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Collage Grids

There is something wonderful about creating collage in grids…

Maybe it is like a box of chocolates…

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Knowing that each space is filled with something delicious!

Or maybe it is finding that one unexpected surprise!

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Or perhaps, it is a uniform and consistent result:

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That brings you a feeling of comfort…

What collage grid do you like?  How does it make you feel?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Eyes And Noses

I recently started an online class that is completely out of my comfort zone.

I love the colorful art of the teacher, Ardith Goodwin so I decided to give the class, “Distortion of Eyes and Noses” a try!

I thought you might enjoy seeing how I created a whimsical eye yesterday from one of the assignments.

I started with a watercolor background to give me inspiration.  I drew a quick sketch in pencil.

I used the pencil sketch to get my creative juices flowing.  I added details with a black permanent pen and additional color with Tombow markers.

I finished by softening the watercolor around the eye with gesso and a quote:

I encourage you to change the way you look at things!

Cheers! 🙂

I Spy… Collage!

As many of you know, I LOVE taking online art classes!!

When Carla Sonheim announced her year-long class for 2019 would be Collage, I had to sign up! 🙂  You can find out more about it at CarlaSonheim.com or CarlaSonheim.wordpress.com

I introduced myself on the private Facebook group by cutting out letters to my name from a color copy of this collage I showed you here:  And That’s How…  I really enjoy the wonderful community of artists who take Carla’s online classes.

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Carla will be teaching along with two other fabulous artists:  Lynn Whipple and Anne Marie Grgich.  Class starts today!  Hoorah!

Below is a collage I created with paper scraps in my art journal:

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I spy…

A bird,

A dictionary word,

Two pages from a shorthand book,

And some fish lure hooks,

A child wearing a blue coat,

And three scraps of music notes,

There is more to find, like #441,

Collage is fun for everyone!

Can you find all these items in my collage?

I hope you will consider joining me in this FUN online class!

Cheers! 🙂

Landscape Vignettes

Perhaps you recall the online landscape art class I told you about from Anita Lehmann?  If not, you can learn more about it here:  Exploring Landscape

I enjoyed painting these 1.5 x 1.5 inch landscape vignettes in watercolor; the first 2 rows were from my imagination and the last 3 rows were free photo images of lake and wheat field images from unsplash.com

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I discovered a limited color palette and subject matter made the exercise more cohesive and less busy in my last 3 rows:

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New materials I used for this project were removable tape – 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch in diameter that I purchased locally at Michaels and Art Graf watercolor graphite that I purchased online from Dick Blick:

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I encourage you to give this exercise a try…

I learned to see landscape shapes and elements of design instead of focusing on small details.  It also helped me to work quickly and get a feel of the landscape instead of focusing on minute details.

Cheers! 🙂

Exploring Landscape

I recently completed an online class from Anita Lehmann called, “Translating Landscapes.” The class was hosted by Carla Sonheim.  

I am still learning so much from this class!! Anita is a wonderful teacher.  She is also a licensed architect in Washington State.

Exploring the elements of design in landscape has helped me to SEE my subject in a different way.  I am learning to see more abstractly as “shapes.”

We warmed up with a favorite subject of mine, PEARS!  I enjoyed experimenting with a variety of art materials using the design elements on a 6 x 6 inch paper:

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Next, I applied the design elements to my photo from the lake:

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Here are my favorites from this exploration:

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“Motive” combines several design elements into one design.

If you’d like to learn more about Anita H Lehmann and view her art, please check out:  Anitahlehmannartist.com or ahldraws on Instagram.

Cheers! 🙂

So Noted…

I have discovered two fabulous ways to get one’s creative juices flowing as warm-up exercises in art making.

I learned these ideas from Anita Lehmann in her online class, Translating Landscapes, hosted by Carla Sonheim.

The first idea involves creating marks with a variety of art mediums and tools.  One “natural” tool was a stick!  I had so much fun dipping a stick into ink and “making marks” with it… And using a variety of materials to create this piece:

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The second idea was making marks while listening to music.  I created this piece while listening to Eva Cassidy and Natalie Merchant:

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I enjoyed both exercises.

So noted, my favorite was the one with the music!

I encourage you to turn up the music and create!

Cheers! 🙂

Learning Color Pencil

I am taking an online class from Kelly Hoernig called, “Art and Nature in Color Pencil,” at JeanneOliver.com

I purchased Kelly’s book a few years ago.  I liked her idea of combining this art medium with collage:

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Yet, learning color pencil seemed like a difficult subject to me.  It reminded me of watercolor in that you start light and add layers to get deeper values.

Taking an online class is helping me get more comfortable with color pencil:

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(YES, I realize it is CRABapple not CRAPapple…) Lol! 😉

It helps me to get feedback from my teacher, Kelly and learn from my classmates.

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Writing down the colors I use in my sketchbook creates a guide for future subjects I study further.

I am learning color pencil slowly and hope to add collage soon!

What subject would YOU like to learn more about?  I encourage you to take a class!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Gelli-Plate Prints

Many of you know how much I LOVE to print with my Gelli-Plate!

When Carla Sonheim announced that she was going to teach a NEW online class on How to use more of your Gelli-Plate, I immediately signed up!  🙂

The class starts today, so if you want to learn more about it, check out her online class at CarlaSonheim.com

I’d been wanting to purchase the larger 9 x 12 inch size Gelli-Plate so I splurged when Dick Blick Art Supplies was having a recent sale.

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I decided to do a test drive (so to speak) of my new Gelli-Plate so I made these prints using Golden fluid acrylic paints, stencils, leaves and household items:

I have A LOT more prints but these were a few of my favorites.

Which one do you like best?

Cheers! 🙂

A Nature Study

Last Friday, I had a little time to create one of Carla Sonheim’s assignments from the year long online class I’m taking from her.

We were to collect some items from nature and arrange them in a pleasing manner:

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I collected the above items from my yard.  🙂

Next, I drew them quickly with pencil:

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I added oil pastels to my pencil sketch by starting with a light color and layering a darker color on top.  I added details by scratching into the oil pastels with a wooden pencil.

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I wasn’t totally liking the oil pastels so I scraped white acrylic paint over it:

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I like the muted look better… I’d like to try my nature study in watercolor too!

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Happy Monday!  I hope your day is blossoming into a good week…

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! 🙂