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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Bundle Up



It's so cold and wet outside these days. Today is particularly cloudy and dark on top of everything else and we still have winter to look forward to. Blah! Anyhoo, it's what inspired this collage. A colorful coat! Nothing better than a nice warm coat to keep the chills at bay. This is mostly painted tissue paper and painted drawing paper with a little soft pastel for shading.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mixing Mediums and Trying Out a New Palette



Fall and foul weather has finally arrived in Michigan. My good mood has gone south with the geese so I've been experimenting instead of starting a new project. I haven't worked with watercolor on gesso coated paper in ages so that was on my to-do list. I did wind up adding a little acrylic but very little and then I used soft pastel to the mix with some interesting results.

This painting is pure acrylic.

I also did a quick landscape, totally from imagination using a color palette which I found online. The Fall colors are uninspiring this year so I had to pull from other sources.

Friday, October 13, 2017

40th Birthday Card



Sorry to be MIA. Life gets in the way sometimes. I did just complete a birthday card for my youngest. My baby is turning 40 this coming Tuesday. Ugh! Where did the years go?! It's a little collage, some Micron pen and acrylic paint on artist grade kraft paper. It's a fairly good likeness.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On a More Serious Note



I took the ladies to a more serious side of things. I'm calling this 'Billie Does Burridge' because I was hugely(is that a word?) inspired by one of Robert Burridges' mixed media pieces. I love his work! This was done on a 9" x 12" canvas with acrylic paint and cut paper collage. My palette was heavy on the warm colors so I added some pale blue for relief. Hope you like.

A few in process shots

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Idiosyncratic Fashionistas ~ my current muses



These ladies are a constant source of inspiration for me. I'm referring to Jean and Valerie, women of a certain age that call themselves the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas for obvious reasons. I love their philosophy on growing older (with verve!) and they refuse to become invisible just because they are no longer young. And don't think they haven't been noticed! Follow the link to see their latest accomplishment.

Anyhoo this is another little pen and watercolor...I'm still playing. I'd like to try something a little more serious just to see if it could work. That's coming up next.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Test Composition ~ the ladies




I'm trying out a new comp with my ladies. I like this one but it needs to be amped up I think. It needed a border so I painted a random pattern with walnut ink, then applied pieces of tissue paper over top glued down with gloss medium. When dry I went over that with white acrylic. I like it. The walnut ink did bleed in some spots when I was applying the tissue paper. Not too happy about that. BTW, I did post my first 3 sketches on Facebook and requested feedback. I got some interesting replies. The feedback was useful.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

3 Ladies ~ watercolor sketch



I started a fairly large painting last week and it's fought me every inch of the way since. I finally walked away to take a breather and instead did this little sketch. It felt nice to get out the watercolors again. I added some stenciling for fun.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Fabulous ~ rough sketches



When I first saw my photo reference online the word 'Fabulous' popped into my head so that will be my working title until further notice. I had snagged this image quite some time ago because I knew I wanted to do something with it but wasn't sure what. I finally had some ideas, maybe too many. That's why the variety of sketches. Anyhoo I did a Google image search, found the photographer/s and contacted them. These ladies generously granted me permission to use a few of their photos for inspiration. Don't you just love the attitude? This is SO in my wheelhouse. These are just rough sketches to help me toss around ideas. They all could work but what is my main intention. At this point I'm leaning toward the top comp. Sometimes less conveys more.