My Journey Into Art

Monday, April 30, 2012

Out Of This World

Since I am unable to undertake a big canvas painting or an intricate watercolor right now, I have resorted to working small and portable. That means I'm working in my art journal and small paper. I saw this tutorial on Thaneeya McArdle's site after she posted her completed work at her community site; The Art Colony of which I'm a member of. My version is a very small scale of 4" x 6". I think working bigger would provide better results because I felt limited by the small space. It was fun though. Give it a try. Her tutorial is very easy and simple to follow step by step.
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Fabriano Artistico Watercolor 140 lb. Rough paper, Albrect Durer Watercolor pencils, Micron pen.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I haven't had the opportunity to get any paintings done in the last week. I have a lot of things going on right now that is keeping me from making art. My priorities are focused elsewhere for the next few weeks.

I'm still working in my art journal and will post the next spread soon. In the meantime, here is a mandala that I worked on today. It's simple but it provided me with the zen moments I was seeking and satisfied my creative urge.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

FuNkY cAt

My work in progress from yesterday turned into a cat! This was so much fun to paint! I can't wait to do another but I think I should do a watercolor first so I don't lose my skills.
Funky Cat

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Work In Progress

I reworked this 12" X 12" canvas that had a painted face on it that I wasn't crazy about. This has taken many forms and is not done yet. I don't know where it's going or how it will end up but I'm having fun pushing paint around. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Art Journal

I played with the idea that came from the pattern sketch from my mini sketchbook in my last post. I kind of like the shape, it's pod-like.

I felt like going further with this spread but decided against it because I wouldn't have any place to journal. This was a fun spread to do. Lots of layers underneath of lots of colors.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inside My Mini Sketchbook

I carry a small 3 1/2" X 5" Strathmore watercolor journal in my purse along with a few pens and a small watercolor kit. Generally, I will pull it out when I'm waiting. The last few sketches are from me waiting in the car pick up line at the school for my boys at the end of the day.

The one of the left was done from a photo reference on my phone from the bushes outside the front of the house entrance. The tree on the right is a tree by the school parking lot.


This one below was done today. I was playing with pattern. I think I would like this in fabric to make a decorative pillow.


These were all done in the span of less than 15 minutes. It doesn't take much to make a little creative time for yourself. Even if this is the extent of my creative time for the day, at least I did something.

Monday, April 9, 2012

What's Her Story?

I painted this last night in my Stillman & Birn Alpha Journal using gouache. The paper took a lot of water really well! I was pleasantly surprised. I actually sprayed the page with water to get the drip marks. While there was a little buckling when very wet, it dried pretty flat. I am very new to gouache and still getting a feel for them. I have a very limited palette; the three primary colors and black and white. It's good color mixing practice.

In the last few days, I have clicked over to videos and other websites from links that people have posted on Facebook. It was things people found empowering or resonating to them. To me, they were stories filled with pain. I was so saddened by some of the things I read and watched. There is so much pain and heartache in the world. I feel that this journal spread reflects how those things I read and watched transferred onto the page.

What's her story? There seems to be pain here. I feel like I need to add some journaling to the page to give her some hope and love.


Thursday, April 5, 2012


Yesterday I spent the morning painting. I sat down in my art room with a canvas in front of me, paint on the palette and my phone set to a Djembe radio station on iheartradio. Once the music started, something stirred inside me. I was overtaken by the drumming and started drumming on the canvas. I did this for the better part of 10 minutes.

I love the sound of the Djembe drums. A few years ago I went to this concert and was so moved by the music. The name of this group is called the Djembabes and they are local here in Austin. One of the members of the group offered introductory lessons at her home. Several of my friends and I joined the class. We went weekly for a couple of months. I loved it! At the end of the session, we invited our families to come watch us perform together as a group. In the video that I have here at the 4:30 mark, is one of the songs we learned and performed. When I played the Djembe, I became one with the drum. I can't explain the feeling. It was really a spiritual event for me. Now every time I hear Djembe drums I get that feeling inside. It awakens something in me and I feel so alive.

This is the art that came out of listening to the music. I think it's a bit too busy and I should have stopped sooner but I just went with it.


8" X 10" canvas, acrylics

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Art Journal

I haven't posted my art journal in awhile mostly because the pages haven't really consisted of art, it was more just journaling. This week, since it's a new month, I decided to actually make some art in the art journal. I've been seeing lots of abstract painting lately that other artists have been playing with and I wanted to give it a shot. My art journal is a good place to experiment since I'm not wasting a canvas if I don't like it. It's also small enough to not feel intimidating. I really like the right side of the spread the best and might try again on a real canvas to see what comes about. This was really intuitive. I didn't go in with a set plan of what I was going to put on the pages.