Here is a peek of what I'm currently working on, a lovely Blue Heron. So far, the background is done and I've applied my drawing of the heron. Next I will be starting to collage! Not the best photo, but you can see the ghostly outline of the heron.
I've been working on this collage on and off all summer! It seems like these hot days are more conducive to swimming, reading and watering the garden than working on art. But I've buckled down and finished this today. Still pondering on a title...I've got a few in mind, but if you think of anything fabulous just leave a comment! This piece will be dropped off at ARTspace in Chatham tomorrow.
Untitled (for now)
24" X 12" X 1.5"
Torn Paper Collage on Canvas
And here is the original concept sketch! Done way back on June 1st.
Now, I'm not promising that I will do all 31 days for world watercolor month, but I'll try to do as many as I can! If you are interested in joining in, check out worldwatercolormonth.com or look into their Facebook Page HERE.
I thought I'd give my sketching skills a little workout, so for my first sketch I painted a tree trunk that is behind my garage. I thought it had quite a bit of personality!
It was so peaceful on my back porch this morning,while I was sketching in my idea book. We had some tiny visitors to the hummingbird feeders lately and that inspired me to develop an idea for a collage. This is a very small doodle of my idea so far.
I was kept company by Mrs. Robin on her nest, and Miss Maggie by my side.
Every month I get together with a wonderful friend and we play! We try out different art techniques and media and get our creative juices flowing.
Yesterday we got out two books by Mary Todd Beam, Celebrate Your Creative Self and The Creative Edge. I was lucky enough to go to one of her week long workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee about 4 years ago. It was great to get out her books and try out some the excercises. It brought back some wonderful memories.
Here are a couple of experiments that I tried yesterday:
After a fairly mild winter around here, spring has been a bit hesitant to arrive. This week, however, has been sunny, warm and beautiful. I think sping is here at last! Along with spring have come my allergies. So while sitting outside this morning sketching these pretty Grape Hyacinths, I was fighting the wind, and watery eyes, and sneezing. But I'm not complaining. At least there weren't any mosquitos!
Browsing through Pinterest the other day, I saw how a lady had made her own stencils for use on a Gelli® printing plate. I am always on the lookout for things that are fun, easy, and cheap (or free!) to use on my Gelli plate, and this fit the bill!
Here's how I made one:
I bought some of these plastic Index Dividers from the Dollar Store:
Then I drew a pattern on to a piece of computer paper. I shaded in the parts that are to be cut out, so I don't get "lost".
I taped down the paper and then taped the divider over top and traced the pattern. I filled in the places that I want to cut out with the marker.
I then placed the divider on a cutting mat and using a craft knife, started cutting away the coloured-in pieces.
I trimmed off the divider tab:
Lets try it out! Using a brayer, spread a thin even coat of acrylic paint to the Gelli® plate.
Place the stencil on top of the plate and then place a clean sheet of paper over the stencil. Using pressure from your hands or the brayer, rub the back of the paper all over the printing plate, making sure you have pressed evenly all over. Then slowly pull off the paper to reveal your print.
In the print on the right, I used the paint that was left on the plate after pulling off the first sheet of paper and put the green paper down on the printing plate and rubbed it again to get the "ghost print".
I decided to do another print over top of the first one I did, but rotated the stencil. The print on the right is the "ghost print",
Well, that's my little tutorial! If you have any questions, just comment below and I'll get back to you with an answer very soon.
Finally getting to my little art trading card for the Grumbacher Art Swap! The theme this time is coffee or tea. I dug out a really old teacup that was probably one of my Grandma's and did a really quick sketch this morning. Not my best work by a long shot, but it brought back nice memories.
I remember having tea with my Grandma and my mother and aunts at Grandma's house. Sitting and listening them talk about people I didn't know, but being perfectly content. I didn't remember the teacups being so tiny though! Compared to my tea mug, this one contains about two big sips!
I've been working on a mixed media collage of this handsome fox, nicknamed "Mulder". He turned out to be a little more tricky than I had imagined, but I'm pretty pleased with the way he turned out. Here is the finished painting, and underneath are a few of the steps I took along the way.
24" X 18" X 1.5"
Step One: The Drawing
Step Two: Creating the Background, layering papers
Step Three: After dripping and drizzling Clear Tar gel medium, starting to apply acrylic paint over the background
Step Four: Transferring the drawing to the canvas.
Step Five: Starting to collage painted paper scraps to Mulder.
Step Six: Continuing the collage process.
Step Seven: More of the fox is appearing.
Step Eight: Almost done! Adding grass at the bottom.
I had a request today for Watercolour Wednesday. Paint something springy! Maybe it will bring on some spring like weather...hopefully! Here are some sunny little Crocus. (Crocuses? Croci?)
These are a part of my ongoing "Language of Flowers" series. The language of flowers was used in Victorian times as a means of communication in which flowers were used to send coded messages. Each flower had a special meaning.
The Crocus meant "Youthful Gladness."
It's a wet and windy Wednesday today. A perfect day to be inside and sketching a little bit. Today the first thing my eyes landed on was my vase of watercolour brushes. I thought they looked like a nice bouquet!
Okay, I'm REALLY going to make an attempt to keep up my Watercolour Wednesdays! LOL
Today I'm posting a little Chicadee that I am submitting to the Grambacher Trading Card swap. This month's theme is birds. You can check out the swap page HERE. Each time you submit a card, the punch a rewards card. I will have three holes punched after submitting this little birdie, so that means I get three tubes of paint!
I love Chicadees and wish that they came to my feeder. I have heard them in the small woods at the end of my block, but they don't seem to want to venture over to my yard.
This colourful little fellow is feeling just ducky today! The colours in this small collage are even richer in person. During these dull days it is hard to get the camera to pick up the colours accurately. I will be popping him into my Etsy shop shortly, or if you'd like this little fellow to brighten up your house, feel free to contact me directly!
Now on to my next project, I wonder what that will be?