The More Space Place here in Jacksonville are such a great company and I loved working with them. I really do enjoy sitting here and painting and whatever else strikes my creative juices at the time.
They wanted a picture of my area so this is the one I sent for their Facebook page. The small floating shelves on the left are from Ikea.
I don't have many photos that I have taken myself that are paint worthy. I am so glad that the
Paint My Photo has great copyright free photos that you can paint. That's the point of the site. There are some really nice photos in this site can can be painted exactly as is or modified with cropping etc. This is one of those photos. I did modify this one because in the foreground were rows of lavender and after painting all those rows I decided it was just too busy so I painted over it to let the little cottage be the focus.
I have been wanting to make some of these Boho bangles for quite some time now. I had all the the supplies here at home except for the zip ties. I got the 8" which wasn't long enough. The 11" would be much better. But I just taped two together to get the size I needed. I used Artist Tape rather than Scotch tape and small duck tape would even be better. Can't wait to wear them.
As I was painting some fun girls (ala Danielle Donaldson--love her!) the thought occurred to me that I should do something to this boring 'ole folding chair so I whipped out the only patterned Duck Tape that I had and went to it. So easy and fun. Just used a box cutter to trim it. Goodness, think of the possibilities!
Today, I am going to get up on my artist soap box just for a minute. In this age of blogs, Facebook Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr, etc, it seems that art work is out there ripe for the pickin'.
And yes, you would be right.
If you love someone's art, or style and you copy it and post it as your own---
well, this is not stealing like an artist. It's just stealing. And I do understand that some
people just don't know that it's wrong. In the beginning, I didn't either.
But if you study someone's art that you love, copy it, figure out the process and work on that style long enough (this might take time) and begin to transform it into something that is your own--- then, and only then should you post it as yours. The original artist's flavor can still be there but in many ways it has evolved into something different--something that is more you than the original artist. But even then you should give the original artist credit for your inspiration. All artists learn this way. We are inspired by other artists and even the Bible says:
"...there is nothing new under the sun."
Ok, I will step down from my soap box and let you watch the video.
This is a highly recommended book for any artist new or old.
This month's theme has been "Making Your Mark" (Doodles and Mark Making). Goodness, how can you not love that one!!
The art challenge this week is "Create a Custom Element" and the prompt is a great quote by Gabrielle Roth-- "Ride the Energy of your own unique spirit."
As I thought about making my custom element within the mark making month I got to thinking about what a custom mark or element could be. I first thought I would make a rubber stamp and go with that which would have been fun. I love making custom rubber stamps! Then I thought that I really wanted to try and make a unique mark that I hadn't done in a while. So I rummaged through all my ancient supplies in search of this soda pop folded pen that I made at a calligraphy conference many many years ago. I hadn't used it since then so I decided that the marks this pen would make would be my unique calligraphic marks. By the way---ANY mark that YOU make whether made by a brush, a pencil, a marker or whatever is your own unique mark.
I love the quote so I decided I just had to make some word marks.
So I just started marking while still thinking about where my quote would go.
Sometimes trying to figure out the layout with lettering can be quite challenging.
I also added some water to make the ink flow and run a bit to add some unexpected excitement!
As you see in this one I did use a regular calligraphy pen and a Tombow marker brush pen.
I was thinking about what type of layout would go into my journal so I decided to try and find some interesting 3x3 squares to cut out that might work.
So I guess it's time to show you how I made the marks. I used different colors
of fountain pen ink. Did I mention that I LOVE fountain pens?
One thing that I always strive to do when I draw is to start with a pen and just go for it. Yes, some lines will be wonky and some will be off but I just try and go with it. It makes for a freer, looser drawing. I used an Elegant Writer calligraphy marker to draw the lines then dampen the lines with water. It makes a wonderful blackish, pinkish color. Very fun to do!
I have been sick all week with either the flu or a virus--whatever it is it's been terrible. I haven't done anything art wise so today I just had to rally enough to paint a little watercolor from a set up I put together. This is one of my new pitchers from ebay.
I didn't have the energy to get out the oil paints but hopefully this little set up can become an oil painting too.
This was from a guided lesson I bought from Katie George. Her batiks are so beautiful so I thought I would purchase a few of her batik step by step lessons to make sure I was doing it right. I lost my way at some point but saved it with painting the whole thing in acrylic. I am sure it was just me not following directions properly. I am "follow directions" challenged sometimes. She is great so if you want to learn to batik--she is the one!
I decided to paint this pear design again with different colors and added Sumi ink for the final coat. I learn something new everything I do one of these watercolor batiks. They are really fun--and you never know what you'll get!
