Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Letter to myself...

Ever think what you would say to yourself if you could send yourself a letter? 
I do.

Day 4 of Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces by Jane Davenport.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Embracing whimsy

Seems like it would be easy enough, right?
Using color in unexpected ways helps me a lot. Pink, purple and red hair and  purple eyes give this young girl some whimsical attributes. Other ways are to exaggerate features like large eyes and elongated necks.
Practicing the art of loosening up by adding whimsy to my faces has been a lot of fun. I am really enjoying the process.
This is day 3 of Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces by Jane Davenport.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Not only am I practicing some techniques for drawing faces but I am also learning new words, like impetus. For someone like myself this combination is heaven!


[im-pi-tuh s] 

nounplural impetuses.
a moving force; impulse; stimulus:
The grant for building the opera house gave impetus to the city'scultural life.
(broadly) the momentum of a moving body, especially with referenceto the cause of motion.

Yes, I am enjoying day 2 of Jane Davenports book called Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces. I am picking up some pointers on drawing hair which has always been, well, not difficult, but stifling for me? I am trying to be looser and more flowing and Jane definitely has that down to a T.

I love using my previous backgrounds I created using my Gel Press® plate along with the alcohol inks. The blog post for making this background can be found HERE. I used the one on the right...the one on the left is too pretty to cover up...so far. lol 

I love the way the designs from the alcohol inks rise up through the acrylic paint so you get all that painterly layering...the easy way! I chose to do the white highlights in the eyes with lettering, and yes it's hard to read but  I really like how it looks. It says..I have impetus...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope we all have impetus today.
 Make your move in the right direction today!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

close to the cusp...

Since I was a young girl and began reading my horoscope along with the Sunday funnies I have always thought I should have been born in the "cusp zone"...I was close, one day off but I have always felt the dual influence of both signs. I would sigh when I read my horoscope and then usually agree with the next sign. But I was labeled a Pisces so I stayed committed to it. But now, maybe I have finally been justified, the stars has shifted!

Loving Jane Davenport's book, Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Archetypes are interesting

archetype - a very typical example of a certain person or thing.

What exactly is an archetype anyway? Even after reading the Webster's definition I was left confused. I mean, how was I going to art journal an example of a certain thing anyway? BUT curiosity ( the seeker ) always gets the best of me and I got this book. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun this has been for me! I hope it will be for you too.

You can buy the book from Amazon or order it for your library if they let you do that sort of thing. Mine does and I order library books for their art department on a regular basis. As a Seeker I am always looking to further my art, along with  Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli's Art Journal Your Archetypes here are the latest books I have added to my local library and currently reading:

Creative Girl Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful life by Danielle Donaldson
Drawing and painting Beautiful Faces by Jane Davenport

You can also enter a chance to win a book given away by MaryBeth Shaw ( one of the participating artists ) over on her blog The Common Denominator

There is a test in the book to take so you can figure out what your archetypes are and I am really glad because it cleared everything up for me. And like I do, I did an art journal page listing all my archetypes that were highest ranked.

I took it a step further ( which I love to do The Seeker  that I am ) and wrote out all my archetypes, and then started deciphering them into patterns of how they fit into my life and my art. I discovered 4 groups...so far.

1. Art journal ( art ), do I already use these archetypes in my journaling? I figured I should since they were what came up with when I took the test. So I went through just my current art journal and made a hash mark beside every archetype as it was recorded. And in order of this ranking, Nature, Mother and Goddess really stand out the strongest. ( Mother surprised me as I don't consider my myself "nurturing" yet I use a lot of quotes that do nuture and encourage...interesting. Goddess also surprised me, I guess cause I think of that term as being "all that and a bag of chips" symbol but it pertained to supporting females and using the female form. Nature was the only that came as no surprise.

 2.  HOME (personal values) - As you can see I have a lot of archetypes, but that didn't surprise me as I am a strong person. I would have been more surprised to find only a few were represented but I was surprised to find some were not related to my art in any way and upon further research discovered these were my personal values or my way of life. ( engineer, Queen, hermit, judge, Princess )

3. Spotlight - Yeah, this one was easy for me to recognize, I love being on design teams, blogging and making videos for You Tube. So while this is art related it is not "art journaled", if that makes sense to you, it does to me but I am all up in my head right now. ( Performer )

4. Knowledge (self awareness)- I'm always taking tests, trying to figure out things about myself, what makes me tick and all so this one has it's own category. You'll notice I didn't even mark it on my chart as self awareness because it didn't dawn on until I started writing this post and began thinking about all the things I love to learn...about myself, my personality...oh and did you know I was a Sociology major. Learning about why man does what he does has always been interesting to me.

I wonder what I'll figure out next...isn't this fun?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The haunting of the Aqueduct...

I took Carolyn Dube's stencil: The Arched Aqueduct from StencilGirl and used it to create a haunted scene with my Gel Press® plate and acrylic paints by DecoArt. I made a short video showing how I created this page in my art journal and you can see it HERE

I am also entering this in
"Mood board"

Monday, October 10, 2016

Butterfly moon

Halloween in the mountains...

I loved that I had some dried paint left over on my Gel Press® Petite round plate, it made for the perfect pick up print to create a moon with. Have you ever looked at the moon or clouds and tried to see images in them? Well, sometimes you can find a butterfly on the moon :)