Thursday, April 17, 2014

IA Weekly Challenge ~ Eyebrows

Pale Ladies

Two more small canvases, this time for the 
Eyebrows challenge at Inspiration Avenue.

I was hoping the pale faces and dark backgrounds
would emphasize their eyebrows.

I had fun painting these 2 ladies. I had to stop myself
from fiddling with them too much, trying to make them perfect.

The more I tweaked them, the more I saw 
their personalities begin to fade away.

A great reason to stop and call them done!


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...