Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Sketch and a page from my Sketchbook

hi folks! I am really behind today. I've been out until a couple of hours ago, and just wasn't feeling up to sketching. I made myself do a quick one though because I did commit to joining in with Blue Chair Diary's weekly sketches.  Do check out Sophia's blog for more Sunday Sketches.

The above sketch is an idea I have for my next folk art painting featuring a mother and her little boy and girl. Do you think the boy looks ok? I hope to start it tonight. I wish there was a workshop for folk art paintings, because I find them the most difficult to do. Maybe because I can't paint loosely?  Come on folk artists! give up your secrets, lol!

A Page from my Sketchbook

This is almost becoming a regular thing here, I'm on week 6 I think...It's not always easy to find a page to show you, since most of them are in pencil and very light. Also, as you can see with this one, it's filled with tiny unfinished scribbles, haha! so now you know how my mind works. It's pure chaos in there sometimes. I sure envy those artists with beautiful, neatly drawn sketchbook pages, filled with lovely colors. Not mine, I don't think there is a single page in the 4 or 5 sketchbooks I have that actually has color. Don't ask my why, since I probably have every brand of colored pencils  known to man...and they just sit in their packages, lonely, wondering when this silly little artist will finally pull them out and use them.
thanks for reading! I'm off to get some work done :-D

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Earth Day Blog Hop

Hi everyone. In honor of Earth Day, I decided to join in  Michelle Perkett's Earth Day Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Lee's Blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, you may want to go back to Michelle's blog and start at the beginning. You would not want to miss all the great ideas!
She gave us a challenge to create something using recycled material such as  plastic, paper, or cardboard, and also include the color green in your work.  Since I am not very crafty,  I ended up doing a painting of a dryad (click for larger look).

 I have so much cardboard from all the books I order, so I started with a piece of cardboard, upon which I glued paper from an old music book.  The dryad's skirt and  leaves are made of pages from last year's phone book. The writing you see around her is a poem by Robert Frost called 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' (see below).
The poem starts on the left arm, and continues around her body.
That's supposed to be a bird's nest with baby cardinals in her hair. It was tricky working on this much texture, but I enjoyed the challenge.

 Your next stop is the lovely  Lynne's Blog.

Do try and visit all the participating blogs to see what wonderful creations they came up with. The last stop on this  hop is Michelle's Studio Blog, where you will find a poll to choose your favorite entry.  Thank you for visiting, and enjoy!

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. 

Robert Frost

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Mother's Love

My latest painting for Mother's Day. I didn't realize how quickly it was coming up so I had to do at least one with a mother and daughter.   I used various papers to add texture to the background,  and then went and covered them! For some reason, I can't do a painting without layers, even if I am the only one who knows what's hidden's listed in my Etsy shop.

The bunny girl from yesterday's post  is already sold! Does anyone else miss their paintings when they sell?
I have a few that I can't part with, which is silly because they are tucked away in an archival box for safekeeping.  How crazy is that?? I think they need to be appreciated, and hanging on a wall somewhere. One day I may decide to finally let them go. Maybe  I will photograph a couple and show them here.

Next on my to do list is a painting of a mother with a boy and girl. I've never painted a whimsical boy, so I'm a bit nervous about it. We shall see how it turns out.
thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bunny Girls and Sketches

hi everyone. In my last post I mentioned needing to work on lots more original folk art girls, so here is the first one, called Bunny Love. I used the sketch I created on my Easter post, and had fun with the background. This took many hours to complete. Originally I used blues, especially on the border, and I felt it just didn't look right, so I scraped on some gesso for texture, and re-did it. I'm much happier with the pink and creme as the main colors.  She is now in my Etsy shop.
Tonight I will be working on something for mother's day.

For this weeks Sunday Sketch, I drew another big-eyed girl, are you all surprised, lol? This is my 5th week doing these sketches, thanks to Blue Chair Diary. Since I committed to join in, it has kept me on track.

A Page from My Sketchbook

Continuing my own little show and tell, here is a page from my sketchbook.  
It's nice to see other artists starting to show pages from their sketchbook. Feel free to join it, it would be fun to see the sketches behind the art.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Flowers in the Desert

 I thought I'd show my latest illustration on a vintage book page. I'm enjoying working on these wonderful old, distressed pages.  I will post a more gothic style girl soon....

I picked up some canvas a few days ago but haven't had a chance to work on a smaller folk art girl. It's about time I get back to  original whimsical paintings. There aren't many left in my Etsy shop, and my goal is to refill it with new work. It's feeling a bit stale at the moment.
Do you ever get bored with the art you produce?

