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Making Faces

I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.”  Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!

This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:

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If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com

One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years.  I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates!  It is an AWESOME experience!! 

Cheers!  🙂

P.S.  Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram.  This is face number 56/100.

Just Leaf It

I love looking at leaves in the Fall.  I am always fascinated by their shape, color and design like this one that has a few holes in it that I found at the lake:

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And here is its backside – isn’t it funky?  Its pattern is what attracted me to it in the first place!

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I enjoy playing with leaf patterns from my memory and imagination too – like I recently did with an Elegant Writer pen in a 9×12 inch watercolor sketchbook:

I’m in love with this pen!  🙂  It is so fun to add water to it and watch it change!  A lot like leaves “magically” change color in the fall.

Yet, I wondered what would happen if I added “fall” color to my leaves?  So I added my Neocolor water soluble crayons and a little water…

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And they MAGICALLY came to life!!  May color add a little MAGIC to your day…

Cheers Friends!!  🙂

Loose Landscapes

Letter “L” is for loose landscapes at the lake!

As a warm-up exercise for my online class, Y is for Yellow with Carla Sonheim; I did some quick sketches on leftover watercolor paper scraps with a gray and black Neocolor crayon:

I painted several pieces of  watercolor paper with house paint samples that I had leftover from Lynn Whipple’s Big Bold Flower Painting class.  Once dry, I used Dick Blick’s Economy “Blickrylic” acrylic paints to paint landscapes based loosely on my sketches:

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imageIt was lots of fun!  🙂  This assignment inspired me to paint landscapes in colors I would not normally use such as these colors:

As you can see, I have them ready to put in my old “ledger” that I showed you in my post yesterday.

Now, I want to try large and loose landscapes on canvas!

I encourage you try painting loosely and boldly today!  It may give you a new perspective on life!

Happy Painting!  🙂

Do You Remember?

I was recently struggling on how to paint this rose, do you remember?  Well, I decided to take this photo on a cloudy day so I had less shadows:

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This helped me to see the STAR of the show – the rose and not the leaves, as Debi Riley so kindly suggested to me.  Thanks Debi!  🙂

I also appreciated the idea from Judith at Artistcoveries to do a value study first.  So I did this with my computer by printing my image in color and then in black and white:

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Drawing the rose shape with a black pen on top of the black and white image also helped me see my subject better.

Next, I decided to use a stencil of my rose to create these studies in my turquoise journal that I previously shared with you:image

The rose image on the left is from a stencil like I did here and the image on the right is a gelli-print like I did here.

Today, I started a watercolor painting on Aquabord inspired by Laura at Create Art Everyday who has been experimenting on this surface:

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It is only the beginning of my painting but I wanted to share it with you.  I hope to experiment with adding collage too!

I just wanted you to know that I remember ALL your kind comments and encouragement in my art journey!!  🙂

I don’t always have the time to comment on your art like I wish I could but please know I appreciate YOU!

Thanks Friends!!  🙂

Double The Fun

I wanted to give a shout out for Jodi at Life In Between and her daughter-in-law, Colleen for their Etsy shop – McKinney x 2 Designs!  I purchased a little gift for a friend and one of Jodi’s beautiful watercolor cards.  I am very pleased with the quality of their artwork and the fast service, right to my door!  They look like they will be doubly successful – YAY!

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Speaking of FUN!  Here is a rainbow of Gelli prints I did yesterday:

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I did some on 90 lb hot press watercolor paper and some on deli paper.  I used Golden Fluid Acrylics.  It was super fun to mix the colors and try a variety of stencils and other patterns.

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One such experiment was using a domino to imprint patterns:

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Double the fun to create the papers and use them in a collage some day…

Cheers!  🙂

Have A Seat!

I’m happy to say that I have FINALLY made a decision!  YAY!

The bookmark that I am going to submit to Uppercase is….

completed wine and cheese

Yep, the wine and cheese!  🙂  I softened the background colors and decided I like this one best as it represents the art I enjoy making!  Lots of color and patterns!

I’d like to thank ALL of you who so graciously shared your ideas with me!  As a way to show my gratitude, I’ve decided to give away my chair bookmarker below:

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So if you’d like to WIN this original bookmarker – please make a comment below.  I will make the drawing this Friday, January 29th at 6 pm PST and will post the winner on Saturday, January 30th on my blog.

Cheers to you, my friends!  🙂

Jill

Abstract Paintings

I thought you might enjoy some of the abstract paintings I completed in 2014 when taking an online class with Karine Swenson.  I used acrylic paints on canvas.

This one I painted with a pallet knife:

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It looks like a flower garden to me!

I love the colors in this one and have it hanging in my art room:

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This one I titled, “Fragments of Memory:”

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I created it thinking about my loved ones who have struggled or are currently dealing with dementia – a terrible disease.

And this last one, looks like a starburst or a firecracker exploding in the air:

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It was done on a black canvas.  I like the colors in this one too!

If you like abstract paintings, you may enjoy seeing this one I did earlier this year.

I enjoy playing with paint and color.  I would love to hear what you think!

Happy Painting!  🙂