Pursuing Portraits

Here is a sample journal page from my ‘Pursuing Portraits’ online workshop. I just finished up editing the videos and I’m ready to go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUKGuJQLGLs
We start July 7th, so if you’re interested in going on this journey head over to Creative Workshops and you can view the supply list and class details. CW is offering several mixed media workshops and adding new ones all the time here is one from Jodi Ohl, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYXk4cSTGE . If you are looking for something and don’t find it there, don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, the classes are open ended, so you can fit them in to your schedule:-)
Now to finish getting ready for the Southwest Missouri Art Teachers workshop tomorrow…

Nurture


I was so excited a couple of days ago to find this sweet little gift of nature in a flower pot on my deck. Two precious little eggs in a nest so close to my back door. But I have come to realize these eggs have been abandoned, the mama bird nowhere to be seen.


They inspired this painting which I have titled simply ‘Nurture’. Seeing the eggs so lovingly tucked into the nest stirs the mother’s instinct inside my heart. Sometimes despite our best intentions and efforts, we are unable to ‘mother’ for various reasons. Sometimes our children are simply too independant and we must sit on the sidelines while they find their way. They will one day realize that even when they did not want our help, we were there all the time waiting and watching.

available in my etsy art shop

Beat the Heat

Ah summertime. It’s going to hit 97 today so we are off to the lake. I just wanted to share a couple of the journal pages I finished while on my trip. I have to say I’m amazed at what you can do in a Moleskine journal. The pages hold up really well to paint if you don’t use too much. Gesso works great on them also. I took limited tools with me and had already added some paint and collage elements, even a little stamping to the background.
Have a wonderful day, stay cool and don’t forget to do a little bit of art everyday~

No Time for Art?

I think I have a fascination with necks. I am very intrigued by looking at how Modigliani for example, rendered them. I just love his loosely shaped women. So graceful. He was able to convey a woman’s femininity with simple graceful lines.
I did not have any art time today, well not much, so I just did a little journal page, but the pleasure I get from even a little art time is so valuable to me.
Someone made a comment about how much artwork I get done, truly my ‘secret’ is just to multi-task wherever possible. I prep several backgrounds at once, and when doing a series of paintings like the ‘Blue Speckled Eggs’ I can do several pieces at the same time up to a point. I did this little journal page with the supplies I hadn’t yet put away from the paintings I finished yesterday. It all works when you find a rhythm of fitting art into life that works for you. ‘Art at the Speed of Life’.

Sneak Peek at Pursuing Portraits

Here is a sneak peek video from my Pursuing Portraits workshop. A little collection of some of my journal portraits marking my own growth. I will provide some basic sketching exercises for creating portraits to start you on the journey to discovering your own unique style of portrait. Here are some little glimpses of my ‘Generic Face’. I will share my painting techniques, and favorite tools.

Here is a little sketch I did last night. I want to combine the pears with a portrait. Today I will start on the this as my next work.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUKGuJQLGLs

Simple Pleasures

Happy Monday all. I just listed this piece in my new shop. ‘Simple Pleasures’ is done in Art Journal fashion, with lots of luscious layers that only truly show up on close inspection. You will recognize the lady from my banner, she has been added to the collage and painted over to incorporate her. The soft, muted color palette remind me of a summer day. I hope the sun is shining where you are:-)

Another Journal Page to Share

I am so loving this journal. I started this last night and finished it first thing this morning, before breakfast but not before coffee-lol! Nothing ever before coffee. I love the large size of this journal too. It feels good. I love working so ‘loosely’. These crayons allow you to do such quick portraits and the black lends a unique feel to the pages. I’m thinking this one will find it’s way to canvas. I just love the quote.