Gathering Inspiration from Other Artists……

I have a few favorite artists that I draw inspiration from…..I love their art and they are often generous and share their artistic techniques.  One of my favorites is Pam Carriker, pamcarriker.com I have followed her for a few years now and through her videos I have been able to improve my portrait-type paintings.

When I am inspired to practice drawing and painting faces I tend to do a number of paintings in a week or so in my multimedia sketch book, just practicing and trying to improve my images.  Here are a few faces  that I have done recently in watercolour.  Watercolour is certainly not the easiest medium to master but I am taking baby steps as I learn more about it.

til next time happy creating

Michelle

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Watercolour Play

Well it has been a number of months since I last did a post, not that I haven’t been doing some art here and there but nothing I felt like posting. Decided that I need to get back to a regular blogging routine again and hopefully that will also inspire me to create more. I am sure that I am not alone where inspiration just doesn’t seem to come for a while but I am hopeful that now that the summer has passed that I will feel more inclined to create.

Girl on Beach - Watercolour

Girl on Beach

I have been doing a number of watercolour paintings. trying different subjects and the majority seem to be a beach theme, guess it might be my anticipation of a nice long vacation in Mexico in the New Year. I have even started to experiment with working on canvas with watercolour and in the past I have stayed with watercolour paper. I have a couple that are almost finished and will post soon.
Here is one of the watercolour paintings I did in the past month.

Until next time happy creating…..

Michelle

Watercolour Fresco on Linen

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

I have been admiring the work of Kate Thompson for a while now and finally I signed up for one of her on-line workshops on The Trodden Path, the Watercolour Fresco Painting http://thetroddenpath.ning.com/group/watercolor-fresco-painting. This really intrigued me as it is a continuation of the fresco workshop that I took at the Art and Soul Retreat where we used venetian plaster to add texture on canvas boards only this time you put it on linen fabric.

Watercolour Fresco

Watercolour Fresco

I had an old linen blouse that I cut up into pieces to use as I experimented with this technique. After you apply either venetian plaster or joint compound (venetian plaster is available at Home Depot), you allow it to dry some and then you start to pull the fabric from corner to corner diagonally to start creating cracks in the plaster, the timing is the hardest part about this step as you don’t want it too wet nor to dry otherwise it doesn’t crack. After it is dry and stressed I added a coat of gesso on top of the plaster and allowed that to dry, it creates a surface that will take watercolours easier and adds more texture. After the gesso was dry on the back side you must seal it with gel medium so that the paint does not bleed through.

Next step is adding a transfer using gel medium to the fabric, I choose a drawing I had done a while ago. The flower at the bottom of the painting was drawn directly onto the fabric and you start adding layers of watercolour, gesso, etc. until you get the results that are pleasing to you. I still need lots of practice doing flowers as they are not my best subject but I know with practice they will improve. I added the vines and colour to the flowers in the girls hair, etc.

I enjoyed Kate’s class and learning more about using watercolours as I have never had any formal training in painting so I pretty much fly by the seat of my pants with lots of trial and error. But I was pleased with the results for my first try at this and now I have a few more pieces of fabric prepared so I can continue to practice and see where this takes me.

I am always finding new techniques to try and it is great when they go well with others that I already know and then I can mix them up and make even more interesting textured pieces of art.

If you would like to learn more about this be sure to visit The Trodden Path where you can sign up for the class, plus many other classes offered by various artists. Kate Thompson has a great blog where you can see more of her delightful art http://fracturedangelics.blogspot.mx/

It is so wonderful how artists share their techniques and talents with others so that we can grow as artists as well.

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

Let Your Light Shine

“Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou

This is the latest portrait drawing that I did with watercolour – I then scanned it and created a new digital collage.

Let Nothing Dim the Light from Within.

Let Nothing Dim the Light from Within.

I had scanned a couple of my background pages from my art journal and incorporated them into the digital collage as well.null
I have received my encaustic supplies and gearing up to start creating more with wax….stay tuned for my journey with encaustic.

Until next time happy creating…..

Michelle

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Creative fun

We create our tomorrows by what we dream today...

We create our tomorrows by what we dream today…

“We create our tomorrows by what we dream today.”

I took a couple of my water-colour paintings from my art journal and a pencil drawing and scanned them. Next I created a new digital collage combining the three separate pieces adding layers and various filters using Photoshop Elements 10 and this is what I ended up with.

Happy creating
Michelle

Love. Focus your thoughts.

Love, Focus your thoughtsI have been MIA from my blog posts for a while – although I haven`t posted in a while I have been practicing drawing faces which I love to do now considering it was one of the things I feared drawing before and a few years ago it is not likely that I would have even attempted to draw a face.Drawings etc 004  But I have decided that the more I practice the more I like the results.

I scanned some of my latest practice drawings and I took this charcoal sketch Charcoal drawing and incorporated it into a digital collage just for fun and I totally love the results and the colours.

Til next time

Michelle

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