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

Friday, April 10, 2015

3 Birds and an upcycled cabinet/coffee table

Something different this week.   I wanted a new coffee table and I love that industrial look - but they are expensive.  Well I happened to have this rustic old cabinet just lying around waiting to be used again.  Made my own chalk paint from sample paint I had lying around.  The only big expense was the oversized industrial wheels ($100 on ebay).  They are missing a little xtra decorative hardware but other than that they are done.  I used dark paste wax as a finish on the sides and on the red panels and natural paste was on the rest.  Love the pop of color it gives to my living room full of brown furniture.

The 3 birds are made from gourds I had dried a couple of years ago.  Used old hardware. grunge paper, swarovski crystals, driftwood and a lot of "stuff" to make the nests.  Not sure if I will sell them or  keep them but I will make more anyway.  So much fun to do!

Linking to Paint Party Friday.  Go and visit and be inspired by all the wonderful art.  And if you create things - painting, sculpture, sketches go and join in the fun!  Have a blessed and creative weekend.  Thanks so much for visiting.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A wonky city view and a steampunk bird

City Reflections

Steampunk bird
Here is my work for this week! I had a lot of fun painting this 8x10" cityscape.  No actual perspective here!!!  LOL  Very textured and full of color - the reflections are a little hard to see in this picture - but they are on the bottom where the city folks are.

I have had a number of dried gourds from fall decorations for a few years.  My idea was to make birds of them.  So after 4 years I finally made one.  I am usually terrible at steampunk stuff - but I found a tool case of my father-in-law (bottom left) and pulled out a bunch of interesting rusted washers, screws and even a tiny old rusted spring (on the bird's head).  He will be sitting on the old spindle (after I paint it) and I will sccure it to something else so it doesn't topple over and he's going to live on my covered porch - hopefully I will be able to create some buddies for him soon.

The painting will be mounted on a wood board and in the local gallery where my other work is.

So - a mildly productive week - I just got Pam Carriker's new book - Mixed Media Portraits (wonderful book) and hope to start sketching faces again soon.  Haven't done much of that this year.

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin every week - thanks to both of you.  I'm so glad you came to visit and hope you have a blessed and artsy weekend!