Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moon blessing

Hi everyone, something a little different today. I am up on the ColourArte blog and please visit me HERE and check out my video on doing an
 acrylic Moon Pour.

One of things I didn't go in depth on in the video was the writing of the moon blessing. I know there are many of us that don't like our own handwriting on our art and kinda cringe to even think about it. 
I just think we don't give it enough focus!

This is the finished version, and I think it looks OK, but it does have a few "layers" to get to this point.

When I first write it out with my Signo white pen it looks pretty weak, The lines are thin and have no emphasis so I go back over the "down strokes" with a liner brush and some Siam White Opaque White.

I use stencils to give me flourishes and I use the same method of refining with thicker strokes.

All in all I would say I make at least 3 passes over my writing to make it bolder and pretty much treat my handwriting like my art, meaning using layers upon layers to build it up. 

It, like my art is in no way perfect, but I'm just trying to be the best I can be.

Friday, June 16, 2017

step toward madness?

but, I have to say that I am really enjoying taking some of my older sketches and turning them into "surreal art". I am sure Sigmund Freud would have a field day with the images I am producing. ๐Ÿ˜‹

 Freud legitimized the importance of dreams and the unconscious as valid revelations of human emotion and desires; his exposure of the complex and repressed inner worlds of sexuality, desire, and violence provided a theoretical basis for much of Surrealism.

One of my favorite books from childhood was Gulliver's Travels so I am sure that influenced me somewhere in the back of my mind when I added Andrew Borloz's stencil Rural City Mountainscape onto the original sketch that I did last year in my Life Drawing classes. 
The road less traveled?

This is the original drawing done in a 4B pencil during a 30 minute pose. You can see that I record these at the top right hand corner of all my sketches. When thinking of what setting to place him in, I thought it would be interesting to leave him in greyscale and use bold colors around him. 
What evolved, well...let's say, it always surprises me too

So again, I ask you, dear reader, what does it make you think of and what title would you give it? I really would love to hear what you think.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Life drawing

Life drawing classes start out with 5-minute poses as a warm up exercise and I use to hate it, but it is necessary and now it's one of my favorite parts of the session. I also like doing them all on one page overlapping each other. 

Just about everybody in the class draws in the traditional charcoal, but I am not traditional and I like to play with color so I was using my watercolor pencils and a water brush. I usually cause a mild excitement curiosity at what I use at these sessions. The artists on both sides of me were intrigued and I'm glad I brought extras with me for the man on my right and the young lady who sat next to me as they both wanted to try them out.
"Lady Justice" perhaps since the swipe across her eyes looks like a blindfold

The model wasn't the best as she was kinda twitchy during her poses but I know it is hard to stay absolutely still for 20 to 30 minutes. Set a timer and try it, you'll be amazed at how bored you get...but she is getting paid for it so I do wish she would sit still. However, when she just laid flat on her back for the last pose I was dissappointed, even then she couldn't be still and kept wriggling.
I call this the dead man pose, lol or maybe sunbather
I'm starting to accumulate some drawings and there are a lot that I don't like...at all. I dislike most of my earlier drawings and have decided to either re-work them or gesso over them. This is one of those from last year...
5 minute warm-up exercise
So I took a stencil that my friend Jamie gave me and spritzed some spray ink on the mask and then imprinted it over the drawing. They just looked like they were at the beach to me so I added some water and a beach scene far off in the distance since it appeared that they were all looking at something. Actually to me, they seem to be waiting for someone or for something to happen.

I decided to soften up the stencil image and blend some of her colors onto the other women and added some water around the bottom of their legs so they look like they are wading. I want a name for this piece but I could use some help if you have any suggestions.

Ideas for a title:
"They went in too far"
"Beach discussion"
"Waiting until it's safe"

Entering this is Paint Party Friday

Thursday, June 1, 2017

life drawing confessions

 I found a studio holding life drawing sessions again after several months and it felt good to get back into it, although I felt very rusty at drawing people again.

One of the hardest things for me to do is to "loosen up", I stay way too much in my head worrying about the details and sometimes it's difficult to crawl out and stretch...so to speak.

