Vincent Van Gogh Journal Pages 21 & 22

 

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Hello Friends!

I created these pages last night and thought about what I wanted to write on them this morning. So when I posted these on instagram, this is the message I shared:

These pages are dedicated to Vincent and all of us who have been called “crazy” or have been looked down on because we are “different.” Personally, I am not in the very large group of people who are LGBTQ, but I have relatives and friends who are. I love them for being courageous enough to be who they were born to be in spite of narrow-minded people who abuse and even shun them. Yet I am different in other ways and was made to feel “crazy” most of my life. But CREATIVE and ARTISTIC PEOPLE are not “crazy” or so “different” that those who think of themselves as “normal” should shun us for who we are and what we believe. I think everyone just desires to be loved and accepted for who we are. Love one another. 😀❤

Many think that Vincent van Gogh may have been bipolar. This is a possibility, but we will never know for sure. So why guess? I think he was born with an amazing creative mind and developed a very compassionate heart throughout his life. But so much of society and the more “elite” artists of his day shunned him and didn’t want his art to be shown alongside theirs in galleries, that he was left feeling isolated, depressed, and in despair. How differently his life may have turned out if he had been and felt accepted by those who knew him and saw him sketching and painting every day. But at least he had the support of his brother, Theo.

And how different our world would be if humankind could just accept and love one another for who we are meant to be. So my encouragement to you today is: You don’t have to change your personal beliefs. But be open-minded to those who live and believe differently than you do. Help make our world a better and safer place for us all. Thanks for reading.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal Pages 19-20

Hello Friends!

I had SO MUCH FUN creating these pages! You may notice that I transformed Vincent into a Lynx! You may also recognize the Lynx drawing as the one I drew in pencil a while back. Yes, he’s the same one. But I decided to give his fur the orangey color of Vincent’s facial hair and his bright blue eyes. I didn’t do too much to the background except add some teal and Payne’s Grey acrylics that resemble the type of lines he painted, and I used a small makeup sponge to paint some teal and yellow-green shapes around the bottom.

On the left page I  used acrylics, stencils, and a copied portion of my husband’s kindergarten report card that he found the other day! His teacher wrote in the Comments section, “Has to be corrected a little too often for running in the room and other things which he knows he shouldn’t be doing. He enjoys seeing what he can get away with.” Ha ha! But to be fair, she also wrote at the bottom “A very special boy!” (I just didn’t include that part.) But he’s still special and still has that boyish charm!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 17-18

Hello Friends!

I am so glad this book I made into an art journal is only 7″ x 8.5″! Of course, once I got started, it only took me about an hour to do these two pages. Tomorrow I will post the next two pages. I created a total of four yesterday.

I found some off-white paper that I can copy things from my other Van Gogh books onto, so the paper looks somewhat aged. I really like it!

On the left page I painted the background with fluid acrylics of orange and green, each mixed with matte medium to make them more transparent. Then I used the matte medium to glue down small pieces of floral, blue, and peach tissue papers, and a little music.

Then I copied a picture of a painting Vincent did out of one of my books about him and glued it down.

Next I used some fluid acrylics to create drips, respectfully Gold and Paynes Grey. And that was a fun page!

On the other page I painted the background light and medium shades of green and a little red-orange. I glued down more ephemera, painted over Vincent’s portrait a little, and applied more drips.

I really am enjoying making this journal! I listened to some Moody Blues and Native Ameican flute music while I worked. It was quite nourishing for my soul.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Mixed Media in Van Gogh Journal

Hello Friends!

The other day I did this before I painted the Valentine’s card of “My Grinning Dwarf” watercolor painting for my husband.

I was mostly experimenting with some new stencils and colors of acrylic inks. It was completely intuitive. After I stenciled and inked the left page, though, I decided to paint the basic outline of a sea turtle. The colors just felt like the ocean!

On the right page I used some of the same colors and added some white acrylic ink with a different stencil and a small makeup sponge. Lastly, I used some ink to make the drips.

Working in my journal without a plan really put me in a creative zone and loosened me up to paint the dwarf card.

Whether you do art or write or even are an actor, do you have any exercises that you do to warm up? If so, please share! I would love to know! And I am sure others who read your comments could benefit from your experience as well! Thank you!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Valentine’s Day Dwarf

 

Hello Friends!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all who celebrate it. I painted this card in watercolors yesterday for my husband. He has used the handle of “The Grinning Dwarf” since 1997!

He has always liked roleplaying games and has been into Dungeons & Dragons since the 1980’s! He loves the dwarf characters, hence the name!

