Ink (W&N) on the entire piece. Next I saw bright spots and I used a woodless graphite 9B pencil to shade some of these areas.

What's next? I will be attaching this to a Utrecht Artist Wood Panel (10 x 10 size, 7/8" Cradled Profile). And the final step will be to decide if I frame it, or build my own creative framing from found objects. Need to ponder on that....

Cheers,
Darlene