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

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.

 

Just Breathe

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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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
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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

Let Your Light Shine

“Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou

This is the latest portrait drawing that I did with watercolour – I then scanned it and created a new digital collage.

Let Nothing Dim the Light from Within.

Let Nothing Dim the Light from Within.

I had scanned a couple of my background pages from my art journal and incorporated them into the digital collage as well.null
I have received my encaustic supplies and gearing up to start creating more with wax….stay tuned for my journey with encaustic.

Until next time happy creating…..

Michelle

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