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A Facial

Last week, I started this paper collage from an advertisement image in a magazine:

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I started “mapping” the face with light and dark values.  I learned this technique from Lynn Whipple in The Year of The Collage, hosted by Carla Sonheim.

Next, I added magazine patterns and colors by the values (think paint by numbers!)

At first, my gal looked like she was getting a facial! 

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But in the end, she looked more like an exotic princess!

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She took awhile to complete; many layers of paper, glue stick and patience!

Can you find all four pheasants from the used bird book I showed you in my last post?

Cheers! 🙂

The Next Chapter…

Last week I showed you my first layers of two collages I started in the online class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich: A First Layer

I have made some progress during the last week.  It feels like I have added the next chapter in my collage stories.

I turned this canvas upside down and discovered the close-up of a face, do you see it?

I added some facial features and details, in addition to acrylic paint that I tinted with clear tar gel (which is like a super thick gel medium):

I think adding the yellow and turquoise paint helps bring more cohesion.

And in my second collage, I decided to create a mermaid.  I added more collage images in layers and paint… The progress is more subtle in the photo on the right:

I’m enjoying the process and learning new techniques as I progress.  These collages are like a puzzle or mystery to solve!

I hope you are enjoying the journey with me…

Cheers! 🙂

Where Are You Going?

In 2014, I took an online art class that suggested we choose a word for the year.  My word was SOAR!  It seemed appropriate as I was into birds – even then!  Here is the collage I created:

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It is the first face (ever) I painted with acrylics.  I added some collage elements that had a lot of symbolism for me.  Can you find all my winged teachers?  An owl for wisdom, a bird and it’s nest for keeping my eyes open to nature’s beauty, a fairy for humor, a butterfly for beauty, a dragonfly for balance and a hummingbird for joy!  There are other symbols such as a map, feather, flowers, leaves and roots.  I really enjoyed creating this piece but it took me a long time to complete it!

On January 2nd of this year, I posted that I was going to keep a daily sketchbook for the year and weekly post my progress on my blog.   I discovered that I need more of a FOCUS!  I need either a weekly or monthly idea to keep me focused on drawing, sketching or painting.

Do you give yourself a weekly or monthly focus for your sketchbook?

I completed 3 days but then I got distracted.  This got me thinking about my word for this year and I have decided on… yep!  You guessed it, “focus!”

So today, I did a journal page on my word for 2016:

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I still have room to write things on my page.  Maybe you have some gems to share with me?

I am hoping that 2016 will be the year that I can figure out where I want to be going with my art and the mediums I want to explore in greater detail.

Do you give yourself a word for the year?  I’d love to hear what it is!

Happy Creating!  🙂

How Are You Feeling?

I love color!  It can brighten up my day when I’m feeling a bit moody:

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I started this mixed media piece by painting shapes on a 140 lb hot press paper with a cheap set of watercolors and Neocolor wax pastels.  I softened the wax pastels with a little water to brighten the shapes.  After it dried, I drew a face with a Zig writer pen:

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Next, I started adding circles of color with my Prismacolor pencils:

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I kept adding more color pencil and watched how the colors affected the mood of the drawing:

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This was a really fun experiment!  I hope it brightens your day!

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Happy Creating!  🙂