Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Something from nothing.......

Alrighty then.....on day two of Diane Culhanes class we glued bits of
textured pictures torn from a magazine onto two pieces of cardboard.
On one we just blindly arranged the pieces and then had to find a
picture in the mess...outline it with a heavy lined marker...and then
gesso around the image.  On the second one we could "plan" our
image....selecting pieces and arranging them on the background...
marking around the image....then gesso.
The girl collecting wood was my "found" image and the
shaman was planned.

Day three we had to use red, white, blue, and yellow
paints to mix our own colors and colorize our images.
I'm confessing right now.....I NEED HELP with color
theory!!!! Here are my finished pictures....

I'm really enjoying this class and seeing everyones art has
been wonderful. Only two days left...  :(


Monday, July 29, 2013

If a tree falls in the forest........

I'm taking a one week online class with Diane Culhane called
Between Speech & Silence.  I've been looking forward to this
class for over a week now.....excited! Well...of day
ended up wonky and out of whack from the git go! I didn't get
to watch the video and do my assignment until late this afternoon.

Day one is about "taking a line for a walk".....basically a line using only angular with a mix of
angular and circular...and one incorporating recognizable
figures. Boy was like being back in grade school!

This one was my angular shapes. After looking at the finished
picture I thought....if a tree falls in the forest and there's no
one around....does it make a sound?

This was my angular/circular drawing....I kinda ended up with
recognizable things....ooops!

And last....the combo with recognizable shapes. space cowboy must have been on
my mind.

Then I had the old....I can't post this in the Flickr group...
it's not as good as the other posts. WHY do we do that to
ourselves???? This is just supposed to be FUN!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Question of the day........

If you were going to shoot a mime...would you use
a silencer?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Brain Freeze


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Secrets of the Heart

"The face is the mirror of the mind...
and eyes..without speaking...confess the
secrets of the heart."
                                                            ~ St Jerome

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Village Square

One of the things I struggle with constantly is color theory.
You would think that in this sort of 'hodge podge' art that it
wouldn't be a problem but things can become a mucky mess
if you mix the wrong colors. I've signed up for an online class

Here's hoping you actually can teach an old dog new tricks.....

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My good friend Maria.....

"Have you met my good friend Maria  
The craziest girl on the block?  
You'll know her the minute you see her 
She's the one who is in an advanced state of shock 
She thinks she's in love 
She thinks she's in Spain
  She isn't in love 
She's merely insane 
 It must be the heat 
 Or some rare disease
   Or too much to eat
  Or maybe it's fleas..."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Someone to watch over me.......

Guardian Angel or stalker.....
you decide

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Wind Speaks.....

"The voice of the wind speaks a language I once knew
but have forgotten."
                                                                                        ~Terri Windling
                                                                                           The Wood Wife

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tread Softly.....

"I have spread my dreams under your feet;
tread softly because you tread on my dreams."

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Peace Out!

It's Saturday......Peace Out!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Dreams of home.....

I miss my mother....
yellow was her favorite color...
she loved to cook and always had
something sweet and a cup of coffee for
anyone who visited.
I miss you..

Thursday, July 11, 2013

One pill.....

"One pill makes you larger...
and one pill makes you small...
and the ones that mother gives you...
don't do anything at all."

LOL....can you tell what generation I'M from?

I saw this on FB.......WANT! WANT! WANT!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yes.....I do!

Color outside the lines.....that pretty much sums me up!
You say potato....I say!
This piece was done completely in Procreate.
I love using collaged pieces of old books,
scraps of papers and my own art pieces in
my work. I think this is my fav one so far!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Who knew....?

Brianne Boyd....of Sweet Limes...had a giveaway recently for three lucky
people to win a piece of her artwork. I was one of the lucky ones and picked
these sassy ladies! Love her work!

And on North Light Books'  Mixed Media Blog I entered a friend in an
Art Retreat giveaway. She's had a really rough year and I have my fingers
crossed that she'll be the winner. This morning I received an email from
Tonia Jenny at North Light Books saying I was one of four winners to 
get a free book of my choice from their site because I had entered a friend
in their giveaway. I must have missed that little tidbit when I read the blog!
I picked Art Revolution - Alternative Approaches in Art by Lisa Cyr.

Who knew that when you become ridiculously happy that the Universe
conspires to make you even happier?

Sending up many thanks.......

Monday, July 8, 2013


I'm thinking of printing up some greeting cards....
I thought maybe for the inside...
"...and I'll always be your faithful sidekick!"

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Perchance to fly......

Haven't we all wished this at some point.....

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Howling in rhyme.....

"Oh will make a dog howl in rhyme!
~Francis Beaumont

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Outside the Box

Procreate....a lot like a simplified version of Photoshop
but with mixed media brushes for crayons, markers,
and such. I have to say....I like it!

The picture above was "tweaked" in PS...I added the
text, scan code, and stars on the face.

I started off with a background that I doodled in

I also started the face in Paper53. The brush in this app
allows for a watercolor look that blends well.

After importing the background and face I brought in a
picture of some newspaper and erased parts to make 
the body. That's really neat to be able to take a pic
with your Ipad and import it into this app. The tie, legs,
hair, circles around the green, and the top and right
borders were made with texture brushes. The rest I
just sketched in using the technical pen and ink brush.
I saved this as a jpg (you can also create pngs with
this app by turning off the background before saving!)
and opened it in PS to complete the picture.

I do miss having paint under my nails....and I plan to
incorporate some pieces done in the studio with my 
digital work....but.....this app only cost $4.99. That's
for unlimited papers, brushes, paints, stencils, stamps....
and I can carry my studio (my Ipad) where ever I want
to paint....the shop....stuck in traffic.... get the picture. Love! Love! Love!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

La Chienne

Artrage......I think I've conquered you!
This is my finished piece....tweaked in Photoshop.

I opened Noteshelf and imported a picture of a
music sheet then sketched a simple dog.

On a new page I imported a background that
I made in my studio and started sketching my girl... then
went to the dog sketch page and cut & copied the dog...
went back to the girl picture and pasted the dog on.

Next I opened the picture in Artrage and added her
head, some sketching, and a little added color.

And as you see in the first picture I took this one
to Photoshop and added the glasses, cloud, text, 
and some "brush stamps". I haven't been able to
rotate text in Noteshelf so I used PS.

Moving on to Procreate.....


Monday, July 1, 2013

Love is in the Hair......

This one was done using Paper53, Noteshelf, and Photoshop....

 I made the background in Paper53...

 then on a blank page made the girl except for the extra hair and writing. I took the girl to Photoshop and extracted her....saving her as a PNG.....

 Once I opened Noteshelf I imported the background and resized it to cover the entire page. Then I added the girl png and gave her some extra hair, the writing, and a few hearts over her head.

Up next......Artrage!