Peaceful

I love being around the ocean and palm trees it always feels so peaceful. I enjoy  practicing painting scenes such as this one.  This is a watercolor painting on 9 x 11 cold press watercolor paper.

The first photo is the original painting scanned and for the fun of it I tried using a couple of filters in Photoshop Elements to change the look a bit.  The second photo is using the filter ‘film grain’ and the last  one is using  ‘poster edges’ filter.  I like how it changes the painting and each one gives a different feel to it.

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Original watercolor painting

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Film Grain Filter

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Poster Edges Filter

Thanks for dropping by

Michelle

 

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

Do More of What Makes You Sparkle

“Do more of what makes you SPARKLE”

I really liked this quote as it is a great reminder to do the things that make you happy and bring you enjoyment.

I have been continuing on my watercolor journey while attempting to draw more body shapes.  Although this is still on the ballet theme doing legs is new for me.  This watercolor was done on 6″ x 12″ 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.

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Until next time …..keep creating!

Michelle

 

 

 

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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….

Just Breathe

“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how different would our ideals of beauty be.”

Have been doing a lot of water colour painting and incorporating pen and ink into them as well.  Much inspiration has come from attending the art demos at the Langley Opus Art Store opusartsupplies.com where they host some very talented artists who share their techniques and style. 

With this particular painting I thought I would try the dripping technique and I really quite like how it turned out.  Painting really does bring a lot of joy into my life and I am excited to see how I improve the more I do it.

This painting is done on 11 x 15  Canson 140lb cold press water colour paper.

 

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Watercolour …….

I have been trying for quite sometime now to learn water colour techniques and transfer them to my canvases.  Recently I decided to buy a Canson Watercolour pad so that I had lots of water colour paper to work with.  I have done a number of paintings and love using the artists tape to frame the picture before I start painting….still have to master taking the tape off without lifting some of the paper off at the same time….but it is practice that makes us better at our craft.

Here are two pictures I did this past couple of weeks and I feel that they are definitely an improvement over past attempts.

Both paintings were done on 9 x 12 – 140lb coldpress water colour paper.  I also used Staedtler porous point pens to accent the hair, which are water soluble so they work well with the water colour – I really like how it turned out.

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The second one I decided to try the drip method to get a more abstract look to the portrait, by getting inspiration from one of my favorite artists Agnes-Cagnes-cecile.deviantart.com.  I think my eyes and lips are getting better!  This was pretty daring for me….lol.

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Navigating Life

Lighthouses have long been a symbol of navigation or the guiding light on the rough waters, beaming their light offering safe guidance during the dark night or storm.  It could also be a symbol for life providing  guidance and steadfastness in relationships and the ability to weather any storm. Lighthouses can inspire hope in turbulent times, for the spiritual strength and emotional guidance which is available to us during the times we feel we are being helplessly tossed around in a sea of inner turmoil.

I came across a whimsical picture of a lighthouse and thought about it’s symbolism I felt that it would be calming and fun to paint. I did a quick sketch and  used watercolors to paint it and then finished up with some Conte pencils for shading some areas to give it a bit more depth.  I am still practicing watercolor techniques and still have a long ways to go to perfect this medium but I enjoy the practice.Lighthouse watercolour copy

Designing Greeting Cards

Well it has been quite sometime since I last did a post….life sometimes just gets in the way, not to mention when you get into a creative slump and I am happy that I am emerging into creative space again.

Today I created a greeting card for my Valley Women’s Network – White Rock Chapter to welcome our new members.  I basically took a number of watercolor paintings I have created and took them into Photoshop Elements, using layers and a few filters to create the image for the front of the card.  We have been using Send-Out Cards to send Thank You cards to our guest speakers and now we  have added new members.  It is great to be able to create images of my original paintings and then upload to Sendoutcards.com so that we have original personalized cards going to our members and I am grateful to have this platform to highlight some of my artwork.

If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur and want to meet other like-minded women to network with in the Fraser Valley, check out our website for meeting dates and locations.  I have been a member for 6 years now and I really love all the new friends and connections I have made over the years.

 

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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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Two mediums come together digitally

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had done a post……much longer than I thought.  But today I decided it was time to get back to it.

I haven’t been creating too much art this past while except for some water colouring in my sketch book but I am starting to feel more inspired to get back to mixed-media.  Over the weekend I thought I would see what I could create digitally and decided to take the water colour painting from my last post and incorporate it with one of the sunset pictures I took while spending time in Mexico this past winter.  So here it is.

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Bliss is a beautiful sunset

I used the sunset photo as the background then selected the girl from my water colour painting and then added a photo of one of my Encaustic paintings to add a more painterly look to the sunset along with a couple of little butterflies.  I used a number of different filters to get the effect I wanted.

Here are the image layers I used to create this in Photoshop Elements 10.

Lo de Marcos Sunsetencaustic painting     Until next time, happy creating!

Michelle

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