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Van Gogh Journal Pages 23 & 24

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday morning I was reading “The Te of Piglet” by Benjamin Hoff. Just reading and writing in a different journal inspired me to do these pages in my Van Gogh journal.

I enjoy collaging intuitively. Not having a plan in mind helps me relax and take my time and think about design and color.

On the right page is one of Vincent’s “Self-Portrait with Straw Hat” paintings. The left page at the bottom says this painting was done in Paris in the summer of 1887. It was oil on canvas, mounted on wood. But it was only 34.9CM x 26.7 CM. which is small.

I love this painting of his, so I decided not to alter it. After I collaged the pages, I mixed some Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light fluid acrylic paint with some matte medium to make it more transparent and painted the white spaces. I also am enjoying using pallet paper with dried acrylics on it. I never know how they are going to come in handy for a project which is fun!

Lastly, after thinking about it for awhile, I printed the words REFLECTION and MUSE on the left page and PONDER and SEE on the right page since these are things I have been doing more of these days.

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! 😀

 

Mermaid in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I finished this on Tuesday, but rested the next day. I couldn’t get a good picture of it until Wednesday either.

For this piece I painted a background with acrylics and added some washi tape in a few places. I had a hard time “finding a face” in this as Katrina Koltes suggested we do in this week from Paint Your Heart & Soul. But I showed it to a couple of friends who saw one, so that’s where I began.

I used a stencil with shapes sort of like leaves in the left hand bottom corner which I had wanted to be the pattern of her tail, but that didn’t come out the way I envisioned it. So I ended up making a different pattern. It also came out bigger! But that’s okay.

I put down small pieces of washi tape for her skin, then decided to paint over it with a mixture of yellow and phthalo green.

I wanted to use some magenta in it, so decided to do the foliage with that. In the right hand bottom corner is a different pattern of washi tape I painted over some. Then I stenciled the flowers in. I also added gold acrylic to her tail, hair, and the flowers.

The white drips at the top on the water is alcohol ink. I don’t have any white acrylic ink that would have turned out a little different. So I ordered some! Ha ha!

Anyway, this was fun! I really do love mixed media, even though it is more time consuming.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I don’t know if you will remember or not, but I have posted these ballerina poses before (I think.) But this time I added a few things!

I drew them in charcoal on a thick piece of paper. Then I used my Arteza brush pens to color them and the background. Next I used a stamp with the word joy in Japanese. And lastly I copied the song called “Waltz” from Swan Lake. Then I cut out two stanzas from it and glued them on. Lastly, I drew around the dancers and the music with charcoal.

I enjoyed creating this! It didn’t take very long either. I like the texture that these brush pens make when I swipe them on the paper!

Now I am going to attempt to do the main and mini lessons from my class called “Paint Your Heart and Soul.” Hopefully I can post them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I drew this in charcoal and painted it in acrylics. Then I used a sponge to dab acrylics into the stencils to create the background.

This is for Week #1 of Let’sfaceit2021. Our instructor was Jenny Manno.

I haven’t done the assignments for my other class, Paint Your Heart & Soul 2021, yet. One is a mini lesson on how to draw the eye in three different expressions in pencil and white charcoal on tan toned paper.  And the main lesson is doing a profile portrait with liquid and dry charcoal. Hopefully, I will be able to do them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Let’s Face It 2020 is Finished!

Hello Friends!

Here are all of the portraits I did this year for my course Let’sfaceit2020! They are all hanging in my studio at the moment. And they are randomly hung. The last one is of our kids many years ago at Lassen Park near our home. I may do it over and make them bigger since their faces were so small and difficult to paint. It is a composite of four photos we took, and I painted them altogether on an 8×10″ canvas!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this portrait for Week 46 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Yvonne Morell. I used tissue paper for our shirts. Then I used a stencil in several different positions to sponge on the hanging plant that was behind us. Thick patterned paper is what I used for the chairs. And I just painted the corner of the table and added little stickers on it. All of the paint is acrylics. In the background I dipped a small porous sponge in Burnt Sienna paint to make the pattern on the wall.

The picture I used is one my mom took on my 21st birthday. My dad was famous for photo bombing whenever she tried to take pictures of me or my brothers. It used to make her so mad, ha ha! But I am so glad he did it that day. It is my favorite picture of him. (And he definitely turned out better than I did!) I had the hardest time with my own face! Maybe I’m not so vain after all, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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