Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on my plate – AKA: Desk. I’m toying with some fish I painted on that just don’t do it for me. Once I get them refashioned and do a few touch ups here and there I’ll be happy and call her complete. I got four of the five mediums I ordered from Dick Blick yesterday and am really excited about using them in my next painting which is peeking out from underneath yar pirate!
This the first painting I’ve used embossing powder on and I really like how it turned out. Her shirt, belt, and boots are all down with black embossing powder making her look like she’s leathered out! I’ll have her done on Monday. I have a sick hubby this weekend and errands to get done today, so art is on the back burner for now. I’ll be back on Monday! Have a great weekend. =)
Well, my pirate painting ran into some technical difficulties so I’m posting my “Miss Jester” that I finished last night. She’s done in all dry mediums on paper. Something I don’t do often. I used colored pencils, chalks, charcoal pencils, pastels, and gel pens to create her. I thought I’d try to do some art on paper so it’s more user friendly with the scanner and then try to make prints that I can sell. (This should be interesting!) Heh. As always when I doing a painting or drawing, I get the ideas of what if… what if I did it this way, or what if I added that. So in a sense a series is conceived. I may do more jesters, more pirates, more themed girls. I’ve accumulated quite a pile of paintings and my dad is cutting out boards for me to mount them on. Once I have one done I’ll post so you can see how I intend to “frame” them as a preperation for sales. It was brought to my attention that “Framing confirms the value.” Next on my wish list is higher quality paints. I’m drooling over Stewart Gill’s paints and will be saving my nickels, dimes, and quarters in my piggy bank so I can get my hands on those sparkling metallic wonders. =)
My pirate will be posted sometime this coming week. I have a few things I need to tweek till I’m happier with her. Until then… go do some YARRRT!
Perked atop her cupcake Tina the Ballerina is prepared to dance for treats! She’s made on birchwood, woodburned, with acrylics, watercolors, inks, gel pens, texture paste, mica powders and glitters galore. Using collage papers, rubberstamps, and tissue papers, she’s surrounded by hearts and flowers as all ballerinas should be. Happily dancing on her glittery cherry topped cupcake she poses with a smile and her arms outstreched with love in her heart. I’m nearly done with my pirate painting and will have it posted hopefully tomorrow. I’m also putting some final touches on Miss Jester that I’m doing with dry mediums on paper. I’ve got a stack of paintings on my desk that are beckoning me so I’m off to see the art wizard! Happy day before TGIF.
Here’s what next up on the easel ~ I spent the better part of today re-sketching from my sketchbook onto birch wood. I have a Cupcake Ballerina, Eve with an apple, and an Angel casting her eyes upward waiting for my attention now. I also have a work in progress that I’m working on. I like to have several paintings going on at once so that when paints drying on one I’m busy on another. =)
I’ll have more time tomorrow for actual painting. Monday’s are a “get things cleaned up after the weekend” day for me. But as you can see, I did take some time out for woodburning. Oddly enough I enjoy the process relaxing which I find rather questionable when holding a scolding hot tool. My closet organizing is going far better than I had anticipated. I was avoiding it, but I dove in last week head first and got quite a bit accomplished. We found a bit of drawer storage this weekend and I’ll be spending more than a few hours this week working on the closet again. I’ll photograph it when it’s a tad cleaner and keep you updated on my progress. It’s essentially my studio in a closet, I don’t have a “room” of my own at the moment as our space is limited. This is the best solution we came up with. =) Out w/the old and in with the organized! I’m off now to make “Ultimate Burgers” for dinner. Tata for now!
This week I’ve been working on my Little Bo Peep painting. This actually started out in sketchbook form to be Little Red Riding Hood, after several comments on my wolf looking like a sheep ~ I changed my approach, and made my “wolf” much more sheepish and changed the attire of Red to Bo! I’m actually very happy for the change. This was a very delightful process watching Bo Peep come to life, and her non-wolf friend was so much fun to texture and add mica pearls to.
Bo Peep is my 10th painting since Christmas and I have them all tucked into their own big plastic ziploc bags. I’m going to be getting them ready soon to show to an art shop downtown to see if she finds them marketable. If not, I’ll keep looking. It’s rather a scary process.
Red Riding Hood will have to wait as I have several other girls who are about to be born to paintings from my sketch pad. The ideas come faster than the paintings can come to life ~ and time is always an issue as well.
Ladybug Ladybug! Spring will be sneaking up on us soon and I’m excited about the longer days and the walks around the lake. So to celebrate the upcoming budding trees and flowers I’ve en massed butterflies, ladybugs, and flowers galore in this painting! The star attraction looks as if she too is ready to take flight on the upcoming spring breezes!
Speaking of spring ~ Do you have any spring cleaning projects you need to get done. I have a closet calling my name. =/
The doorbell rang, I was told to expect a package today so I knew that must be who it was. It was package delivery man! He wasn’t wearing a super hero cape, but he did have a very tall box! Hmm.. I “think” I know what’s in here! There were air holes at the top and since we can’t have pets where we’re living, unless my sweetie ordered me a gnome for Valentines Day this must be flowers! Indeed! I opened the box and inside there are a ton of long stemmed ruby red roses! Vase included! I gingerly removed the wrapping and trappings to set them free and started in trimming the ends and putting them in the vase. I staggered the highs of the roses so they could all shine in all their rosiness! And here they are for you to see, I put them on my art desk as that’s where I spend the majority of my time! So for now I’ll be painting in the shade of the tall red roses.
How pretty they are! And they make my art messiness look so much happier!
As per usual finding something special for my sweetheart for Valentines Day proved to be as challenging as any other gift giving holiday. He’s a techy through and through and if he want’s something he’ll buy it, so I never shop tech. I try to find treasure on my outtings but usually end up empty handed. I thought and thought and then read what Jared Knight was meditating on for his class starting on Valentines Day. It was so simple but so honest that I created my own version and meaning to make a “paperweight” if you will. I took a rock and painted it black, then after cutting a heart from white felt I put it on the rock by wrapping red fun fur around it and stuck a piece of cinnamen into the wrapping before adhereing it with a bit of tacky glue on the back. Here’s my interpretation of what my creation means.
A rock for our foundation ~ built solid on a stone.
A heart of white for purity ~ our love is ours, our own
The string of red ~ communication,like our blood that flows between
The stick of cinnamen for spice to keep things zesty and unseen! (or obscene! o.O)
A gift from my heart to yours for the road that we travel
I stopped along the way and painted this piece of gravel.
Last week while watching the Will Work for Food on Food Network with my hubby we learned all about the job of a Wine Angel. I was really intrigued as I’d never seen anything like it before. I was prompted by this to paint my own version of a wine angel and here’s what I came up with.
She’s woodburned on to birch wood and topped off with the use of rubberstamps, tissue paper, copper leafing, melted crayons, gel pens, embellishments, acrylic paint, ink, watercolors pencils, and digital text. She was a lot of fun and a bit challenging as I bought this tissue paper a few days before starting her and was eager to use it. As with the Merlot Maid, the colors of the collaging paper I chose dictated what I would be using on the rest of the painting. I’m happy with her as I got to dabble with colors I don’t normally use, mainly orange. I’ve started a ladybug painting which I will be playing with this week as I work on Valentine love on the side. Wish me luck!