Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Paint Mojo

I was lucky enough to win a place in Tracy Verdugos online Paint Mojo class this fall. I've learned some new techniques and I've really enjoyed it. Here are the various stages of the big painting I made in her class.

This is her prize flower--if you look closely you can see the glow around it. I think she must be walking to town and taking her flower to show it off--

This style of painting-discovering the hidden people or things within the paint is one of my favorite kinds of painting. And Tracy has her own little twists on how to do it. It was a very good online class. I have a few other things to post from her class at a later date-but this was the big ta dah project.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Something besides face sketches

Besides 29 Faces, I did some paintings over the summer and this fall. This one is called "In the Garden".

I haven't named this one yet, but I think this woman is a curandera and this bird is a magical creature that she converses with in the moonlight. What's your story?

I love this woman holding a chicken. Is she taking it to the marketplace or is she taking it home from the marketplace or is it just her pet chicken that she likes to carry with her?

 All three of these paintings are "found" paintings--I just paint backgrounds with lots of pattern and design  and then look at them to see what image begins to emerge. I love this kind of painting--so many happy "accidents".

Friday, September 18, 2015

29 Faces: Post 3

I started out the week thinking I would draw pictures of my self through the years.

Looks kind of like me

Me about age 3--again looks kind of like me--looks like that baby could be this girl, but neither really look like the photos I was copying. then i thought I would try my children--yikes

This is supposed to be my daughter--a cute baby drawing which doesn't look like her and finally

This was supposed to be my son at which point i threw my hands up in the air!! Why is it so hard to draw pictures of our own family?  So,  I decided that i needed to switch it up because i was getting frustrated and I switched to a whole other category and you will have to wait until the next post to see who I chose next.

Monday, September 14, 2015

29 Faces Part 2

I am really enjoying this challenge. Here are seven more faces. See if you know who they are:

She was the wife of a "great' author.

A first lady

An aviator

"Little Sure Shot"

A journalist at 24, she traveled around the world in 72 days

  A world leader

Devoted her life to studying and learning about one animal

Zelda Fitzgerald, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Annie Oakley, Nellie Bly, Indira Ghandi, Jane Goodall

Friday, September 11, 2015

I am a big fan of Lynne Perella. I have saved every article she has written for Somerset Studio magazine--so many in fact, that I now have a notebook full of articles. I decided to do some Perella style of my own based on her circus article.

 I love her many layers and her use of historic photos which she transforms and the many different elements she uses in her mixed media pieces.

Monday, September 7, 2015

29 Faces challenge

I decided to give this challenge a try--I usually have trouble sticking with anything for 29 days, but so far, so good. Here are my first 6 faces. How many can you guess? (answers at the bottom of the post)

Ghandi, Einstein, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, F Scott Fitzgerald, and Che Guevera.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Painted Blossoms

This summer I purchased a book called "Painted Blossoms" by Carrie Schmitt. I wanted to enlarge my repertoire of flower styles. Here are are paintings I did from the lessons in the book.

 A more traditional bouquet--not really by style, but I do like the colors and it was fun to try.

I like these drippy flowers--

For this one I used a background I had already painted at some point and then I applied paper napkins with red poppies and then painted over those and added the white flowers.

Este Macleod is one of the artists featured in the book and I adore her paintings In this painting I attempted to do her stylized flowers.

This one is much more like what I usually paint--I love the colors and the layers.
After doing these I decided I was done with flowers for awhile, but now I can look back on these studies and incorporate the styles into other paintings. How about you--do you have a favorite flower style that is your "go to" flower?

Friday, August 28, 2015

North Carolina retreat--the final post

We'll start out with cooking! That's Robin trying to keep her delicious chocolate layer cake layered! After driving up the long dirt road, it began dangerously slipping--she also brought us chocolate chip cookies--much appreciated!. Pam was our queen of the kitchen with lots of good recipes and she knows how to cook for a crowd, as well as Monica and Anna.
And Lorena made us this spectacular layered jello desert--it was almost too pretty to eat! We also had plenty of wine to get us through the retreat!

Now moving on to the myriad of art projects that we could do. Anna filled her SUV to the brim with all of her art supplies--I think she must have cleaned out her studio. This is just a portion of what she brought.
That paper feather is from a little workshop that Teri taught us.

The first major art project we did was to make boiled books. Lorena taught us this one. First all the plant material has to be gathered. So some people went searching in the surrounding woods for just the right things (unfortunately some people found poison ivy!). Then you have to make the paper book from watercolor paper, add the plant material between the pages and then boil the book.

My little book fits in this pocket in my travel journal, but a friend borrowed it... Following is a photo of one side of the imprints in the book. Pretty, yes?
More projects included: intuitive paintings, friendship bracelets, stamp carving, painted canvas, tiny books, silk painting and working in travel journals.

One day Anna and Xio and I took off for a drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful views and clouds that day and a big rattlesnake crossing the road!

And finally just a few more hanging out group photos. One of our members Lori slept out on the deck all week on an air mattress. That's her bed on the right.

You can see that we spent lots of time on the deck!

I think that photo on the upper left must have been taken one of those hot days!

We had such a good time!! It was so great to meet all these wonderful women who have shared their ups and downs and joys and sorrows over the years!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Greetings from North Carolina from Hillbilly Sam!

First of all, let me say that I in no way condone the use of the confederate flag unless it is in a museum somewhere--but there it is, right next to Hillbilly Sam who lives in a little old cabin right down the road from our lodge. You can even google Hillbilly Sam and you will find photos and stories about him. I wasn't the first one to see him--some of the other women in our group went out one day in the car and as they passed his cabin he waved at them. When I heard the story I really wanted to see Hillbilly Sam and he became kind of a running joke with us. (This photo is one I downloaded from google). He was fascinating but kind of creepy all at the same time if you know what I mean. Several times when I was out with some of the other women we drove by the cabin but he was no where to be seen...then one day there he was sitting on his front porch so of course we waved and shouted hello to him. So..I decided that Hillbilly (or as he spelled it on his big sign HILBILLY) Sam needed special pages in my travel journal and here they are.

 This is a photo of the very large sign "advertising" him. As far as we could tell and from what I read about him later, he really does live in this cabin and makes walking sticks to sell and charges money to people who want to take his picture (I have to admit, I toyed with the idea of having my photo taken with him, but the place smelled and I wasn't sure what might be living in that beard--so I just settled for a wave as we drove by.

I decided it would be fun to make  everyone their very own Hillbilly Earl (the better looking brother of Hillbilly Sam). This is the open page--when the door is shut, Hillbilly Earl is safely enclosed in his very own outhouse). You can move his arms and legs and if you gently pull his beard you can see his partly tootlhless grin...wouldn't you pay 10 cents for a kiss????

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Part two North Carolina--and this is a good one--blind contour drawings!! plus more...

I decided that it would be fun to make blind contour drawings of everyone at the retreat. For those of you who don't know--when you make a blind contour drawing, you are not allowed to look at your paper--only the person or thing you are drawing and your pencil or pen in this case must not lift off the page until you are finished. Above--yours truly. I asked each person to pose for me and then took their photo after. A couple of photos I took didn't turn out, so I had to substitute, but for the most part thy were taken right after. We had a lot of laughs over the contour drawings.
So--following are the pages I did for my travel journal--each page includes the contour drawing I did at the retreat plus a photo of the real person and their fairy page.
WARNING:: some of these drawings may frighten you and of course the real people look way better, but they are sooo much fun to make!!












Stay tuned for Part three.....