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Van Gogh Journal So Far…

Hello Friends!

Here is a video of my journal so far!

And here are my latest two pages…

I copied photos of several of Vincent’s paintings that he did during “The Hague Period.”

For the background I painted the pages with Liquitex Raw Sienna acrylic ink. I love how bright it is! Then I picked these pictures and after arranging them, glued them down with Liquitex Matte Medium.

Next I accented some highlights in the photos with the Raw Sienna acrylic ink. Lastly, I used Liquitex Muted Green acrylic ink to emphasize Vincent’s eyes in his self-portrait and add the words and accents around the pictures.

I enjoy the process of looking through all of the books I have about Vincent van Gogh to get ideas for how I want to create my journal pages. Especially since I always approach each page spread intuitively. Working spontaneously feeds my inspiration.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 27 & 28

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to do two more pages in my Van Gogh journal. I made the portrait of Vincent into him looking like a priest. Why? He grew up in the Protestant Dutch Reformed Church in Groot-Zundert, in the North Brabant region of the Netherlands where his father was a pastor. He went to the University of Amsterdam to study theology and planned on becoming a priest. He studied hard but failed his seminary entrance exam. This was hard for him, because he wanted to help people. He loved God, and he loved people. He believed God had called him to be a pastor like his father. But thank God it didn’t work out; otherwise we wouldn’t have his incredible work today!

He did love people, though. When he went out to draw and paint, he often drew laborers, field workers, weavers, and many other people. He cared deeply about how they struggled to make a living especially after he decided to pursue art for his own life’s work. He knew he couldn’t buy art supplies without the financial support of his brother, Theo. This was difficult for him, but he and Theo loved each other very much. Vincent appreciated everything his big brother did for him. I think this is why he tried so hard to become a success and hoped to sell his work.

Obviously, I have depicted him as a Catholic priest, but that was because I just watched a movie called “Puzzle” the other night. The woman in the story is a struggling Catholic and is shown with ashes on her forehead for Ash Wednesday in a scene. That’s where that idea came from. The black and white photo in the corner is of a painting Vincent painted of his father.

And the girl on the left-hand page is a copy of a girl I drew in charcoal on cardboard last year. The quote below her says:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.”   –Ralph Waldo Emerson–

Some of the other random pieces of collage are from copies of some of Vincent’s art as well as my own. I prepared the pages with some black and white gessos and also put some gold and green acrylic inks in places. The “spiral” in the middle is from a copy of some of my art with the sketchbook wire. I liked adding that in! This was fun as usual.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 25 & 26

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I was inspired to paint these two pages similar to a scene from The Walking Dead t.v. show. I like the parts of the theme song that shows the lone walker going through the field and the crows in the tree. So that’s what I was thinking about when I painted this. I was also thinking about Vincent’s painting called “Wheat Field with Crows.”

First, I painted the pages with Golden’s Absorbent Ground. It is a medium that when applied to any surface, enables one to paint on surfaces that are not normally made to acceptwatercolor paint. Then I also used some acrylic inks.

The second picture is the view of this journal from the side as it lies flat on a table. It’s getting pretty thick!

This was a fun spread to paint!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Vincent Van Gogh Journal Pages 21 & 22

 

CLOSE-UPS

 

 

 

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! 😀

 

Marilyn Monroe #3

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this in watercolors. To get the pattern in her shirt, I dropped coarse sea salt on the wet paint and let it dry. Then I scraped it off. I like this technique for obtaining patterns on clothes. I never know how it will turn out which makes it more fun!

Then this morning I decided to add some acrylic inks for more intense color and bring out some details in her hair. I also added red acrylic ink to her lips and shirt. Lastly, I added the black India ink.

I really enjoyed the challenge of drawing and painting this pose with her head turned up.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I did Week 44 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Sara Burch. She is a very sweet and creative artist.

First I used charcoal to lightly draw her face with charcoal onto an 11×14″ piece of Strathmore drawing paper.  used a nibbed pen and black India ink to darken the outline of her eyes, nose and mouth and darkened her eyebrows with very black charcoal.

Next I began adding color with Liquitex acrylic inks, chalk pastels, and some acrylic paints.

I used Turquoise Deep ink to create some shadow in her face and on her neck. Next I used Cerulean Blue ink to paint the background around her head. On her face I put a small amount of Transparent Raw Sienna ink in her eyelids, the sides of her nose, and on her forehead.

When that was almost dry, I used my rubber Catalyst and swept up and over the left side of her face. The raw sienna wasn’t quite dry, and made some cool marks!

Then I added more charcoal around her nose and mouth. I used a bright pink pastel pencil and a mixture of orange and white acrylics to accent her cheeks. I liked the orange, so I began adding some around her face to indicate hair, because I love orange and blue together! And I went crazy with her hair, so I threw on some gold ink for highlights!

I used white acrylic paint to highlight her face, neck, and shirt. Then I scribbled on some charcoal lines and a little Turquoise Deep with water to add some shadows in her shirt.

It was great to play and learn how these different mediums can interact with each other! I never know what will happen until I try something new. And that is what is so fun for me!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Acrylic Inks

 

Hello Friends!

This week our lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 was with Sara Burch. She used acrylic inks and acrylic paint on an 8×10 wood cradle board. Her painting was more abstract and completely different from mine, though.

The only cradle board I had on hand had a pink elf in mixed media on it that I never really liked. So I just painted over it!

This image was originally done by Kim Fujimata for the cover of a CD called “The First Flute, Songs of Courtship” by Ron Allen. I have had this CD for years and have always loved the cover. My painting is similar, but not exactly like hers. But I wanted to give her the credit she deserves for such a beautiful piece of work!

I really enjoyed watching how Sara uses acrylic inks. This was so fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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