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.
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!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, Still Life, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract, art journal, color pencils, Colorful, creative ideas, drawing, imagination, ink, inspiration, meditative, relaxing, still life, wine
Sending YOU some holiday cheer…
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!
See you in 2018!! 🎉
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, poetry, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged art journal, drawing, holiday cheer, imagination, ink, poetry, reflection, rest, watercolor pencils
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.
I created this collage with “Christmas” colors and added a star to one of the circles:
I suppose this is a way of letting my creative “light” shine!
And even with the busyness of the holidays…
I hope you will find time to shine as bright as a star!
P.S. I created the last photo with an app called, “Layout” on my iPad.
Posted in Art, collage papers, Color, color experiments, gelli printing, paper collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Wine, Word Play
Tagged Art, Christmas, color experiments, Colorful, creative, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, meditative, Paper, paper collage
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.
And another layer of watercolor to add some shadows and create depth:
I really like how interesting this turned out. I want to continue to experiment in this medium.
Posted in Mixed Media, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged color play, crayon resist, drawing, experiment, mixed media art, Neocolor II, still life, Tombow markers, water soluble crayons, watercolor, wine, Yupo
I was having some wine with friends recently…
When this Gouda bird showing up:
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! 🙂
Posted in Food, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Wine
Tagged acrylic paints, art classes, creative, Gouda, hand painted papers, humor, mixed media art, paper collage, patterns, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, wine, wine and cheese
I created this picture totally with my Gelli prints:
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:
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! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, gelli printing, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract art, acrylic paints, Art, color play, creative, experiment, Gelli-Prints, mixed media, paper collage, pencil shading, 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. 😉
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! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged Art, art journal, Blind contour, color play, daily practice, drawing, framing art, friends, happy hour, sketchbook, watercolor, wine, wine and cheese, wine bottles
I added more color and pattern to this collage I posted on December 21st:
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:
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
Posted in Abstract Art, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract, Art, color pencils, Colorful, creative, drawing, experiment, flowers, gel pens, Gelli-Prints, ink pen, mixed media, pan pastels, paper collage, patterns, play, quotes, still life, watercolor, wine
I was doing blind contour drawings of a red wine bottle in my sketchbook and added some watercolor:
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:
Sorry the light isn’t better! They look totally different now – what do you think?
Fun to experiment! 😄
Posted in Abstract Art, Mixed Media, Wine
Tagged abstract, Art, art classes, art journal, color, color pencils, creative, drawing, experiment, fun, mixed media, play, watercolor, wine, Zig Writer pen
Posted in Beading, Mixed Media, Wine
Tagged Art, beads, beauty, Chardonnay, creative, embellishment, experiment, mixed media, old photos, shells, story, tiara, wall hanging, wine