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Zen Luna Moth in Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

A couple of days ago I created this Zen Luna Moth with pen, acrylics, and stencils. I used a picture of a Luna Moth to trace the outline, but added the rest myself. The Zentangle designs are just doodles I created myself, though. I got this idea from a book by Tamara Laporte called “Create Your Life Book.” She demonstrated how to do a Zen butterfly, but I decided to do a Luna Moth instead. All of the projects in the book are going to be put together in a small “Life Book.” 

I have never done one of her Life Book courses, but maybe someday I will. Her Life Book courses have been going for several years. It is a year long course, and at the end she binds her works together to make a Life Book. I hear it’s pretty fun. 

She is a really entertaining artist to watch. I love her giggles and her amazing creative mind!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Bookwarm Baby

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Yesterday I painted this baby who just can’t get enough of his books! I loved creating this!

First I drew my design onto a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper. Then I glued a few small pieces of paper down in the background and painted it with a mix of Quinacridone Magenta and white acrylic inks. Once I chose that color, I decided to go with shades of red-violets, blue-greens and yellow-oranges which is a triad color scheme. This was challenging and a lot of fun! I also knew i wanted him to be African American, so the skin tones were a challenge as well!

What was fun, too, was putting the book he’s holding upside down, ha ha! And my little bookworm is surrounded by some of his favorite books including: “Goodnight Moon,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “Hop on Pop,” and a few others in his little basket of books.

Lastly, I added some washi tape, stamped some circles and wrote in some letters and numbers.

I am really enjoying doing these “Bookworm” mixed media pieces. I am planning to do at least two more!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Bookworm Albert

Hello Friends!

A couple of days ago I sketched this intellectual character for the second painting in my “Bookworm” series. 

I used mostly watercolor in this one. Then I used some white gesso to “draw” the sun and the flowers since the purple shades in the background would have made a dull looking sun. After that I used red and green acrylics for the flowers and yellow acrylics for the sun. I purposely made the library a little dull in color in the background. I also added strips of a couple of different washi tapes behind and below Albert and threw on a couple of 3-D butterfly stickers.

Lastly, I wrote in a few titles on the books he checked out: “Advanced Calculus”, “War and Peace”, “The Mensa Handbook”, and “Sudoku”. His other books are turned around, though. He seems to be a pretty smart fella ( or wants to be), ha ha! 

Anyway, this was a fun one. I loved thinking of how to draw him myself. I love creating quirky looking characters.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Bookworm Granny

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday and today I drew, collaged, stenciled, and painted this Bookworm Granny. I got the idea from Tamara Laporte’s “Bookworm Girl” video where she creates a girl with bright red hair, less books, etc. But I just watched her as she created her girl and came up with the idea for creating a granny with gray hair, little reading glasses, and wrinkles on her face!

Then I picked a few book titles she would enjoy reading for herself and some to read aloud to children.

I really enjoyed doing this one. I can’t do all the free “Taster” sessions Tamara and other instructors are offering on Facebook this week. And now, after doing my Bookworm Granny, I have ideas for a couple of other bookworm characters!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Doggie in Watercolor & Pen

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This is a cute doggie that I painted from a short free lesson from Tamara Laporte. She is offering a four month course in August called Kaleidoscope 2021 which you can find out more at willowing.org

I am doing the free Taster Week this week which is just getting some free lessons from different artists to see what the classes will be like. But I already joined them since I have never done any of her classes before. Tamara is an artist who paints whimsical characters. She has published some books that were based on courses she has taught in the past. I have a book of hers called “Ever After” which has lessons for creating fairytale-inspired mixed media art projects. I think I may have mentioned this book in a previous post.

Anyway, she is a lot of fun. She has a sweet spirit and really loves teaching art. I had heard about her several years ago but in taking other art classes to learn portraiture last year, I just didn’t have time to try everything. This year I did sign up for “Let’sFaceIt2021” and “PaintYourHeartandSoul2021” but I have only done a couple of classes out of each one, because I became so engrossed in my Van Gogh Journal! But I really enjoyed creating that!

I have been wanting to do art of my own without following lessons, lately but it is also fun to be in different groups to meet other artists and see what others are creating. So I have just been downloading the classes each week on my laptop to keep for later. I also have Tamara’s classes from last year of Kaleidoscope 2020 which I am not done downloading yet. So I haven’t started any of those.

I am afraid I have become addicted to buying art classes, ha ha! And books!!! I have been reading so many great novels lately written for school age children (and picture books) that I began buying them again even though my kids are grown! Someday I hope to have little ones to read aloud to, but I don’t see grandchildren in the near future. Our grown children are happy in their jobs, and our daughter is graduating with her Associates degree in Psychology this year! She is taking her last two classes right now. So that is exciting.

