"Grids" were the latest prompt I did from Daisy Yellow and I had fun experimenting! What’s nice for me is that the prompt gets me started and then I am free to explore . . . .Read More
It is lovely to be back to working in my own journal, this one just for me. I do love the Sketchbook Project and have signed up for the 2013 project, I have even received my blank journal. But I guess I was ready to do some journaling for myself because that is exactly what I have done . . .Read More
|a close up of part of my big gesture . . .|
Below is what I painted after listening hard to what Bill had been teaching us about not over-working the water media into the paper -let it flow and react to it instead of trying to fix it.
I am pleased!
|Color chart above is in Bill's book, Expressive Figure drawing|
|Close up of Bill's try - I just love the colors!! You can tell he is quite practiced at color theory.|
|I caught Bill Buchman by surprise here . . .|
I have been having a great time learning from him and painting in his class.
I will certainly miss it when class ends April 23.
|(above) This is mine and I do not like it one bit!|
I find solace in the remark that Bill made in an earlier class. He said,
"An artist is someone who can make something he does not like but goes on
to make more pieces, does not give up."
|I know this one above is Barbara's, it is beautiful!|
|Another view of Bill Buchman's piece.|
I brought Carol a little something . . .
For Helga's weekly challenge on her blog I played with the colors pink & blue! Amazingly, in the monthly color combo I participate in with 4 friends, we have yet to work with this particular combination . . .
I decided to make 'Twinchies', which are 2"x 2" squares, as I already had some watercolor cards cut in that size . . .
Making a grid is something I don't think I have ever done before . . .
I hemmed and hawed and did not do anything until after our Open House was over, our friends from New York had left, and the deadline was seriously upon me!! I decided finally to do a grid of rectangles, 2.5" x 3.5" in size, as Helga said any shaped grid was okay. Then I chose items from the goody bag Helga sent me when she picked my entry as one of her favorites a couple months back. This was serious fun! I also used a 10" x 14" watercolor painting I had created in the class I was taking the past few weeks as a base for my grid. It was not a good painting by itself as I am not a realistic painter, but it was awesome to use for what I wanted to do, and I was happy to recycle it into this challenge!
I laid the papers, collage images, stickers and ART Blast card from Helga's Goody bag out on top of my still life painting and glued them down once I got an arrangement I liked. I punched a heart shape out of the middle image and laid the extra heart shape on the receipt above it. I added black lines with a thick marker around some of the rectangles, and painted a black border around the entire edge with black acrylic paint. I used 3 different Magenta stamps by brushing the same black paint on them lightly before stamping; I wanted the same look. I added a couple of paper flowers Helga had included by using a brad, in fact everything you see as far as paper & images was from her goody bag! I think I went this way because it limited me in my decision making and helped me accomplish my goal! To finish my piece, I splattered some paint and brightened it by sponging more yellow paint on. Thank you Helga, it is always a pleasure!
I am not sure what I will do with it from here but I sure had fun getting this far. It is unusual for me to paint or create without a specific purpose - like for a submission, or for a deadline for an art swap or an exchange. It is different for me to just create for myself and also without a specific theme! This is a good thing I think . . . .
Some other creating I did today was for the generosity project (or meme) that I announced a few weeks ago. You can read the original post here. I decided to make art for the 8 lovely people who replied to my post . . . . and I sent out 3 of the pieces today. Each of them is different, and each made with the recipient in mind. As they arrive and they let me know (it's a surprise!) I will post photos of what I made and discuss the pieces here. Doing this project was also a very good way for me to spend time today! With the busy-ness of getting our home ready to sell and on the market, I had to cut back on my art time, a lot. Making and sending these things for those who replied was invigorating for me.
Lastly, I created a fabric card for my local friend Carol Van Gerve, who is always sending me delicious and creative cards and who also had Steven & I over to visit with her & her hubby and enjoy yummy peach pie in her garden last Sunday - what a treat! Click on any of the scans below for more detail. Here is the envelope & front of the card:
The inside of the card is made from a piece of fabric that I tried "shaving cream marbling" on, during a class Carol & I took together earlier this spring. It still smells good! : ) Below shows the front and the back, spread out.
All images in Carol's fabric card are from ARTchix Studio. Enjoy the day!