5-minute poses
One of the most difficult aspects for me is foreshortening. His arm is all wrong but I didn't erase any lines just kept moving onward. Feet and hands are also challenging and I do OK with them, but trying to do the face and make it actually look like the model is the hardest thing...like ever!! Make believe faces are oh so much easier!

17 minute pose

My biggest confession is that I am timid at drawing naked bodies, no matter male  or female, but it does make me feel artsy like I'm back in the era of Botticelli, Modigliani, or de Goya etc. although I'm thinking I should try Picasso's style and be done with trying to draw realism, lol

And need more?
14 Classic Artworks That Are Way More Erotic Than You Remember 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

oops...too busy to blog?

I just realized it's been over 3 weeks since I last posted. It was a mad push and lots of parties to get the Bearfootin' Bear completed. And then afterward I just relaxed and relaxed, it was wonderful.

So here's a recap of this month ๐Ÿ‘€

First thing was giving away a piece of my art to Alta Davis. She won it during a small contest I ran after the Artscape art show was over.

 And yes, I am back to being in a booth now, and thank you Jamie for helping me to hang the lights!
It's so nice to have young friends ๐Ÿ’™

I discovered a new tea house called A Southern Cup of Tea which a group of my girlfriends met for an "afternoon tea". It was delightful and I need to go back soon!

My friend Jamie wanted to visit Malaprops bookstore in Asheville. It's not often you can go to a bookstore, get tea and scones or a glass of wine! While she explored I sat and ate and sketched.

Then, of course, came the big Bearfootin' Bear reveal... 

Then came the rain, lots of rain, so I spent my time indoors playing with some new StencilGirl stencils ( I can't tell you about them yet, they won't be revealed until July!) and making an ATC for the Grumbacher trade. The theme is voyage this month.

The rest of the time I spent Netflix binging and drinking tea on my porch reading.

Yes, life has been good to me but it's been great to just sit back and chill.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Photoshoot for Bold Life #ARTifacts

I'll need to retype this one, lol LOTS of typing mistakes! Trying to do something in a hurry is NOT good when you are NOT a good typist. I'm really not sure if it's my ole age or my dependency on technology that has made me such a typing diaster...or maybe it's a combination of the two?
Re-typed and I STILL have a mistake, however, I am gonna' pen the "e" in on this one and call it done!

Here is a picture of my friend Jamie reading the article. She came to visit me for the art show. It's lovely to have a valued friend like her.

I'm rather fortunate to have been in one of our local magazines approximately once a year, I may not be big and famous 
and probably never will be,
 but I do get my Andy Warhol moments:
"15 minutes of fame is short-lived media publicity or celebrity of an individual or phenomenon. The expression was inspired by Andy Warhol's words "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes", which appeared in the program for a 1968 exhibition of his work.  Photographer Nat Finkelstein claims credit for the expression, stating that he was photographing Warhol in 1966 for a proposed book. A crowd gathered trying to get into the pictures and Warhol supposedly remarked that everyone wants to be famous, to which Finkelstein replied, "Yeah, for about fifteen minutes, Andy." The phenomenon is often used in reference to figures in the entertainment industry or other areas of popular culture, such as reality television and YouTube"...or maybe your hometown magazine :)

I'm really glad to be documenting this year with Seth Apter's #ARTifacts where we journal our art adventures whatever they may be :)
Artifacts for March can be found here.

Stooges and drawfs

My 10-year-old self would be thrilled to know that at the age of 58 I am making miniature pieces and that I am fairy gardening. After all, I use to love to play with my troll dolls and build them little forts out of twigs and paths of stone and hey, look at me now inner child, I'm still doing that. 

Wait...I hope this is a good thing...

Since I have 3 dwarfs I have decided to name them after the 3 stooges, it just seems to fit.

"Moe" is standing by the books ("Moe" is the active personality, and if not always dominant, always striving to be. Moe is the one who spurs the others into action. He devises plans to better their lot. ) reading to "Curly" the directions on how to properly lay a pebble path, who you can see is doing all the work. ("Curly" is as creative and active as Moe, but it is a spontaneous and joyous kind of creativity.) "Larry" is hunkered down by the mushrooms not wanting to do anything but to be left alone. (Larry" never initiates action. Were it not for the presence of his friends, Larry probably would live in peace, happy to roam the forest floor.) And last but not least is "Shemp" the snail ( very lovable )

Also known as:
Freudian Trio: Moe is the Superego, Larry's the Ego, and Curly's the Id
Nice Mean And In Between: Moe (Mean), Larry (In-Between) and Curly (Nice). 

