Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gwen Lafleur Artist Tribe!

Pinch me!

I'm very excited to announce that I am now in the artist tribe! You can read about everyone HERE!

 You really need to check out all the funky global-eclectic supplies that Gwen collects and sells, very unique items! You can also check out her stencil designs HERE over at StencilGirl where she is a designer.

And look at how everything arrives from her store! I don't know about you, but my first thought was "How pretty, like getting an early birthday present!"...followed closely with "ooooh, collage materials!" Actually in hindsight, I'm not sure which thought came first!

And I'll give you a sneak peek into the contents, you will be seeing more of this as I truly explore all my goodies!

I hope you visit Gwen's store and also welcome the new team!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Artist insomnia

So...the story goes like day ( a couple of years ago ) I was trying to make a canvas based on Typography, and it was a big heaping pile of... failure. So there...that's out in the open!
 I don't even remember what the bottom letters spelled out, but it was some kind of message about love...blah,blah...

I hauled it out a couple of weeks and did an acrylic pour over it hoping to cover everything up and well,
 that turned out so bad I didn't even take a photograph of it, lol 
Yeah...there's that out in the open too.

Then last Saturday night I decided to just add paint... and basically anything else I could get my hands on. I even used a die cut flower that was on the floor under my desk...yep, slapped that puppy on and added more paint, more stenciling, and more mark marking. ( I was trying to channel Mary Beth Shaw )...

Now if you are looking at the face...well...truth be told I actually used the actual stencil itself. Yep, it was that kind of day, I glued that sucker right on the canvas.
Woman of Mystery stencil by Pam Carriker

8-ish pm
Now I've decided to start work on bringing the woman out a little, decided she can't be shy hiding in all those layers of paint! I'm thinking I need one large scribbly word next to her...must sleep on that one and see what tomorrow brings.

Now, I always have best intentions to sit on a piece and really think about it but sometimes I can't even sleep overnight on it and I find myself crawling out of bed to go work on it. That's what happened last night!

The next morning I always worry about seeing what I did when I "sleep paint"...that's what I call it when I get out of bed, groggy but determined to put an idea to use. After looking at the above picture I knew I had to knock back to white lines around her face, but otherwise I was very happy with how it turned out. Now to see if she
In the meantime, I am entering this in
Paint Party Friday
"Divine Messenger" 
And some close of shots of the texture 💕my favs!

Image may contain: text

  • A face 👍
  • Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.) 👍
  • Letters, numbers 👍
  • Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack... 👍
  • Ribbon, twine, string or lace…
  • Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall 👍
  • Something both vintage and modern

Friday, August 4, 2017

One door closes and another one opens

As sad as it is to say that July's watercolor month has come to end I am happy to report a new adventure begins for me. I have received a couple of commissions to do my Vingette Art from a couple of people and that really excites me! I was only doing "Pierson's Great Adventures" to write and illustrate a small book for my grand-nephew to give to him at Christmas but I get to continue on working away at what I love!
How lucky am I?

day 29
Currently the last of Pierson's adventures BUT I am hoping to write that book
( just for him ) so hopefully, you will see more of that in the future

"I am 3! Hear me Roar!"
day 30
starts the work on my commissioned piece

day 31
Pen work rates as one my favorite things to do! I love how it really brings out the details and makes everything pop!

As #WorldWatercolorMonth is over, I've decided I'll be continuing on with my weekly posting of art instead of blogging every day...
and so this begins August

day 1
Finished "The Little Mermaid" and I love how it turned out.
I swear I could keep this for myself it's so darn cute!
"Little Mermaid"

day 2
Started on the next one...
it's too dark right now so I'll work on lightening it up some.

day 3
much better and I've decided she will be a fairy in this one!

day 4
And the second one is completed...not sure which one I like the most, but I can say this, I'm pretty darn happy with them both!
"Moon Child"
Oh and I finally got a proper phone and now have an Instagram account. Talk about teaching an old dog some new tricks, whew! I never knew hashtagging was like an Olympic sport! lol