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Ballerinas in the Rain

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I think I am done with flowers for a while. So yesterday afternoon I decided to paint some ballerinas who got caught in the rain!

This was fun. I didn’t spend too much time on it, though. I had a black canvas I was wanting to paint on and already had umbrellas in mind to do. So I added some ballerinas for good measure!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Sunflowers in Mixed Media

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Here are the sunflowers I painted on my mixed media canvas today. I had a lot of trouble getting the background done. I wasn’t sure what colors I wanted to do. But I am happy with how it turned out.

However, I decided to brighten the flowers more with a brighter yellow and not have the background so blue like it was.

I have one mixed media canvas left for painting the Peonies. But I still haven’t practiced drawing any yet. So for now I may be done with this project. We’ll see!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Daffodils in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I decided to paint my Daffodils. I painted the flowers in watercolor and the stems, leaves, butterfly and background in acrylics. I painted the background darker to make the flowers stand out better. Plus, I needed to cover some drippies that I tried to put at the top with alcohol ink. They were too wide and distracted from the daffodils.

I am still planning to paint the sunflowers soon, but I haven’t decided yet whether or not I want to paint Peonies.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I am going to take time to exercise today.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Tulips in Mixed Media

 

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Here are my tulips on another of my mixed media canvases that I made last week.

I started out painting the tulips in watercolor like the other flowers I have done, however, I think the background was darker than I realized, so I ended up painting them in acrylics.

Then yesterday I went to Michael’s to get more canvases and found a package of what I thought were butterfly stckers. When I opened them, though, there were lots of other plants, etc. in the package which was fun! But when I peeled the backing off, it was just the paper of the butterfly, so I had to use my matte medium to glue them down.

I will probably try doing my daffodils next, then the sunflowers. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to try painting the Peonies yet. I am thinking about moving on from flowers after the next two paintings to something different.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Crocuses in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I began my series of mixed media paintings. However, instead of posting the pencil drawing of my Crocuses, I decided to post the finished painting.

I drew it differently than my original pencil drawing and decided to paint a couple of yellow crocuses since I love the complimentary colors of purple and yellow so much! Plus, I decided to use a different collaged canvas for this one than the one I was going to use.

The background design is done in acrylics. But after putting a layer of absorbent ground on top of that, which is the whitewash layer, I was able to paint the leaves and flowers in watercolors.

This is definitely a much longer process to go through for just one painting, but it is also fun to learn new things and work with new materials.

One of these days I want to invest in some Faber Castell Watercolor Markers which is what Miriam Schulman was using to paint her flowers in the class. Their colors are more vibrant, but they are pretty pricey. (And yesterday George had to get new brakes put on our car, so…no markers this month! Ha ha!)

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Mixed Media Preparations #3 & 4

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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! 😀

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.”  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! 😀

 

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! 😀

 

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,

 “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.”  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! 😀

 

HAPPY EASTER!

Hello Friends!

I decided to explore alcohol inks and acrylics on a small piece of canvas today. And this is what happened!

The grace of God in my life is always on my mind. I love the symbol of the empty cross, because it shows me that after Jesus died, he was taken off the cross, buried in a tomb, and rose again.

No matter what you choose to believe, I respect you as a friend. I know God shed His grace on me. And giving others the grace to choose their own beliefs has been a huge area of growth in my life in the last few years.

Happy Easter and blessings to you all.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

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