Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

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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Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Obsession

For several months now I have been practically glued to the Pandacam at the Washington National Zoo watching the little baby panda Bao Bao. She is now 5 months old and weighs 18 pounds and will be making her debut soon to visitors at the zoo. She is so cute and I have watched take her first steps, start climbing and attempt to eat bamboo. Even sleeping, she is adorable. If you would like to watch Bao Bao on the pandacam click here

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Teachers Pet

I made this for my granddaughter Celia. She teaches kindergarten and this is her dog Chewboca. And the one below I made for my granddaughter Audrey. She is in her first year of college and this is her cat Montecore.
They were lots of fun to make.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Galaxy Spread

Some of you may remember this page I made in my intuitive painting journal from 21 Secrets. I called it "A Hitchikers Ride to the Galaxy". Anyway, the journal spread was 3 pages and this was the one on the far left, so I decided to finish the other two.
This is the one on the far right-Sparky looking up at the stars and planets.
The bird in the middle and finally the whole spread...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Starting Over

Holidays in sunny Florida--really have nothing to do with this post-but nice photo, right? After 394 Posts, 5539 comments and 326 followers (how many of you are actually left?) I had to delete everything on my blog and start over. I got a smartphone in early December, which wasn't so smart after all (or maybe it was just the operator-LOL) and being an android phone it sucked all the photos off of my blog into the gallery on my phone. Who knew to turn off "sync"? I have it turned off now. Anyway didn't do much creating after we lost our little Sparky in September, so with the new year, it seemed it was the time to redo the blog and start again. I do hope if you are still out there, you will comment, so I know I'm not alone here.