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

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Embrace Your Journey

I have been AOL from my blog posts – April was a very sad month, my brother was very ill and passed away mid-April so I haven’t been very focused on my art or blogging.  But I am now ready to get creative once again.

Today I started playing around with a watercolour painting that I did while in Mexico which I scanned and then added some digital enhancement to it using Photoshop Elements 10.

Love. Focus your thoughts. Embrace your journey.

Love. Focus your thoughts. Embrace your journey.

I included some background papers with various filters and then added some grass at the bottom using a Photoshop brush and then painted some grass background.  I added a handwritten quote that I had scanned as well.  I like how it all turned out and most of all it felt so good to be creative after such a long time…art helps your heart heal and feel so much lighter.

Until next time

Be gentle with yourself

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

I`m a Late Bloomer

I am so excited to be featured on this lovely blog for late bloomers http://www.imalatebloomer.com/ it encourages me and inspires me to continue on my artful journey.  I love reading the amazing stories of others that started on their art journey later in life and how it has added more joy and happiness to their life.

Michelle

The Garden of the Mind – Your Imagination

“The garden of the world has no limits except in your mind.  Its presence is more beautiful than the stars, with more clarity then the polished mirror of your heart.”  Rumi (poet 1207-1273)

I have been playing with Photo Shop Elements using some of my scanned collages to see what I can do combining various  pieces into one.

Explore

For this collage I drew the face and then added various mixed-media elements and used some hand-made stamps, watercolours and my favorite pan pastels.  I think what I love the most about pan pastels is the soft creamy texture it gives.I always like to scan my collages so I can use them later in digital collages or print them out and use various elements from them in new collages.  I took this scanned collage and used it as the main focal point in this digital collage, and added another collage background using different opacity and added two more figures.  I really liked the words written by Rumi and thought they went well with the dreamy look of the composition.  The last photo was used in the collage to add texture, etc.Til next time, happy creating

Michelle

Imagination – The Garden of the Mind

Shades of Blue

From art journal pages to digital collage

Felt I hadn’t done any digital collage for a while and didn’t want to forget how to use Photoshop Elements.  I always like to scan my art journal pages so that I can use them in my digital collage, so that way it is more my own original art work.  I wasn’t feeling particularly creative last week and decided to play around with Elements while watching TV and created this piece using a number of my scanned pages. Not sure if it is finished yet, but decided to share it anyway.

Just a short post ….til next time

Michelle

Snowy January day = art day

‘There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.’ Christopher Morley (1890 – 1957)

Living in the Pacific Northwest  we don’t get a lot of snow days but usually there are a few during January or February and today is one of those days.  Actually the snow made its first appearance on Saturday morning and now it is snowing like crazy, very pretty and I am grateful that I don’t have to travel anywhere and can just enjoy watching the flakes fall.  It won’t last long around here by the weekend there is likely to be no trace that it snowed except for big piles of dirty snow in parking lots and along the roadside.

This past week I have been doing some sketching and doodling in my art journal and just playing around with lettering for fun, finding inspiration from http://sketchbookchallenge.blogspot.com/ January theme “Doodling”.  I have also been checking out other mixed media blogs that offer weekly or monthly art challenges, I like the challenges because the theme gives you a great jumping off point to get the creative juices flowing.  I love checking out other artists interpretations too, they are all so different.  One of the sites I have joined recently is  http://collageobsessionchallenge.blogspot.com/ this weeks challenge is ‘dance’and you can do traditional collage or digital, so I am going to do both!  I love using art that I have made by scanning it and then apply it to my digital collage creations.

Seek Happiness

The picture (not on the theme) in this post is a combination of a few different collage pieces I created and then scanned and selected parts from the scanned art as layers for the digital collage.

Until next time try some doodling or sketching it’s a great way to pass the gloomy days of winter.

Michelle

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