Thursday, December 25, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
|5x8" Moleskine Watercolor Paper, Yarka Professional Watercolors|
I received my copy of Cloth Paper Scissors today and I always flip through magazines from the back to the front. The first page I opened to was page 91, which is a review for Lesley Riley's book, "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate." (I just love that title.)
I was happy and surprised to see one of my two pieces highlighted. That's my art top left, "Nothing Standard Here" with the quote, It always seems impossible until it's done. -Nelson Mandela
Did I tell you this book has perforated pages so you could tear out a favorite and hang it in your studio for inspiration or even frame it?
This is a lovely book. One to sit quietly with in an overstuffed chair with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea (spiked if you prefer.)
Friday, November 28, 2014
24x36 Acrylic on canvas
I've had to wait months and months to be able to show this painting to you because it was chosen to be published in Lesley Riley's book, "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate." The first release of this book "Quotes Illustrated" can be purchased on Amazon Amazon.com as a collector book. The second release has 30 more pieces of art/quotes and has been picked up by Northlight Publishing. www.artistsnetwork.com
The quote I chose to accompany this painting is:
So you see the imagination needs moodling, long inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. -Brenda Ueland
I am proud and grateful to have two pieces of art published in these books. (Thank you Lesley.)
See the ad for this book in the right sidebar. Click on the photo of the book, or the links above, to purchase. This book is full of beautiful, inspiring artwork and quotes. A lovely and meaningful gift.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
I'd love to gain confidence with sketching in public. EEK! So I gave it a go at the Thanksgiving gathering today. I tried to chat and draw and not let my nephew and niece (Cody and Chelsea Rettig) realize I was drawing them. But they knew. (The look on their faces kind of gives this away.) At least they didn't ask me to stop. At least I got a cartoon out of the experience.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving I hope it was wonderful.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ha, I signed up for Julie Prichard's class " 8 Great Paintings" www.thelandoflostluggage.com
last November. I had painted the first layer, let the canvas sit for a year, and just finished the painting today. That is why I appreciate Julie's classes being forever!
This study was about layering and blending colors in whispers...plus some mark making which I love to include.
This is a 9x12 canvas. I primarily used Golden Fluid acrylics, a smidgeon of Golden High Fluid acrylics, Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin). And one flat brush. I highlighted the markings with Golden Iron Micaseous Oxide...love that stuff.
Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard have published a valuable book for acrylic painters titled, "Acrylic Solutions...exploring mixed media layer by layer" (Northlight Books)
This is inspired by a study from two classes (Tabletop Drawing and Painting Your Garden) I took with Diane Culhane www.dianeculhaneart.com over on Carla Sonheim's creative-adventerous blog http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/
Carla offers a variety of classes which she teaches herself or hosts for other instructors to teach.
I'll say it simply: Good stuff, a welcoming spirit, and good results from Carla's classes.
This is painted on a 6x6" cradle board. I used YARKA Professional Pan Watercolors, Golden Acrylics, Golden Bead Gel, Golden Modeling Paste, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Liquitex Gesso, India Ink, Black Ink, brushes and a palette knife.
What painter am I enthralled with this week? Pierre Bonnard
How about you?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Old dip pen and Higgins Black Magic Ink in a Moleskine sketchbook. This was done as an assignment for Sketchbook Skool. Instructor Jean-Christophe Defline asked us to sketch a simple drawing in B&W of a person. Do you know how badly I wanted this to be in color? I chose my favorite artist... well, he's in the top three, but if I have to pick one he's it. Who is your favorite?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
This is an illustration in watercolor and ink for my local Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) event. www.scbwi.org
The participants had the chioce to write a picture story or illustrate one. I was given a picture story written by another SCBWI member to illustrate. The title of the story was, "The Science Project." The stories and illustrations will be on display in Columbus, OH sometime in the next two months.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Session Three Of Sketchbook Skool is focusing on Storytelling.
Mattias Adolfsson mattiasa.blogspot.com/ asks us to draw from our memory of our first day of school. I remember that day vividly as it is one of my happiest memories.
(Watercolor and Ink/ Moleskine)
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
The third session of Sketchbook Skool has started. The focus on this one is "Storytelling." You can join this or the previous two, "Beginnings" and "Seeing." Sketchbook Skool is brilliant and I wouldn't miss it. (neither would Zebra) You can see some videos highlighting the instructors on YouTube.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Horse sculpture characters for Carla Sonheim's "Year of the Fairytale 2014" on-line class. Currently we are studying the fairy tale, "The Magic Horse." I'm molding 3-D characters from the horse sketches I did previously. What's next? Adding these characters to a mixed-media piece.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I am studying Fairy Tales with Carla Sonheim in "Year of the Fairytale 2014." These are imaginary drawings of horses using these exercises, Eyes-Closed Drawings, One Liners, Scribbly One Liners, Wrong-Handed Drawings, Draw Horses in Bed (Literally).
I don't have trouble using my imagination when I draw and paint although doing these exercises showed me some surprise results. I found some new ideas. Next to come? Making a clay sculpture of one of these drawings and adding some color. Stay tuned.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|Some stuff. EEK! I don't like those things on the floor. (Not sure what that says about me...)|
|This is where I write or waste time on the computer. The chalkboard holds my priority list...hopefully I look at it.|
|This drawer for acrylics.|
|Another of the twelve drawers in my art table. This one is for oil paints.|
|I sit here to watch art videos, read, write, sketch and nap.|
|A bit of my porch off my studio. It's lovely to extend my creative efforts outside if I choose.|
|This is a part of the large wrap around porch off my studio where I can read, write or paint too.|
|The other side of my art table. Big, old and heavy. I love it. There are the drawers for some of my supplies.|
|These plastic containers keep my supplies organized and they stack in the drawers of my art table. I can get them at Pat Catan's in three sizes. Thank you for visiting my studio. Seth Apter has invited artists to take a photo of their studio table as it is today. Make sure you visit his blog to take the tour. I love peeking inside artist's studios. Wow, did I find some amazing studios and blogs to explore. Go herehttp://thealteredpage.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/studio-table-reveal.html|