Try Something New

Today has been one of those busy summer days, spent getting packed to go on another adventure! I’ll be leaving Friday to spend 5 Days teaching in sunny CA and I’m looking forward to spending time with my art buddies, Lisa Bebi and Renee Richetts.

During my packing however, I picked up the last issue of Cloth Paper Scissors to add to my stash of airplane reading material. As I flipped through it Serena Barton’s Workshop article again caught my eye-this was something I wanted to try. I had the good fortune to meet Serena at Art & Soul via Lesley Riley and we are going to be roomies for Art Unraveled in August and I love her work!

What I loved about this article is that Serena didn’t use any pencil-no sketching-just paint to paper, building shadows and highlights and eventually adding details with a brush.

I worked off an image on the art info cards I had made up. I liked the idea of turning this statue like face into a real person. I practiced looking at the little image I was modeling my painting after more than at what I was doing on the paper and as I was only doing this on a piece of paper I really wasn’t worried with how it would turn out. It’s just for practice.

So following Serena’s tutorial I spent about a half hour working in little spurts between packing. I tried to work fast and step away to look at if from a distance. I really wasn’t concerned about the outcome, just wanted to play with the process.

I liked the process, it’s different from how I usually work. I learned some things I can incorporate into the way I already paint and most of all I found just a little time to create art today.

 

When Inspiration Strikes

Last night I woke up in the wee hours. I had this image in my mind and thankfully my journal was on the nightstand, so I sketched it out and fell back asleep. When I woke up this morning I saw it first thing and couldn’t wait to transfer it to canvas. Now mind you, I had a list of ‘must do’ things today, but I could not put off painting this and as soon as the kids were out the door I was in my studio in my jammies. Usually I get dressed and do a few household things first, but not today!


It was exhilarating! I’ve been so immersed in projects that I was surprised by the need to paint this. I was glad to know my muse was still with me.

This is only the second time I’ve painted a male face. I saw it in my dreams, in a sketch form. I knew exactly how I was going to do it.


I also knew whose face it was. It’s the face that I know almost as well as I know my own. The face of my best friend and today marks 11 years since he asked me to marry him.

My Little Black Book

I’ve started a few journal pages in my black journal to work on while I’m traveling. I love the mystery that the black foundation adds to the overall look of this journal. I have used a bit of gesso to start, then I sketched in a portrait. Water soluble crayon is used to shade and add some subtle color. I will add journaling and more crayon to the pages while on the road, but it is nice to have a start to a few pages. I like switching between types of journaling, it helps me to be more creative.




It’s also fun to shade with different colors. I travel with my favorites (Caran d’ache) and a brush with a water reservoir.

Some of my favorite colors include: Olive Brown, Green Ochre, Sepia, Olive, Raw Umber, Beige, Ochre, Turquoise, and Cobalt Blue.

I also take Black and White.

A graphite pencil is a must.

Charcoal, kneaded eraser, and a blending stump are always with me.

And last but not least a Uniball Signo White Gel Pen.

These pages are too thin for collage, and that would defeat the black backgrounds purpose. So I am only using the simple supplies listed above in this journal.

I will show you the finished pages when I get back.

On another note, I was honored to be featured as this weeks catalyst on Creative Therapy. I would love if you would stop by and leave a comment! If you have not been to the site before scroll through for some amazing work. The contributing artists are listed on the left, and many of my favorites have been there.

Have a great week everyone!


Back To School!

