This and That

Here is the sample self portrait that I will be teaching at Inspirational Retreat in April. We will spend the first day working in the journals I provide, playing with drawing, mixed media techniques, and symbolism, getting comfortable in our own skin and then on the second day we will create a personal piece on canvas that will include a little shrine of the things we hold dear.

It’s a little hard to tell in this picture, but behind the optical lens is a precious little birds egg shell. The little birdie is long gone and this so speaks to how I feel about my own ‘birdies’ leaving the nest.
I’ve been asked if this is the same as my online Pursuing Portraits workshop and it is an extension of that, taking it to the next level putting into practice what I teach online. I will go into much more detail about different techniques I use to paint portraits.
The mail lady brought my advance copies of Cloth Paper Scissors which includes an article on Liquid Pencil, a fabulous product that is tons of fun to play with! I hope you give it a try. You can see an additional piece of work I did with it here.

Mind Wide Open August Challenge Pictures

Here are some additional pictures of my entry. I have had this wooden shrine (5 1/2x 9x 2) for ages. It jumped right out at me when I saw the image and word prompt for this challenge. Since the word prompt is ‘secret’, I searched for a quote that would tie it into the bird theme I wanted to use. I found the perfect words, ‘When you have found a birds nest, you have found him out. You have found the very center of his life and his greatest secret.’ I found this quote after I had completed the piece, which sad to say is often the case for me. It seems a backward way to go at it, but it always seems to work out well for me-lol! It was fun using some of my paint techniques on something other than canvas. I also used mica to highlight a couple of areas, including the womans face. I also added a sweet little birds nest with some feathers and fibers, an old door pull with a face peeking out, some lovely little eggs with bits of hardware attached and some little scraps of cloth to hang them by that are suspended from little hooks. It is hard to capture the depth of the piece. Layers of papers and paints, and stamped/stenciled images, have been worked into the background. I hope you will all check out Mind Wide Open when the voting begins, Friday the 8th. From the amount of eye candy that was there last month, it is sure to be a treat!

Mind Wide Open August Challenge

Boy, is it just me, or is summer just speeding up? I feel like everything is moving faster and faster, racing to the end of our lazy summer days. I almost didn’t get to take part in the Mind Wide Open challenge because of travel plans. But fortunately they got pushed back a bit and I created a little shrine that pays homage to things that I love. You will have to go to MWO to download the image and check out the guidelines. Gail has posted a beautiful image and the word prompt is ‘Secret’. I will post a picture of the back of my piece for now, I was able to scan that it came out pretty good. The image on the back is curtesy of the lovely Dawn Edmondson, who graciously posted it on her blog. The pictures that I took of the front and inside are a bit washed out, so maybe I can try to get some in natural lighting tomorrow. Then I reeeeally have to get packing, for we are off to beautiful Washington state for a family reunion! I may be 15 years past my 29th birthday, but I can sleeping bag race down Mom and Dad’s staircase with the best of them! We are a loud and crazy group when we all get together, and I can’t wait! Enjoy what’s left of summer, and try to make room for a few more of those lazy days.