Thursday, April 24, 2014

Enjoying My Journey

I can't begin to tell you how much I'm enjoying the process of learning the water solubles.  It brings me right back to my first days with the Genesis Heat Set Oils and the excitement I felt with every piece I painted.  The water solubles aren't coming as easily in terms of skills attained, but they are coming at a fast enough pace to keep me keenly interested and excited for every new project.

Each of these paintings is based on a photo offered through Paint My Photo.  The photographers there are truly some of the finest in the world and their generosity of heart to freely allowing their work for our use, is unparalleled out there.

My paintings were done in a combination of Caran d'Ache Neocolours II, Derwent Inktense Pencils and assorted watecolour pencils.

Water Lilies
9x12 Watercolour Paper

Australian Rosella
5.5x8.5 Watercolour Paper

My adventure continues!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Baby Steps

Learning anything new takes time to perfect.  Sometimes during that learning process, some things are easier while others offer invaluable lessons through the failed endeavours.  That's a good thing.  The easier things build your confidence while the failures teach you what you need to know to continue building your skill. 

Oils came SO easy for me ... but then I'd been struggling with acrylics for years before I decided to experiment with the oils and found my niche.   Now, I'm forcing the niche into the water soluble mediums and, believe it or not, I am enjoying every success and failure.   Its not coming as easily as the oils, but I'm not struggling like I did with the acrylics either ... bonus! lol

Here's the last painting I did with the Caran d'Ache Neocolours II and the Derwent Inktense Pencils.  This painting is based on a photo offered through Paint My Photo ning group, linked at lower right.  While this piece was not one of my "successes", I learned so much about shading and highlighting with water solubles that I consider it a very valuable painting because of that. ;-)

Rose Elegance
the journey continues ...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Adventuresome Journey

Its been a while since I've updated my blog. I've been off on an adventure as I began the journey into water soluable mediums.

This adventure has had a two-fold purpose. My health issues are prohibiting my ability to spend a great deal of time at the art desk and I was having less and less time for being creative. I wanted to find something that would allow for me to be creative from my bedchair ... something of a fluid nature but less mess than typical painting mediums. I wanted something that made me feel as good about my artwork as my Genesis Oils have done and still do.

I searched.

I've used Prismacolour Pencils and love them.  I will continue to use them ... but it wasn't the kind of painting medium my heart was yearning for.

Watercolour, both in cake and tube form, posed a bit of a problem with the bedchair as they require a water mister to keep them moist and a cup of water. Did I mention I tend to spill and drop things a lot? :-( Yeah ... its sad. :-(   I can, however, use an aqua brush with them but it requires a great deal more water than these brushes tend to dispense.

Watercolour Pencils began to fit the emotional need for moving colour.   I can use an aqua brush with them, keeping better control on that water too. They offer the option of applying dry or wet as you determine and work well with both the aqua brushes or regular watercolour brushes and a cup of water.

Caran d'Ache Neocolours II were an investment I decided to make as several friends have used them and loved them too. I got the 84 colour tin and am so glad I did ... lots and lots of colours to play with! Oh yessssssssss ... I fell in love with the first colour and play. They are lovely ... simply lovely and lush in colour. They also can be applied dry or wet as you determine and work well with aqua brushes or regular watercolour brushes and a cup of water.

To make things even more exciting, I've added a 24 colour tin of Derwent's Inktense Pencils and I have a 72 tin set of the Derwent Inktense Blocks arriving May 5th. (Amazon had a flash sale and price of $40.14 and free shipping!). The Inktense are ink delivered in either pencil or block form and activate with water.   Once dry, they are set like ink, which allows for layering of colours. This will play nicely with the Caran d'Ache and I can't wait to have ALL those lovely colours to play with soon!

Both the Caran d'Ache Neocolours as well as the Derwent Inktense can be used for fine art, mixed media, art journaling, cardmaking, scrapbook pages ... whatever your heart desires!

To follow has been my art journey with the Caran d'Ache Neocolours II and added detailing in many with both Watercolour Pencils and the Inktense.  With exceptions as noted, my paintings are based on photos offered at Paint My Photo, ning group (linked lower right). 

Koi Fish
my 1st piece

The Soul Becomes
my 2nd piece

Still Life
my 3rd piece
my 4th piece
(my original sketch)

Pansy Center - Macro-Close-up
my 5th piece
Apollo Bay SeaScape
my 6th piece

I'm loving this adventure and look forward to learning more and more as I continue my journey!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Blessed Hearts

My friend, Barb Owens, recently showed on her Ustream "Creating Faces" some wonderful little folk art dolls she created and calls her "Affirmation Dolls".  I fell in love with the idea and had to try it myself.