This is a combination of a couple of weeks about this month's theme for DLP February Theme Layers You Will Love! February 14 Art Challenge: Cover Up Good Stuff Journal Prompt: Going Undercover
A few weeks back I didn't get a chance to do the "What Lies Beneath" challenge so I decided to just try and combine a couple of weeks. What lies beneath the layers of paint in this one is sticky shelf liner and an image from transfer paper. I still haven't been able to get the transfer paper to work properly but it was enough to see the girls face. I haven't don't this type of mixed media layering in quite a while and it was fun to go and revisit!
This is Batik #3. This one is ok but I don't think I am experienced enough in batiking quite yet to do something so intricate. It's all still really fun though but actually quite time consuming with all the steps.
This is watercolor batik #2 on rice paper. I think it's such a fun process but it really is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you're gonna get. I had to do a little color correcting in the background with some acrylic and I lost some of my wax splatters but for try #2 I'll say it's done---and ok. You know how I love pears!
I wanted to do a double page spread in my DLP journal for this week for the challenge but couldn't figure out what to do with the quote, "Don't stop till you get enough." All I could think about was Michael Jackson who BTW I loved and was so sorry when he died. I think that this is what ultra superstardom does to people. It's a curse--not a blessing. But so much for that...
I decided to give myself about 30 minutes and not stress too much over it and just get come color down on the two page spread. I always love spraying paper with spray inks and adding some lettering. The quote is stamped with my hand carved Neuland stamps. I always love using them.
I have been researching how to do this batik technique on rice paper and today I decided that I had read enough, watched enough and was ready to jump in. It's a rather lengthy process with hot wax used as a resist for the watercolor but I think it will be something that I might enjoy doing more of. I love texture in paintings and with this technique there is definitely texture! I think this one is a bit too much texture but I think I know how to fix that, hopefully. I ripped the paper in the process hence the "deckled" edges. Anyway, here's to embarking upon a new fun creative adventure!
I love this Scripture form Psalm 119. I am really enjoying journaling in this "journaling Bible" with the wide margins. The journaling does take quite a while to figure and lay out how all the letterforms will work together. Trial and error for sure.
I have been drawing and doodling in my bible for years. I can listen to the sermon and draw. But I have always tried to sit on the end on the row with Chauncey to my left or right so no one will see me. But now this Journaling Community has given me "permission" to come out in the open and draw, doodle or sketch in my Bible. I think it's great and I am really enjoying thinking about the Scripture that I am featuring. I am thinking that I will try and fill 2 up for my grandchildren as an heirloom for them. That will take a while!
And here is the painting from yesterday. It's the lighthouse on Sapelo Island near Darien, GA.
I have a couple of things to post today. I am in two groups that I am really enjoying but are keeping me busy. But busy is good! Here is my lasts entry for the Bible Journaling community.
I love this Scripture.
And here is my painting from Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 days but I will certainly not have 30 paintings when the month is over. But I do have some. Here is today's painting. It's wet on the easel.
This is the Sapelo Lighthouse near Darien, GA. It was fun to paint.
I had a still life all set up ready to paint when I found this partially painted hydrangea that I started who knows when and decided to finish it. I didn't have a reference so It was rather challenging to paint from memory--especially the glass.
I am not sure what painting this is in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I am pretty far behind but any day I paint is a good day. Brush miles!! I need my 10,000 hours. Any one who as read Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" will know what I am talking about.
These are the same tulips as yesterday in a different vase. The tulips were beautiful and lasted for two paintings. It was fun and challenging to paint them. Flowers are always a challenge and the challenge is to not put in every detain you see. That's actually hard!
Very month I get together with my painting friends, Rynda, Betty and Sylvia and we paint a picture for an artist we like. This painting is inspired by the great Florida artist, Roger Bansamer. Since this was painted from his painting, I don't sign it and can't sell it and give the painter credit. It was fun to paint and hopefully I can go out and paint something like this in plein air.
Thank you Roger Bansemer for your great paintings and TV show too.
I really enjoyed making these little handmade journals to add to my sketch journal travel pack. I had so much fun making them. I love to sew books and this is a type of a 4 needle coptic stitch that I did. I would show you the simple stitch but I think where I learned it from is copyright protected. But there are many ways to sew a book in a coptic stitch where you journal will lay flat.
I used paper that I had in my stash that I sprayed with my many stencils and Adirondack spray inks. I even did some lettering on them. It was fun!
This week for the DLP challenge was "Arrows".
So here is my arrow. Stay tuned, the DLP Facebook Art to the 5th gals have chosen me to be the spotlight artist for next week. I am very excited about that!
This week's challenge for Documented Life Project was to journal about a place we would like to vacation--no matter the cost. Of course on my bucket list is to fly first class to Tuscany with one of my favorite painters and paint. Maybe someday I will do it!
This little painting was part of a larger painting that I did that didn't work on a larger scale and I cropped this part out. I think it worked better after the crop. I put a Photoshop filter on it to make it look----cooler.