143 Everything and the Kitchen Sink

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I keep finding that these mixed media ones are mostly “happy mistakes.”  They usually take a few layers, and sometimes I’ll have to go back and paint over something or re-do it, but mostly I just think -‘what color is it lacking?’  Or, ‘Do I need to re-focus the attention back over here?’  It’s very free!  The Do You Trust Me painting just happened so easily, and I think it’s because I had a verse in the Bible I was working from.  I’m going to keep trying to have a focus I come back to, I think that will give me faster direction.

For the Kitchen Sink here I got this image of vintage faucet handles and rolled with it.  I used the back board I usually stick my 8×8 paintings to when I paint them because it had so much cool texture and color already.  Though I did simplify it with this light green initially, so there wouldn’t be too much chaos.

I noticed that I keep going back to the same things: red circles, circles in general, and gold on top….wonder why?

 

142 Rhinocerous

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Hot off the press!  No clever title today though, shucks.  I’m sticking with the zoo-animal theme, worked on another funky one today > stay tuned.  Thanks for all the interest in my new turn in style!

141 Do You Trust Me?

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So I actually painted this two days ago, with mixed media I like to have two or more going at once because there’s a bit of a wait-for-it-to-dry time involved.  Anyways, in this one I incorporated bits of the sermon a pastor of mine gave at church last Sunday.  It was all about Abraham’s life, that’s all I’ll say so you can interpret for yourself, ::wink::

140 Monocle

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Guys!  I feel like I’m back in the beginning phases of figuring out my ‘nature’ as a painter.  I mean, an artist is always experimenting and growing, but I feel like this style is so much more me than the bold strokes still lifes – there I just felt like I was copying Carol Marine– to a point.  She’s amazing!  But the inner artist in me was still searching for something.  Who knows, maybe this will be a phase too, but I’m going with it till I find something else. : )  Maybe I’ll find a happy medium with the two.

Collaging!

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These are still from the painting workshop I got to go to Saturday.  Part two of the day we played around with mixed-media, there were no rules, so I went crazy!  This was the best of the 3 I whipped out that day.  It was so fun and easy being surrounded by such other creative people and supplies and energy – Loved it!  I’ve been playing around with some more mixed media in the studio at home now, but space is more limited and also are supplies and energy : ).  But still feeling inspired!  Here’s another:

When You're Young | Mixed Media | 12x12in | Canvas Panel | $55

When You’re Young | Mixed Media | 12x12in | Canvas Panel | $55

Painting Workshop and #137

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I got to feel like a real artist yesterday!  I wandered into a gallery in Old Town last wednesday and saw a flyer for a painting workshop, so I went home and looked up the details and we decided we could afford one day : )!  The workshop was with Joan Fullerton who describes herself as an intuitive artist, how perfect.  She was a riot and so much fun!  I could go on and on about the wonderful day I had (9:30am-5pm) but I’ll keep it short.  My table mates were a hoot!  3 ladies who came down from Wyoming together.  And being in the Fine Art and Frame Gallery was just so inspiring!  Here are some shots from the day:

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We started the first session with something call Monoprint making, which is what you see at the top of this blog post.  I was a little bummed at first because this is what they were supposed to be doing the next day, and Saturday was supposed to be all about abstract with hints of reality – which is what I was super excited about.  But the print making turned out to be such a free-ing exercise and so much fun!  (I looked into buying some of the materials for that when I got home…so keep an eye out for more of these).  Then after lunch we got into some collaging > I’ll post some of those tomorrow.

Here are some more examples of my monoprints:

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135 Mo’ Berries

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This week with the 12 year olds we finished the lesson on soft and hard edges.  Since I finished mine from last week I decided to try it again, it’s never a bad idea to paint the same thing twice.  I sat down in the same spot to get started and felt that the composition would both be boring, since I’ve done it already, and as I shifted over to help one of the girls I fell in love with the pretty teal colors popping through the clear glass bottle.  So I set up camp right behind her : ).

Here’s last weeks painting of the same still life.  We added more berry stems, which do you like better?

134 Arabica

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As promised, here’s the holiday party gift I gave to a good friend yesterday.  We’re coffee shop people so of course his dog’s name is Arabica : ).  It went over very well, art makes great gifts.

133 Back Up Elk

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So, I have my work Holiday party this evening, where we are supposed to bring our last gift for the secret santas we’ve been giving secret gifts to the last few weeks – and I only just painted my gift today!  This isn’t it…don’t worry, I haven’t spoiled the surprise.  But this was my back up plan, hence the title.  The actual gift will get posted tomorrow, after I’ve gifted it.

