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.

Portrait

source picture

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring break but still got a bit of studio time!

Finished product
 So - another bird - a bit obsessed aren't I?  So much fun to make - I have more in the works.  I also bought Pam Carriker's new book Mixed Media Portraits.  I haven't done much drawing in a while - and hardly any faces at all.  I love to do them - just wasn't feeling like I could get to it.  I actually had at least 5 preliminary sketches before the final one.  They were hard to photograph because some were so light.  I wasn't going for an exact copy - but to kind of capture that whimsical look on the girl's face.  I used Pam's face mapping (which really helps and is pretty easy).  I am pleased with this portrait - on to some others.

Thanks for visiting - I will be linking to Paint Party Friday tomorrow morning.  Go take a look around there - so much wonderful art!  Have a blessed and artistic weekend.

a couple of earlier attempts