Saturday, February 28, 2015
All my art work has been in my journals. I am loving (for a change) where I am in my art. My journals make me very happy. I have very little time to devote to them thus making the time spent very precious.
I'll be doing some catch up posts from my journals over the next few weeks. I'll start in chronological order which means you will be seeing more mermaids. Hopefully you are not sick of them yet ;) This one is from my 8"x6" Moleskine journal titled "Joyful Practice". Unfortunately, the scan does not do her justice - I used metallic paint on the tail which doesn't show up in the scan. Perhaps I should take a photo instead. I don't think I will add lettering or journal on this page. I like it as is for now.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I started sketching seahorses and seals in my main working journal. I guess they are easy for me because I can draw horses and my seahorse is based on a horse.
I found drawing seals was easy because they are essentially dogs without ears!
The photo shows my little compact drawing set that I take whenever I travel and space is an issue.
Monday, February 17, 2014
This mermaid was inspired by a mermaid drawn by Jane Davenport in the Mermaid Circus online workshop.
It was my "quickest" creation drawn in mostly color pencil and a bit of paint pen. I really enjoyed doing this mermaid in that it was pretty much instant gratification.
I started drawing her waiting for Len to get back from fixing a massive water leak over at the farm. He was suppose to be only 45 minutes. He was more like 4 hours. I did this mermaid while preparing dinner and waiting for him. A very productive use of time!
Monday, February 10, 2014
The three mermies in this post were based on Teesha (and Tracy) pages in the Mermaid Circus class book.
You can see the inspiration for this piece from Teesha's original.
I put this collage on one of my crazy bright pages.
I used a color copy of a face I painted in a previous post.
The bodice was composed of a lot of small pieces from Teesha's collage sheets as well.
I painted the neck and arms in last.
The above photo is the piece prior to my adding shading. I will be adding lettering on it later when the "mood" strikes me. I find that the words pop in my head when I'm not trying to think of what to write.
This is my psychedelic mermaid that I executed on another of my fluorescent pages - this time a yellow one.
The photo at the left is Teesha's inspiration.
My work just went in a different direction. I did a bunch of these little guys in my general art journal.
Friday, February 07, 2014
I definitely would have thrown this page out, but couldn't because I had art I liked on the back of one of the pages. Working in journals has definitely been a plus for me. I have a tendency to rip up and throw away most of what I make. I'm not now. This is a very good thing.
Also, if I hadn't had an issue with things going so wrong with this page, I would have never of ended up with the final page. I couldn't reproduce this thing if I my life depended on it! Let me start at the beginning.
I naturally wanted to do one like Teesha's in my book. It should be a quick one because there was no paint involved. Whoo-hooo!!!
I started out quite happily. I drew in my figure using color pencil. But when I used my white acrylic paint pen, that particular color pencil bled like a son of a gun! I tried to paint over it. Bled through. I tried to gel medium and gesso. A no-go. As you can see with this photo, I just couldn't fix it with paint of any type.
Luckily I was taking Jane's "Supplies Me!" workshop which had a lesson on Shiva oil pastels. They are an oil pastel that will actually set after a few days so they will not smudge later.
I really hate them, partly because mine are very old and they just didn't work nicely. I had deemed them as an art supply that I would never use. However, I decided that they might go over my mess when nothing else would. So I gave them a try.
Luckily, I had cut out this Minnie Mouse "fashionista" from a Vogue magazine because I liked it. I though I would never use her. She was in a red dress in a very striking fashion pose. Her face was a perfect size for the page. I used one of her hands. I let the coloring in her face guide the color scheme in the rest of the page.
On her chest you see part of her advertisement: "Kisses, $5" The page was never in my head, but come out as a result of a huge mess I would have loved to have buried. Now, I have a page that I am very happy with. Minnie would have probably of languished in a stack of never-to-be-used collage pieces. Now she is in a journal I'll be looking at.
As an added bonus, my page now has a woman with a "story". Why is she selling Kisses for $5? What does she does with the money? ;)
Jane and Teesha are correct - making art is all about the process. I have always been so orientated on the end result. And the end result typically would not please me because I could see the flaws and felt anyone else could do it so much better than me. I have really changed that thinking and I am loving to do art: what comes out, comes out. Yes, there are still flaws, but I don't feel the need to trash my art because of it. Because it is in my journal, it is my practice. I am not creating something to sell. And yes, there are lots of people who could do better than me, but then, what is the fun in that way of thinking. I am now in a place where I am just happy to make art and much less critical of what comes out. And because of that, I can see I am doing better because I am drawing more - because I'm not focused on the end product, just the process! Which means I'm totally having a great time!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Oops !! I found that I never posted this one!! But notice how the pages behind this one is all blank. It is because this was one of the first pages I made. My other posts show photos of each page after I finished the entire book.
Tiphoni mostly used copic markers with I struggled with on the type of acrylic paint I used to paint the pages. I think I ended up having to use acrylic paint here and there. I also used paint pens and prismacolors. Again, waiting too long to post so I've forgotten what I did ;).
Saturday, January 25, 2014
For this Mermie, I used Jane Davenport's Mermaid Circus lesson on doing collage "Jane style." Jane uses color copies of her own faces and reuses them in collages to save time in drawing the face. The arm is from a magazine which is cut at the elbow and wrist so it could be placed in the proper position for the composition. I painted the body with acrylics, pasted the face and arm down, then painted the rest over the top with acrylics. I did the tattoo with markers. The fish was cut out from wrapping paper that I brightened it up with Prisma color pencils.
Notice the above photo was taken without the white paper backing. You can see the other pages behind. The solid blue is the inside of the cover. The little piece peeking from the left side is the tail of the Teesha collaged mermaid tail. The mermaid peeking over this Mermaid's tail is from another page I'll be showing you later.
I don't have a good color copier, but it actually worked OK. I used Golden matte medium over the face to "fix" the ink since my copier is an inkjet. The copy smeared a bit, but that doesn't matter because you paint over it. I was able to fix the eyes from this early on face I drew. Do you recognize her? She is my Journey Woman done back in June! See how she changed:
This is a neat method because you have the chance to fix some things and the face won't look the same way twice. Fun!
I haven't put lettering on any of my pages yet. I will get there. But I want to get all the mermaids done first!!!