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Mixed Media Preparations #3 & 4

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I collaged two more canvases in preparation for the flower mixed media paintings I will be doing.

I think I may do the daffodils on this first one.

Then on this one I may do the California Poppies.

This is such a meditative medium. I used to do puzzles a lot. So I think collage is even more fun for me since I get to choose where each piece goes!

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

Flower Mixed Media Preparations

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Yesterday I spent a few very peaceful hours in my studio working on preparing two of six square canvases for what will eventually become flower paintings. This first canvas is going to be my sunflowers.

The first layer is the collage. Then I will use other various materials for more layers before “whitewashing” it. That is done so I can paint the flowers on in watercolor last. It allows the background to shine through but not be the focal point.

Here is the second piece. I think this one will be my Crocuses since they are lavender and white.

I used my liquid chalk markers to write the words. (I really like those markers!) Miriam Schulman uses something else for writing on hers. She also shows how to do the drips. But you would have to take her class to learn how since I can’t give away her secrets.

I am learning all of this in her class “GARDEN PARTY.”Β  You can find out more about her and all the classes she teaches at http://theinspirationplace.net

I still have many other projects in mind to do! So to get myself more relaxed and limber, I started doing Yoga at home last week. I can’t believe how much it is helping my arthritis! I light a scented candle and put on soft instrumental music, and I’m good to go.

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

 

Great Horned Owlet and Mama

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The other day my husband took this picture down by the office of the fish hatchery where we live. So he printed it out for me and I decided to paint it in watercolors.

He liked the way the owlet looked like it was scowling!

I have a series of flower paintings I am planning to do in mixed media. I have some of them drawn in pencil which I will post soon. I’m really looking forward to doing this spring flower series!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

Sunflower in Oil Pastels

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Yesterday I decided to draw a sunflower in my sketchbook with my Pentel Oil Pastel sticks.

I haven’t used them in a long time, but I came across them while I cleaned my studio. Plus, I have a print of one of Vincent van Gogh’s sunflower paintings hanging in there now, so he is always inspiring me.

I hope everyone is doing well this Memorial Day weekend. Stay safe whatever you do.

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

 

Explore and Draw!

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Last week I got an unexpected package in the mail. My friend, Jill Weatherholt, sent me these two journals! The Explore one is lined paper and the Draw one is blank paper.

When my husband brought them in, I was sitting with my sketchbook, so I laid them on it and took a picture!

It is always fun to know when friends see something that reminds them of me! Thanks for this, Jill! You are a great friend!!

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

 

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!

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

 

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!

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

 

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˜€

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