Want to find out which stooge you are? Go to this personality test.
I am a strong Moe with a secondary Curly as my personality.

My latest addition as of 1pm this afternoon is a small stack of books perched on the rock. I made the books from Creative Paperclay and then stamped the open book with a small Prima script stamp.

Each book is covered with some small scraps of material and one has a bookmark.

I am entering my little stack of books in:

Mixed Media Monthy Challenge #36 - Put a stamp on it

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Gnome love

I admit, I have always resisted gnomes in the garden, and wondered why people were so intrigued by them.
Do you have garden gnomes?

I now have three wee gardens on my balcony...

The first garden was Petal's (the snail) garden, Buttercup the fairy loves to visit her friend there and they spend all day laying on the moss, staring into a mystical ball and telling tall tales about the future.

Next came Meadow's garden, my little fairy artist who loves to paint on her canvases and do art journaling...I think she is my "mini-me"...lol

I admit part of the appeal... for me anyway... about a fairy garden is making my own embellishments. I made the mushroom door, Petal herself and the crystal ball stand for Petal's garden. 
Next came the gypsy style caravan for Meadow's garden plus a few other things that you can see in this video. ( Some things have been changed since last year but you'll get the general idea )
 And now my latest is a "faux stone" gnome house, an idea I got from Pinterest for a fairy house powered by a solar light. I tweaked it a little...but you can check out how I made mine by visiting the ColourArte blog, and while you're there, sprinkle some fairy dust around for me so I know you visited...
please and thank you!

I guess the other part of the appeal is just a childhood fascination for all things miniature, probably Tinkerbell began that fantasy and well, there are some things we just don't outgrow, lol

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fairy Caravan

Wow, I have been slaving away, painting and building a "fairy caravan" for Meadow's garden, and yes, I do name my fairies. ๐Ÿ˜œ I removed her old weathered house and replaced it with this gypsy style caravan. You can watch a short slide show of what Meadow's old garden looked like here, personally, I think this new garden is much better!

I cut and glued on popsicle sticks to a carton... 

( I think I have the rounded tips to the popsicle sticks that I cut off lying around my craft room somewhere, everywhere ...those little suckers just fly off!! Wear eye protection when cutting them off, one flew off and hit me on the cheek and boy did that smart!! )

 ...and then painted it with a combination of Tattered Angels in Navy Blue and gesso through the April StencilGirl club stencil designed by Jennifer Evans. 
It's cool to note that gesso and Tattered Angel's navy blue produces an aqua colored blue...weird, but the proof is in the pudding...errrr...paint!

I love the back ♥ and the rhinestone wheels covered with Buckle Boutiques clear diamond sticker sheets. I mean fairies without bling is like ... boring!

A little detail from above...pretend you are a fairy flying over, go ahead...imagine...I won't tell :)

The piรจce de rรฉsistance for me was the door and the steps, I love how it came out, especially those steps. I wasn't sure how I was going to make them but it came to me while I was in bed almost asleep, and you guessed it...out I came in my nightie to the craft room to make them! lol 
Have you done that? I know you have!

I added some other small items new to her garden like the pot of flowers I made and I had to buy new plants so I am trying out some miniature Pennywort and will see how they hold up.

and I purchased a small water fountain...

And the observant fairy might notice the string of solar powered lights surrounding her garden, I also have some tucked away inside the caravan and I can't wait to see how they look at night. I hope we get some sunshine today to power them up, we have had like 3 days of rain here, great for Sandee's garden but not so great for the fairy garden, lol

If you like to fairy garden and want to show off yours 
or just like looking at what others are doing then
feel free to join us on my Facebook Fairy Garden Art page.

Entering Meadows gypsy style caravan in

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

New moon ritual

According to the law of physics, 
thoughts direct energy and energy follows thought.

