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:
The second idea was making marks while listening to music. I created this piece while listening to Eva Cassidy and Natalie Merchant:
I enjoyed both exercises.
So noted, my favorite was the one with the music!
I encourage you to turn up the music and create!
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Tagged carla sonheim, Create, creative play, experiment, inspiration, mark making, mixed media art, music, online art classes, relax
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:
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:
(YES, I realize it is CRABapple not CRAPapple…) Lol! 😉
It helps me to get feedback from my teacher, Kelly and learn from my classmates.
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!
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Tagged art mediums, color pencils, fall, learning, mixed media art, nature, Nature Journal, online art classes
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:
I collected the above items from my yard. 🙂
Next, I drew them quickly with pencil:
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.
I wasn’t totally liking the oil pastels so I scraped white acrylic paint over it:
I like the muted look better… I’d like to try my nature study in watercolor too!
Happy Monday! I hope your day is blossoming into a good week…
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Tagged carla sonheim, Colorful, drawing, flowers, learning, leaves, nature, nature photography, oil pastels, online art classes, smile, trees
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…
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Tagged abstract, Colorful, face, humor, layers of collage, learning, mermaid, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, progress photos, whimsical
I was able to get a first layer of collage images glued to my canvas on Saturday for the online art class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich, that I shared with you in my last post.
The canvas is 18 x 24 inches:
This is the first of MANY layers glued with liquid matte gel medium.
I used an old credit card to smooth my papers down but still got several air bubbles…
So I decided to try a second collage on cradled wood board, this one is 11 x 14 inches:
The air bubbles still showed up but drying overnight helped many of them to disappear. The rest of the bubbles I will need to pop with an exacto knife and add more glue and smooth with my fingers.
I learned that the first layer of glue needs to be completely dry BEFORE adding the gel medium on top of my papers.
I did like working on the surface of the cradled wood board better than the canvas as the surface was more even.
Someone in the class recommended “Yes” glue as it has less water in it than the gel medium. I think I will try this in the future.
I will show you my collages as they progress…
Hope your Monday has very few wrinkles or crinkles (as in crinkly foreheads…)
P.S. Thank you all for your concern about my right eye. It has almost completely healed, yay! 👀
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Tagged Art, Colorful, creative play, humor, inspiration, learning, old books, online art classes, paper collage
Somehow I irritated my right eye…
I don’t know if I got something in it or if I scratched my eyeball. I’m going to an eye doctor this morning to find out.
It just reminds me how wonderful it is to SEE colors and EVERYTHING! I am so blessed.
I’m very excited about this new online class I just started, hosted by Carla Sonheim – go to CarlaSonheim.com to learn more about the online art classes she offers.
The name of this class is The College Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich.
Check out Anne Marie’s art on Pinterest if you’d like to see her AMAZING detailed collages!
I found a few more books at a different thrift store yesterday to add to my collection and I got the Senior Discount! Yes, there is a plus to being 55 years old and older! Lol! 🤣
I figure what images I don’t use in collage, I could use as references to paint! ☺️
Sorry to report, I did not see any Nancy Drew mystery books at this store but I did find a great book on container gardening for only $1.00 – YAY!
Anne Marie Grgich’s collages are very detailed with MANY layers of images. One of the things that inspired me to take this class was to learn how to create more transparent layers in my own collages. Plus, what a bonus to watch videos of another artist’s process! I’m learning so much and the class has just started!
So back to the process of cutting and sorting images by color for this class…
It is much more fun than a poke in the eye!
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Tagged Art, collage art, color, humor, learning is fun, mixed media art, nature, old books, online art classes, paper collage, repurpose
I decided to add a little mystery to my post today…
I was at a thrift store yesterday, buying old books for a collage class I’m taking…
I’ll share more about the online class in Thursday’s post! 😉
I found several old Nancy Drew books, like this one:
I remember reading the book series as a young girl. How about you?
This book was only $1.00 so I bought it, thinking it might be fun to read again! 😃 And possibly, include a page or two into one of my weird birds!
Which brings me to today’s post… Dapper Dan:
Dapper Dan almost turned into Dapper Damn when I was creating the hand lettering for his name and messed up! Ugh! 😬
Thank goodness for white pens (much like white-out!)
Apparently, the “Old Maid” card game was subconsciously on my mind… Do you remember these cards?
Funny how one memory leads to another one…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
May it bring you happy memories of your childhood…
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Life, Reflections, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged childhood memories, collage, handlettering, humor, ink, mystery, Nancy Drew, old books, Old Maid card game, online art classes, repurpose, smile, watercolor pencils, Weird Bird Wednesday
Letter “C” is for color! Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:
Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!
This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?
Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever… You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog: Make Art Magic Happens
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Tagged acrylic paints, alphabet journal, art journal, Blogging, cheerful, color play, Colorful, creative inspiration, drawing, friends, letter “C”, online art classes, still life, water soluble crayons
If you were to draw, paint or photograph ten items that YOU treasure around your home, what would they be?
For the second assignment for Lynn Whipple’s online class, The Essence of Still Life, we were to draw ten items on our table:
I had fun selecting different items – some treasures and some I just like to draw, like the pear… to complete this still life on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel.
Please check out Arlene’s blog. She is also taking Lynn’s class. Arlene’s art style is fabulous! I like what she chose to draw for her still life.
I’d love to hear about what items you treasure…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art, color experiments, color pencil, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photograpy, Still Life, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic painting, drawing, fun, Lynn Whipple, mixed media art, online art classes, photography, still life, treasures, watercolor pencils