Organic Art in Encaustic

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we`re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

A few weeks back I went to a Sunday demonstration on Encaustic Collage at the Opus Art Store http://www.opusframing.com/how/demos in Langley to see if I could hone some more techniques while working - and I was delighted with what I learned.

The artist doing the demo was Nancy Crawford and she had lots of samples of encaustic collage work using different techniques.  She also offers workshops in Encaustics check out her website for more info http://www.thecreativecommitmant.com .

Attending this demo inspired me to get back to working with wax again as I had basically been working with acrylic and venetian plaster for the last few months.  So here is one of the pieces that I did.

Just Be

Just Be

What is different from what I have done in encaustic before is that I attached my collage pieces first using glue and then added layers of clear bees-wax rather than adding a few layers of wax first and then adding collage items.  Then I scraped back some of the wax so that the letters were more prominent and I also incised various areas and added oil paint and India ink to give it more colour and texture.

This is what the cradle board looked like before adding the wax and paint.  A good tip from Nancy was to paint the base of the frame with black acrylic and then cover with masking tape once it is dry to protect it from dripping wax which eliminates having to scrape off the wax.  It worked perfectly!

Before adding wax

Before adding wax

Until next time happy creating.

Michelle

 

Playing with Watercolours and Portraits

I like to jump back and forth between mediums with my art and today it was a watercolour portrait kind of a day. I was inspired by the art of Kate Thompson for this piece I did in my art journal. http://thetroddenpath.ning.com/profile/KateThompson
The Girl with Flowers
I do love how artist share their techniques and provide workshops on-line. I am planning on taking one of Kate Thompson’s workshops on The Trodden Path – perhaps Watercolor Fresco Painting or her Painting and Composition; Mixed Media and Fabric Collage both incorporate Venetian plaster which is fast becoming one my favorite things to use in my collages as it adds such an old world feel to the substrates.

Until next time, happy creating

Michelle

Art Outside the Box

art box1 I was looking for ways to prop my art canvases up for a display I am going to do and thought why not use some old boxes as substrates and collage them to lean the canvases against…..kind of art on art. I took a contact solution box and covered it with some recycled paper and tissue, using gel medium and then added some clear gesso.
art box front
I used one of my face drawings and traced it onto artist tissue and adhered it to the box as well and then proceeded to paint the box with acrylics and oil pastels, add stamps, etc. and this is what I ended up with.

It was interesting using a 4 sided substrate and to see what I could come up with – this works great for leaning a canvas against as well. Recycled Art Box

Think art outside the box using recycled materials and voila.

Michelle

Artist in Lo de Marcos

Beach Sculpture

Beach Sculpture

Only a few more days of my extended stay in Mexico left and I have to say that I have met some very talented artists while here.  There are many musicians that come together and form bands for the duration of their winter stay or have jam sessions where we can go and listen and enjoy some really great music.  Besides musicians there are painters of all mediums and I am inspired by their many talents.  A week ago a few of us got together to paint on the patio facing the beach

The artista table

The artista table

and it was wonderful to see all their different techniques and learn some new ones myself.  Being a self-taught mixed-media artist I am always watching for new techniques to help improve my skills especially in water-colour and acrylics.

Where we held the day of art was at Villa del Ray which is owned by an extremely talented artist Lonny Ford,

3 Amigos

3 Amigos

he has decorated his rental suites with his art

Donkey planter

Donkey planter

and the property and it is fun just walking around and seeing all his different sculptures – every time I went there I discovered another piece that was amazing.

Pelican Pilots

Pelican Pilots

Interesting enough, he does not sell his art, it is strictly for his own enjoyment and those that stay at his house and suites.

I have included e few pictures of his amazing and often humorous art work.

 

Until next time

Michelle

My Art is in Uncommon Thredz Clothing Store

I am so excited that my art is for sale in a friend’s beautiful clothing store, Uncommon Thredz in Mission, BC.   Angie the owner has been so kind and encouraging and offered to display my art on consignment.  Thank you to my good friend Cyndi for introducing me to Angie and for all her encouragement.

My Art on Display

My Art on Display

Uncommon Thredz, one of the most original shops in B.C. It’s a boutique dedicated to women, focussing on fashions that make them feel confident and beautiful.

Designer Angela Morrow knows quality and style, and offers her customers both, along with sound advice in a warm and funky atmosphere, where a jazzy tune is always playing and a warm smile is waiting. From soft winter sweaters to colourful summery dresses and all the accessories in between, Angela carries the finest products in her fashion style house.

If you are in the area please stop in for a great shopping experience and check out her website for latest fashion finds, etc. http://www.uncommonthredz.ca

Michelle

Hope

Hope

Hope

Courage is like love; it must have hope for  nourishment.
Napoleon  Bonaparte

This post is dedicated to my sweet brother, who is mentally challenged and very ill right now – I hope and pray that he will be strong enough for his surgery in the next couple of weeks and recover quickly so that he can be back  home with his family and friends.

