Portrait of Contentment

While there are often bumps along the road as we travel through life, there are also moments of perfect contentment, if we just pause a moment or two and let everything be still. When things get too busy and distracting, escaping to my studio is a one way I can tune things out and actually feel peace flood over me. Does this mean everything is perfect? Of course not, that is in fact rarely the case, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have perfect moments of contentment in the midst of ‘life’.
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‘Portrait of Contentment’

9″ x 12″ acrylic on museum quality wood panel

When I started painting this portrait things were kind of hectic, we were getting ready to leave for a week and still getting Christmas put away etc. I worked on it for a few brief time periods and left it unfinished until we came back from vacation. I went up to my studio to unwind and reflect and put on some Eagles tunes (a tribute to Glenn Frey who passed away during our trip) and was thinking to myself I’m so glad that we went to see the Eagles when we had the chance. How many times do we put things off until later and later never comes? It made me thankful and content, a real ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ moment. Sure there are things I wished I’d done but there are a lot of things that I did do and I’m content that I reached and stretched outside my comfort zone to get where I am today.

 

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Detailed view of ‘Portrait of Contentment

I love how working with portraits allows you to see what you are feeling in your work. I hope you find time to create art today and feel the contentment that it brings.

This portrait is now listed on my SHOP page.

Winners Announced!!!

Congratulations to Denise Spillane, Ajae McCain and Patricia Upshaw on winning a DVD! Please email me your shipping info at pamcarriker@gmail.com and I’ll get them in the mail to you!!!

I appreciate all of the comments left and hope that you’ll consider getting my DVD’s. I also wanted to let you know that they also each have an optional PDF download that you can purchase. This is great to have by you at your art table after you’ve watched the DVD so you can follow along while you create!

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Color Shaper Journal Painting

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I was messing around in my journal a couple of days ago and wanting to play a little differently I grabbed my Colour Shaper tools to paint this portrait without using brushes. Several people have asked about both the Colour Shapers and the method so I did another quick journal page in my Extra Large Moleskine Sketchbook (11.5 x 16.75″) and took some step out pictures to show the process.

Most important I think to using the Colour Shapers in this way is not to get bogged down by details, stay loose and go with the marks that they make!

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The Colour Shapers are some of my favorite art tools and I keep them handy by my work table on my Raskog cart from IKEA.

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Here are the sizes I like, and note that they come in both firm and soft tips and it’s good to have both as they will work differently with the paint.

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I’m using my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in Mustard Seed, Barely Black and White Washed. You can see that these are very fluid and also carry a high pigment load. You can try any acrylic paint and you will get various results depending on the viscosity of the paint.

I love this color palette as the Mustard Seed and Barely Black mixed together make a really warm gray color.

FullSizeRender_3My model is my Asaro’s Head. This is such a wonderful tool for seeing how light hits on the different planes of the face. Here I just sketched the actual head, but you can use it to also sketch a more realistic face and get some great references to where shading and highlights should go.

FullSizeRender_2Using the larger 1″ and 2″  Colour Shapers, I start to block in the dark areas. Note all of the cool marks the tools leave in the paint-I don’t try to avoid them, this adds to the overall look.

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As I work I wipe off the tool onto the background to start that off. By adding small amounts of White Washed to the gray mix I get various tones of color that I add the planes of the head. Switch to smaller tools as needed.

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You can also wipe a bit of each of the tones you mix on the page somewhere to help document them. I do this a lot in my journal work.

(and yes, that’s a glass of wine in the background-keeps you loose while you paint😉

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Remember to stop! I am not at all going for some finely detailed painting, I want it raw, so remembering to stop is important. In all this took less than hour from sketch to finished painting. Now I’m going to let it dry and then add some journaling to the page. This is a fun journal exercise to help you loosen up and play with shading and tonal values.

 

 

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!!!

To celebrate the season of giving as well as the earlier than expected release of my new book I’m going to give away signed copies of all three of my books as well as some artist quality prints of some of the artwork from my new book!!! This will be the biggest giveaway this year!!! A total of SIX BOOKS and SIX ART PRINTS (8×10 Somerset Velvet Giclee Art Prints) to TWELVE LUCKY WINNERS!!! That’s TWELVE chances to win for The Twelve Days of Christmas Giving!!!

