Wednesday, June 28, 2017

May #ARTifact - Sunshine reveal

May was a very busy month with the Bearfootin' Bear reveal held downtown. The weather was lovely and lots of people showed up for the annual event. If you want to see all the pictures leading up to the reveal I've posted the video I made of it. I'll add the summer and auction pictures to it later on after it's all over.



My #Artifact page in my TP booklet 😘

The cover is from a stenciled paper using the StencilGirl club stencil from April. If you look closely you will that it's the ACTUAL stencil...I really messed up destroyed my stencil, but I'll talk about that another day, sigh.

On my inner tag ( and no, my typing has NOT improved ) I glued a picture of "Sunshine" that I cut out from the brochures that they print out to hand out to the tourist or well, anyone who wants to locate them all on the sidewalks along the store fronts.

I am linking up to Seth Apter's #ARTifacts on his blog:
The Altered Page

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ATC booklet

I have been doing a monthly ATC exchange with Grumbacher Official Fanpage where we follow the theme, send one in and they give you a punch card so every third punch they generously give you some free supplies. I mean that is just awesome! So I've been collecting cards and I figured it was time to make a booklet to store them in and show them off. 

Check it out over on StencilGirl Talk!

I have a short video for you too...::waggling eyebrows::

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?

Perhaps...
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. 😋


 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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