Monday, April 30, 2012

Mixed Media Monday

Last week I took several much needed days off work because of a much anticipated visit from my brother all the way from Portland, Oregon!! It's a long trip so we don't see each other often. While I'd planned to spend as many minutes as possible with my brother, I had also hoped to use some of my time off to dig into some art ideas I have had rolling around in my head.  At least to get some things in progress.  I got to work a little bit but I make no apologies! We had a great time!

Here is what I did work on:
I  was kicking around color, texture, and composition with this one. It is Acrylic, pastels, charcoal, and paper on cardboard. It's another exercise for me.

I know by practicing I will get better. I also know I need to practice patience!
It will all pay off at some point, right?


Monday, April 23, 2012

Mixed Media Monday

Happy Monday!

I've been doing a lot of reading about Mixed Media both online and in library books. I love the versatility of using mixed media to create pleasing visual imagery. This past weekend I was blessed with time to experiment with some of the materials & techniques I've been reading about and I share with you a couple of things I created using acrylic paint, pastels, stamps, and collage materials.

Mixed Media on Canvas:

Katie at the Beach, Pawley's Island SC

The beginning of an altered book:

Children's board book found at the Salvation Army...
Stay tuned as this one evolves.....

I also tried an image transfer but it was a bit of a "FAIL" so no photo here! I can see where I went wrong, though and I'm excited to try it again!

 Why do YOU love Mixed Media?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Dog's Life

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Admittedly, seeing the dogs out playing on a beautiful sunny day really makes it hard to work! So I took a break and snapped some photos! 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity

As artists, we constantly struggle with the tension between creating and the fear of the reaction we will receive about what we've created. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love,  gives a wonderful talk about overcoming the "inherent emotional risks of creativity"

I think my favorite part is when she simply says, "show up and do your job" and if/when you fall into a pit of despair, keep on doing it anyway.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Katie Hipstamatic

Katie Photoshopped!

I don't own an iPhone and I am jealous of these hipstamatic prints I keep seeing! I mean they're so cool! I do have Photoshop, though, so I found a video that teaches how to get the Hipstamatic look using Photoshop. Here is my attempt!
It's probably faster and easier with the iPhone but this is my only option right now.
 I know what you're thinking, "has this girl been living under a rock?"
Not exactly, just trying to live a bit simpler lifestyle.

I don't know how much longer I can hold out.

here's the tutorial for others of you who also live under rocks.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mixed Media Artist Book Workshop

Below are pictures of beautiful Mixed Media Art Books made by an artist named Bridgette Guerzon Mills. whose blog I follow. The blog is called Contemplating the Moon: The Art Journal of Bridgette Guerzon Mills. If you are interested in participating in her workshop and live in the Chicago area, I would recommend checking this out. For more information, click on the link below!

just beautiful!

Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm so excited!
 I've started receiving stuff about upcoming art shows and festivals, a sign that summer is just around the corner! I love strolling through outdoor art shows and talking with other artists about their work. I LOVE it! It's such a feel good scene and brings a flood of inspiration into my soul!
Here are some local shows I've really enjoyed:


Remember this? Playing with paint and mark making, no direction really but that was the intention.

With more intention, It has evolved into this, a more focused underpainting. I'm still wanting to add lots more texture and I'm thinking about ordering wood icing something I found on Martha Lever's blog, Art du Jour. (link is below, check her out!)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

6:54am    I hear a loud whisper, "mommy..."
6:55am    I open one eye. "what is it, honey?" Katie looks at me and raises her eyebrows as if to say, "Hellooo...It's Easter morning and I'm pretty sure there's candy downstairs! Why are you not up yet?!"
6:57am    "You can go ahead down and see if the Easter Bunny was here," I say, wishing I could roll over and go back to sleep but, of course, willing myself to wake up.
7:00am    I hear, "Found one!"....."Found another one!" I put on my robe and start down the stairs where I run into Katie with a handful of eggs....
7:03am    "Finding Easter Eggs is hard," Katie says, with 4 missing eggs left to find. So we "help" her look
7:06am    23 Easter Eggs Found (one was cracked). Check.
                All candy sampled. Check.
7:07am     "Mommy, I'm bored."

Happy Easter!      

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What do you Hunger for?

Many of us stuff our desires down deep into the self, as if sheer determination can keep the lid on longing. But hunger is holy. We are meant to be hungry and to satisfy that hunger every day

Sarah Ban Breathnach

The hunger is there. The skills need honing.
The best thing I can do is be honest.  I neither hold a fine arts degree nor have I practiced (whole-heartedly) for many years. But the hunger and longing to make art have never left me. They have always been a part of me in spite of my neglect of them, as I have pushed through life pursuing quests for success in all the wrong places.
 I owe my art an apology.
 Over the past few years, Life has fed me a heaping spoonful of  "it wasn't supposed to be this way" and while it sometimes gets me down, I try to see the lesson in it all.  I have learned a lot in my journey and I should find gratitude in spite of my losses. I am thankful to Life for delivering me to a place where making art is my strongest desire.
My art needs me.

Last week,  Spring Break 2012 at the Kennel Club required my full focus and commitment  both on our guests and my staff of pet caregivers. We've been blessed with beautiful weather and it was a busy but great week!
 Unfortunately, with nice weather comes allergies and I found myself battling daily sinus headaches, slight fatigue, and generally feeling scatter-brained and unproductive in my creative world, the result of which was pacing back and forth through the studio like a tiger sizing up it's prey but unable to go in for the attack. 
 I needed to make art but my mind was in a flat spin.
I was indecisive about subject matter, couldn't decide what medium I wanted to try and I was totally unable to bridge the gap between wanting to conquer and control the outcome and just giving in and dancing with the process.
Using acrylics, charcoal, and masking fluid, I gave up on trying to catch the elusive "perfect subject matter" and used my hunger and frustration to drive an exercise in mark making.
I had fun. I danced.

Whatever it is, it's not finished.  It will evolve but that's not important right now. It was about practice and making a connection with paint, charcoal, and myself.

What do you hunger for?

I'd love to hear from you!