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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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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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.

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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

Inspiration from Artist Blogs

I am always so grateful for the wonderful artist blogs that are available because they provide so much inspiration for my art and I have learned so much from them which helps me grow as an artist.

As I have said before one of my favorite blogs is www.donnadowney.typepad.com she has her Collage Mondays and her Inspiration Wednesdays which are great because they always encourage you to try new things, experiment with colour, or different tapes and papers and to remember even when you think it may be a disaster if you keep at it, it will turn into something great and totally unexpected.  Recently she moved to a new studio and wanted to fill a large wall so she started the “Altered Brush Project” inviting artists to participate by purchasing a brush and altering it then returning it so that it could be displayed on the wall in her new studio.  It would have been fun to participate in the project but being in Canada and thinking about how long it would take to get the brush, etc. I passed on seeing if I could be a part of it.

Altered Paint Brush (Backside) inspired by Donna Downey

I do thank Donna for her wonderful blog and the inspiration that it provided me to try the altered paint brush  which in turn became a lovely fun hostess gift. 

I was inspired by the idea of trying to alter a paint brush  and I think in the latest Cloth, Paper, Scissors  “Pages” Magazine has something similar only it is paint brushes that has note paper instead of the brush.

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So I was browsing the Dollar Store and came across paint brushes and decided to try altering a brush.  I was going to a barbecue to celebrate my friend’s completion of renovations they had done to their kitchen and thought it would make a cute hostess gift.  So I spent a fun afternoon altering this paint brush, I have since bought more brushes to alters as it was just too much fun and they make great little gifts.

If you are going to try this out yourself, be sure to gesso the brush handle and the brush itself first so that the paint sticks better.

Wishing you an inspired life,

Michelle

Discovering Creative Learning Resoures and Inspiration

It’s funny how you come across great magazines when you least expect it and they are treasures just filled with wonderful creative ideas, resources and new venues to develop your art.  One magazine in particular that I am really falling in love with is Somerset Studio it is chalked full of wonderful artists sharing their art and techniques.  These are definitely magazines that you keep on your bookshelf close at hand to refer back to off and on when you are needing a creative boost or looking for an idea.  Their website is also an interesting and informative place to check out where you will find free how-to videos, project ideas and new products and more http://somersetstudio.com/

While reading one of  the articles in the latest issue of Somerset Studio I discovered a link  for learning more about using moulding paste in collage and art pages – the link was  http://PamCarriker.com – well what an exciting find this site has been and I have  found myself returning many times this past week to continue to soak up all her fun techniques.  Pam Carriker is an amazing multi-media artist and she has done some videos on how to use your art pages again by making copies of them and then cutting, tearing, etc. different pieces of the previous art  page copy and giving it a whole new life on a new page.  Pam’s site also led me to a link to Stratmore’s Artist free on-line workshops another great find  http://www.strathmoreartist.com/vjworkshop2011.html .  I have  enjoyed watching all of Pam’s workshop videos – she is an incredible teacher and her techniques are really something I want to incorporate into my art pages and collages as I continue to learn and grow as an artist (still got those training wheels on).  I would be remiss not to mention that there are two other artists – Linda Blinn and Roz Stendahl also teaching Strathmore Artists Workshops on art pages and they are both really informative.

I have  scanned some of my pages, printed them off and have been having fun trying out Pam’s techniques while creating a totally different art page.  I am still working on my first page not quite finished…..but soon.

So if you are looking for some inspiration and to learn some more techniques for your art page do  check out the links I have shared in my post, well worth exploring.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

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