Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Canvas Collaboration with Ayala

Lucky me! I get to do a canvas collaboration with Ayala Art. She'll be posting a video (check her post here) of her process while I'll blog about my techniques.

Right now, we're just at the background stage. At right is the 8 x 10 board I made to send her. Ayala will make a nice and pretty painting on this board while I'll do the same with the background canvas she sent me. I can't wait to see the results!

Step 1 I love big and bold color so went with bright and cheerful orange and blue. I used a couple of different background papers (dictionary pages and music sheets) stuck on with a gel medium and white glue mixture. Over top, I added some pretty handmade papers as well as patterned scrapbooking paper.

Step 2 My next step was to take some Golden acrylic paints and dab on over top with a paper towel. I used a bit of Acrylic Glazing Liquid in my mix because I wanted transparency. I much prefer artist grade acrylics over the craft brands for the texture, the colors and the feel. I find craft paints too matte. I like shiny!

Last step - cutting out flower shapes from patterned paper. Again, these were stuck on with my gel medium and white glue mixture.

I can't wait to get started on painting Ayala's canvas.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Art and more art, and a few more arts

I've been busy, arting away on various projects such as Decos, postcards, ATCs and my own canvas art. Plus work. It's a lot of art making!

At left is a postcard for my friend, Ann. She's a Flannery O'Connor fan so I made her an author postcard for a trade we had on illustratedatcs.com. This one is colored pencil on a thick kraft type cardstock. I used inks over top of the pencil.

Below is a big set of Favorite Artist trading cards for a big swap on illustratedatcs.com. Everyone who participates picks a favorite artist and collects cards in the style of or a copy of a master by fellow artists on the trading site. It's one of my favorite swaps since you get to create in a very different style from your own and you get introduced to artists you might not be familiar with. I usually go for the German and Austrian expressionists and have a wonderful collection of mini Beckmann, Klimt and Shiele. Lucky me!

At right is a fun watercolor set of still life mini paintings for yet another swap on illustratedatcs.com. I spend a lot of time there, clearly.

Sadly, I didn't have tons of time for 29 Faces this September but I probably have drawn about 20 faces anyway, lol! I should have posted about it. Ah well. There is always February.

Friday, August 14, 2015

ATCs & Figures for August

I went to life drawing for the first time in many months yesterday and it was rough! I felt out of figure drawing practice for the first couple of poses but then I found my groove and things became more comfortable. Sort of like riding a bike I suppose.

I haven't done much art at all this week. I've been busy with work and most of my spare time has gone into playing Dragon Age Inquisition (again). I have such an addiction to games sometimes. But here are a few ATCs made recently. Beetlejuice is watercolor and ink and the Star Trek TOS cards are in marker and ink for a swap on IllustratedATCs.com.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! It's raining here but soon to clear, just in time for the weekend. Happy PPF.

Oh hey! Just saw my painting from last week up on PPF. How cool! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Goth Girls and a rooster, not together.

August already. How times flies! And the older you get, the faster it goes. Then again, I'm not a big fan of the heat so I don't really mind if July and August sort of flash quickly by. I'm one of those weird people who prefer cooler weather, even tons of snow (only until March though). I work in my loft though, on the third floor. Our home is air conditioned but it sure doesn't reach all the way up here. This is why I'm longing for September, when I can once again create in a room that doesn't feel like a sauna. My drawing arm sticks to the table due to sweat. It's pretty gross.

Anyway, enough heat whining. Here's a set of art cards in goth girl style. These are done in marker and ink and are for a trade on IllustratedATCs.com, my favorite trading place.

I haven't been posting a lot since I've been pretty busy this year but I have been making lots of art - some for work, some to sell and lots to trade as always. I wish I could be a better blogger but I struggle with it. Well.... mostly I struggle with time management, lol.

Here's a bit of random stuff I've done over the past couple of months: A colorful rooster acrylic painting on canvas for a rooster lover. The pretty, pink peonies are for a graphic set I sell (available on Etsy). They're drawn and colored digitally.

Oh! I made a new coloring book, this one is filled with retro style pin up girls. But they're all nudes so don't click if that sort of thing isn't your thing. :)

Happy PPF! I hope everyone is having a great summer with family and friends and making lots of great art too. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Madame X Revisited, Hello again!

Geez, it's been quite a while since I posted anything here. You know how it goes. Some days you have a lot to say and then months go by, time passes and whoops! No blog posts for weeks at a time. I've been busy making graphic files mostly, trying to put out new work all of the time.

Anyway, here's a painting I worked on this week. It's an 18 x 24 mixed media canvas, called Madame X Revisited. Madame X is a very famous (and incredibly beautiful) painting by John Singer Sargent and it's one of my favorites. I saw it at the Metroplitan last year and fell in love with it. I collect artist interpretations of this painting (mostly in ATC/sketch card format) and wanted to create my own version. My daughter modeled for me :)

And below are a recent set of tree ATCs for a swap. I had a lot of fun making these in a graphic style.