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:
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!!
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.
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged #the100dayproject, art classes, bright colors, Colorful, creative, creative play, discover, drawing faces, experiment, expressive, fun, inspiration, Learning to draw, Lynn Whipple, mixed media art, pattern play
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:
And here is its backside – isn’t it funky? Its pattern is what attracted me to it in the first place!
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…
And they MAGICALLY came to life!! May color add a little MAGIC to your day…
Cheers Friends!! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, art journal, autumn, changing seasons, color play, creative, daily practice, drawing, elegant writer pen, expressive, fall leaves, fun, imagination, mixed media, Neocolors, pattern play, sketchbook
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:
It 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! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Lake, landscapes, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, acrylic painting, Art, art classes, color play, creative, experiment, expressive, lake, landscapes, ledger, life, Nature Journal, Neocolors, quick sketches
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!! 🙂
Posted in Flowers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged aquabord, Art, art journal, art journey, color pencils, encouragement, experiment, expressive, Gelli-Prints, grateful, inspiration, nature photography, roses, stencils, turquoise, watercolor
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!
Speaking of FUN! Here is a rainbow of Gelli prints I did yesterday:
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.
One such experiment was using a domino to imprint patterns:
Double the fun to create the papers and use them in a collage some day…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, color experiments, gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, color play, creative, domino, encouragement, experiment, expressive, fun, Gelli-Prints, inspiration, paper collage, patterns, printing, rainbow, stencils
I’m happy to say that I have FINALLY made a decision! YAY!
The bookmark that I am going to submit to Uppercase is….
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:
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! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, art challenge, bookmarkers, bright colors, chairs, color play, creative, drawing, experiment, expressive, fun, gratitude, inspiration, patterns, Uppercase, wine and cheese
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:
It looks like a flower garden to me!
I love the colors in this one and have it hanging in my art room:
This one I titled, “Fragments of Memory:”
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:
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! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, art classes, color, experiment, expressive, flowers, fun, painting, play