Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Monday, September 1, 2014

Frida and Diego

Once again I have been away from my blog for far too long. I have been making art, so I am going to do several posts to try and catch up with all of it. I have been having many problems with my low back, so spending too much time on the computer is difficult--I want to spend the "good" back hours working on art--but I am determined to catch up and maybe I could pick up a few more followers--or rather commentators--they've dwindled down to a small number--anyway enough about that and I will tell you about Frida and Diego. Some of you may remember two earlier embroidered pieces that I made: Summer Daydreams
and the Hippy Dippy Farm

Well I have started a new one called Retrato de Frida y Diego. So far I have done all the free motion stitching outlines and also added silk fabric paints for color to the tea towel. Next will be the long process of all the hand embroidery.

This piece is approximately 3' x 3' and is done on an old fashioned cotton dish towel and inspired by that little senorita in the corner that someone lovingly stitched long ago. Should be fun!! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oh my....

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since i posted anything here-sheer laziness  I guess. I have been making art in the meantime. I took a class taught by Rae Missigman called Paint Stitch and Store . Lots of fun painting canvas and stitching it into a trifold folder and and several envelopes for carrying many art supplies.
This was a really fun class and very reasonably priced. But that painted canvas is sometimes tough to stitch through, but well worth the effort.
I also took a class at Artful Gathering called Woodland Lighted Theater taught by Iva Wilcox where we made a wonderful lighted scene from an oatmeal container. Here are a couple of photos of the piece that I made.
I have some other things I've been working on and will post more in a few days. It is a wonderful cool morning-got down to 54 last night--a wonderful rarity in Missouri in July! Today is my husbands birthday and we are going out to lunch. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A rose breasted grosbeak and a few more

When I was a little girl, we used to buy these wildlife books that had a sticker of the bird or animal and then a page to color of that bird or animal. I remember that I got the bird sticker book more than once and the first bird I always wanted to color was the rose breasted grosbeak. So pretty.
This photo of a baby starling reminded me of a baby bird that my friend Maren raised. His name was Burgess and she often wrote about him on her blog. I loved reading about that bird!
Here are a couple of Cedar Waxwings. I loved the way one was holding that berry in her beak.
I love these three little yellow birds (finches?) all sitting together on the same branch. I think I need to darken the background on this one. And then switching gears
In the Studying under the Masters class, the next artist was Chagall. I had already done a self study of Chagall last year, but wanted to complete a couple of pages for my journal. I was inspired by a photo of Chagall in his studio for the figure of him and then I surrounded him with different elements from his paintings. And finally
For the opposing journal page, I was inspired by Chagalls flying figures and couples and I painted "Sparky in the sky with diamonds". If you don't remember, we lost our sweet Sparky last September. We will always miss him. That is George and I--we see him flying by! I just wish I had that long white curly hair instead of my short straight hair!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The future of blogs and blogging

No art today. Just wondering...Have you noticed a lack of people commenting on your blog? Do you think Facebook has replaced blogging? I post on FB, but I always liked my blog because I could post more and people left actual comments rather than just clicking "like". Makes me wonder if it is still worth it to blog when I get so few comments any more. Have you noticed this? What do you think?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tribal woman

A new painting. She is a compilation of several different photos so doesn't represent any particular group of people. I love the way the stenciling before the painting looks like tatoos on her chest. I love painting these tribal people. And then of course, the continuing series of birds.
I think this might be an indigo bunting-I need to go to my bird book.
Two little lovey parrots
A hummingbird in flight-not really fond of this one
This looks like a parakeet-the way the head and beak and back feathers look, but it is the wrong colors for a parakeet, so I think it might be a wild form of parakeet. anyone know?

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