Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I was in a Craft Fair a week ago and am so grateful to those who bought my paintings.

A very dear friend who is so very supportive of my art bought the following three pieces.

I have been drawing birds lately and these birds are the results.

The first is a 10 x 10  deep canvas mixed-media collage using papers, hand drawing, acrylics and Venetian plaster.

sold art 003 copy

Sing Your Song

 

The second is a 6 x 6 encaustic on wood panel.

sold art 002

Hope for the World

The third is another encaustic on 6 x 6 wood panel.

sold art 001

Free as a Bird

Thank you for taking the time to check out my art work.

Until next time, happy creating.

Michelle

Free to Be Artisan Show and Sale – Saturday, May 17

I am excited to be participating in the “Free to Be” Artisan Show and Sale on Saturday, May 17th. There will be a great variety of art created by local artisans on display and for sale.

Partial proceeds to go to Kids with Cancer.

The show is taking place at:

Sunrise Banquet and Conference Centre
188th and # 10 Hwy.
Surrey, BC
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION

Here are a few of my new creations that I will have available at the show tomorrow.

Your Heart Knows the Answer

Your Heart Knows the Answer


Dream

Dream


Thoughts Blossom

Thoughts Blossom

So if you are in the neighbourhood, perhaps heading to the Cloverdale Rodeo drop by and you just might be pleasantly surprised by the art created by some very talented artists.

Hope to see you there!

Michelle

Inspired Arts and Gifts

“You are never too old to dream a new dream.”

I am so happy to announce that I have five of my original mixed media collages for sale at Inspired Arts and Gifts located at 42333 Yarrow Central Road, Chilliwack BC.  inspiredartsandgifts.com  This is a delightful store that supports local artists by giving exposure for their art.  There is incredible art for sale –  everything from pottery, jewellery, stained glass, antiques, handmade furniture, body care products, cards, photography and much, much more.

If you are looking for a unique hand-crafted gift for a special Birthday, wedding gift, etc.  this shop is really worth checking out.  So if you are on your way to Cultus Lake for the long weekend be sure to drop in and check out the many unique and one-of-a-kind pieces of art created by very talented local artists.

This canvas is one of the five that I have for sale at the store.

 

16 x 20 mixed media canvas created with collage papers, ribbon, acrylics

16 x 20 mixed media canvas created with collage papers, ribbon, acrylics

So the next step is getting ready for the “Free to Be” Artisan Show & Sale I will be participating in on May 17 @ the Sunrise Banquet & Conference Center, 188th & #10 Highway, Surrey, BC from 10 – 3 pm.  Free Admission!

Until next time, happy creating.

Michelle

Watercolour Fresco on Linen

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

I have been admiring the work of Kate Thompson for a while now and finally I signed up for one of her on-line workshops on The Trodden Path, the Watercolour Fresco Painting http://thetroddenpath.ning.com/group/watercolor-fresco-painting. This really intrigued me as it is a continuation of the fresco workshop that I took at the Art and Soul Retreat where we used venetian plaster to add texture on canvas boards only this time you put it on linen fabric.

Watercolour Fresco

Watercolour Fresco

I had an old linen blouse that I cut up into pieces to use as I experimented with this technique. After you apply either venetian plaster or joint compound (venetian plaster is available at Home Depot), you allow it to dry some and then you start to pull the fabric from corner to corner diagonally to start creating cracks in the plaster, the timing is the hardest part about this step as you don’t want it too wet nor to dry otherwise it doesn’t crack. After it is dry and stressed I added a coat of gesso on top of the plaster and allowed that to dry, it creates a surface that will take watercolours easier and adds more texture. After the gesso was dry on the back side you must seal it with gel medium so that the paint does not bleed through.

Next step is adding a transfer using gel medium to the fabric, I choose a drawing I had done a while ago. The flower at the bottom of the painting was drawn directly onto the fabric and you start adding layers of watercolour, gesso, etc. until you get the results that are pleasing to you. I still need lots of practice doing flowers as they are not my best subject but I know with practice they will improve. I added the vines and colour to the flowers in the girls hair, etc.

