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Swan in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a piece I worked on a little here and there. I used my watercolor markers to color the background with my LEFT hand after putting a coat of Absorbent Ground on top of the Washi tape design I made.

Anyway, I saw my orthopedic surgeon the other day who agreed it is time to operate on my right rotator cuff. UGH! I am not looking forward to it, but it will probably be a few months from now. So in the meantime, I need to keep the muscles strong by exercising them gently and getting the rest of myself in better shape as well.

I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend. I won’t be creating as much art as I have been, but I can’t completely stop yet. Plus, I can always practice with my left hand!

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

 

 

Donkeys in Pen & Watercolor

 

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Yesterday I painted this watercolor of the donkeys. Today I outlined it in pen. This was a fun one to do!

I hope everyone is having a nice week!

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

 

Alpacas in Brush Pen

 

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This is my first attempt at drawing Alpacas! What a funny looking animal! I think I am done with butterflies for now.

I used my Arteza brush pens for this but then added water and some fine point pen. I did this for the Inspired Insiders Club that I joined in January through Miriam Schulman’s art website.

The next one we are doing is Llamas. And I haven’t done some of the other animals she’s done yet. I am glsd I can take my time!

Our kids are coming over this afternoon for a throw together dinner. George got the idea from the show “Chopped” that we used to watch with Grace! This should be fun.

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

 

Collage on Canvas

 

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Yesterday I decided to paint black Gesso over an old canvas that I did a goofy abstract on back in 2015. Gesso is great for being able to cover a canvas for new use!

I started out using matte medium to glue on a whole bunch of tags from the Lipton teabags we use to make iced tea. But I found it was too tedious for this 8×10 canvas and I wouldn’t have had enough anyway. Then when I tried to glue down the shiny wrapping from the cardboard trays in the box, they wouldn’t stick. So what to do? Collage over them of course!

So I decided to use some of the papers I got at Michael’s with the mermaids, etc. and found a few select words in an art magazine. It was pretty relaxing, and I like it. I was thinking about painting something on it, but decided not to. So I hung it up instead.

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

 

Peony in Pencil

 

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This is the only flower from my “Mixed Media Madness” class with Miriam Schulman that I haven’t done in mixed media yet. I plan to soon. I just drew it a couple of days ago.

I hope everyone has had a great week! I can’t believe it’s Friday already!!

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

 

Black Irises, Big and Small

Big Black Iris

Small Black Iris

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I have been painting black Irises today! The big one is an 8×10; the small one is a 4×4. I painted these in acrylics on black canvases.

I may be starting on a new series today. I don’t have a lot of experience painting butterflies, but I would like to try painting them in acrylics and watercolor. Or I may do them in mixed media. I guess I will wait and see where my muse takes me!

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

 

Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tiles

 

 

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Yesterday, our daughter came to visit and have dinner with us. I was telling her about wanting to experiment with my alcohol inks on tile. But I didn’t have any ceramic tiles. Then she remembered that in the “junkyard” where she and her brother used to go find stuff when they were kids, she said there used to be little tile squares there. So we took a short ride and lo and behold…there they still were! They are only about 2″x2″ square, so we brought about 20 of them home for me to practice on.

I started out trying to do a simple sunburst with the oranges and yellows, but it morphed into a punk rocker instead!

With the purple one, I wasn’t trying to make anything in particular, but the blooms turned into an Iris!

All in all it was a fun process. I will probably try some more experimenting on the tiles, but mostly, I will use the alcohol inks in mixed media pieces.

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

 

Blue Geraniums in Pencil

 

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Last night I sketched these blue Geraniums. Some are blue, some are white. and some are white with blue spots and blue stripes!

I think I am going to paint them in watercolor and maybe onto a collaged canvas at some point. But today, I must rest my arm!

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

 

Goats in Watercolor

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Today I decided to paint a mama goat and her baby. This was a lot of fun and didn’t take long. I really enjoyed painting in watercolor again.

We are getting cooler weather this week which is nice. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

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

 

Fairies & Fauna Mixed Media

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This is my mixed media piece with the fairies. I am not sure how well you can see them, though. Also, the background is a little more green than I wanted it, but I think it helps the rose stand out.

The rose is from a photo I took in our yard years ago, so I decided to draw it onto this piece and then applied Golden’s Absorbent Ground. Absorbent Ground can be painted on top of other mediums which then allows me to paint over it with watercolors. I can also use it to apply whitewashes. I think I am in love with Absorbent Ground!

I think the next thing I am going to do is a watercolor of the goat I drew awhile back. So that should be fun. I need to work on something less involved for a bit.

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

 

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