Blessed Hearts
Affirmation Doll

I had Crayola Air Dry Clay on hand for some time (a 2-1/2 pound tub for a $4.00 found at Target).  We had the baby powder already (bonus! lol).  I got the faces mold, Lumiere Exciter Mini-Pack and the T.H. Idea-ology Chit Chat booklet from on line shopping at Hobby Lobby.

Her face was painted with Pearlescent Watercolours in flesh and rose tones.

Her dress is made of snippits of paper, woven together and adhered with double stick tape on the back to a cardstock.  On the front, I layed a thin layer of Liquitex Matte Gel to weld the weave.

Her feet and wings were hand drawn and created from more paper, double backed for strength and sandwiched in between the front and back of her dress. 

Wire wrapped in Pink Ribbon was used for her arms.

6 Strand Heavy Embroidery Floss was separated and used to make her hair which was painted yellow and gold with a combination of Pearlescent Watercolour paints.  Another unseparated strand was used for her dangle.

Her crown and the star in her hand were more Idea-ology items and a little opalescent sparkling gem was added at the top of the star ring to help hold in place.

Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet was daubed along all the edges of dress, wings, feet and arms and words.

A bit of lace to the bottom of her dress and the Idea-ology words "blessed" and "hearts" were added to the dress to finish my doll.

Barb did her little dolls very quickly which you will see if you watch the video.  Mine took about 3 days after the faces were dry.  I'm OLD and slow!   lol    Also, while I did get a few of the items which were necessary (like the face mold and word stickers) I determined to make do with supplies on hand for the rest of her and did some experimentation with items that I didn't end up using after all ... like the stained cheese cloth and the cream ribbon on the double stacked set shown in the lower right photo.   I didn't end up using the Lumiere Exciter Mini-Pack either and went with the Pearlescent Watercolours.

I SO enjoyed this process and have more doll faces I will be playing with again.  Thank you Barb for sharing what you love and do with me and others ... your creativity is amazing!

"Blessed Hearts"

Friday, March 7, 2014

Intermingling Thingies

The art aMUSEment group's 52 Cards keyword art challenge this week was "INTERMINGLE"

Say what?!?   Yes, I know what it means "to mix or mingle together" ... but its an intangible word!

Last week's was "KEY".  Now there's a good word for an art piece ... it has tangibility to it.  You can draw a key, hold a key, use a key, learn a key ... it has purpose and function.

I had to work at this one!  lol  

And so I did ...

This isn't a card, but a journal page consisting of different, yet similar, bits and tones intermingled and connected, all of it representing my life because I feel, as I grow older, that my life is becoming fused yet intermingled in momentary glimpses of a memory here and there.

"so many years 
in one yesterday"
This was done with the following materials:

Minds Eye "A Happy Heart" paper 6x6 pad
white tissue paper
white card stock for word tag
Studio 112 Die-cut border
Cloud9 Design Epoxy Word sticker
Prismacolour Watercolour Pencil - Carmine Red
T.H. Distress Ink - Vintage Victorian
Charcoal pencil
Decorative Corner punch
Heart and circle flat back sticker gems
Foamie dots
Scotch Glue Stick
Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Time Flies ...

even when you're not having fun.

How bizarre to realize my last post was on October 13, 2013 and titled "Time is Running Out!" ... and this one, so many months later, is "Time Flies!". 

Life took an unexpected, downward spill in October and shortly after my last post, I was pretty much out for the count in terms of social activity, creativity and really, life in general. 

I can't and won't go into all the details as its not really my story to tell ... but suffice it to say there are times I have questioned one of the gifts God has granted me and this time I not only questioned it but I harshly berated, cried and screamed at Him sometimes for it landed me smack in the start, middle and ongoing end to the story.

But I survived ... even if not fully intact in all areas.   

And so ... I'm back ... and even arting a little!

I am so blessed with an understanding husband and loving family, friends and acquaintances ... some who were prayer warriors during the worst of it ... and others who quietly started activity to lift, pull and drag me up and back to my chair and encourage me to once again find joy in their companionship and my art.  I cherish each and every one of you ... and praise God for that special gift of your love, friendship and devotion to me and each other.

I've not done much art as I lost my comfy computer chair when we rearranged our bedroom for papa's homecoming from Hospital in January after surgery on his abdominal aortic aneurism.  He's doing very well - thank you!  :-)   I can manage about a 30-45 minutes though in this chair and have enjoyed a little of the 52 Weeks Art Card journey started by my friend, Kelly Hoernig, with the art aMUSEment group!  An index sized card of art -- how easy and how fun, based on a key word given each week!  One can put as much or as little into it as desired but everyone can find time for a wee bit of fun in their busy lives each week and this fits the bill !! 

Key Word was POUCH - my angel sits in a pouch
Key word was KEY