My Journey Into Art

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Frog 2

Well, this frog didn't come out as well as the tree frog. I had difficulty with the leaf that it is sitting in. I feel that it just doesn't convey it the way I wanted it to. I enjoyed the process though so not all was lost.

Frogs

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tree Frog

After painting the birds, I wanted to find something else to paint that wouldn't be too difficult or complex. This little tree frog fit the bill. Now that he's finished, I feel like the next page since it shares the spread should be a frog too. I printed out a photo of red frog on a leaf to work from. Stay tuned for that one.

This frog was done in watercolors in a watercolor sketchbook.

Tree Frog

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Birds

In Spring I tend to hear and notice birds much more than any other time of year. There is a wooded lot behind the house so I hear lots of birds lately. With them being on my mind, I thought I would give it a shot to try and paint one. I've admired the birds that Geninne paints. Her artwork is very inspiring and beautiful. Earlier this week, I saw that Alisa Burke also painted birds. I love the stylized way she painted them. They are so bright, bold and stunning. Ahhh...such talent.

I did a search for "colorful birds" and found the Blackburnian Warbler. I printed out the photo and painted it using the printout for reference. I was surprisingly pleased with the way it turned out. So I did another, this time the Eastern Bluebird. I was afraid to try to emulate the style that Alisa Burke did with her birds for fear of ruining the painting. So this is my final result:

Birds

Fiery Red

I painted this Mandala on a 6" X 6" canvas board instead of doing it in my journal. I used acrylic paint and then added the white details in gel pen. It feels alive to me.

Fiery Red

Monday, March 21, 2011

Figs

A couple of weeks ago, Carol Sloan from The Sketchbook Challenge posted a little tutorial on how she goes about doing a watercolor sketch in nature. She made it look so easy! I tried with the fig bush that is growing in the backyard.

This sketch was done in pencil first and then painted in watercolor and finally outlined in pen. I look forward to eating the figs in summer!

Figs


Figs

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mandala Fun

Boy this spread morphed into something completely different from it's beginning. Initially, I had painted some watercolors in warm tones of reds, oranges and yellows. I splattered some red on top. I started to doodle in black marker but was unhappy with the result. Next came a layer of thinned gesso to cover up the doodling. I started adding torn pieces of a magazine page on top. Then acrylic paint followed. I put 3 blobs of acrylic paint on the page and then closed the journal squishing it down. It gave the page an interesting look but not what I was after. I saved an old gift card after seeing others use it to spread paint. I hadn't used it that way before so I gave it a try. I liked the result. I painted the mandala using white acrylic paint and a brush. The detailing is not as crisp as I would have liked it. I have on my list to buy a white gel pen and a white paint pen to try to achieve more definition and cleaner lines.

Here is the completed spread:

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Here you can see some of the underlying layers of magazine and doodling.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Just The Way You Are

I think there is so much pressure for girls and women to be perfect. The messages out there are that you are not enough unless you look a certain way. I think we would all be better off if the messages were more about acceptance of our individuality. Regardless of color, creed, shape or size, there is beauty in all of us. That is the important message to get out to our impressionable children. I know many adults including myself that need to be reminded of this from time to time. We are amazing just the way we are.

Just The Way You Are


The lyrics are from a Bruno Mars song.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring has sprung!

I love this time of year where everything comes alive again after being dormant. Spring is a time of renewal in nature, and renewal in me as well. I seem to awaken in Spring with an abundance of energy to do more and be outside as much as I can.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spilling Over

The theme for March in the Sketchbook Challenge is Spilling Over. I've been watching a lot of You Tube videos on art journaling and collage seems to be a big element in most of them. I tried my hand in it for this piece. It was fun to tear and place some random things. I didn't have a real vision of what I was going to do. I just let it evolve. There are so many layers because I wasn't liking the way things were turning out and so I kept adding more. After several days of working on it, I'm happy with the way it turned out.

I found this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh, "When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love."

Every morning when I have my first cup of coffee, I sit and savor the first half cup. I enjoy the hot liquid going down like a warm hug. I am at my most present during this time and reflective of all the good that is in my life. It is at this time that I am spilling over with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

Spilling Over

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Home

I painted this whimsy house and tree and gave thought to what makes a home. I journaled my thoughts and blurred them out but essentially home to me is where my family is. It doesn't matter whether the house itself is big or small, clean or messy, filled with the finest things or junk yard finds. Home is really where warm memories are made with the people I love. And that can take place in any abode and in any location.

Home


Painted in my Moleskine art journal with watercolors and micron pen.