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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˜€

 

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,

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

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media – First 4 Stages

 

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You may or may not recognize him, but this is a drawing I did from an old photo that has always been attributed to Vincent van Gogh as a 13-year-old boy. However, when I was looking up a larger version of the picture to work from, since the one in my book is so small, I ran across a couple of articles that say experts now attribute this picture to being Theo, Vincent’s brother. I was surprised, but I had already drawn this and did not want to do it again. So!!

After I drew it, I cut it out. I placed it on a large piece of watercolor paper at an angle and went over the whole piece with Liquitex Matte Medium. I let that dry. Next, I painted the watercolor in the background.

Then I made copies of a couple of Vincent’s letters to his brother from a book I have called “Vincent van Gogh,Β Ever Yours,Β The Essential Letters,” edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker.

After I copied parts of two or three letters, I stained them with black tea. They were pretty wet so I hung them on the clothes line outside. When they were dry, I tore out the pieces I wanted. I wish I had stained them darker, but when I glued them down, they got a little wrinkled, so I left them. I like that affect. The staining is to give the paper an antique look. The piece on the far left is of his actual handwriting of one of his letters included in the book.

In the next step, I dropped some yellow and orange alcohol inks on the background. I have done much more since stage four, but I will go on with the next stages in my next post. It has gotten more interesting for sure!

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

 

Seahorse in Crayon, Stage 1

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After watching Charlie O’Shields do his doodles in watercolor for Sketchbook Revival the other day, I decided to try something with my crayons! I have a cigar sized box of the ones our kids and I used when they were young.

You may or may not recognize this seahorse. I painted one in watercolor a while back. However, I was never really happy with the composition of the painting. So since it was done on 300 lb. watercolor paper, I decided to cut it out! Then I simply traced around the edges on this piece of drawing paper and colored it with my crayons.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave it this simple or not. And I don’t. So I have some ideas brewing about what else I want to do to it. That’s why I haven’t signed it yet! πŸ˜‰

Today I began another mixed media project. It is going to be posted in stages also.

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

 

Bunny Buddies in Watercolor

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Here is my second attempt at a bunny watercolor. I say “attempt,” because I am not that crazy about this one either. I tried the same poses, just switched around. So I think I want to just draw ONE rabbit and give it a more whimsical expression. So we’ll see what I come up with. I think this animal would be easier for me in a profile position and maybe just the head! Ha, ha.

Well, it is a gorgeous spring day here today. It has still been staying cool enough to leave the windows open at night which I always love doing in the spring and fall.

I have been working on some ideas for another mixed media project. I have cut out some things from some old paintings that I want to use in a unique way. I just want to think about it some more.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and if you have the desire, do something creative! It’s fun!

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

Play! It’s So Fun!

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Yesterday I had the great privilege of watching Charlie O’Shields talk about his playful way of doing watercolor sketches every day. Not only that, but he also demonstrated his way of sketching with pen, watercolors, and crayons! It was quite fun. So we did these flowers using just three colors each time.

Charlie is a great encouragement to anyone who thinks they “can’t” draw which is what he has learned that many of us tell ourselves after we hit about age 9 and begin believing there are then “wrong” ways to draw and/or paint. When really? It is much more fun to do it without “rules.” Just be a kid again!

I know from my own childhood experience that I began to believe I couldn’t draw when my Jr. High art ‘teacher,’ I use that term loosely, made fun of how I always blushed whenever he called on me. He proceeded to make fun of me in front of the whole class and tease me about it. You can bet that class, which I had been looking forward to, ended up becoming the one I hated most besides Algebra that year!! I couldn’t feel anything except self-conscious every day in that class.

When the school year ended, I barely ever attemptedΒ  any art again until I HAD TOΒ in an art history class in college when I was 30! I hated doing the project we were assigned. All it entailed was drawing a tree in three mediums: pencil, pen, and watercolors (which I had never used before.) But…

The wondrous thing about that assignment, was I began to desire to doodle like I did when I was a kid. We only did a couple of hands-on projects. The rest, as they say, was art history! πŸ˜‰

Eventually, on my own, I began dabbling in the watercolors more, too, but I didn’t get really interested in art until I was married with two kids and home schooling them about 15 years later! I wanted our kids to experience their senses in every way they desired including pencil, pen, crayon, markers, paint, sand, glue, scissors,Β  etc. And I have boxes full of their lovely childhood art to this day. Their expressions of themselves in art are some of my greatest treasures.

So before you listen to your inner critic tell you that you “can’t” draw or whatever else you WISH you could do, just tell that voice to can it! Then get the stuff to start learning and doing what YOU want to learn and do! And then? Just try it! And KEEP trying. Most likely you will surprise yourself…and enjoy yourself! But most of all, hav fun!

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

 

 

Dormouse in Hibernation

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Yesterday I decided to draw a little hibernating dormouse in pencil.

Her name is Dot the Dormouse.

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

 

 

Collage of Nature

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On Sunday afternoon I decided to go through an issue of “Outdoor California” which is published by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, whom my husband has worked with for over 20 years, after listening to a guided meditation online which is what inspired me.

This issue I had on hand containing these pictures and words happened to go along with what I wrote after the meditation which was a lot about exploring the woods and feeling water on my hands and hearing birds in the air. So that was really cool.

Just as I finished, I heard a knock on the door. When I opened it, our son was standing there which was a great surprise! He had just gone hiking for awhile up at Mt. Lassen which isn’t far from us. So he stopped by to visit. We went for a short walk since my husband wasn’t home yet and visited until he came home. Then we all visited fo a little while longer.

So this turned out to be one of the most blessed Easters I have had in a long time! Plus, I didn’t have to cook; we ate leftovers!

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

 

 

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! πŸ˜€

 

Sea Turtle Swimming With Mermaids Mixed Media

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The other day I posted my paper weaving project. Well, now it has been transformed!

Today I added a watercolor sea turtle, golden mermaids, a few other little paper sea creatures, and some words to describe how just the thought of being at the ocean makes me feel.

This was so much fun! I am really enjoying learning new things to try in the mixed media class I am taking online.

Just in case I don’t have a post for tomorrow, I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday whether you celebrate Easter or not.

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

 

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