Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Brown-Eyed Girl


Brown-Eyed Girl / Watercolor Batik / 8X8


A fun video featuring a talented brown-eyed girl with a guy who knows how to dance:



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 I've signed up for an online class taught by Roxanne Evans Stout called Book of Trees.  Roxanne has a lovely soft, organic aesthetic.
Only half-way through watching the videos, I'm really looking forward to making this book ( & buying more art supplies for the class).



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Downsizing

We've been in our house for a few weeks now.  The donation pile keeps getting bigger.

 There is no big studio space here - no room for the flat files or canvas carts, but there is room for a drafting table & shelving in an extra bedroom.  As soon as the second shelving unit arrives, I can finish unpacking art supply boxes. 

This will become the new workroom.  I've always wanted a pink studio ☺.


Tim removed a big fireplace in the living room.  Now we have space for a couch.  We will lighten up the walls with fresh paint next week.


A contractor has been doing some minor projects to make us more comfortable, but he has a small crew and is not here every day.  It's a mess.

Hope to get back to some art by the end of next week. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday


Cheetah - Watercolor batik / 18X24


Here is a video of artist Ellen Brenneman doing a painting of a cheetah on Yupo paper.   Looks like fun!





Friday, September 15, 2017

Flashback Friday

"Out of the Blue"  -  watercolor batik on rice paper


A ten year old batik - long gone.  I still remember ironing off the wax and holding my breath. 

I look at this with different eyes now; not critical eyes, but smiling eyes as I remember hearing my friend and mentor's voice:

"Your art education never ends."

You were always right, Helen.


I did a blog post about Helen a few years back, if you're interested.
She has since passed away, but is not forgotten.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Stuff


Prince Charming  / Oil w-palette knife  /  6X6    Sold

This painting is a few years old, and was done after I attended a palette knife workshop taught by California artist Leslie Saeta.

If you're interested, you can learn more about the workshop by clicking here.

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We're still packing.  The art supplies are in boxes, but I don't want to tape the boxes closed yet.

We are meeting with a contractor today to talk about making some minor upgrades in the new house.  We are downsizing by more than 1000 square feet.   Part of me is getting nervous because I think we are downsizing too much, but my husband disagrees.

For example, I doubt that our couch will fit in the tiny living room at the new place.   My husband says we'll just buy a new couch.  I like that solution!

There is no studio space.  Tim says we'll build something in the backyard.  Okay.

Our "stuff" has been in storage so long, I can't even remember what we have.  What does that tell us, Tim asks.  I can't argue with him.

It tells us that we have too much stuff.

Stuff

We have decided to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle (except for art supplies, of course),  and to concentrate on appreciating more meaningful stuff instead of great quantities of stuff.

After we move, I'll post pics of our old house (I miss you) and our new house.

I think I'm looking forward to this adventure.

I'll let you know.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Road Trip

Artemis - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 24X18 - Sold

About 10 years ago, Tim and I took a road trip from Michigan to North Carolina.  While visiting Asheville, we toured the Biltmore Estate.  The house was completed by the Vanderbilt family in the late 1800s.

We took lots of photos at the estate, and it was here that I got inspiration for the batik above.

Artemis statue on Biltmore Estate

This statue was my inspiration.

Artemis sits way on top of a hill looking down at the Biltmore house.

This is her view.

It goes to show that you can find inspiration anywhere.

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We will close on our house in about three weeks, so we have began purging and packing.  
One of the nice things about packing is that I've found a few things I thought I had lost.

All of our furniture is in a PODS container somewhere.  Although we've lived in this rental about a year, we moved in with practically nothing. 

So where did we get all this stuff?



Friday, September 1, 2017

Bad Hair Day


Pastel on toned paper

This young woman is having a bad hair day.

 I think she is sad because I don't feel like doing her portrait over again:)𝩀

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In the Collage Lab book, I jumped ahead to 
Lab 15 - The Personal Palette.  The author suggested tearing out magazine photos with appealing color palettes, cutting them to a uniform size, and then fastening them together for future inspiration (for those of us with nothing to do today).



At any rate, it was more fun than I thought it would be.  I will be adding to the collection as I go, and think it will be nice reference material in the art studio.

Hope everyone has a safe weekend!