With the kids back in school it is time to get your art life back on track!  As sad as it is to see summer come to an end, Fall brings with it a sense of the cozy days of winte that will be here befores we know it.  It is a great time to check out some of the wonderful classes offered at Creative Workshops.  Gail is constantly adding new ones so be sure to check back often.  If you have been wanting to take one of the three that I am offering I would encourage you to do it before the holidays are upon us.  It will give you some new motivation and tools to use this coming winter and get your art life back on track for the New Year. 
Visual Journalism 101
This will be an expedition into the world of visual journaling.. If you have ever wanted to
start keeping an art journal, or started one, only to have it fall by the wayside, then this
is the class for you! The class will cover journal techniques, putting together a journaling
kit, completing at least 7 journal pages, and answer some road block questions like,
‘How do I get over the fear of the Blank Page?’, ‘How can I possibly fit another artistic
pursuit into my schedule?’, and ‘Where do I start?’
Week 1~Fear of the Blank Page, Get Over It!
Week 2~Heartwork, Not Artwork
Week 3~Doodling, An Artform
Week 4~Writer’s Block
Week 5~Made in the Shade
WORKSHOP FEE: $60.00
Shades of Grey
A journey into the timeless art of Moleskine Journaling.
We  will use ‘Shades of Grey’ Pitt Pens, Caran d’ache watersoluble
crayon, and black & white images to create pages worthy of a
Moleskine’s handcrafted covers. This class will consist of 3
video demonstrations, and a collage sheet download.
Week 1~ It’s the Pitts!
Week 2~ Not always black or white
Week 3~ Grey’s or Gray’s Anatomy?
WORKSHOP FEE $40.00
Pursuing Portraits
Journal your way to a self portrait that reflects your true self. During this 6 week
course you will work in the comfort and safety of your own Art Journal. This will be an
exploration of our own self and the face that we see in the mirror each morning as we
dig deep to find what lies behind the face that we show to the world. Your face may
not even look like you, but it will be representative of the inner you. I will show you the
techniques I use in my portraits and guide you towards creating a face that is uniquely
yours.
Week 1~Facing the Facts
Week 2~Who Am I?
Week 3~Take a Look in the Mirror
Week 4~Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Week 5~It’s the Little Things That Matter Most
Week 6~Shout Out Loud or whisper softly
Class Fee $70.00
All of these workshops are open-ended allowing participants to work at their own pace and revisit the lessons as often as they like.
If you are in the San Diego area and would like to attend one of the live workshops I have coming up at the end of the month I would love to see you!  I will be at
San Diego, CA
The ABC’s of ATC’s
Exploring various mixed media techniques including, acrylic painting,
stamping, stenciling, charcoal, and an image transfer method using hand
sanitizer, we will create these fun Artist Trading Cards.
Friday, September 25th
all materials will be provided
Escondido, CA Workshop at the invitation of Lisa Bebi
Portraits with Pam Carriker
This class is based on my article in Cloth Paper Scissors, May/June 2009,
‘Wearing My HeArt on My Sleeve’ I will bring the Work in Progress pieces
featured and guide you step by step in creating a mixed media portrait that
incorporates a lovely, textured background, collage elements and my
techniques for creating a lovely portrait.
GalleryWorkshop attendees pay the Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal
Gallery $65 if an EAP member/$75 if not a member
Saturday September 26th
Space is limited so be sure to sign up early. Once at the site, click on the ‘workshops’ tab to
find the workshop descriptions and sign up instructions
Hope to see you online or in person!

Expect the Unexpected

Some days don’t you get a bug to do something different? Last night as I was working in my Moleskine, I realized I only have a few pages left. It is almost full. So I started to look back through it and as always, some pages I love, some are OK, and some I still don’t think are finished. I sat there looking at a couple of pencil sketches and wanted to do something out of the ordinary for me, so I added a little Frida and Zettiology pizazz. It turned the ordinary sketches into something unexpected. I had so much fun doing something daring, and still keeping my style and even colors. I am going to spend a little while going back through my journal and adding to some of the pages until I am satisfied and they scream ‘no more’! to me. I really love this stage of journaling, adding the final layers. The pages keep evolving, hardly ever finished in one sitting, stages of completion until there is no more.

Pam Pastel’s

Ooops, was that a typo? Not really, this lovely medium is called Pan Pastel’s. I just love them so much I call them Pam’s Pastel’s:-) They are lovely, ultra soft, artist pastels that come in little cakes or pans. I often use them with other mediums, for a soft touch to

backgrounds or for quick coloring in my journal.

What I had not done before is to create a portrait using only the pastel’s, no paint. It gives a totally different feel to the work. Very soft looking, slightly out of focus. Lovely. And so fast you won’t believe it! Perfect for journal work. So this morning I decided to do a little video tutorial for you! It took a total of 23 minutes from start to finish for this portrait, and that includes fiddling with the camera, so you can see it is fast. There is no dry time, no mess, and quick coverage.

This is the portrait at the end of the video

This is the finished portrait. I used a little charcoal and some water soluble crayon on the background, the face is done only with the pastels and graphite pencil.

You can view the video here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zx5CfNLpI8

available in my etsy shop

Modigliani’s Muse

I was visiting blogs trying to catch up and was lead to another Modigliani lover. I just love the graceful lines of his portraits. Some are much more modern looking than I usually like, but the fluid lines always make me stop and take a closer look.

I guess that is what art does, it makes one stop and take a closer look. What type of art makes this happen for each of us individually can be completely different. That is what’s so wonderful about art, there is something for everyone.

This is a little journal page I did last night. I cannot even begin to tell you how lovely it was to start out a bit stressed from the day and finish 20 minutes later in a totally different frame of mind. A simple sketch, some paint and a pencil. The best therapy for stress there is in my book.