I hope you are all doing well! We are doing well here in sunny California!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

“Summer” in Mixed Media

Hello Friends! 

Yesterday I decided to paint a happy summer scene. I painted the large flowers, the bee, and the grasshopper with acrylics and acrylic inks.

Then to make the yellow and blue flowers, I applied some yellow smiley stickers and painted the petals with acrylics and the stems/leaves with acrylic inks.

I painted the butterfly on the right with orange acrylic paint and the details with carbon black acrylic ink. Then I applied 3-D butterfly stickers for the other two. Lastly, I added the sun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Little Red and Friend Wolf

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Yesterday I decided to paint a fairytale twist. Instead of the wolf being a conniving stinker and finding out where Red’s grandmother lives so he can go gobble her up, he is a kindhearted and friendly wolf who lets Red pet him. Then she will give him a treat from her basket, and they will walk to her grandmother’s house and have a picnic! Only he will be Red and Grandma’s guest. But he will only visit occasionally since they know it isn’t wise to try and turn wild animals into pets. They are smart! But he won’t forget their kindness and will stay close by to protect Grandma’s house at night! 

I painted this in watercolors on 11×14″ watercolor paper. I am planning on doing Red and the wolf on canvas in mixed media but not the same scene. 

Have a wonderful day! 😀

“Cosmic Girl” in Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

I have been feeling a little blue since finishing my Van Gogh journal awhile back. And I haven’t gotten a video of the whole book yet.

So in the meantime I just wanted to do something different. I have been reading a lot of children’s novels lately and checking out Tamara Laporte’s book called Ever After.

It is a book with lessons for creating mixed media art projects based on fairy tales. I started drawing a different take on Little Red Riding Hood, but I haven’t finished working out the composition yet. So i just used a template for this girl from Tamara Laporte’s website to create this mixed media piece.

In the close-up you can see the little cat sticker I used so her kitty could be with her.

I don’t think I am going to start another art journal yet. I just want to do some fairy tale art for now.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Van Gogh Journal – FINISHED!

 

And Close-ups!

Hello Friends!

Well, my Van Gogh Journal project is finished! When I completed it, I played the song “Vincent” by Don McLean and cried a little. Vincent van Gogh was such a beautiful soul. I wrote the most moving part of the song, to me, on the last page. Along with that on the bottom is a copy of a paragraph from one of my books, Van Gogh, by Rene Huyghe, page 91. He is pondering how Vincent may have felt.

“Isn’t it the picture of a completely wasted life? He must have felt it such to go to the end of what was his destiny: that is a total gift of himself, the redemption of his ego, exalted by the total sacrifice of everything which he had a right to expect. Van Gogh will have lived this admirable and perhaps unique passion; he will have greedily educated and developed his ego and will not have gotten anything out of it for himself but disappointment and finally the excruciating feeling of having achieved nothing in his life – a useless life.

But it is because of this that he is so great, because of this that his genius appears to us with the purity of a saint of painting. For, when he assumed his own nothingness, he started becoming for others, for ever increasing multitudes, a warming and illuminating fire. This lost fire, hardly noticeable by a barren smoke, has now changed into a sun, a sun whirling in our eyes and in our hearts and projecting its splendor – splendor made of flame, of love, of life.”

On the other page I included a copy of his paintings called “Portrait of a Young Peasant Girl” and “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” which were from Vincent’s Auvers Period. Then I copied a photo of his drawing called “Corridor of Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Remy.” I made three sizes of it and glued them together for a 3D effect. Next to it I cut a self-portrait of his in three pieces and glued it in separate pieces to show how broken his spirit must have felt before he died. Then I wrote what I would say to him if I could: The world reaped the beauty you sowed and included his painting of “The Sower” on the next page. 

Lastly, I included some stickers I found that I think are appropriate of wine, bread, and the words “LeCafe” and “Bonjour.” And the very last thing in the bottom right hand corner is a copy of how he signed all of his letters to his beloved brother, Theo. 

Ever yours, 

Vincent.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 63 & 64

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Hello Friends!

I really enjoyed creating these two pages. I used a new color of acrylic ink, Iridescent Green, for the background of the left page. And I used orange for the background of the other page. Then I used some ephemera and washi tape pieces to accent spots. I cut out the yellow and black pieces from a piece of used palette paper I saved awhile back. I had flicked the yellow and black paints on it awhile when I was working on something else. So I swirled them into circles and made one into a bee! Then I used the others to make flowers on my journal page.

I embellished the pictures of Vincent’s self-portraits and the picture of him sitting with his friend Emile Bernard. Then in the middle of the pages I used matte medium to glue down pieces of orange and brown ribbons. 

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

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