I had fun playing around with colors here.  I’ve had the urge to paint something bigger but I haven’t gotten inspiration for one yet, phooey.  Also, it’s kind of intimidating going bigger after doing so many small ones.  We’ll see what else today brings : ).

132 Scene of the Crime

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I was so inspired by Carol Marine‘s painting earlier this week I thought I’d try to work on my “greying” the color skills with a similar set up.  I love how she has delicately muted colors, mine are still a bit harsh, but it was good practice.  I squeezed this one in while waiting for an art lesson to show up.

130 Favorite Pose No.1

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As promised, here’s that experiment I was playing with yesterday.  I had lots of color left from painting the portrait and I didn’t want to waste it because I still felt like painting something.  These were actually pretty fun (the other one below).  I might try doing a few more like this on a larger scale.

It made me wonder though; my “abstract” is make-it-up-as-i-go, do other artists plan theirs out?  I suppose a little planning will go into the bigger ones, now that I’ve played a little. : )

131 Favorite Pose No.2

131 Favorite Pose No.2

 

129 My Friend N

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(To buy this painting go to the Hallberg Fine Art Gallery)

I’ve been so inspired by the figure drawing night, I decided to try some more humans today ::smile::.  An old friend is a photographer and has the most Amazing pictures on her FB, so I started there.  This photo was actually of her dog, but I saw her face in the background and had to do it.  I loved all the pinks in her skin tone.

I had lots of the colors left over so I experimented with something new….I’ll post those tomorrow : ).

128 Front and Center

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I did end up painting something yesterday!  Once the girls came over for their lesson I just got right in the mood, typical.  Maybe I’ll try inviting friends over to paint with me next time I’m feeling gloomy.

Anyways, the lesson yesterday was about hard vs. soft edges, and what better way to practice those than painting the distortions of glass and shadows!  They were pretty nervous, but we walked through it together and they did awesome.  I love seeing something super challenging being conquered by the end of the lesson.  Well done ladies.

Do something ‘art’ everyday

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Norman Rockwell "Christmas Trio"

Norman Rockwell “Christmas Trio”

Big thanks to all who ‘tuned’ in yesterday!  Thanks for checking out my post.

I think I’ve made this quote before, “…and without fail, draw something every day…” – Cennino Cennini, Painters on Painting.  Luckily, when I paint I sketch out real quick the subject, that counts.  But since today I’m still un-inspired and feeing pretty bleh about painting, I just whipped out my sketchbook (which I started this one a year ago today and it’s nearly full! ) and decided to copy some of my favorites.  I put on a sermon from a pastor we know down in Texas and just copied.  Not against the rules, and very helpful when I’m too bleh to make my own composition. : )  Highly recommended.

I’m going to make it through this rut, I just need to remember it WILL end someday and I’ll be back to painting then.

*sidenote: did anyone borrow my copy of Betty Edwards’ Drawing on the Righ Side of the Brain ?  Great book!  If not, anyone want to go to the used book store with me and snag another? ::wink::

Figure Drawing!

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Oh man guys, last night the Downtown Artery hosted a figure drawing session for any artists who wanted to come.  I’m trying to make my way into the cool-kid art scene in this town so I just had to go check it out.  I was kind of nervous, and expecting a nude model (would have been my first) but everyone was so friendly and the woman was wearing some great lingerie and awesome high heels that made her legs super fun to draw!

Here are some shots of the night: (no shots of the model, but there are some of my drawings of nearly a naked woman : ) )

  

 

It was so fun being surrounded by other people focusing and drawing away!  If you’re a local, they are going to keep doing these nights every other Tuesday (next one being the 27th of January)  And switching between male and female models.  I’ve never gotten to draw a man model before!  Hint, bring $8 if you come.  Hopefully off to paint something now : ).

127 Juicy on a Stick

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Getting sick of seeing these berries yet?  My tuesday art lesson wanted to paint these again, like we did last week.  I thought that was pretty cool, so we switched the angle and added a background fabric so it wouldn’t look just like what we did last week.  Man are we getting to know these berries.  Never a bad idea, painting the same subject two, three, however many times!

I loved all the different colors in the shadows.  The purply-red ones on the white background, then the blue-gray-brown as they spread over to the blue fabric.  Yummy.

126 A Serving of Vitamin C

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I have pregnancy on the brain.  All my email tips and daily app messages on my phone keep reminding me to be snacking healthy, so now, I can’t look at a strawberry anymore without thinking, ‘Oh, I’ll get some good vitamin C from these!’

Not super thrilled with these, I need to work on “grey-ing” things down so not every part of the painting is fighting for attention.  But hey, maybe someone will just have to have it : ).

