Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sharing



Morning Has Broken 
Mixed media collage, 7.5 X 7.5
Mounted on a cradled 8 X 8 wood panel


A friend asked me to show her how to make acrylic transfers like I do on my collages. There are several methods to do transfers on other kinds of artwork, but the heat sealed transfers are unique to the heat sealed collage. I needed something to demonstrate on so I found this collage that I always felt needed something. My initial thought is always to "put a bird on it". What can I say? I needed to do something! So out came the birds, I found the right size and direction. Once that was on my friend wanted to see how to add a word, so I found the word "Breathe" in my supply box and we added that. Then she tried some on her own piece and was thrilled with the process even though there are quite a few steps to the finished product. As I looked at my piece I decided to add the tree like branch. As I looked at it, I thought it looked like dawn breaking and the lovely hymn, Morning Has Broken.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Christmas Cards, Already!

Holiday Nest
Watercolor 5 X 7


Holiday Decorating
Watercolor 5 X 7



Holiday Lights
Watercolor 5 X 7

There's nothing like a deadline to make you get down to business. Our local art group is having a holiday card contest with a deadline the end of this month. I put my ideas on paper the last couple of weeks but I can only enter one. The consensus has been for the top painting, Holiday Nest. I rather like the Flamingo card, Holiday Decorating, because it's so colorful. If you have a favorite, let me know. I will probably offer them all on Fine Art America if I have the time to get them posted, and also at my local art gallery, so even if I don't get chosen in the contest, it won't be a wasted effort. I usually paint a Nativity card for my personal card sending. I still have that yet to come, although it is started. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More Pouring

 Rolling Tide
Acrylic on canvas 8 X 8



Blue Wave
Acrylic on canvas 8 X 8


These were done on the same day as the last one I posted. I contacted the artist who had demonstrated the process and found out I had missed a key ingredient for getting the "cells". I still haven't purchased it so I guess I'm on hold until I find some or order some on line. Since I have plenty of other art to work to complete, pouring is on the back burner for now, but I will be doing it again. It's way to much fun not to. I'd like to do some bigger canvases now that I've gotten the hang of it. I just need a bigger container to catch the excess paint when I pour. Where am I going to put this extra equipment? There are always things to consider when you jump into something new. 

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Trying Something New

Green Wave
Acrylic on  gallery wrapped canvas 12 X 12

I've wanted to try pouring acrylic for a long time but didn't know the process and didn't have the courage to really go for it. While I was in Eden Prairie, Minnesota in September I was able to go on an Art Studio Tour with a friend. At one of the stops we made an artist was doing a demonstration of an acrylic pour and she got a lovely bubbly effect. They are called "cells". I didn't get as much cell effect with my pour, I need to adjust my recipe of ingredients, but I like what I did get anyway. It was very messy but lots of fun. I will try it again in the future.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Still Practicing

 Cassie
Watercolor 6.5 X 7.5



Kingfisher
Watercolor 11 X 7

When I haven't been dealing with tropical storms or traveling to see family I get to keep practicing the loose watercolor style of Jean Haines. Mostly these sessions are when I go to my local art league for Open Painting. Artists of all mediums and skill levels meet once a week and work on their own projects. We thrive on the creative energy that is generated by a room full of artists. The more experienced offer suggestions to the novice, we find out about new products and share our passion with each other.
The little dog, Cassie, also comes to our Open Painting sessions. She is very well behaved and sits on a cushioned chair next to her human, Gini. She is somewhat of a "princess" who expects to be petted and adored by all who pass by. The Kingfisher is from Jean Haines book World of Watercolor. The blue and yellow was a random background textured with plastic wrap, the bird was added after the background was dry.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

We survived Irma!

I have no images yet, I just wanted to post that we survived the mega storm, Irma; our property is OK, we were among the fortunate ones that didn't loose power for any length of time. We evacuated, as we were told to do, and by the grace of God and a persistent son were able to stay in a safe, comfortable hotel in Orlando. My heart and prayers go out to those who have lost so much and have so much to do to get their lives back together. We were just connected to internet yesterday afternoon so this is the first time I've been able to send out a blog. Thanks for all the prayers and support for those impacted by this storm.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Vacation Painting

Red Flowers
Watercolor 9 X 6

Red Flower Card
Watercolor 4.25 X 5.5

While visiting Minnesota I tried some cheap pan watercolors just to see what kind of results I could get with them. I also had some watercolor paper that I hadn't used before. I've been practicing a looser type of watercolor after watching videos by Jean Haines and reading her book, Jean Haines World of Watercolor. As always, things are more difficult to achieve than they look! Especially when you are working with not so great materials. I have this theory, though, that a good artist should be able to paint with and on anything (because I've seen it done by good artists). Considering all of that, I'm not too unhappy with my results. I wouldn't have them framed but the card would please a non-painting friend, I think. 
Now that I'm home again, I'm painting with my usual materials and paper, still trying to achieve a similar look to Jean's paintings. I Hope to have time to post them later on. Until then, check out Jean's work on the internet.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.