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All you have to do is leave a comment! Already have one or more of my books, well consider paying it forward and giving your copy away to a friend or on a blog post if you win!! Pass the giving along. The copies of my newest book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker will be shipped as soon as my advance copies get here around the end of January. You’ll be the first to get your hands on a copy!!

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newAASOLThe drawing for winners will be done on Monday, December 15th and announced on my blog in a new post so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Please be sure to include a way to contact you in your comment as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all~

Analogous Colors at Play

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Today I had time to play with lesson 3 from my book. Analogous colors are so fun to play with in a messy way because you can’t make mud with them! They just keep blending and making beautiful color.

 

photo 1I first spritzed my page spread with water so I could work wet on wet. (Check out my messy table from yesterday’s print making session!)

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Then I used Mini Misters (Ranger) to spray some of my acrylic inks onto the page. These will be available soon at Jerrys Artarama! They are great for backgrounds because they’re acrylic and when dry, permanent!! No bleed through. I’m using a non stick teflon sheet to mask off most of the page.

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These pics show the progression as I work my way up the page from the bottom. I chose to use 6 colors. Remember analogous colors are side by side on the color wheel.

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Next I laid a stencil on top (Stencil Girl Products) and then used paper towels to blot off the excess ink. I used 3 different stencils to create an interesting background.

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I added a color wheel using one of my stencils (Stencil Girl Products) to show the colors I used on the background. Then using a Copying Pencil (these have indelible ink in them and turn a lovely turquoise color when you wet them) and sketched a face. I used the Copying Pencil to stay with my color palette and not overwhelm the page.

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I activated the pencil with a wet brush.

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Next I used white and black China Markers to add a little pop to the face with highlights and shadows.

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I used the Copying Pencil to add some journaling and my page spread is complete. I really like that the image doesn’t overwhelm the page, or cover the background. I may work a bit more on this but I’m done for now.

 

New Facebook Group for those working through my book!

New Facebook Group for those working through my book!

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I always love it when people comment with great ideas!! My new Facebook page stems from a comment on a recent post. I created a page for those working through the lessons in my latest book, CREATING Art at the Speed of LifeThis is where you can share your own work from my book, ask questions, get feedback (even privately if want to message me for a personal critique) get information on supplies and substitutions and really anything book related. I’ve loved seeing the work that’s already being shared  and hope many more of you will join in the fun of this online class-like setting I’m creating. N

Did you know you can also share your work on AMAZON?!! I’d love it if you did and also if you have a minute to leave a short review or feedback for my book it’s very much appreciated!!

I hope to see you on my CREATING Art at the Speed of LIfe Facebook page and if you want to follow all of my art happenings I also have  Pam Carriker’s Art page. I’ll have some exciting news to bring you in the near future there so follow along to get the latest!

Here’s a sneak peek at upcoming releases you’ll want to stay tuned for:

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Summer is almost here and it’s a great time to work through the 30 lessons in CREATING Art at the Speed of Life so I hope you’ll join in to stay creative and motivated with your art!

A Peek Inside Creating Art at the Speed of Life

I don’t know if you know this or not but I actually made a journal full of all of the lessons in my second book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life. This journal is where all of the projects in the book came from. I take this journal with me when I teach journaling classes so some have been able to actually look through it in person, but for those who can’t I thought I’d share a few of the pages with you.

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I often get tagged in a photo of someone else’s journey through my book and there is no greater thrill than seeing someone enjoy my book!! That’s the whole reason behind sharing in this way, to hopefully help others on their own creative journey.

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I would love to see even more journal pages inspired by the lessons in my book! Did you know that you can actually post pictures of those pages on the books amazon page? You can, and I’d love to invite you to do so!! There are a couple of pictures there already, but it would be awesome to see more!! And while you’re there I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a minute to leave a review for the book. I get so many people telling me they love it, but the most helpful thing is to leave a review to share with others.

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I’d also love to hear from you here. What was your favorite lesson so far? Did you complete your journal? Stuck on a lesson? Question about a product? Feel free to comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer if you have any questions:-)

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Is starting an Art Journal on your Bucket List??? If so this book can help you achieve that goal!!

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I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your pages!!! And if you’d like to share of Facebook, I’ve also just created a page on there specifically for the book:-)