Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Wodaabe tribe

I was so inspired by a photograph taken by Steve McCurry that I just had to try painting it. I haven't done any large paintings in a while (16 x 20) and i loved painting this one! If you aren't familiar with the Wodaabe tribe and their customs, you might be surprised by some of the things in this Nat Geo video
I also have a few other little drawings from my sketchbook to share
Hummingbird on a nest
Chubby bird standing on one leg
Great horned owl
And i am still struggling with drawing items from real life (instead of photos) but I keep trying
Part of my Mexican folk art collection
And part of a chocolate set that belonged to my grandmother

Friday, April 18, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia is the next artist in the Masters class series
This is the first page in my sketch book. A pencil sketch of Georgia, a watercolor calla lily and a detail photo of an art quilt that I made about her several years ago.
I added an extra page that opens out on the opposing side. This is a copy of a painting she did called "Red Mesa" done in watercolor.
This is the page underneath-a colored pencil drawing of a painting she did called "Grapes on a white plate", a jack in the pulpit stamp that I carved, and a red poppy done in watercolor.
This is on the back side of  "Red Mesa" and is my rendition of her "Pink Roses". A few years ago when I was making art quilts, I made several that had O'Keeffe and her paintings as the subject. It was really interesting to look at books of her paintings with a different eye this time-as something I wanted to paint, rather than stitch. It gave me a whole new appreciation of her work.
And the post wouldn't be complete without a couple of new birds.
Have a happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli is the next artist in Studying under the Masters. I love his paintings-who could not-all those beautiful faces. The first page in my art journal is a drawing with colored pencils of him.
 In the lower corner are some buttons of Venus: printed on silk. I've had these buttons forever and decided this was the place they should go. Next is the second page in my journal. I've interspersed my little paintings with printouts of Botticelli paintings. I tried several times to do a side facing portrait and it is so hard--so I just let Botticelli speak for himself on that one!!
And finally I reworked an older painting to give her a more Botticelli look-variation on one of the goddess of spring in the Primavera painting.
And then on a completely different subject, I have several new little watercolor and ink sketches of birds.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Paul Cezanne and some Colorful birds

The artist I currently learned about in the Studying under the Masters course was Paul Cezanne. I have to say that he is not one of my favorite artists, but it was interesting to learn about him. Following is the first page in my artists journal. The portrait of Cezanne and of the fruit is done with layers of oil pastels and the small floral arrangement is acrylic.
The painting on the second page was done using only a palette knife, one brush and three colors-cobalt blue, yellow ochre and white. I enjoyed experimenting with the palette knife.
And finally, a few more birds to add to the collection:
Pink headed fruit dove

Red and yellow Barbet
Brown headed Barbet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A grumpy bird, some nice birds and Antoni Gaudi

I mistakenly identified this bird as a goldfinch--it didn't exactly look like one, but was the right colors. Then when I got the bird book out it feel open to the grosbeak page and there he was-the grumpy bird i had painted.

Then I painted a few other birds: An oriole

a bluebird
and a hummingbird (using silks paints-so very shimmery in person
which finally brings me to Antoni Gaudi-the second artist in the "studying under the masters" class. I had heard of Gaudi, but had really only seen photos of the Sagrda Familia Church. I didn't realize how fabulous his other buildings were-how colorful and his use of mosaics. I did two pages in my artist's journal. The first with printouts of many of his mosaic patterns.
and on the second page first I made a sketch and watercolor of Casa Batllo-drawing a building way out of my comfort zone, but I like the way it turned out. Then on the bottom half of the page, I made a pocket with a mosaic wall made of tiny pieces of paper. Into the pocket, I put a printouts mounted onto cardstock of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
It was really enjoyed learning about Gaudi. I thought I wouldn't be interested in this lesson as I'm not really drawn to architecture, but I would love to go to Spain to see these buildings. The more I looked at photos of them, the more I saw and appreciated them.

Monday, March 10, 2014

More Food and a new stamp

Chili Peppers

Tomatoes and Plums
spring bird and nest stamp

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More sketching and painting

Having lots of fun with these pages.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just playing

I've been playing around with some quick projects. Art can let us escape into our own little worlds if even for just a short time.
Trying gouache and using magazine pages for inspiration. For years I have torn out pictures from magazines and saved them in folders. I always like the illustrations that I see people doing of food.
The problem is that I tear out the photos and not the descriptions, so sometimes I have to guess at what the foods are.
What makes them interesting to me is that sometimes they are fruits and vegetables that I don't recognize. 
I got a wonderful book of Mark Hearld's work and got a lot of inspiration for stamp carving from it. And finally, here is a photo of my husband and I on our anniversary last May.
I'm posting it because he has been ill and ended up in the hospital. He is home now, but he has a ways to go before he will be 100% again. So please send a few prayers out way.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Finishing up with Matisse-letting go of preconceived ideas

"Red robe: Violet tulips". Copy of Matisse's painting of the same name. My favorite Matisse paintings are of his women dressed in the different costumes. That would make sense, since I started out as a fiber artist.
"Woman in an embroidered blouse". Copy of one in a series of drawings of woman in embroidered blouse.
And I titled this collage "Matisse and the Modern Girl". This started out as a disaster-the collaged pieces wouldn't stick, they were full of wrinkles etc etc. I was ready to throw it against the wall! I had a preconceived notion of how it should look. The next day I added paint and it was just the pits. At that point I was really ready to chuck it, but being a double Taurus, I don't give up easily! I finally just decided "to hell with it" that I was just going to scribble and paint and use my neon crayons and the more I let go of it looking a certain way, the more I was liking it. Now, still not my favorite art I have ever created, but I can live with it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

We are facing some health challenges at our house, so thank goodness I have art as a way to escape if only for a little while. I am taking a class called "Studying Under the Masters" and the first master up was Matisse. One of our challenges was to set up a still life in the style of Matisse. Here is the one that I set up.(And yes, my studio is red-orange like Matisse). Following is my attempt at painting something realistic and a still life (both of which are just not what I do normally). We were to apply ideas that we had learned from studying Matisse. i took some artistic license (changed a few colors) and I hate the flowers, but I like the rest of it.
Last year I did a little study of Matisse on my own and copied his "Woman in a hat" with oil pastels
 and I also made a collage.

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