Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jungle book

Untitled giraffe
I struggled with this one - really with the eyes. Once I added that contrasting pale yellow stripe, it all came together.  He is a mixed media piece using collage, paint, Pan Pastels, and ink. He will have a gloss finishing varnish. I haven't thought of a name for him yet - any ideas?

This summer has been busier than I thought it would be.  So I  haven't gotten a lot of connected studio time.  Just bits and pieces here and there.  I really need some play time to get the inspirational juices flowing again.  Also I'm trying to reassess how I sell my art.  I need to enlarge my audience.  I'm thinking a FB store but don't know much about it.  Let me know what your experiences have been with on-line selling.  I have done Etsy - but there are about 70 or 80,000 mixed media artists out there.  Takes a lot of work and time to get any kind of following.  I did put some of my work on Fine Art America - but right now I just wanted to create a couple of tote bags to see how they look.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I will be linking tomorrow (friday) morning to Paint Party Friday.  Eva and Kristin faithfully administer this site and you can find a veritable smorgasbord of art there.  Go and check it out - and maybe submit your own art there.  There are no requirements for submission and you will find wonderfully encouraging people out there.  Have a blessed and art filled weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I look horrible in selfies!

Ha Ha - just realized I posted the rhino first with that header.  He looks way better than my selfies!!!  It's been extraordinarily hot here in Beaufort SC. In the high 90's for the past 2 weeks.  Even for Beaufort that is very hot!  But no, I haven't melted.  I just have had very little time to make art and less time to post it.  My grandson is out of school for the summer and camp for him starts next week.  That means arranging many play dates and sleepovers.  I was on a mission trip with 6 folks from my church in Jonesville, VA.  I learned how to dig a drainage ditch (in rock hard clay) and how fascia board is put up on a roof line.

Now I'm home and pretty well recovered so I took some time for art even though my grandson had 2 friends over for a sleepover last night.  He came to me yesterday and thanked me for making all those play dates.  What a sweetie!

The fun, collage and painted rhino was my first "painting" in a while.  Took some time to get the colors right - I wish I painted animals that people actually had as pets.  No one has ever asked me to paint their pet rhino!  For some reason, they just call out to me.  And they are horribly endangered animals.

Practicing a bit on faces.  I take the worst selfies in the world - not a technical problem but a facial one.  There are many things wrong with this attempt - but the scary thing is it looks better than the photo.  Apparently my nose is growing and my face is shrinking - so soon when you look at me you will only see a nose!  This pose had my face tilted slightly downward - so my nose looks even bigger - LOL

Anyway - good to get into my studio again.  I will be sharing this work on Paint Party Friday.  It's astonishing to me that I haven't even posted here since May 1st.  April and May were not good months.  But I am glad to be back and hope I can continue to get some studio time.  I really missed painting.  Thanks for visiting here - and go take a fun trip over to Paint Party Friday to check out all the beautiful work.  It's in it's 5th year now due to the hard work of Eva and Kristin who run the site.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A smorgasbord of art!

Treasure bottle
2 new gourd birds

It's been a busy time. My wonderful grandson is now 10 years old and we spent a long weekend in Florida celebrating.

Friends came and we spent a day in Legoland and some time just hanging out.

I got some work done this week - no painting, but some "stuff".

The treasure bottle was started on a day I was feeling cranky.  I had covered the bottle in vintage paper - but I don't do vintage well.  So - I started over with brighter paper.  And then decided to make it ugly to fit my mood.  However, I started having fun, gluing on all the crazy things I had saved over the years.  It's a work in progress - and it's just for me!  I got 2 more gourd birds done - a very small one and a much larger one.  I have sold 2 of the bunch I made before!

Below is a portrait I did - using Pam Carriker's Mixed Media Portraits.  I am using source portraits because I really want to see what I see when looking at a face.  The Pan Pastel coloring was a bit haphazard - but aside from that - I am pleased. I am linking to Paint Party Friday as usual - thanks to Eva and Kristen for their work in keeping the site going.  Thanks so much for visiting - have a blessed and art filled weekend.


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