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What Did You Do?

What did you do this last weekend?

I got caught up on two online class videos on Saturday and started two pear paintings.  I used a limited palette in watercolors and found this to be a challenging exercise using only complementary colors…

My first one was using yellow and purple:

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And my second color PEAR-ing was orange and blue:

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I struggled getting the affect I wanted or maybe I was trying to hard to be PEAR-fect!

Does this ever happen to you?

After MANY layers, I decided to quit and eat my pear for a snack! Lol! 😉

I got caught up on some housework on Sunday and made a delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crock pot.  Overall, I’d say I had a pretty great weekend.

How about you?

Cheers! 🙂

A Value Study

I’m taking an online art class with Karine Swenson, hosted by Carla Sonheim…  (Yes, I know I’m addicted to online art classes!)  This one is a little different for me as it is learning to slow down, observe and draw a subject of my choosing.

I chose a pear.  Sounds PEAR-fectly easy, doesn’t it?

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I have done several sketches of this golden fruit and it is not as easy as it apPEARS!

These are some scribbly pencil studies I did yesterday:

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The one with the added shadows is my pick of the crop!

Onto a value study with Conte crayons.  The first one looks a little like a leaning tower of PEARZA! Lol!  🙂

It really helps to look at a photo of what you are trying to draw – as I could SEE where I needed to make some corrections:

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A little more balanced now… I still need to draw it MANY more times, PEARhaps!

The value study is to help me understand my subject better before I paint it.  I think I will try to paint in watercolors and acrylic next week.

Karine said that one of her teachers told her, “the subject doesn’t have to be perfect, just believable.”  Good advice.

Happy Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Favorite Art Supply

Do you have a favorite ART supply?  I love my Prismacolor Pencils!

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I created this page in my art journal that I showed you in yesterday’s post.

Dick Blick was offering a fabulous sale on the Prismacolor Pencils so I splurged! 🙂

I have MANY art supplies that I like but these color pencils are something I use often in combination with other art mediums such as watercolor.

I think they are one of my favorites because of their creamy, soft leads and they come in MANY colors! ❤️

Do you have a favorite art supply?  I hope you tell me about it!

Cheers! 🙂

Drawing Apples

One of the assignments in the online class I recently did with Lendon Noe (see yesterday’s post for more information about the online class I took) was drawing apples.

I drew this apple in my sketchbook yesterday:

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It felt really great to just DRAW without thinking about the outcome…

I used to do a lot of drawing in pencil when I was a child but then I let “other people’s opinions” stop me from doing what I loved.

This class helped me to ENJOY drawing again without thinking about the finished product.

One of our assignments was to draw apples – quickly – in any art medium – on a cheap pad of tracing paper.  It helped me to look at a REAL apple yet I think it REALly helped me to JUST DRAW…Without any thought of doing it RIGHT or WRONG!!

Below are my favorite apples I drew on tracing paper – some of the art mediums bled through to other pages which I think is kind of cool:

I hope my drawings encourage you to just DRAW and enjoy what you discover!

Cheers!  🙂

Apples – Tart And Sweet

Sometimes creating art is like an apple… It can be tart and sweet!  

I started this mixed media piece I showed you in yesterday’s post – with watercolor and walnut ink on hot press watercolor paper.

I color copied a cut apple directly on my copier!  I learned this technique recently from Lendon Noe in an online class hosted by Carla Sonheim:  “Meaning Making: Inspired by Poetry.”

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After I color copied my apple, I transferred the image to my paper with matte medium.  I like how the background colors show through my apple!

Next, I drew three crabapples directly on the right side of my page with Stabilo CarbOthello which are Chalk-pastel coloring pencils.

I added the words, “Apple and Autumn” with a Pilot Parallel Pen with a 2.4 mm nib – which is a calligraphy pen that uses water soluble ink.  I discovered that the ink bled over the apple transfer when I tried to write the word, “Autumn” using the “A” from the word, Apple.

Instead of scraping the whole project, I tried first to cover up the letters with tracing paper where I had lightly drawn apples as you see below in the photo on the right:

However, I still wasn’t satisfied with it so removed the tracing paper and covered the letters with computer typed letters.  How do I blend the typed letters with my piece?

I solved the problem by gluing a piece of Gelli-printed deli paper in a light orange color over the typed letters.

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I added three autumn leaves that I color copied and transferred the same way as the half of apple.

The words describe an apple to me:  Tart and sweet, juicy, fresh, round, red and green, yellow.

I learned a lot from this art piece!  It may not be frame worthy but I learned how to persevere and FINISH it!  Sweet, I say!

Cheers! 🙂

 

More FUNny Faces

I have been creating more FUNny faces from Lynn Whipple’s online class, “Making Faces.”

I find these silly, colorful faces very FUN to make!

Almost as wonderful as savoring dark chocolate with almonds:

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Or soaking in the sun on a beautiful summer day:

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Or eating a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant:

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Or snuggling with my kitty:

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Or laughing so hard that tears come to my eyes:

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What makes you smile?!  🙂

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers!  🙂

P.S.  Thursday, I will show you how I cut up these faces and combine them together to create NEW faces.  I hope you will join me! 😊

My Always “Right” Half

One of the assignments in Lynn Whipple’s online class, “Making Faces” is to draw half of your own face.

Here I am – wrinkles and all after a long day working at the office:

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Lucky for me, we got to order pizza for dinner!  YAY!  😉

This was a really fun assignment and I encourage you to give it a try!  This is how I did it:

  1. Take a piece of inexpensive paper (then you won’t feel like you are wasting it).
  2. Stand in front of the mirror with your piece of paper and a pencil.
  3. Decide where the top of your head is on your paper and make a mark.
  4. Mark in pencil where the following is on your paper (next to your face):  Eye, eyebrow, nose, ear, lips and chin.  Now, loosely draw these features with a light touch while holding the paper up to your face.
  5. Once you get an idea where the lines need to be, make stronger lines, erase as needed.  Keep checking with your face in a mirror.

I found this exercise extremely helpful in understanding the layout of a face better.

Happy Drawing – Cheers!  🙂

Flowers In Her Hair

In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt.  I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.

I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it.  As you can see below:

After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.

I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:

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I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.

Cheers! 🌹

A Heart For Art

As many of you know, I LOVE color!!  When Carla Sonheim assigned a self-portrait for her year-long class, I couldn’t resist creating this paper collage of myself:

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I realize it is MORE than just a self-portrait but after I saw a video about the Seattle artist, Kelly Lyles,  I decided to go WILD with color and patterns.

Perhaps you have heard of Kelly Lyles for her art cars?  Well, she also likes to dress, very colorfully!  😉

I hope to start wearing clothes with more color and patterns and care less about what others think!  How about you?  Do you like to dress conservatively or just have FUN?

Cheers!  🙂

Hip Hippo Hooray!!

Do you need a daily dose of inspiration to motivate you to create art?  Then you may be interested in taking Carla Sonheim’s online class for 2017: “365:  Activate Your Art Brain” – you can watch a short video about it, hereEach day you will receive a short video of inspiration!  I hope you join me in the fun!  🙂

You can also purchase this book from Amazon with 365 blank pages to fill with your own art or ideas for 2017:

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This will be my 5th year of taking a year-long class with Carla Sonheim.  She has a blog on WordPress too!  www.CarlaSonheim.wordpress.com

I am always inspired by Carla and the people who take her classes!!

Hip Hippo Hoorah that 2017 is on its way!!

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Here’s to creating every day in the New Year!!

Cheers Friends!  🙂