Today I plan to stay in  and work on a couple of my online classes.  I am in Mystele's Gut Art class  which I missed the first time it was offered. Unlike most classes I take, this one has a finish date, which is fast approaching, and I am getting through the first week now, behind as always, lol!  I admire her folk art style, and would love to learn to loosen up. Lots of videos to get through, and I would recommend this class to anyone who loves her work.

That's it for now, I spent the morning reading my favorite blogs, so now it's time for coffee and a video. What a perfect way to spend a rainy day :-)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Sketch and a page from my Sketchbook

 hi everyone. I am a bit late with my sketch today.  I did three other sketches but didn't like any of them, so I finally did one of my big-eyed girls faces.
I glued a butterfly on her hair for fun.
Please check out Blue Chair Diary's blog for details about Sunday sketches as well as other participating artists.

A Page from my Sketchbook

I enjoy showing a random page from my sketchbook weekly. A lot of them are in pencil and faded so it's sometimes tough to pick one out.  Here I was trying to create new characters for small folk art paintings. A lot of my pages are filled with written ideas, color ideas, titles, and lots of random stuff. They wouldn't make much sense to anyone else.
Coming soon (hopefully) is a painting of my bunny girl which I drew  last week....
Are any of you artists interested in sharing one of your sketchbook pages? I'd love to see how you  work.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Latest Painting

Hi folks!
Here is the almost finished painting that I blogged about last week. The dark and gloomy weather of the past few days finally cleared up long enough for me to take a photo.
It is inspired by the movie 'The Snow Walker', which was fantastic! this is my loose interpretation of the Inuit girl named Kanaalaq. 
After not painting any portraits for almost 4 months, I had a hard time getting this one right. In the movie, the girl has pale skin and rosy cheeks, that's what gave me trouble. Looking at it now, I wonder if the cheeks are too pink? I was hoping to make her look younger as well. Hey, at least I finally did it, so it goes to show you, no matter how long you have been in an art slump, or unmotivated,  it can all come back. It wasn't a good feeling sitting back and watching others create, while I found excuse after excuse for not painting.
I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I did a blog post about staying motivated, lol! I will have to look that one up, and take my own advice :-D

 One little piece of advice to my fellow artists, double check before you wood burn an image, that the eyes are even, haha!  I was finished painting the face, when I noticed one eye seemed higher than the other. What a huge pain in the butt to redo!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Sketches and a Page from my Sketchbook

hi folks. I thought I'd miss this week's Sunday Sketches but while waiting to head to my parent's house for Easter dinner, I thought I'd draw a quick little bunny girl. I may even turn her into a painting at some point.
Be sure to check out Blue Chair Diaries for the other wonderful artist who are taking part in these weekly sketches. 

Last night after posting a new work in progress, I worked on it for several hours, and cannot say I am too pleased so far. It hasn't turned out the way I envisioned it, so I will try and finish, and show it here.  If I hadn't woodburned the image, I would have covered it in gesso and started over, but alas, I am stuck with it now.

A Page from my Sketchbook 

The last few Sundays I have shared a page from one of my sketchbooks, and will continue to do so. This is a page with some practice facial features, as well as a rough idea for a Little Bo Peep painting I was planning out.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Snow Walker

It is Saturday afternoon and I thought I would add a quick blog post.   I picked up a movie from my library called 'The Snow Walker' and loved it! The scenery is spectacular.  It is about a bush pilot who is asked to fly a sick inuit girl to a hospital, but the plane crashes. They are left to fend for themselves in the middle of nowhere.

I was sketching during this movie, and decided to do a painting based on the girl. Now it has been  4 months since I painted a figure. Any new readers to my blog probably think I only do whimsical ACEOs since that is what I have been showing lately.  I have been in a very long slump, and have no idea how it started or why.  I guess I let myself be discouraged, and then as the weeks, then months went by, it got easier not to do it.
So after the movie, I got out a wood panel, drew out my idea, and woodburned it. Of course after having done so, I see the small errors. Oh well, I'm a bit rusty, so I will continue and see what happens.

Sorry about the blurry image, not sure why my camera's flash isn't working.  The Inukshuk will be put in the background, I know how silly it looks in front of her head, lol!
This shows what my paintings look like before the fun stuff. I have no idea where I will go with it, I will probably simplify the background for now. I hope to have this done by tomorrow night. 
 It has been way too long since I painted, and it's time to get back to what I love to do best.