I enjoyed Kate’s class and learning more about using watercolours as I have never had any formal training in painting so I pretty much fly by the seat of my pants with lots of trial and error. But I was pleased with the results for my first try at this and now I have a few more pieces of fabric prepared so I can continue to practice and see where this takes me.

I am always finding new techniques to try and it is great when they go well with others that I already know and then I can mix them up and make even more interesting textured pieces of art.

If you would like to learn more about this be sure to visit The Trodden Path where you can sign up for the class, plus many other classes offered by various artists. Kate Thompson has a great blog where you can see more of her delightful art http://fracturedangelics.blogspot.mx/

It is so wonderful how artists share their techniques and talents with others so that we can grow as artists as well.

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
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

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

Love Who You Are…

Love who you are…

I am sure I am not the only one that needs to be reminded to love who I am, for the unique individual I am, we are all different and we all have our gifts and talents.  So many times throughout our life we often forget to love and believe in ourselves and to remember that we are each a special gift.

This digital collage is a combination of a 3 of my handmade collages and I amalgamated them into a new piece and when I was taking a final look at the finished piece the words “Love who you are” kept resonating with me so they ended up on the finished page.

These are the scanned collage used in this piece.

Until next time happy creating,

Michelle

Do you believe in Magic?

“Those who don`t believe in magic, will never find it.”Roald Dahl (1916-1990) Writer

Remember when you were a child and everything was so magical and you used your imagination everyday to create as you played, often including imaginary friends?  It was a magical time – there was Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, fairies, Peter Pan and yes sometimes monsters under the bed.

A few weeks ago I picked up Rhonda Byrne’s (The Secret) latest book “The Magic” at Costco and had planned to give it as a gift for a girls weekend I was going on but instead kept it and gave another gift. I have since started reading the book and it is a great learning tool when it comes to gratitude.  I always practice my nightly gratitude and through out the day but since I have been reading this book I have escalated my gratitude even more because gratitude is the real magic ingredient in our lives.  I have found that I feel even more joy and happiness in my life and some great things have been manifesting as well, I wake up feeling energized after sleeping really well and just have an overall feeling of calmness. It really does change your life and it’s like MAGIC!

Bring Magic into Your Life with Gratitude

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson (B.1933) Singer Songwriter

I was working on another digital collage and used a drawing/painting that I did when I was practicing my drawing skills which was inspired by  mixed-media/digital artist, Debbie Kerkhof  who was featured in Somerset Digital Studio magazine (Autumn 2011 issue).  I loved her whimsical faerie mannequins and thought I would see if I could draw something like that and lo and behold I did – I keep discovering all this drawing talent that I never really knew I had, after so many years ago when I was in Jr. High being told that I did not have drawing talent so was not allowed to take the art class, instead I had to take Home Economics. A special Thank You to Debbie for her wonderful inspiration,this is one of my favorite drawings that I have done so I scanned it so that I could use it in other art forms.  I also incorporated a few different art journal pages I had scanned and created this new digital collage and including an inspirational affirmation  – “Bring the Magic into Your Life with an Attitude of Gratitude.”

Until next time I thank you for taking the time to read my post  – please feel free to leave a comment.

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

Re-using Handmade Art to Create a Digital Collage

I have been experimenting further with Photoshop CS3 and digital collage over the past few weeks and I am feeling more comfortable with some of the tools.  I scanned a lot of my handmade art to use and have created a few pieces now that I am really liking.  I have done a few now incorporating a sepia vintage look and also just completed one using my scanned art. 

Only as much as I dream

In this collage I used a number of different layers which included a photo I took on vacation – the  flower.  I did a mask so that I could erase the layer and get the pink flower to show through to add a bit of colour to the sepia tones.

 
In the next photo I used only mixed media I had created and scanned, (except for the umbrella which is clip-art) to create the collage.  I really like the colours – it makes me happy. 
 
Dream – Believe

As much as I am enjoying the digital collage process and learning all these new techniques, I am getting impatient and want to be able to create with paint and glue and just get messy again.  My hand is improving and I have been challenging myself to some drawing exercises but it is a slow process getting the mobility back after surgery.  I am grateful for the creative outlet that digital collage has given me to keep me sane….lol.

 
Til next time take some time in your day to do something creative!
 
Michelle

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