Inspiration

Simple Definition of INSPIRATION

Something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone and idea about what to do or create; a force or influence that inspires someone.

Pinterest is often my go to place to get inspiration especially from other artists who have shared their artwork their.  I love pinning my favorites and then going back and looking through the pins to get inspiration for a new painting or drawing.
An artist that has been one of my favorites for the past 5 years is Pam Carriker, pamcarriker.com. Although I have not been experimenting in her portrait style for a while this week I felt like doing something whimsical.
I created this little watercolor painting on a 9 x 11 400 lb cold press watercolor paper. I used my regular watercolor paints and also incorporated some watercolor crayons that I recently purchased from Opus by Gallery.  I already had another brand of watercolor crayons that I was not really fond of so thought I would give these ones a try.  I really liked the intense colors and how they moved with the water and they blended really well.
When I first started this painting I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the outcome but as it progressed I really liked the direction it was going and the whimsy of it all. I also used some rubber cement to keep some areas white as an experiment and I was surprised at how easy it was to remove at the end.  So it works pretty good as a masking fluid and it is much less expensive then masking fluid….only $5 at Staples and a much bigger bottle with a brush inside, though for finer lines you would need a smaller brush.
It really is enjoyable to try different styles of painting and explore new techniques.
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Until next time happy creating.
Michelle

She believed she could, so she did….

This past week I have been drawn to portraits of ballerinas for some reason, perhaps my inspiration began from seeing photos of my dear friend in full ballerina costume for a recent recital. Where ever the inspiration has come from I am grateful for it because it has helped me discover that I can draw and paint the full figure which I was not very confident about before. I am discovering that if I believe I can draw something and I practice I eventually can.

I also appreciate the techniques I have learned from attending artist demos at Opus Framing and Art Supplies in Langley  http://www.opusartsupplies.com –  it has really helped me improve my art.

This painting was done in my art journal for practice but I really like how it turned out so I thought I would share it.

 

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She believed she could….

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

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.

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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
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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.
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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

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