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Faces And Flowers

I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.

I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper – trying not to overthink it.

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After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:

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It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:

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I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper.  Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:

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Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings.  I will post my progress next week!

May your day bloom with happiness!

Cheers! 🙂

Face It

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!

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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?

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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…

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Or look alike!

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Or create art alike!!

Cheers to being different!  🙂

4 Color Painting – Done!

Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting!  I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…

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I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!

Cheers!  🙂

The Aim Of Art

“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:

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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:

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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!

Cheers!  🙂

Picasso Inspired Face

I was inspired by Picasso to create this face:

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I studied several photos of Picasso before I drew a sketch in pencil.  I colored my sections with oil pastels, using two different colors on top of each other.  Next, I scratched into the oil pastels with the end of a mechanical pencil to create the patterns.

I finished it by cutting out the face with scissors.  Oil pastels are a bit messy but I had fun experimenting!

It reminds me of one of my doodles…

Cheers! 🙂

Do You See What I See?

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:

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And two:

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I see fish and mountains…

Do you see what I see?

Happy Monday!  🙂

Sweet Pea – 2

I started a new doodle in my art journal yesterday.  I like the organic feel to it:

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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!

Cheers!  🙂

Dresses Of Red And Gold

“Come, little leaves,” Said the Wind one day; “Come to the meadows with me and play.  Put on your dresses of red and gold; for summer is past and the days grow cold.”                   – George Cooper

I was inspired by these leaves in their autumn dress:

To create this mixed media piece in my art journal:

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Wishing you a beautiful day, Friends!  🙂

PS.  I’m posting later than normal because I was having computer issues yesterday…

Seed Pods And Sunsets

I finished my mixed media art piece that I started last week.  If you recall, I was influenced by a photo I took of a Lupine flower’s seed pods. The last progress photo that I showed you is on the left or here, next to the completed piece on the right:

I like how the added collage papers (printed on my Gelli-Plate) give it more depth.  I added a few more patterns with a white gel pen too.  I plan on framing this one!  🙂

We’ve been having some awesome sunsets which I appreciate even more because we have several wildfires burning in our area.  When we have clear skies, it is a definite reason to celebrate:

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May these beautiful sunsets inspire you in your art like a simple seed pod did for me.

Cheers!  🙂

Painting Pods Progress

I am still working on my Lupine seedpod painting from Tuesday

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I added Golden fluid acrylics to some of the background in Cobalt Turquois and stenciled some dots with Transparent Red Iron Oxide.  I also added doodles with a white gel pen.

Next, I softened the black outlines with water:

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I plan on adding some collage papers next.  Hopefully, I can complete it this weekend!

Happy Creating!  🙂