Category Archives: Wine

A Still Life Doodle?

One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.

This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen.  Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.

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It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.

May you find JOY in the art you create!

Cheers! 🙂

Sending You Holiday Cheer

Dear Friends,

Sending YOU some holiday cheer…

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I’ve decided to take a blogging break until the New Year…

I’m not feeling my best and need some rest,

I will keep creating and hope you will too –

Your blogs I love and friendships true,

Toasting you a glass of holiday cheer…

One that will last ALL through next year!

Cheers! 🙂

See you in 2018!! 🎉

Jill

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.

Yep It’s Yupo

I wanted to try yesterday’s technique – the crayon resist on Yupo paper.  In case you aren’t familiar with Yupo, it is a plastic surface – polypropylene to be exact.  Watercolor doesn’t soak into the surface and sits on top.

I started with quick drawing using crayons and covered them with water soluble markers.  I knew if I used a damp paper towel over it, it would remove color so I chose a dry one which basically just softened the crayons and didn’t add much interest.  I decided to try watercolors on top as you can see on the drawing below on the right:

I discovered that I could add texture with a paper towel if the area was still wet.  So I stamped my background with a clean foam stamp to create more interest.

After the watercolor dried, I decided to add Neocolors – which are a water soluble crayon.

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And another layer of watercolor to add some shadows and create depth:

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I really like how interesting this turned out.  I want to continue to experiment in this medium.

Cheers!  🙂

Very Gouda

I was having some wine with friends recently…

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When this Gouda bird showing up:

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I’ve heard that these birds hang out where wine and hors d’oeuvres are served.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Wishing you a very Gouda day… Cheers!  🙂

Cheers To You!

I created this picture totally with my Gelli prints:

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I used one print to cut out the wine bottle, glass and cheese and another print as a background.  I added a little pencil shading around these shapes.

This was totally unplanned!  I wanted to show it to you framed but it didn’t quite fit in the mat:

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I’m learning a lot about framing my own artwork and hope that I can share some of this information with you in the future.

I plan to take the weekend off from my blog as it is a 3-day holiday weekend in the states.

So I wanted to wish you some good cheer!  🙂

Happy Creating!

Pass The Wine And Cheese!

At the lake, several of our friends gather at 5 o’clock for Happy Hour.  It really is a chance to talk and get caught up with everyone and share some laughter.  Everyone brings a snack to share and what they want to drink.  Some people just drink water but my hubby and I usually pour ourselves a glass of wine.  White or red – we like them both!  🙂

I created this in my art journal this summer.  It is a blind contour drawing (my eyes were closed and no I didn’t peak!)  After I drew it, I splashed on some watercolors – and yes, my eyes were open for this part.  😉

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I like how the soft colors blend, don’t you?   Kind of like a winemaker blending his grapes together to create a varietal of wine…

I’d like to create this painting on a larger piece of watercolor paper and frame it.

Speaking of framing – do you cut your own mat board for your artwork?  I purchased a couple of mats today with the intention of matting some of my art but the mat opening didn’t fit properly.   Any ideas?!

Cheers Friends!  🙂

Wine And Flowers

I added more color and pattern to this collage I posted on December 21st:

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It is kind of fun to see the two side by side:

The first time I took the image on the left, my lighting was bad.  Good lighting really does make a difference!

I recently completed another collage:

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I had fun adding patterns with color pencils to the background on this one.

I found this quote on the internet:

They are not long, the days of wine and roses.  Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for awhile, then closes, within a dream.  – Ernest Dowson

Cheers!  🙂

 

A Red Blend

I was doing blind contour drawings of a red wine bottle in my sketchbook and added some watercolor:

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I really like how the colors blend into each other – much like a bottle of Cab-Merlot, don’t you think?

I decided to add some color pencil to them to see how it would change them:

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Sorry the light isn’t better!  They look totally different now – what do you think?

Fun to experiment!  😄

Cheers!  🍷

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder – Part 2

The experiments with the magazine collages led me to create this beaded wall hanging that I created in 2008: Ms. C - beaded wall hanging It started me on a new path.  I created my beaded collage with a story in mind. Close-up of Ms. C beaded I want to introduce Ms. Chardonnay to you!  I created her “dress” with the flavors and aromas of Chardonnay wine. Ms C close-up of beadwork Such as melon, a pear, green apple and peach!  Can you find them in the photo above? close-up of tiara Ms. C is a former beauty queen from California!  🙂 This is why she is wearing a tiara! One of the reasons I started blogging is because I enjoy writing stories.  So I have decided to stop waiting for the “perfect” day and start! I will be starting an additional blog soon on my wine “characters.”  I hope you will join me! Happy Creating!  🙂