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I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go.  I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures.  I cannot believe it's been six years now!  Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:
1.  Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic
2.  About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea
3.  I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while
4.  It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at once
With all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!  


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Revisiting another hobby

Watercolors!

There are a few "staple" art things I do like sewing, quilting, photography and painting.  For example, I may not have turned my sewing machine in in over a year but it's like an old friend... when you get back together you pick up right where you left off.  I have this relationship with watercolors too.  I guess that's why I consider myself a Jill-of-all-trades but master of none.

In the right hand column where I have listed What I Blog About you can find all of my entries for watercolors.  I was going to post some pictures then I realized that I already had in previous posts.

I started a new painting over Thanksgiving while we were at my mother-in-law's house (in Illinois) but never finished it because by the time we got home I was onto something else.  A few weeks ago I decided to finish this painting so I pulled it out and began working on the details.

His name is Oscar the Red Panda and he lives at the Virginia Zoo here in Norfolk, VA.  I love going to this zoo because of him and if my kids aren't with me I watch him for hours.  I am fascinated by this little guy!  And as you can imagine I've taken tons of pictures of him.  He is my inspiration for my latest watercolor. It measures 11" X 14" 





Saturday, February 11, 2012

Purple Passion Flowers

I had this new idea:  To dry acrylic paint on parchment paper then peal it off and use that in a piece of art.  So I picked out about 4 different colors of paint: dark and light purple, gold and a pearlescence beige.  I squirted them all onto parchment paper, swirled them around with the tip of a paintbrush (not the bristle end) and q-tips.  Not too vigorously though because I still wanted to see each individual color that was used.




I knew that when this was dry I was going to use it to create flowers.  After a few days of letting it dry I then decided to create a background for these flowers.  Instead of making the "traditional" blue sky and green grass I decided to incorporate the purples and gold into the background as well.


Now comes the fun part of peeling the paint and balling it up! (Sorry I got so excited at this stage I forgot to take pictures!)

After gluing the flowers down I painted the stems and finished with the leaves.  I was leaning towards the leaves being blue since nothing else in the painting was as it seems but I wanted the person to at least recognize the leaves so I elected to paint them green.




Purple Passion Flowers is now for sale at my art studio at Olde Towne Art.  I should have taken a side view of it so you could see the dimension on these flowers, I just love it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I'm still here!

Wow I can't believe I haven't posted in 2 1/2 weeks!  Sorry guys but it seems like this cold and flu season has decided to check into our house for a while.  We are on the upswing now though.

I feel like I've been in another creative rut lately but when I made a list this morning about new blog posts I discovered that it's not a rut as much as "all over the place" and not really focusing on one idea.  So I have 4 new posts to do but not enough time to do them but I have my trusty list that I will refer to in the next few days/weeks.

For starters I have moved into a smaller space at Olde Towne Art for financial reasons.  But I also found that with the large space I felt that I needed to create large pieces to fill that space and that just isn't me.  I don't work in large scale.  It felt more of like a burden to create pieces instead of an inspiration.  It did get me to think bigger though. 

So here are a few pictures of my new smaller space and believe it or not every one of my pieces in my large space fit just fine in my smaller space.  I actually think it looks a little better because your eye isn't jumping from one space to another, it now just flows through my work.





And since taking this picture it's changed again!  They love when I come in because they know that I'll be moving stuff around.  My art dolls weren't selling so I took those down for a while but since this picture I've taken them back in and hung them on the walls like my mermaid.  I am also working on 4 new pieces that I hope to finish by the end of the week so more changes will be happening again in my little space so stay tuned!