OK, it was not easy to come up with a title for today’s post… if I must “face it!”
How do I describe these silly faces?!
They were created from my faces I did on Tuesday and then cut them up and mixed them up to create these new wacky faces!
It kind of reminded me of a meeting I had yesterday with a group of people where I felt totally out of place… Not because they made me feel this way but because I realized that I didn’t fit into this group. Have you ever felt this way?
They were all “left brains” and I’m more of a “right brain” thinker…
I realized that it was OK that we are different – we don’t have to ALL think alike…
Or look alike!
Or create art alike!!
Cheers to being different! 🙂
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Tagged abstract, art classes, Colorful, creative play, drawing, faces, fun, humor, inspiration, Lynn Whipple, markers, mixed media art, paper collage, soft pastels, water soluble crayons
Sometimes it is fun to limit a painting to certain perimeters. I decided to try these four colors in my art journal as part of an assignment from Carla Sonheim’s year long class:
I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics in Medium Magenta, Cadmium Orange, Payne’s Gray and a light gray blend (Titanium White mixed with Payne’s Gray).
I don’t think it is done. What would you do to complete it?
Would you add another color? Glue collage on top? Add a quote or a poem?
I look forward to hearing your ideas!
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“The aim of art,” according to Aristotle, “is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
I used a melon baller, seed pod and seashells for my inspiration in these imaginary flowers:
I started with watercolor. Next, I added layers of paper collage with matte gel medium, watercolor, and white gel pen. I finished my piece with the quote from Aristotle:
What is the aim of art for you?
I think my aim for art is to create it! I just love to explore new materials and discover how I can create it into something new for me – and maybe you too!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
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Some days my brain is too tired after work to create an “art piece” so I try to find a fun activity to keep my hands moving. Yesterday, I decided to cut up some circles for another project.
I used a stencil to draw circles in three different sizes on a variety of papers: gelli-prints, scrapbook and dictionary pages.
I cut them out with scissors while watching TV and talking to my hubby about his day.
The circle scraps are keepers too!
Wishing you a happy day!
I haven’t done one of these abstracts in awhile. I find them very meditative to do. I did this one on Sunday while watching the Oscars.
I started with several layers of watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper:
Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:
It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:
This time, I left some shapes without outlines:
I think it gives the eyes time to rest. You can choose to see individual shapes or the big picture.
I want to try using an actual photo as a reference for my next one.
Posted in Abstract Art, Drawing, imaginary drawings, ink, Uncategorized, Watercolor
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I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!
It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.
This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition. It can help an artist learn composition in design.
I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.
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Tagged art classes, black and white, childhood memories, composition, creative, fun, Imaginary creatures, learning, notan, playful, whimsical
I started this watercolor abstract in my art journal last week, you can see it here.
I wanted to experiment and add texture so I drew several circles with a black pen. Next, I added clear gesso to the middles of my circles. I finished by drawing around the color changes within my circles with a white charcoal pencil.
I think it now looks like torn pieces of paper in a collage. It is fun to look at it from different angles:
Right side up and upside down:
And sideways – one:
I see fish and mountains…
Do you see what I see?
Happy Monday! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
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Some days it is fun to splash watercolors around with my brush.
I did this abstract yesterday in my art journal:
I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular when I painted it. The colors remind me of summer and a flower garden.
What does it remind you of?
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I started a new doodle in my art journal yesterday. I like the organic feel to it:
It reminds me of a previous doodle about a cat that I named, Sweet Pea that you can find here and here.
I haven’t done a doodle that connected to a second page before now. I’m liking the flow of it. I hope to add color to this one so stay tuned!
Work has been extremely busy this week so not much time for art. Yet, I try to squeeze it in a little doodling in the evening.
I’m doing my happy dance that it’s Friday! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
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Tagged abstract, Art, art journal, black micron pen, cats, childhood memories, doodle, drawing, patterns, sketchbook, Sweet Pea, zentangle
I’m making progress on the two acrylic flower paintings on canvas that I started last week that you can find, here.
I’m adding details with soft pastels which is a fairly new medium for me. But first, I added a layer of Liquitex clear gesso over the acrylic painting. It is like a pastel ground. It dries clear but feels a little like sandpaper to the touch. Without it, the pastels aren’t as vibrant.
Here is my liquid lava one:
And the more subdued one:
I’m not sure if they are done. I will let them rest a few days to see how I feel about them. If I am done, I will spray them with a fixative.
Take time to smell some flowers today – if only in your imagination! 🙂
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