With love and hope

Michelle

Inspiration from Artist Blogs

I am always so grateful for the wonderful artist blogs that are available because they provide so much inspiration for my art and I have learned so much from them which helps me grow as an artist.

As I have said before one of my favorite blogs is www.donnadowney.typepad.com she has her Collage Mondays and her Inspiration Wednesdays which are great because they always encourage you to try new things, experiment with colour, or different tapes and papers and to remember even when you think it may be a disaster if you keep at it, it will turn into something great and totally unexpected.  Recently she moved to a new studio and wanted to fill a large wall so she started the “Altered Brush Project” inviting artists to participate by purchasing a brush and altering it then returning it so that it could be displayed on the wall in her new studio.  It would have been fun to participate in the project but being in Canada and thinking about how long it would take to get the brush, etc. I passed on seeing if I could be a part of it.

Altered Paint Brush (Backside) inspired by Donna Downey

I do thank Donna for her wonderful blog and the inspiration that it provided me to try the altered paint brush  which in turn became a lovely fun hostess gift. 

I was inspired by the idea of trying to alter a paint brush  and I think in the latest Cloth, Paper, Scissors  “Pages” Magazine has something similar only it is paint brushes that has note paper instead of the brush.

Altered Paint Brush Inspired by Donna Downey

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I was browsing the Dollar Store and came across paint brushes and decided to try altering a brush.  I was going to a barbecue to celebrate my friend’s completion of renovations they had done to their kitchen and thought it would make a cute hostess gift.  So I spent a fun afternoon altering this paint brush, I have since bought more brushes to alters as it was just too much fun and they make great little gifts.

If you are going to try this out yourself, be sure to gesso the brush handle and the brush itself first so that the paint sticks better.

Wishing you an inspired life,

Michelle

Many Faces

My intention is to be able to draw faces - I never really tried drawing them up until this past year and let me tell you I have since drawn some pretty weird, scary almost at times faces but I am happy with the progress I have been making.  I think the key for me, anyway, is to practice a lot.  Recently I did just that and am pleased with some of the outcomes, but not all of them - it amazes me how you can use the same technique and end up with something so totally different. I mostly used conte crayon, and pan pastels for colour.

Next is mastering hair.

Here are some of my favorites that I have done in the past month.

Michelle

Love Who You Are…

Love who you are…

I am sure I am not the only one that needs to be reminded to love who I am, for the unique individual I am, we are all different and we all have our gifts and talents.  So many times throughout our life we often forget to love and believe in ourselves and to remember that we are each a special gift.

This digital collage is a combination of a 3 of my handmade collages and I amalgamated them into a new piece and when I was taking a final look at the finished piece the words “Love who you are” kept resonating with me so they ended up on the finished page.

These are the scanned collage used in this piece.

Until next time happy creating,

Michelle

Do you believe in Magic?

“Those who don`t believe in magic, will never find it.” -Roald Dahl (1916-1990) Writer

Remember when you were a child and everything was so magical and you used your imagination everyday to create as you played, often including imaginary friends?  It was a magical time – there was Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, fairies, Peter Pan and yes sometimes monsters under the bed.

A few weeks ago I picked up Rhonda Byrne’s (The Secret) latest book “The Magic” at Costco and had planned to give it as a gift for a girls weekend I was going on but instead kept it and gave another gift. I have since started reading the book and it is a great learning tool when it comes to gratitude.  I always practice my nightly gratitude and through out the day but since I have been reading this book I have escalated my gratitude even more because gratitude is the real magic ingredient in our lives.  I have found that I feel even more joy and happiness in my life and some great things have been manifesting as well, I wake up feeling energized after sleeping really well and just have an overall feeling of calmness. It really does change your life and it’s like MAGIC!

Bring Magic into Your Life with Gratitude

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” - Willie Nelson (B.1933) Singer Songwriter

I was working on another digital collage and used a drawing/painting that I did when I was practicing my drawing skills which was inspired by  mixed-media/digital artist, Debbie Kerkhof  who was featured in Somerset Digital Studio magazine (Autumn 2011 issue).  I loved her whimsical faerie mannequins and thought I would see if I could draw something like that and lo and behold I did – I keep discovering all this drawing talent that I never really knew I had, after so many years ago when I was in Jr. High being told that I did not have drawing talent so was not allowed to take the art class, instead I had to take Home Economics. A special Thank You to Debbie for her wonderful inspiration,this is one of my favorite drawings that I have done so I scanned it so that I could use it in other art forms.  I also incorporated a few different art journal pages I had scanned and created this new digital collage and including an inspirational affirmation  - “Bring the Magic into Your Life with an Attitude of Gratitude.”

Until next time I thank you for taking the time to read my post  – please feel free to leave a comment.

Michelle

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