Friday, April 11, 2014

Tiny Canvases

When in a slump . . . start small?

For a week, I've been wandering into my art room,
staring at my unfinished pieces,
and not getting a bit of inspiration. nada. nothing.

So I dug out some little 4x4 canvases and just started covering them with paint.
I think that's just what you have to do when your muse has gone on vacation.
I don't think she's happy that I've hauled, er, ‘enticed’ her back 
from where-ever-she-was (she always takes better vacations than I do), 
but I think she's warming up to the idea of being back :-)

I'm having fun with these. I'll have to move on to something larger
since I am running out of mini canvases, but I think I'm ready!

I'm joining Paint Party Friday this week.
Please visit over there to see what fabulous art everyone has been doing!

I've been thinking about an art sales concept 
I've heard people discussing called "Pay What You Want".
It does seem a bit crazy because you do not put a price on the piece
and invite buyers to pay what it is worth to them. 
(Maybe charge for shipping and materials cost, or not even that)

Really nuts, you say ~ you might as well just give it away, right?
But plenty of people have said it works for them!
They say people are inherently generous.
I think this is probably true, especially of people who collect art.

Has anyone tried this or know of someone who has?
I'd love to know your thoughts on it!

I'm thinking it might work on something like these.
I'm no good at pricing anyway, and these are so small...

Easter is coming! 
This crazy chick already has a little bunny tail.
I think he needs some fake bunny ears to go with.

Don't forget to visit PPF!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Channeling Georgia O’Keeffe

The first month of our art journal swap!

Going in our usual order, I have Gemma's book first. 
We've each selected artists for our books and Gemma's artist is Georgia O'Keeffe.
Panic!! I was (am!) very intimidated by Georgia O'Keeffe. Her style is so precise.
And perfect. Perfectly precise and gorgeous.
The exact opposite of my style, whatever that is :-)

The O'Keeffe paintings I'm most familiar with are all
landscapes, flowers, or abstracts.
So I did one of each in Gemma's book...

There is a place in New Mexico called Shiprock.
I don't know that Georgia O'Keeffe ever painted Shiprock (maybe too touristy for her),
at least I gather it's a bit of a tourist attraction...I've never been there.
Sadly I've only driven through New Mexico, and never got to stop.

 The foreground drove me nuts, and I wondered how in the world I would be able
to fill the rest of the page before March was out! That's when I got the brilliant idea
to create the rock out of tissue paper and paint. The process sped up considerably!

And I found in my stash some incredible green paper with gold fibers in it.
LOVE the way it tore to look like dry desert plants!
I received something wrapped in it and saved it for the perfect use.
I think it may have been Kat who sent it?
Georgia's quote, which proves how different she must have been to me:

“You know I never feel at home in the east like I do out here ~ 
and finally feeling in the right place again ~ I feel like myself and I like it.”

The desert has never welcomed me...I feel uneasy in the desert
and miss the lush greens of the east.

But once I started putting these pages together,
I could see that there is much beauty in the desert. I know Gemma loves it,
and posts the most awesomely beautiful photos of the landscape!

So on to the next page...
I have posted this before when it was a WIP.
Hasn't changed too much except for the quote
and a bit more done on the green parts.

And last...but should have been first lol ...
my portion of the front cover of Gemma's book.

We have 8 artists total, and the first 4 will collaborate on the front cover
and the last 4 will work on the back cover. My portion of the front
is in the lower right corner. I rather copied one of Georgia's abstracts.
I originally thought to use the design and maybe change the colors.

Then I realized that the colors she chose
and the placement of them were perfection.
What a genius she was!
Changing colors would have thrown the whole thing off in my eyes.
So I used her colors for the most part.

Georgia O'Keeffe's painting.

Mine is flat and hers has so much more depth
and shading. Maybe someone will add a bit more
to make mine look better...?

So, I'm looking forward to receiving the next journal,
which is Stephanie's. Her artist is Chagall.
More challenges! I feel more comfortable with Chagall.
But I may be surprised just like I was with O'Keeffe...


