Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Be Yourself

Many artists will pick a special word that inspires them - usually for a year, sometimes monthly.  I was having trouble feeling inspired this year - but I began to play with more color - different and out of the box colors for me.  This painting was inspired by a photo of a real elephant with superimposed butterfly ears on Pinterest.  When I finished him - I realized that my words for this time at least are "be yourself".  Now that implies that you know who "yourself" is - but that's part of the phrase - knowing and accepting.

I still worry at times about whether people will like me or appreciate my art, but I am working on accepting who I am.  If I can't do that - well no one else will do it for me. That includes accepting my art - the good, the bad and everything else.  So this unusual elephant helped me find my phrase - and all that it implies.  That doesn't mean that I have nothing to work on in my life - I am just trying to be as kind to myself as I try to be to others.

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed and art filled day.

Linking to Paint Party Friday - hosted by the wonderful Eva and Kristin.  Go and  view what other artists are doing - then post your own work.  There is a wonderful and supportive online community out there!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy colors!

 These paintings are ATC size and done with the very fluid Golden fluid paints.  I have been using the dip pens I bought with India ink.  I never realized how much fun they are to sketch with.  I have read of other artists using them and one day in Dick Blick's I just decided to buy a small pack and some ink.

These guys were very fun to color and sketch and because I have had a lot going on this size is easier for me to complete.  I just put drops of paint on the wet cotton rag paper and a little extra spray of water for the background.  By the way - the magenta color is one of Golden's airbrush colors - the very fluid acrylics are based on those colors with some extra pigmentation (I believe).  The airbrush colors don't have the color variety of the other paints - but the magenta was much cheaper and seemed to work just as well.

I hope I can get more studio time in the coming weeks and create some more.  I hope your days are full of art. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Joy Comes in the Morning

I have a bunch of pastel boards I've never used.  They are not just for pastels - acrylic paints works on the surface as well.  So I played with some paints and created a background.  A photo of figure skaters inspired this dancer with her twirling ribbon.  A little different for me.  I applied mica powders over the paint to give it some shimmer and used vintage dictionary pages for her hair and skirt.  I decided to like her - even though I thought there were things I could change (I am deciding to find what I like in my work and not criticize, which just kills creativity).  It really is a decision because I am far from sure of myself.

I thought of the verse from Psalm 30:5 which says "weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning".  I like people who are filled with joy - they bring light to this often dark world.

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day.