A few years ago I had taken class with Frank and was absolutely charmed by him. I cannot paint anything like the way that Frank does, but he has always encouraged me to use whatever I can take from his example and combine this new knowledge with my own mixed media art, and my own style. Such a great teacher! I love watching him demo his painting techniques at the beginning of every class. I find his demo so magical! This week I've taken photos while he was demoing and created a slide show to share. In class I've also learned a lot from the other students, many who have been taking class with Frank for many years. To find out more about the artist Frank Federico, please visit his website. Besides teaching at the Art League, Frank gives many workshops around the country throughout the year. One particular workshop at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in New York, coming up this September, really caught my attention. The example of his painterly pastel on the workshop page is so beautiful!
Here is a slide show of Frank's demo - he's painting a dock scene in Gloucester, Massachusetts from a photograph, for our class on May 28th, 2009. Frank starts with a few pencil lines, then he adds paint with a fat brush, switches paint, switches brushes, tells us about the color palette he's using and what he's doing, and 45 minutes later, voilà! It is amazing.
I have had so much fun in this class, even though I am not a"water color artist". I usually take my attempts home and then add something very mixed media to them (see the top of this post) like fabric or I'll cut my water color papers up and create ATCs (Artist Trading cards) out of them! I did this recently with a neon painting I fooled around with in class, brought home, added rubber stamped quotes to -- and then surprised Frank and my fellow students with a few ATCs in the next class as gifts. This was all new for Frank and my classmates, and I think they really enjoyed!
Ginny Carter Smallenburg, over at Small Studio is having a little contest. It's going on through the end of this month, so if you work fast, you can still get an entry to her in time (Sorry! The contest ended 2/29/08). It seems that Ginny got a P.O. Box so she could receive snail mail orders and checks. Every day when she went to mail her orders for Small Studio she found the P.O. Box EMPTY! Ginny decided to turn that around by having an Empty Mailbox Contest -you can read the details here.
Ginny's mail clerk, Josh had been teasing her about her empty mailbox. Hmmm. From what I've seen it looks like she's received at least 15 or 20 pieces of mail already and there is still a weeks to go! To view ALL of the entries, follow this link to Ginny's blog.
On the 29th of this month Josh and his co-workers at Ginny's post office will decide which piece of mail impressed them the most. Ginny will award a $35.00 Gift Certificate to her web-based business Small Studio. Wow! I really had fun creating my envelope for her. On the front I used a variety of rubber stamps which I stamped with StazOn Inks: Claudia Rose (envelopes, talking mailbox, A message for you, tiny sayings), Stampers Anonymous (LETTERS box), an old DIVA rubber saying (not available) and a few others. The Art postage stamp is one you might recognize if you read my blog regularly. I created it at zazzle.com from a scan of an ATC that I made recently for an International swap. Here's the back of the envelope; I think Josh & his co-workers will enjoy it! After I stamped with StazOn, I used watercolor pencils and my water brush to add a little zip!
Ginny is the former owner of the Creative Block in Westlake OH. She created and organized the Art Continuum, an annual art event which ran for 8 years in Cleveland OH. This is where I have met Ginny before. She is also the originator of the Stampers Anonymous stamp line and continued to be the Creative Director until very recently.
The back of the envelope I stamped has a variety of mostly older stamps that have been in my collection for 15 years. The "ART is just another way of keeping a diary" is a Stampers Anonymous stamp -enjoy!
p.s. Ginny posted my envelope on her blog after she received it . . . scroll down to see what she wrote, what fun!
I am taking a watercolor class called: Understanding Abstract Art using Water Media with a wonderful instructor, Frank Federico. The class is held at the West Hartford Art League - a first for me, on all counts - the watercolor class, the instructor and the Art League!
After reading the 'play' challenge on Inspire me Thursday, I took one of my class painting exercises, embellished it with painted hearts and cut the page up to create Valentines.
See the process below:
We were first working with transparent watercolors in class and then later I was using gouache for the first time. This is an opaque water color. I don't usually paint "paintings", although I am having fun learning techniques and trying new mediums. It is also wonderful to *take* a class! Frank is a very accomplished painter and a great teacher. I love watching him demo the week's technique!