Something Different

Well I’m still banned from Facebook and Instagram. Still mad about it. Still have no idea why. I put in for a review and still nothing. No news on that front except that apparently FB is losing a lot of users, so not sure if this is by design or because people are getting fed up. We shall see I suppose.

With all of  my new found extra time lol, I have been painting away! I have an event that I committed to paint 5-6 pieces for that is happening next week, those pieces I will share next week but they are almost all completed!

I belong to an Art Guild where I live and most of the artists are more of a fine art bent. This is actually good for me as I’ve been trying to stretch myself a bit. I took a watercolor portrait class awhile back and really found it interesting. This week we were blessed to have Kathy Tate with us for a demo and then a 3 hour workshop to show us some of her painting tips. She does amazing work that can be found HERE and is an award winning oil painter.

We painted a still life that included a ‘terrifying’ glass jar lol. It was a short workshop and we didn’t draw anything on the substrate, just observed the objects and used a paintbrush to outline them and then started painting. It was both scary and exhilarating at the same time. I knew time was short and I was worried that my painting wouldn’t look anything like the display but I painted away leaving the jar until last. I only had a short amount of time left in class and I quickly painted the jar. That was my mistake, I painted a jar, I didn’t paint what I saw. That was my huge takeaway from the workshop, paint what you actually see. I took a photo of the display and when I got home I ‘erased’ (one of the cool things about working in oils) the jar and concentrated on painting what I saw. My second attempt was soooooo, much better! I will continue practicing with this medium and pushing myself. Not going to give up acrylics/mixed media, but doing something completely different is really a good thing.  I’m learning that a lot lately;-)

Copper Pitcher 11×14 oils (updated work)

 

Online Workshop Is Now Open!

 

 

My brand new online workshop, THE WORKING ART JOURNAL, is now open!!! I am super excited to be offering this class, my first online class in years, and I hope you will check it out. From sketching your selfie portrait in a variety of ways, using my face map guidelines to ensure success, to exploring a variety of media to create portraits. I will then guide you through completing an art journal page spread building off of all you learn in the previous lessons. The lessons are all completed in either a sketchbook or art journal so the ‘fear’ of making a mistake vanish and you are allowed to explore with freedom the techniques taught. I hope you will consider joining me on this journey! Find this course HERE

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.

It’s Sew Wild!

I’ve had fun reading an advance copy of Alisa Burke’s new book , Sew Wild. It’s beautiful and full of great techniques for fabric and more!

Now, I have to be honest, I don’t sew. I CAN sew, I CHOOSE not to. I learned how to sew the ‘right’ way and well, that pretty much took all the fun out of it for me. I learned quickly that I’d rather paint so I left sewing behind although my machine is still part of my studio. I did do a stint of sewing on paper that was fun, and when I took my machine in for a cleaning I got reprimanded for it-lol!

Where I’m  going with all of this is that I was very pleased to see how many of Alisa’s techniques can be used even for us non-sewers! It’s chock full of cool things that can be used without ever touching a machine! (shhhhh, don’t tell Alisa;-)

I chose to start with a wood carving project. I’ve never carved on wood and it’s a lot different than lino blocks, but fun and the carvings are very unique looking.

I did some simple designs to go along with the face I carved. The carving blocks and even tools can be found at Michael’s. I even used my lino cutters and they worked fine.

Now, to get around sewing something I found a cute little ready to decorate muslin apron at Michael’s as well. There is a whole isle of ready to alter clothing etc.

Here’s the begining of my apron, with some carved blocks, and thermofax screens.

I’m not sure if I’m done yet but loving it so far! Can’t wait to try some other techniques from the book. Be sure to check it out HERE.