 

 

Secondary Glass revisited

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It happened!  Didn’t sit down long enough to paint yesterday, I think that’s just how Friday’s go sometimes : ).  And today I just want to rest, I’m calling the pregnancy on this one.

Anyways, here’s one that I did a few months ago (right when we moved into our house I think) and it’s sitting on my shelf staring at me.  I really love the bold brush strokes, so I’m posting it again, just in case anyone forgot.

125 Shadow Puppets

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OH man busy day around here!  Another great art session under my belt, those 12 year old ladies really know their stuff.  We finished our paintings studying visual energy in a composition.  Here’s a photo:

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A bit out of their elements, but that’s good for us artists every now and then.  : )

And since they were so in the zone today, I had time to just paint with them.  I felt analogous today so I whipped up this still life and just went.  Honestly I really didn’t like it when I finished and stepped back, but my friend L in class assured me it was a keeper ::smile::  The more I look at it now, the more I can appreciate it.  Adding the shiny parts really helped, and the do like how the apples look so crisp while the shadows are so soft.  That’s actually what we’ll be studying next week with those two.  Perfect!

Maybe I’ll just paint red delicious from now on.  It was tricky with all those yellows and pinks on these galas.

124 Not Your Average Flower Painting

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I know the day will come this year when I don’t paint or post, but so far I’m enjoying this streak of consistent painting!  This photo came from the morguefile site I’ve mentioned before, where artists can go for images to paint without the copyright guilt. : )

Carol Marine has been painting flowers the last couple days and I wanted to try one.  Though, it was hard to find a photo that wasn’t your typical, cheesy flower shot.  Hence, the weird prickly-white/green flowers you see here.  I liked all the twists of the stems.  All the green was a bit of a stretch for me, but I think the values change enough so that things are clear.  For more awesome flowers also check out Lisa Daria.  She’s great!

123 Berry Patterns

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Art lessons are back up and going!  My 8 year old friend wanted to paint today (lately we’ve been drawing, a -great!- skill to always go back to) and I was excited about this simple still life.  It’s the same Christmas berries as from the other day, but I thought all the gaps between the stems and actual berries and shadow colors would be a fun challenge for her.  She did well!  She painted really small so I had to go quick to keep up : ), but I really enjoy painting these berries.  And teaching today was just the push I needed to get a painting done today.

122 Gritty City Challenge

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Hmmm, seeing this one bigger there are some things I might adjust.  So it goes.  This is another challenge from the Daily Paintworks Website, today and yesterday’s both looked so fun to try so you get to see two challenge paintings in a row.  Check out this LINK to see other artist’s entries and all the supportive comments on my own entry : ).

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The challenger posted this photo for us to use for the painting, I really loved the composition, other people are much better at taking photos : ).  Grateful for another practice in painting cars too, I really tried to “suggest” them here.

I also really enjoyed my beginning sketch for this one:

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121 Sharp Challenge

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This was the challenge last week on the DPW website, I meant to do it last week -but hey- this week will do too.  So here it is!  Check out the other entries on the website too, people are so creative.  I really loved Carol’s simple black scissor example, so I chose a similar pair this time.

I’ve painted a cute little pair of my purple craft scissors before, these were a lit more difficult.  All the shades of grey felt so blah so I snuck some yellow and orange in the different shades, I did see them but I may have exaggerated them a bit more to make it more interesting.  Artistic license right?  I think they are such a challenge because of the foreshortening proportions, I had to fight with them a lot.  Enjoy!  And try a challenge yourself.

120 Thirsty Berries

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Yay!  I got this vase from my mom a few weeks ago for my birthday and I finally got the inspiration to paint it.  This still life came together so quickly, meant to be.  The berries are from my Christmas decorations….I haven’t put them away yet because I’ve been eyeing them waiting to put them in a still life.

Sweeeet.

I love painting glass.  Comfort zone.

119 Familiar Scene

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Two for two so far this year!  ::wink::  Let’s see if I can keep this painting regime up.

Another car scene today, though I’m a bit more pleased with how the car turned out.  I guess that’s what practice does, huh?  Originally I was excited about this image for the two palm trees poking up in the horizon, I love when easily-identifiable shapes burst into the negative space.  All it is is an outline but you know they’re palm trees.  Anyways, I called this ‘Familiar Scene’ because out here in Fort Collins, a Subaru Forester with a bike on top is a very common occurrence. : )  Little bit of home while we were in California.

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Here’s another from our afternoon in San Francisco.  We drove into town and I was getting so excited to get out and take pictures of the funny streets and awesome buildings that I just started shooting pictures from the car window!

Anyone have tips on how to paint cars?  I feel like there’s something I’m missing. : )