I painted this from an old photo of him when his hair was red, embellishing it with dwarf-like clothing. It was a quick project but fun! He laughed out loud and said he loves it, so that was great!

Have a wonderful day! 😍

 

Mermaid in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I finished this on Tuesday, but rested the next day. I couldn’t get a good picture of it until Wednesday either.

For this piece I painted a background with acrylics and added some washi tape in a few places. I had a hard time “finding a face” in this as Katrina Koltes suggested we do in this week from Paint Your Heart & Soul. But I showed it to a couple of friends who saw one, so that’s where I began.

I used a stencil with shapes sort of like leaves in the left hand bottom corner which I had wanted to be the pattern of her tail, but that didn’t come out the way I envisioned it. So I ended up making a different pattern. It also came out bigger! But that’s okay.

I put down small pieces of washi tape for her skin, then decided to paint over it with a mixture of yellow and phthalo green.

I wanted to use some magenta in it, so decided to do the foliage with that. In the right hand bottom corner is a different pattern of washi tape I painted over some. Then I stenciled the flowers in. I also added gold acrylic to her tail, hair, and the flowers.

The white drips at the top on the water is alcohol ink. I don’t have any white acrylic ink that would have turned out a little different. So I ordered some! Ha ha!

Anyway, this was fun! I really do love mixed media, even though it is more time consuming.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Moon Child in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Today I worked on two paintings! I was able to finish this one, because the first one I started had a layer that needed to dry before I can continue. So I plan to finish that one tomorrow.

Our instructor for this piece is new to Let’s Face It this year. Her name is Tiare Smith. She was a lot of fun to watch. I liked how she shared her thinking process, but I especially loved how she giggled a lot. I thought that was cute.

The point of this lesson was to play, not to do a realistic figure, and it was fun! I used a few blues, some phthalo green, and bright yellow for the background layers. Then I made my own dark skin tones, used black for her afro, and added some gold accents in her hair.

After that I painted more white on the moon, dotted on bright yellow and iridescent gold for stars, and sponged phthalo green on with a stencil of leaves. Lastly, I painted the flowers by forming hearts in a circle for each one which was Tiare’s idea.

I am looking forward to finishing my other painting tomorrow. I hope everyone’s Monday was great!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Nancy Drew Book Cover in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I painted this for Week 5 of Let’sfaceit2021. Our instructor was Roselyn Pratt. This is from the book called “The Secret of the Forgotten City.”

This year the theme is stories, so instructors are sharing about characters from their favorite stories, but this week Roselyn shared that she loved Nancy Drew books. So she did two demonstrations. One was from an old book cover, and the other was from a picture from the Nancy Drew movie that came out last year or so. I never saw it.

Anyway, I googled Nancy Drew books and decided to do this cover, because I love the colors! This was a nice change of pace for me this week!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Collaged Pages

Hello Friends!

I really enjoyed playing with colors and design on these two pages! First, I glued a tiny sheet of music down. Then I painted over that page and around his portrait on the right with some lemon yellow acrylic mixed with matte medium to make it transparent.

I had copied a couple of his paintings out of another book I have. Then I tore off pieces that I wanted to use. I also copied a photo of his pen and ink drawing called Weaver at the Loom. I used pieces of a copy of his painting Cafe Terrace at Night, some of the cobblestone walkway and the people at the tables, too.

In some places I pasted a few small pieces of my own scrap palette paper with dried acrylic paints on it.

Then on the right page I glued down a portion of a letter he wrote to Theo letting him know what supplies he needed. I tore some orange and blue pieces of tissue paper to glue down. And I painted over his portrait making his eyes look more intense!

Next I found my word “connection” for this year which happened to be printed on a blue card from a poetry magazine. After I tore it out and glued it, I wrote three synonyms: unite, relation and join.

Lastly, I finished with the very tips of a brush making whispy marks around the page and painting a few lavender lilies.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Van Gogh Journal Abstract

 

Hello Friends!

I started working on this spread a couple of days ago. I will probably add some more to it at some point.

I painted the left page with shades of orange and yellow. Then I painted all of the blue squiggles around Vincent’s portrait. I also added some light blue highlights to his hat, coat and tie. Then I streaked some red into his beard and moustache and painted in redish-orange eyebrows. Lastly, I added some dark blue and white highlights to his eyes.

Then yesterday I used a small sponge to add some yellowish-green and black splotches to the left page. Lastly, I used a fan brush to make the feathery marks with black paint.

You know, when I am doing these art journal pages, I put music on and just let my mind wander. It’s so relaxing!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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