My Journey Into Art

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I just completed the second whimsy girl which I have named Mona. It's the name that popped into my head so I'm going with it.

These are so fun to do. I have a feeling I will be doing these for the next little while.

I'm still working in my art journal daily and I want to start sketching an object a day in graphite to improve my drawing skills. I also still want to work on my watercolors because I don't want to lose what I have gained in learning to work with them. Too many things I want to do, not enough time! Isn't that how it always is?!


8" X 8" canvas and acrylics

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Love Her!

I decided to go with pure whimsy on this girl. After the last two portraits, I gave up on the human face -- at least for now. I actually painted the eyes on her with my fingers. I wasn't seeking perfection, just wanted to have fun. I love her! The consensus from my household was a mixed bag. I got "cute", to "she's scary looking" and then "that's very ugly". That's all fine by me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?!

I think I want to make a series of them. This was done on a 8" x 8" canvas with Golden Liquid Acrylics.

whimsy girl

Friday, February 24, 2012

Keeping Myself Honest

I am posting these portraits even though I am not happy with them. I can only improve from here! I started this blog to record my art journey. It wouldn't be an honest recording if I excluded the learning pieces and only displayed my 'good' paintings.

This first one was done completely from imagination. There is something wrong with her eyes and I think her nose is too narrow.

Colorful girl

This portrait was done looking at a magazine of a model. I won't mention who the well known actress/model is because this looks NOTHING like her. I went for a more realistic look after the one from imagination didn't turn out. This one isn't much better. Again there is something wrong with the eyes -- too small, too close together?


These were done on canvas using Golden Liquid Acrylics. Lovely, lovely paint.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Art Journaling through February

These are my spreads for February so far.


I was in a dark headspace when I created the following spread and it came through on the page. The quote says: An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

I was feeding the wrong wolf for a few days.


I was back to my happy self.


The last one is currently in progress and was inspired by a landscape that Alisa Burke did in the Sketchbook Delight Part 2 class. I had just finished watching her video when I started the spread and the look and feel came from her demonstration.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Figure Drawing Sessions 4 and 5

Last week I went to two different studios on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, I got a surprise in that the model was male. I was actually pretty excited to attempt the male figure since they are more muscular. It was his first time modeling and I think he did a great job holding still.

session 4


On Wednesday, I went to the larger studio. The model was the same one from session two.



I had fun with pastels in the above drawing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Doodling with Alisa Burke

I realize that I haven't blogged in over a week. It's not that I don't have artwork to post, I do. The weather was rainy most of last week and I guess I have a bit of seasonal affective disorder. When it's dark and rainy for days on end, I become lethargic and taking photos of my artwork to post on the blog seemed like too much work. I would not survive in the Pacific Northwest with all the rain that they get. I did make it out two days in a row to the figure drawing studios even in the rain. I will post those tomorrow.

But back to day's post--

I signed up for Alisa Burke's Sketchbook Delight Part 2. I took her first Sketchbook Delight class last year and really enjoyed it. With Part 2, she goes into more advanced techniques that build on what she taught in the first class.

This doodle was inspired by the lesson on doodling that she put together. I just love watching her work. She makes it look so easy and do-able. I think this doodle would look great on a larger paper with more circles. Hmmm...maybe something to tackle.


Sunday, February 12, 2012


My friend, Chel posted a photo of her bird Winnie the other day on Facebook. I was ready to begin a new project and I had the itch to play with my pastels. Before she posted the photo of Winnie, I was going to look through my flower photos for some inspiration. When I saw Winne, I knew she was it.

Here is the photo that Chel posted and beneath is my pastel painting.

Chel, it's yours if you want to send me your address. :)


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Figure Drawing Sessions 2 and 3

Last Tuesday, I went to my second Figure Drawing Open Studio. I chose a different spot to stand in than the week before to get a different perspective. It was a bit tougher.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I didn't realize how much shadow there was when I took the photos and I didn't have time to re-do them.

My favorite 5 minute gesture pose was this one. I think she looked so graceful.

Figure Session 2 (5min)

Here's one of the 30 minute poses:

Figure session 2 (30min)

Then 45 minutes:

Figure Session2 (45min)

The following day, I headed to a different studio. This time it was a just a few quick gestures and two 1 hour long poses. The studio was larger but darker. The studio can accommodate up to 20 artists and I think we were pretty close to that many. I was quite far back and off to the side.

Here is the first 60 minutes:

Figure Session 3 (60 min)

Now the following sketch was done in the last 30 minutes of the second pose. I didn't like the way my sketch was turning out during the first 30 minutes, so I started over for the second half of the time.

Figure Session 3 (30 min)

I didn't have a chance to go to any sessions this week because my boys have been out of school since Monday. I hope to get into one next week. The spots fill up fast.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pay It Forward

I participated in a Facebook thing that was going around in which you state that the first five people to respond to the post would get something handmade by yourself. The catch is that the person receiving the handmade item, has to Pay It Forward to five people with handmade items as well.

I completed the first of my five. It was given to the recipient today but the last I heard, he hasn't opened up the package. I think it's safe for me to post it here because I doubt that he reads my blog. It went to one of my husband's co-workers. He has two Rottweilers, in addition to several other dogs. I hope he likes it.

It's 8 x 10 on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. M. Graham watercolors and pastels.