Last night was the new moon and I decided to do this ritual   ( or at least close to it ) I'll take you step by step how I interpreted astrologist Molly Hall's suggestions. Whether or not you believe in the power of the moon is not important, but practicing rituals of positive thinking will indeed benefit you.


 Gather Sacred Supplies: I had purchased these stones on a day trip with one of my friends Marcy up to Asheville so I thought they would be perfect for adding a symbolic property to my ritual. Being an avid art journaler I knew I was going to like this ritual as it said that having a small journal on hand was a great way to record your intentions.

Preparing for the Ritual: I didn't have sea salt nor a bathtub as suggested but I had a sea salt scrub and a shower so I went and took a shower and scrubbed away all the negative energies. Using my previous mantra from the full moon rituals I kept repeating "this no longer serves me" after thinking of a negative action I wanted to stop doing to myself.

Grounding: This worked out well, as one of my stones is Jasper, a grounding stone so I visualized the suggested technique while holding the stone against my heart.

Your New Moon Wishes: and Dreams of the Soul: I combined both of these into one and wrote everything down in my journal with a water soluble pencil because I planned on using an "underwriting" technique common in art journaling when you really don't want to have what you wrote to be visible to anyone else.
Underjournaling, where your writing is hidden but seen at the same time

Symbolic Acts: This is where the article states, "it's time to be creative" and I can smile at that because my creative juices began flowing the minute I started reading the article, lol I would like to take a moment to express that the only thing I am adamant about is NOT releasing helium balloons, they are harmful to our wildlife and to our environment but you get the idea, she means to use something to inspire your intention-setting ritual. For me, that turned out to be journaling, and for you, it may be something entirely different.
Practicing drawing shadows

Keep them Alive: To do this I have placed my stones in this lovely pouch and placed them by my bed so that every night up until the full moon I can take them out and mediate what I worked on in my journal. Meditating/praying is also a great way to relax you before sleeping to clear your mind and it takes time to learn to focus on one thought and not letting your mind wander so don't be discouraged but keep working at it.
Placed where I can remember to use them every night before sleep

And here is my completed art journal page.

I hope this inspires you to think positive thoughts and to get into the practice of meditating every day on them and hopefully you will begin to see some results. I also have a Facebook group called Moon People if you would like to join us. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bibliophile superpower!

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I stand proud atop a mountain of books scanning the horizon for novels to be perused and discovered...for I am Bibliophile Woman...watch me conquer the libraries one book at a time....

OK, OK, that may be a slight exaggeration but I do make a list each year of books to read and I like to mark them off as I go along to see if I can accomplish my literary feat set before myself. I created a list using my trusty manual typewriter ( have I mentioned how much I am enjoying using it in my journals? ...me thinks I have a couple of times, lol )

The painted frames came about from prints I was pulling off my gel plate on a scrap of paper and I liked how much it looked so I kept it in...my continuing pile of papers that I seem to keep, but at least I do use them as evidenced below!

 I have a book series which I included in a small booklet as a flip out from Canvas Corp. 7gypsies Starter Journal - Kraft Mini decorating it with the 7gypsies Wanderlust: Open New Doors papers and then stenciling the Planner Spiral Notes 4 stencil by Mary Beth Shaw for StencilGirl. After the paint had dried I placed it in my typewriter and typed all the books in the series. I plan to be finishing off the first book in the series today so by the time you read this post I will be starting the next book.

Enter my subtle but not to be overlooked superpower in

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Have a book you'd like to recommend?
 I would love to hear from you!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Earth Angel

This month StencilGirl Products is collaborating with Canvas Corp Brands 
to show you unique ways to use StencilGirl stencils with a variety of 
Canvas Corp Brands surfaces and Tattered Angels Paint Kits!

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My matchup continues with the 7gypsies Starter Journal Cover 8.5x11 from Canvas Corp. and the Angel Circle stencil designed by Kate Thompson. I love continuing the halo effect outward to cover the entire page. 

Totally digging the typewriter! After tearing out my wing ( using water to paint the shape I wanted, letting it soften the paper and then tearing along those lines ) I inserted it into the typewriter to type on...so cool, right?

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