My Journey Into Art

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Presence and Peace

I completed the painting last night. I added gold highlights around the circles and a few little gold swirls throughout. I don't know if the photo picks that up. I really enjoyed doing this painting. I have listed it in my Etsy store. I hope it brings someone else some presence and peace as well.
Presence and Peace

Monday, October 29, 2012

More progress

This one is coming along nicely.  I still have more work to do on it. I took a few days rest from it to get some fresh perspective.  I will work on it again tonight.  I think the title of this piece will be 'Presence and Peace'.

Work in progress

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Beginnings

I started several small paintings ranging from 6" X 6" to 12" X 12" last week and they are in various stages. This afternoon I had some time before I had to pick up my kids from school. I chose one of the 12" X 12" canvases and started looking for some kind of image to pop out at me. I turned it over and over and then suddenly I saw the side of a head, part of an arm and possibly a leg. The marks that were there drew me in. I saw a woman seated.

Here's the beginning of it. It will be interesting to see what other images pop out at me. This is so different compared to when I go into a painting with a set idea. I'm going to try to keep the bright vibrant colors. I tend to go dark -- we'll see what turns out. Stay tuned!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MooShu the Pug

A friend of mine posted a photo of her dog MooShu that passed away a couple of days ago. I felt really moved by her post of losing her best friend and furbaby so I made this colored pencil drawing for her. I hope she likes it. 8" X 8" Prismacolors on Stonehenge paper.
MooShu Pug

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Yorkie pup

My mother and step-father are coming for a visit for Thanksgiving.  My mother doesn't have a computer or a smartphone so she hasn't really seen a lot of my artwork.  She does occasionally go to a friend's house and they look through my blog to look at my art.  My mother recently asked me if I could paint her a picture so that she had something to take back with her.  She threw in, "I'll even hang it on the wall in the den."  Like that was going to be my motivating factor in painting for her.  LOL!  I asked her what she wanted in a painting.  She said she didn't know, something colorful, an animal.

That got me thinking.  She has a new Yorkie puppy named Barney.  He's almost a year old now.  While I don't have a photo to work on of Barney, I decided to paint her a Yorkie puppy that resembles him to the best of my recollection.

I think this fits the bill; colorful and an animal.  I hope she'll be pleased.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Having Fun

I started this painting last night and just finished a few minutes ago.  I was definitely in flow last night and lost all track of time.  When I finally stopped to look at the time, I realized it was way past my bedtime.  What a great state to be in.  I love when time stands still and I'm totally immersed in a painting.

I really love this way of painting.  It's so free and spontaneous.  I really don't know what I'm going to be painting when I start and just wait and see what appears to me.  The cat appeared so I went with it.

8" X 8" acrylics on canvas


Monday, October 15, 2012

Starting to Bloom

I had mentioned that I had a creative block with my large canvases that I was working on for the Bloom True course with Flora Bowley. I realized that I was over-thinking the process and not letting go and using my intuition to guide me. I decided to work on a smaller canvas to let go of my hesitations that I was having with the bigger canvases. There was something more secure in working on a smaller space that let me just let go.

I think I'm finally starting to bloom and I'm ready to get back to working on my large canvases. I'm not sure if this painting is finished yet but I'm very happy with where it's heading. I'm going to let it sit for a day or two and then look at it with fresh eyes.

8" X 8" canvas with acrylics

starting to bloom

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Georgetown Art Hop Exhibition

Last night was the artist reception.  I attended with my family and really enjoyed looking at all the other art that was part of the exhibition.  It was really a wide selection of styles and sizes.  It was pretty awesome.

We walked down to Roots Bistro, which is where my paintings are until the end of the month.  It was kind of surreal to see them hanging on the wall.  Luckily the restaurant wasn't too busy when we went.  As it was, we got some strange looks.  We went in only to see them and to take a photo.  Maybe we need to have dinner there before the end of October to really enjoy seeing them on the wall.

Georgetown Art Hop Exhibition

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another Little Update

I'm in a creative slump with my Bloom True course.  I am stuck in the middle of the process and the course ends this week.  I haven't touched the paintings in almost a week.  I think I need to make the decision to just put it aside for now until my muse comes back.  As a result, I haven't been doing anything else creatively.  I think entirely too much about my canvases and spend quite a bit of time re-watching Flora's videos.  It's not a hard process but my concern is that I don't want to copy Flora's work. Not that I can replicate her gorgeous work but she is inspired by a lot of things in nature and so am I.  I know that a lot of teaching artists say that copying is a form of learning the techniques in the beginning until you find our own voice, but still. I don't feel comfortable using similar imagery.  And that's where my paintings sit, at the imagery stage. I guess what it comes down to is that painting intuitively without a real direction is hard for me.  I realize that I'm experiencing growing pains.  At some point, I will have that a-ha moment and continue forward.  As I'm typing this I realize what my problem is --- I'm thinking too much!  I need to just let go and let whatever comes out, come out.

On a positive note, I opened my Etsy shop yesterday.  You can see the widget on the sidebar with all the paintings I have listed so far.  I have a a few more to add and will get to those in the next day or two.  I sold the Blue Jay colored pencil drawing to a dear friend yesterday and that made me feel good.

Tomorrow evening is the artist reception and award ceremony for the exhibition I entered.  I didn't win any awards but that's okay.  I'm looking forward to going to the bistro where my art hangs and seeing it on the wall.  I will definitely bring my camera and take a photo.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Catching Up

I haven't posted anything in almost a week.  I didn't make it to the end of the 29 Faces in September.  I think I'm four faces short.  I will complete them and finish my handmade journal and post them once I'm done.

I have been working hard at catching up with the Bloom True course with Flora Bowley.  I'm so out of my comfort zone, it's not even funny.  I watch her videos over and over before I feel comfortable to try it on my canvases and even then I'm not sure of what I'm doing once I have paint in hand.  I am working on two 30" X 30" canvases at the same time.  I have taken photos of the process with my phone.  The photos are not great but I promise to post them all when the paintings are complete so that you can see all the different stages.  The paintings change drastically from one layer to the next.  I am trying my best to just go with the flow and let my intuition lead me as Flora teaches.  It's hard at times because my comfort is in making realism art and knowing the outcome.  I have no idea what is going to turn out on these canvases.  I'm stretching myself for sure! I am enjoying the process even though it is difficult at times for me.  My canvases are at what she calls "the ugly teenager" stage.

Since my focus has been on these two projects, I haven't worked on anything else in the last month.  I have slowly moved forward with opening my Etsy shop.  I have packing materials ordered, I opened a business banking account and set up the process to accept credit cards directly from Etsy.  I won't be accepting Paypal because I had too many issues with them in the past when I had my other business.  They work fine until you have an issue and then good luck getting it resolved.  I still have money frozen in a Paypal account because no one there can figure out how to release it.  Good grief.

I feel the calling to do a watercolor in the midst of all this.  I don't have any inspiration photos to work from at the moment.  I need to take a field trip to the botanical garden or the zoo for more photos.

I did make it to the figure drawing studio once last month and this morning.  It's a good exercise.

Well, I think that's all for now.  I hope to have something to show you soon.