My Journey Into Art

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

29 Faces Days 20 to 24

I'm back from my trip to Montreal. I only brought with me my Koi Watercolor Set, a pencil, a Tombow marker and a couple of Micron pens. With my limited supplies, I painted these faces daily. I think Day 20 is my favorite. I really like how she came out.

 Day 20

29 Faces - 20

Day 21

29 Faces - 21

Day 22

29 Faces - 22

Day 23

29 faces - 23

Day 24

29 Faces - 24
I wasn't able to paint a face yesterday because I was catching up on all kinds of things from being away. I will try to have Day 25 and 26 done later today to catch me up. I am also trying to catch up on my Bloom True class. I'm so behind. I just completed my second layers on the two 30 x 30 canvases that I'm working on. I will post those another day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

29 Faces - 19

This face was done in plain old HB pencil. No paints, no pastels, no blending stump. Just a simple pencil drawing. I took the picture with my phone and see that she has a red reflection on her face. My phone case is red so I suppose it's from that.

29 Faces - 19

I'm off to Montreal in the morning to visit family. I will be back late Monday night. I'm bringing my 29 Faces journal with me and a set of watercolors. I plan to keep up with the challenge while I'm gone. I will post the photos when I get back. I will actually be unplugged for the next 5 days. No mobile phone, no email and no internet. It should be an interesting experience since I'm quite attached to my phone.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

29 Faces 18

I was short on time today. I had intended to paint this one earlier in the day but I had a bunch of stuff to do, like run to Jerry's Artarama to get my paintings framed (see my post from earlier today) amongst other errands.

This is a watercolor background with a watersoluble marker. Another oneliner! These are really so much fun to do. You really don't know how it will turn out until you are done. I like the spontaneity of it.

29 Faces - 18

Exciting News!!!

My word for the year is "brave", I set some intentions at the beginning of the year about how I would like to be braver in my life, not only in my art life, but in my personal life as well. One of my brave feats was entering a local art exhibition contest. I hemmed and hawed on whether or not I should enter. This is a juried exhibition and the artwork will be judged. The whole thing seemed scary and overwhelming to me. I waffled back and forth about whether or not my art was good enough, was I really an artist (I have no formal training), etc. The other side of me was saying, 'what have you got to lose?" Both my husband and an online art friend encouraged me. I put my brave face on, and submitted three watercolors.

Yesterday, I received notice that two of my three paintings were accepted into the exhibition. Only 150 artworks were chosen from over 400 submissions. To say that I am excited is putting it mildly. I went down to Jerry's Artarama this morning to drop off my paintings to be framed. I have to bring them in on September 29th. The exhibit runs from October 4th to the 27th at the Georgetown (TX) Public Library. There will be an artist reception and award ceremony on October 16th. I'm just thrilled to have my paintings in the exhibit and that in itself is a big win for me. A prize would be icing on the cake. These paintings will be offered for sale at the exhibit as well.


Sulphur-breasted Toucan

Monday, September 17, 2012

29 Faces Day 17

I started out using the Chalklets again but wasn't happy with how faint her skin tone was so I switched over to watercolor pencils. She looks like she's in deep thought. I wonder what's on her mind.

29 Faces - 17

Sunday, September 16, 2012

29 Faces Days 10 to 16

YAY! I'm current now!

Day 10 - watercolors and watersoluble graphite

29 Faces - 10

Day 11 - Watercolor background and marker

29 Faces - 11

Day 12 - Watercolor background, oil pastels and marker

29 Faces - 12

Day 13 - Watercolor background, oil pastels, markers

29 Faces - 13

Day 14 - Watersoluble marker. This was based on a tutorial from

29 Faces - 14

Day 15 - Oneliner in watersoluble marker.

29 Faces - 15

Day 16 - watersoluble graphite, fineliner pen and neon gel pens

29 Faces - 16

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Playing Catch Up with 29 Faces

I'm playing catch up with the 29 Faces Challenge. Here are days 6 through 9.

Day 6 was a disaster I couldn't correct or come back from. There's a strange mix going on here. She looks almost neanderthal-ish.

29 faces  - 6

Day 7 is done with something called Chalklets. I've had this set for many years that I bought when I thought I was going to be a scrapbooker. They are like pastels, sort of.

29 Faces - 7

Day 8 is watercolor and she looks very prim. The color is a bit off in the photo. She actually has really nice skin tone in person.

29 Faces - 8

Day 9 is watercolor and I love her! She looks calm, cool and collected.

29 Faces - 9

Monday, September 10, 2012


Challenges are usually difficult for me to keep up with. Stuff happens, time runs short and well, then I tend to drop off. I don't want to give up on the 29 Faces Challenge. I really feel that I will benefit from drawing a face every day. My hope is to get caught up in a short time. I've had some personal family issues to attend to and that has taken my time, my thoughts and my drive to be creative right now.

Today is also the first day of the Bloom True course with Flora Bowley that I signed up for. I'm hoping to be able to keep up with the class in real time so that I can benefit from the camaraderie of the other participants. If not, I know the class will be there for the next six months for me to do at my own pace.

I'll be back soon with some faces to show. I actually have one completed that just needs to be photographed and posted here. Stay tuned for that one. It's a very ummm, colorful face.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

29 Faces Day 5

Soooo...this is hugely unfinished. I had a really busy day yesterday and started this late at night just before bed. I was too tired to finish it and this morning I see how truly awful it is. This face is all kinds of wonky. However, the challenge is about making a face a day, finished or unfinished so to that end I met the challenge. I will refine and finish this one at a later date but need to get working on today's face.

29 Faces - 5 (incomplete)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Wise Old Owl Says

If I want to post something other than faces, it looks like I will have more than one post a day. We'll see how long I can keep that up. I did this art journal spread last week but didn't have a chance to post it. I added some collage to the left side. I'm not big into collage so this was something new for me. I enjoyed it. I really like the wings of the owl best. I need to get myself some matte gel medium for gluing things down. I used what I had on hand which was Gloss Modge Podge and I don't like the glossy sheen. It doesn't take pen very well.


29 Faces Day 4

This face has a watercolor background and the drawing was done in charcoal. I realized I should have drawn in pencil first because after looking at the drawing from an arms length I saw that her nose should have been lower down. Oh well, I just went with it.

29 Faces - 4

Monday, September 3, 2012

29 Faces Day 3

This one is a little comic-like. I drew something similar awhile back late one night when I couldn't sleep. It was the inspiration for this face. I like how her hair accessory matches her shirt. She's stylin'.

29 Faces - 3

Sunday, September 2, 2012

29 Faces Day 2

This is just watercolor and ink outlining. She didn't take very long at all. I kind of like her with the blend of colors and how they mingled on the paper.

29 Faces - 2

Saturday, September 1, 2012

29 Faces Day 1

I decided to make another handmade journal that was dedicated to the 29 Faces Challenge. The journal has 24 pages so I will need to have more than one face on a few pages.

This is my cover. She looks a bit reptilian because of the busy background on her face. She'd fit into the movie "Avatar" nicely.

29 Faces - 1