Sea Turtle Watercolor

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I painted this new Australian Flatback sea turtle quite a while back but completely forgot about it! I just found it and realized I hadn’t shared it yet! Silly me. 😊

I don’t have a name for this one so if you feel so inclined, have at it!

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Tulips in Watercolor

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Yesterday I did some fun art exercises from an online class I am in. Then I decided to paint some tulips which is one of the types of flowers we are doing. It was a stormy afternoon while I was painting which was exhilarating! I was also listening to opera!

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Me in Mixed Media

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This was a fun piece to do. I wrote this poem called SHE WAS NOT ME over 20 years ago when I was going through healing from various instances of sexual abuse in my youth and 20’s. I didn’t want to type out the whole poem in this post so you’ll have to enlarge the photo to read it.

I have been wanting to do something creative with some of the poems I wrote in the past. So I was looking through them the other day and decided to do this with it.

I used a couple of my favorite Renoir portraits that I saved from an old calendar of his paintings. One is of a young lady and the other a little girl. To make them mine, I painted over parts of them to help portray who I believed I was in the past. And of course, the picture at the bottom is a copy of a recent photo of me in braids! I also don’t wear makeup anymore, so this is me…wrinkles, gray hair and all!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Poetry-Inspired Journal Art

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On Saturday after some very quiet time, I found this poem as I looked through a book of poems we have. Then I wrote it in my art journal.

I thought the imagery was intriguing. So today I did a watercolor lightly on top of it.

Leisure

by W. H. Davies.

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs, andΒ  stare as long as sheep and cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Dark Dancer

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Yesterday, I was feeling kind of overwhelmed with all of the new things I have been learning and with all of the new art groups I spontaneously joined on Facebook. I have noticed that my excitement took me in TOO MANY DIRECTIONS! So I decided to leave a few groups.

Then late in the afternoon I began doing some collage in my art journal. That led me to remember I have been wanting to paint more of my Goth ballerinas. I was in a semi-dark mood and needed to do something to express it.Β  I realized I wasn’t depressed; I was just living in the moment.

When I was finished and showed it to my husband, he said he liked it! I told him I couldn’t think of a good title for it. Then he suggested DARK DANCER.Β I liked that!

The pose I gave her is one I like that is in an Edgar Degas painting. But of course I made mine very different. I put a sort of crown on her head which may look like part of her hair. Then I added words to express the emotions I felt and thoughts I was thinking last night. “BALANCE” is at the top which is what I realized that I need most right now. The whole process was actually therapeutic.

I feel back on track and it’s a new day!! I am sitting outside on a very cool spring morning in my sweats getting ready to have my coffee and do some journal writing.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Vincent van Gogh – Mixed Media

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I really had fun creatiing this piece! I am posting close-ups of a few sections, and then the FINISHED PIECE!

I wrote a couple of words on there which I associate with him – BEAUTY and INTENSITY. Then I wrote one of his many quotes in the upper right hand corner which says,

Β “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.”Β  Vincent van Gogh

This is my own rendition of his “Self-Portrait with Straw Hat.”

After I finished this part, I added a watercolor mixture of Cerulean blue (which is a color Vincent used a lot in his oils) and Turquoise blue, which is a blue I love! Then I painted some shades of red around it.

This is my own rendition of part of one of his self-portraits where I wanted to emphasize the bold spirit in his eyes.

In the middle is my drawing of him at 13 years old with yellow added to again emphasize his eyes. You may have noticed one portrait has green eyes and the other has blue. He painted his eyes green sometimes even though they were blue. The piece paper in the bottom left corner of this part is a photo copy of his own handwriting.

Then in the top right hand corner I printed the quote that I mentioned earlier.

I also want to point out that the darkest piece of collage is a copy of his drawing called “The Potato Eaters,” which is one of my favorites.

And finally…………..MY FINISHED PIECE!

This was so enjoyable for me to do! I hope you enjoy looking at it. It is now hanging on my art studio’s wall as my expression of my favorite artist.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media – First 4 Stages

 

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You may or may not recognize him, but this is a drawing I did from an old photo that has always been attributed to Vincent van Gogh as a 13-year-old boy. However, when I was looking up a larger version of the picture to work from, since the one in my book is so small, I ran across a couple of articles that say experts now attribute this picture to being Theo, Vincent’s brother. I was surprised, but I had already drawn this and did not want to do it again. So!!

After I drew it, I cut it out. I placed it on a large piece of watercolor paper at an angle and went over the whole piece with Liquitex Matte Medium. I let that dry. Next, I painted the watercolor in the background.

Then I made copies of a couple of Vincent’s letters to his brother from a book I have called “Vincent van Gogh,Β Ever Yours,Β The Essential Letters,” edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker.

After I copied parts of two or three letters, I stained them with black tea. They were pretty wet so I hung them on the clothes line outside. When they were dry, I tore out the pieces I wanted. I wish I had stained them darker, but when I glued them down, they got a little wrinkled, so I left them. I like that affect. The staining is to give the paper an antique look. The piece on the far left is of his actual handwriting of one of his letters included in the book.

In the next step, I dropped some yellow and orange alcohol inks on the background. I have done much more since stage four, but I will go on with the next stages in my next post. It has gotten more interesting for sure!

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Sea Horse Mixed Media

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Here is my crayon sea horse which now is a mixed media piece! This was so fun!

First, I painted a coat of Liquitex Matte Medium over the crayon seahorse and plain blue background.

Second, I applied dots of modeling paste to add some physical texture for parts of the sea horse and the red coral.

Third, I painted over the white modeling paste with a red watercolor. Then I added some darker accents to the seahorse with watercolors.

Fourth, from my original watercolor painting I had done of this seahorse, I cut out the green seaweed, gluing it down in the corner.

Lastly, I cut out a couple of the smallest fishes from my original yellow tang fish watercolor painting I did a long time ago and glued them on.

I like the way these cut out pieces added a 3D effect since they were originally painted on 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper which is thick.

This whole process was so relaxing! I spent a couple of hours this afternoon in the quiet of my studio with the windows open listening to the birds while I worked. And this was after a nice unexpected phone call from my high school friend who lives in Texas now. So it has been a great day! I hope you….

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Seahorse in Crayon, Stage 1

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After watching Charlie O’Shields do his doodles in watercolor for Sketchbook Revival the other day, I decided to try something with my crayons! I have a cigar sized box of the ones our kids and I used when they were young.

You may or may not recognize this seahorse. I painted one in watercolor a while back. However, I was never really happy with the composition of the painting. So since it was done on 300 lb. watercolor paper, I decided to cut it out! Then I simply traced around the edges on this piece of drawing paper and colored it with my crayons.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave it this simple or not. And I don’t. So I have some ideas brewing about what else I want to do to it. That’s why I haven’t signed it yet! πŸ˜‰

Today I began another mixed media project. It is going to be posted in stages also.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Meditative Collage

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This past week I have watched several different artists teach what they like doing best as a part of Sketchbook Revival. I have not been able to watch all of them yet, but today I watched Toni Burt.

She loves drawing basic face shapes and then painting, collaging, writing, etc. on them. Her demonstration was fun to watch. However, I watched it while riding my stationary bike. Then later I did this!

The Chinese symbol is my rough attempt at writing the Chinese word for calm. I haven’t been practicing any calligraphy lately, though. So it is rough.

By the way, this is NOT a self-portrait of me physically, but it is a portrayal of all I was thinking about while I worked. It was a very meditative process.

Lately, I have been branching out of my comfort zone and am enjoying it immensely! I feel like I am seeing new ways to do art and am really soaring in my spirit.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

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