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 stevemccurry.com 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 http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/people-places-kids/nigeria-wodaabe-kids/
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.