I try and pull my sketchbook out every chance I get. Whether it is to create a background for later use or to create a study or painting from the pages that are "in waiting". Using my sketchbooks regularly gives me the opportunity to intuitively paint. I grab whatever I have at hand and just let myself go. Because I work in a lot of portraits I find that these images just appear, others may find that this happens when they work with animals or landscapes or even abstract arts.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Saturday, December 3, 2016
How quickly an idea can change. I have an art journal full of unused Gelli prints and some basic supplies that have been calling my name, so when I get 5 minutes to unwind I use whats in front of me to do something wild and crazy. Today I grabbed some cheap chalk pastels and just started to play. As I get to the hair you will see that the pastels are a little weak in value and saturation so I sprayed with a fixative added some sewing tissue and paper to cover the red pastel and turned her hair green. I added some contrast in the background and pumped up the color with little touches of acrylic and oil pencil. Don't be afraid to layer and think outside the box. Use crazy colors, don't be a perfectionist, use items that are completely out of your comfort zone. Grow. This painting is one of those ideas that went off the rails, and turned out pretty good. I has all the characteristics I personally look for in my art. Value, Composition, Contrast and Interest. Hope this inspires you and remember sharing is caring.
Life Isn't Always Black and White
5 * 8 inch
Mixed Media on paper (acrylic, pastel, ink, oil pastel, oil pencil)
Sunday, November 27, 2016
This painting is an example of recovering from a major disaster. Everything was going along wonderfully and I was using my black paint pen to add some details when it exploded - see the viewers left eye - and when I was sopping it up I touched the paper towel on the shoulder area. Ugh.
As I had originally intended, this is a little demo on how I achieved the final painting even through adversity.
Add your details. For this I used a black oil pastel, this works well for blending and adding that furry fuzz illusion to your cat. Paint the eyes, don't forget those highlights. There is no way you can ever recreate this painting as no two Gelli papers are the same but I hope you are inspired to try out this idea. Remember its only paint.
5* 8 inch
mixed media (Gelli print on paper, acrylics, oil pastel, oil marking pencil, ink, watercolor pencil)
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Well I finally finished up the order of tangled quilt blocks, so please check back over the next few days to see them all. I cant wait to see what my client does with them. She is a fabulous sewer and crafter so Im sure the piece is going to be a fabulous. :) This one was started with 3 circles in varying sizes and then I just filled in the spaces. This block is 4.25 * 4.25 inch micron pens on cotton. Hope you enjoy.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I really like the spontanious nature of pulling these prints, the texture you get is even more unpredictable than watercolors. This one of the old man in glasses was created with Golden Open acrylics and detailed with ink on AF cardstock. Hope you enjoy.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Finally we get a reprieve in the weather. It has been so cold and snowy here for the past few months that we really haven't been able to enjoy all the special things winter has to offer. So today I shipped everyone out and while the kiddo's were building snow forts in the back yard I got my pens and sketchbook out and came up with this. Hope you enjoy.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Managed to get one painting done and another one started. Unfortunatly I can't post them till after Christmas. But in the mean time I thought I would post a new tangle. Unlike the last few done on fabric this one is done on paper and measures 8.5 * 10.5. Hope you enjoy.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I have no idea when the past 2 weeks have gone but looking at my work schedule I have 3 paintings and another quilt block that have to be done in the next 10 days. umm Does anyone have a time machine they want to lend me? So without further ado here is quilt block #7. Hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This is #5 block out of 8 and I can't wait to see how this project turns out when its all assembled and quilted. Hope you enjoy.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. We have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season, decorating, sewing, baking. It just seems like it is never ending, just when you think you are ahead of the game another project pops up. Well this project is a colaberation project. My aunt (a major inspiration in my creative life) has asked me to design a couple of tangled quilt blocks to be used in one of her famous quilting projects. These are the first few, hope you enjoy. They measure 4.75 * 4.75 inch done on cotton fabric with micron pigmment pens.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, October 30, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Well whatever I had for the past week has finally hit the kids. I was kinda hoping I gave myself food poisoning - or something better then this - and it would not hit them, :O But no such luck and now we have a steady stream of company for the next month - starting tonight. :O *eek*
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Have been feeling a little under the weather this week so I havent made it to the table to paint. Instead it has been a case of curling up with the kids on the pull out and watching movies and tangling. Hope you enjoy the newest additions.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
4 * 6 inch
Ink on AF paper
4 * 6 inch
Ink on AF paper
A very Happy Thanksgiving goes out to all my Canadian Friends. After crawling into my fat pants and falling into a turkey coma, I grabbed my sketchbook for a long night of laziness. ;) LOL
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