08 Jul 2016
in Art, Ballerina, Inspiration, Opus Art Supplies, Watercolour, watercolour painting
Tags: ballerinas, ballet, human figure, practice painting, watercolor, watercolour
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.
She believed she could….
03 Jun 2015
in Art, drawing, Inspiration, portraits, Watercolour, watercolour painting
Tags: inspiration, portraits, watercolour
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
05 Nov 2014
in Art, Creativity, drawing, Inspiration, Watercolour, watercolour painting
Tags: beach art, inspiration, sketching, watercolour
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
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…..
24 Jun 2014
in Art, Artist workshops, bees wax, Collage, cradle board, encaustics, Inspiration
Tags: art demos, bees wax, collage, cradle board, encaustics, India ink, inspired, Nancy Crawford, oil paint, Opus Art
“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.
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
Until next time happy creating.
17 Dec 2013
in Art, Collage, drawing, Inspiration, on-line workshops, workshops
Tags: creativity, Kate Thompson, mixed media, portraits, The Trodden Path, Venetian plaster, water colours
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
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
06 Sep 2013
in altered art, Art, Collage, Creativity, Inspiration, recycled
Tags: acrylics, artist tissue paper, collage, oil pastels, outside the box, recycled art, recycled box
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.
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.
Think art outside the box using recycled materials and voila.
03 Mar 2013
in Art, Creativity, Inspiration, Lo de Marcos, Mexico, Travel, Uncategorized
Tags: art, beach sculpture, creativity, Lo de Marcos, Lonny Ford, Mexico, 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
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,
he has decorated his rental suites with his art
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.
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