Category Archives: Art

A May Day Basket

I remember as a young child making paper baskets and filling them with a simple bouquet of flowers from our yard.

Next, I would hang them on an unexpecting neighbor’s door handle, ring the doorbell and run!  It was so fun to give a gift of kindness…

My watercolor reminded me of those simple times as I worked on it yesterday:

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Perhaps the swirls of color could be ribbons on a May Pole?

Happy May Day!

Cheers! 🙂

A First Layer

I was able to get a first layer of collage images glued to my canvas on Saturday for the online art class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich, that I shared with you in my last post.

The canvas is 18 x 24 inches:

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This is the first of MANY layers glued with liquid matte gel medium.

I used an old credit card to smooth my papers down but still got several air bubbles…

So I decided to try a second collage on cradled wood board, this one is 11 x 14 inches:

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The air bubbles still showed up but drying overnight helped many of them to disappear.  The rest of the bubbles I will need to pop with an exacto knife and add more glue and smooth with my fingers.  

I learned that the first layer of glue needs to be completely dry BEFORE adding the gel medium on top of my papers.

I did like working on the surface of the cradled wood board better than the canvas as  the surface was more even.

Someone in the class recommended “Yes” glue as it has less water in it than the gel medium.  I think I will try this in the future.

I will show you my collages as they progress…

Hope your Monday has very few wrinkles or crinkles (as in crinkly foreheads…)

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Thank you all for your concern about my right eye.  It has almost completely healed, yay! 👀

 

 

A Poke In The Eye

Somehow I irritated my right eye…

I don’t know if I got something in it or if I scratched my eyeball.  I’m going to an eye doctor this morning to find out.

It just reminds me how wonderful it is to SEE colors and EVERYTHING!  I am so blessed.

I’m very excited about this new online class I just started, hosted by Carla Sonheim – go to CarlaSonheim.com to learn more about the online art classes she offers.

The name of this class is The College Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich.

Check out Anne Marie’s art on Pinterest  if you’d like to see her AMAZING detailed collages!

I found a few more books at a different thrift store yesterday to add to my collection and I got the Senior Discount!  Yes, there is a plus to being 55 years old and older! Lol! 🤣

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I figure what images I don’t use in collage, I could use as references to paint! ☺️

Sorry to report, I did not see any Nancy Drew mystery books at this store but I did find a great book on container gardening for only $1.00 – YAY!

Anne Marie Grgich’s collages are very detailed with MANY layers of images.  One of the things that inspired me to take this class was to learn how to create more transparent layers in my own collages.  Plus, what a bonus to watch videos of another artist’s process!  I’m learning so much and the class has just started!

So back to the process of cutting and sorting images by color for this class…

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It is much more fun than a poke in the eye!

Cheers! 🙂

Letter “C” Is For…

Letter “C” is for color!  Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:

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Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!

This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?

Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever…  You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog:  Make Art Magic Happens

Cheers! 🙂

Small Treasures

If you were to draw, paint or photograph ten items that YOU treasure around your home, what would they be?

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For the second assignment for Lynn Whipple’s online class, The Essence of Still Lifewe were to draw ten items on our table:

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I had fun selecting different items – some treasures and some I just like to draw, like the pear… to complete this still life on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

Please check out Arlene’s blog.   She is also taking Lynn’s class.  Arlene’s art style is fabulous!   I like what she chose to draw for her still life.

I’d love to hear about what items you treasure…

Cheers! 🙂

Be Still, Jill

I remember being told to be still, Jill when I was a child!  Oh, is that possible? Lol! 😉

Maybe if I was given a crayon and an assignment to draw!

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I started a new online class this week with Lynn Whipple – hosted by Carla Sonheim, called, “The Essence of Still Life.”

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Lynn brings such positive energy to her classes.  I know I will learn so much!

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I hope you enjoyed these colorful drawings I did!

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They were super fun with water soluble crayons!

Cheers! 🙂

Sea Art

I drew this Sea Urchin shell over my handwriting in the post I recently showed you here:  Your Handwriting As Art – Part 1  I used pencil, white gel pen, watercolor pencils and a black Micron pen:

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I sewed them together with thread on my sewing machine.

I plan to write a short note on the back and give it to a friend.

What sparks your creativity?

Cheers! 🙂

Favorite Shoes

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

I had fun creating these shoes, inspired by Andy Warhol’s shoe art; you can see other shoe art I did here: The Power Of A Shoe…

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I started by drawing shoes from the internet, making a simple stencil.  Next, I used the shoe stencil as my pattern on my hand-painted papers.

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I experimented with hand lettering from an online class I’m taking from Andrea Joseph at Sketchbook Skool.

Lastly, I used the one of the shoe stencils to create this doodle and quote from Marilyn Monroe:

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I hope you have happy feet today…

Cheers! 🙂

A Recipe for PLAY

What jumpstarts your creativity?

I signed up for Creative Jumpstart 2018 to get my creative juices flowing.  I liked this year’s theme:  Now We’re Cooking; Mixed Media Art Recipes

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This online class has a 10-15 minute video each day from a different mixed-media artist throughout the month of January.  Cost is reasonable too – only $50!

If you’d like more information and a short video about the class, go to:  www.Nathaliesstudio.com

I wrote down some of my “ingredients” for PLAY above… and then collaged over it with matte medium and scraps of painted paper (and an old recipe):

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One of the ways I like create an atmosphere of PLAY is to leave a project unfinished on my table.  Then I can’t wait to get back and work on it! 🙂

How about you?  Do you have a technique for jumpstarting your creativity?

I will show you my finished piece later this week.

Cheers! 🙂

This Little “Star” Of Mine

I remember singing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” As a child attending Sunday school at church.

This song surfaced in my memory when I was making this paper collage recently.  I find the process of cutting squares and circles and placing them together on a piece of paper (like a puzzle) to be very relaxing.

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I created this collage with “Christmas” colors and added a star to one of the circles:

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I suppose this is a way of letting my creative “light” shine!

And even with the busyness of the holidays…

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I hope you will find time to shine as bright as a star!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. I created the last photo with an app called, “Layout” on my iPad.