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge

The challenge at Inspiration Avenue this week 
is brought to us by Kim. It's a fun one called
Inner Child Art

I made a quick slideshow of the progression of
my childlike artwork
(This was only my second video, and while I was making it, 
I think I said a few words my inner child had not heard of :-)
But no matter, here is the finished product.


I'm calling her "Teacher".
I always loved a teacher who made learning fun.

Stop over at Inspiration Avenue to see 
the other Inner Child creations!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mixed Media?

 A layered background ready for some finishing touches . . .

This has caught the corner of my eye every time I've walked past it 

in the basement for years. I always think ~ hmmmmm, so grungy . . . 

but I kind of like it!

Maybe it's the touches of pink and blue reminding me of a sunset . . .

Today I hauled it out and snapped a picture.

Can you tell what it is?


an old skateboard.

Probably took Jesse only 2-3 months to reach this level of destruction.
He used to skate every day.
Finally the board snapped and that was that.

I always wondered why skateboards had such elaborate graphics 
on the bottom when the very first thing that happened to them was obliteration.

Not sure why it was hanging around the basement, but
there's lots of stuff like that down there.
Even some more defunct skateboards, which I will check out.

Have you ever walked by something totally unrelated to art
and immediately had creative thoughts about it?
I've been doing that a lot lately . . .

Happy Monday, and Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Hope you have a good week!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Show and Tell at Inspiration Avenue

A couple of pages for Journal52.

I'm a bit behind, on just 2 weekly prompts:
Week 5, Abstract Art
and Week 6, The Art of Love Letters

Both will be fun...I'll do them early this week.

Would you know he's the baddest cat in the world?
He looks so innocent here.

He does stuff like this.
And fights with his sister. I don't have a picture of that.

Visit Inspiration Avenue for Show and Tell Week!
Join in with something you are working on,
you have til Sunday February 16.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nothing to do today but smile

(Lyric by Paul Simon)

Not quite true of course,

but anyway it's the mousie speaking and what else does a mouse have to do?

It will be a job getting this cat to smile,

 and he's hoping it won't be a smile full of sharp teeth.

Not smiling about: this winter. 
The low temps are hovering around 0 degrees 
for the foreseeable future.

Smiling about: the Christmas cactus is still blooming 
and it's warm and cozy inside.

Smiling about: it's Mice this week at Inspiration Avenue.
 The prompt at Journal52 is You make me Smile 
so I've managed to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
(HATE that expression...why are all the old expressions so violent?)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Where in the World. . .?

This week at Inspiration Avenue, the prompt was the inspiration of Niina:

Around the World

There are so many places I'd like to visit that I was stumped for an idea.

Luckily, Niina told us she was playing a game on her blog where she
would give us three words, and the challenge was to create something
using those words. I couldn't resist!

Here are my 3 words, supplied by Niina:

Egypt  •  Bird  •  Stripes

Okay! I especially had to do some research on Egypt,
a place I sadly don't know much about.
I didn't get much farther than Edward Poynter's paintings. 
Poynter painted scenes of Egypt and places nearby.
His classical paintings are breathtaking. But I was struck by 
this etching of two slave girls carrying water.
I wondered what they are thinking, especially the
girl on the right.

Here is my painting based on the inspiration of the etching:

I don't know what these girls are thinking either.
The one on the right may be wondering if her friend 
knows there is an ibis on her head.
I wouldn't mind giving this another go, 
since I'm not entirely happy with it.

Last day for "Around the World" it is what it is!

Hop over to Inspiration Avenue to see the 
other interpretations of Around the World.

Another prompt this week 
had to do with places also so I'll include it here.

At Journal52, the theme was 

Somewhere, a Simple Place

Any place with warm sunshine filtering through the trees is my Happy Place!

I hope you are enjoying your happy place today,
whether in reality, or in your imagination...

Happy Sunday!