Monday, July 24, 2017

Working out some issues in the art journal

New, to me, stencils from Stencilgirl

Photos are cut out from an old Vanity Fair

The entire purpose of this spread was to say Oh, Hell NO!

A rant on the state of our federal government
I still want to draw girls. I want to improve, but I have found that the process is draining for me if it doesn't turn out the way I think it should. So, a little break inbetween the girls and whatever else catches my eye.

I have paid for the entire month of lessons from Christy Sobolewski called Impetuous Passions 2017. It used to be called Obsessions, but she changed the name of the year long class last week. This month is water color girls. Next month, I think, she will concentrate on using Neocolor II's. I will definitely sign up for that, because I want to learn more on how to use my Neocolor II's. Their color is so vibrant, love them.

Christy did an art journal flip through for one of our lessons, and it reminded me that cutting out magazine photos can be inspiring. For the first spread with the stiletto heel roller skate, my first thought was NO! What woman would even consider that? Then I came across the above photo, with this blond blue eyed woman looking into the distance. Again, I trust my first thought that she was indeed clueless, and that resulted in a longer rant than I thought I had in me at that moment. Every once and awhile you have to let the rants out.

Enjoy your day.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

And then we went backwards!

base water color

Hi. My name is Esmeralda. I have no shoulders.
So. This was a conglomeration of lessons from Ashli Oliver, Jodi Ohl, and Christy Sobolewski. I wanted to do a lot of shading with the pencil, prior to adding water color. Found out that is not, I repeat, not easy to work with once the water hits the graphite. About the only thing I like on this girl is the shading of pink on her cheeks and around the lips. I have no idea why she is looking up. Perhaps trying to figure out how to get away.....

If you don't post your failures, there is no incentive to get better. Sounds good anyway.
Stay dry! Raining a lot here this morning.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

One Giant Step Forward

Almost done

Done. Added highlights, faintly, to eyes and lips
This was a challenge. And now that I finished it, I can see the mistakes clearly. Isn't that odd, that you are too close to the drawing while working on it? But this will help me move forward in my drawing.

This is part of the group Obsessions2017, except Christy just changed the name of the group to Inspiration. I don't care what she calls it, she is an instructor who knows exactly what to tell you, and how to achieve an end result. To my eye, this is the most realistic drawing I have ever done, and that is what I am trying to move towards. There is a time and place for all types of faces. I am not denying that, and I still like to do that whimsical look.

I have a tendency to make the head too broad across the eyes, because I also have the knack for making the eyes too big. This time I feel they are in proportion but the face is still too wide. And, yes I am going to say this, I suck at hair. Really need to practice at that.

This is on Strathmore water color paper. The drawing was done with a mechanical pencil from Dollar Tree (no joke, they are great for drawing). All of the color is water color, mostly KOI brand in their travel box. It was a present a few years back from a friend for Christmas. This lesson concentrated on starting the painting wet on wet, which I had not done in years. I finished it wet on dry.

Side note: had a whopper headache yesterday, where the pain ebbed and hammered. I did this throughout the day when I could clearly see. Yes, I am nuts. Why do you ask???

Friday, July 21, 2017

Art Journaling

Double page in large Dylusions journal

They are bewitched,, and I am bothered

An experiment I love

Close up of right hand page

Close up of left hand page
The top spread was originally a pencil drawing that I was going to water color. It was a face of a female model that came out looking like a young man. I hated it. Erasing on Dylusion paper is not always easy, so I used the brayer to apply paint over it and do a spread. This was basically trying out a few new stencils.

Saw a blog post yesterday somewhere, not sure where, of a technique I wanted to try. This was to produce a graffiti type look, say on a wall in a city. First spritz the page with Dylusions spray ink (or any brand you have). Using the 8x10 gel plate, I rolled out a gold color paint, added the ancient type letter stencil, and pulled a print. The object was to use the ghost print (second pull) on top of the ink already down. Flipped the plate over and used it as a stamp to do just that. The gold paint was not bold enough, so did the process again with a dark blue. Love the mottled effect the multiple prints gave me on the right hand side of the page.

More to come this weekend. I hope.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Wrigley Field, Chicago 07-31-2911 Sir Paul McCartney

Dega in his pool. 06-22-2013

Space Needle, Seattle, 08-25-2013

One of the many lakes in the Seattle area

On the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, 08-27-2013

Space Needle at night, the Chihuly gardens of glass
I have been in and out of the mood to work on anything related to art. Yesterday I was in the mood, but due to an extreme eye exam, could not focus my eyesight for over 8 hours. How frustrating was that? On a scale of 1 to 10, it was right up there at an 18. Not a good day.

Hoping I can get back in the groove starting today, but work and dogs and know the routine.

One side note: if you have not seen any Chihuly glass works before and have an opportunity, please take it. The man does amazing work. I know there is a piece at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, but not sure where else besides Seattle. The permanent Chihuly works are on display at the base of the Space Needle. There is indoor and outdoor displays, and yes, you have to pay. If I remember correctly, it was less than $20 for senior rate. But I have never seen art like this before and doubt I ever will again. The marvel is how the glass did not break in the process of creating these shapes. The vast majority appears to be suspended in thin air. So worth the effort to see it. If I ever go back to Seattle, I will definitely go again.

Stay cool. We have killer heat the next few days.

EDIT: I forgot to add this in. I signed up for a Christy Sobolewski  class this month on faces with watercolors. Having a great time watching videos, but still have yet to start. Because of this class, I also joined a Facebook group called "Gulfsprite Live", Gulfsprite being Christy's trademark for her brand of art. Within that group, women post their own work, and a fellow classmate posted about HER Facebook group. Take a deep breath, this is a winded EDIT, isn't it? The name of this second Facebook group is, (are you ready?) All My Art Journal Girls Look Like Pissed Off Hookers. I have requested to join. Of course I have. It's ME!!!! Have yet to be accepted. Dang!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Life with Dogs

Jake found the remaining rain water at the dog park

Belly flops are good, Mom!

This is unusual for the girl. Normally she doesn't walk into standing water

But then you get to do this. Oh, yeah!

Color inspiration for today: Melissa's day lilies
We ventured back to the dog park yesterday. I did hesitate due to the 6 inches of rain that fell on Tuesday, but it's been windy and hot, so most of the water had evaporated. Leave it to Jake to find the part that had not.  I see a bath in his future this weekend.

Still at odds on what I want to work on, but thinking it is time to try some layered mixed media boards again. That always seems to kick start me into working on other projects.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Side of a historic building in Asheville, NC

Same building as above

Part of the rear porch at Biltmore, Asheville, NC

We took the roof tour, so this shot was looking out from our spot

Just a small part of one of the garden fences

Another part of a garden fence

The gardener's greenhouse. Yep. Every gardener should have one
Throwback Thursday's are fun, and can be an inspiration of design. Hence the reason I chose these photos for today.

In May, 2011 Pat and I drove from Indianapolis to Asheville, NC. We spent 2 nights and a day and a half there, so we could tour Biltmore, the Vanderbilt estate. If you have never been, I highly recommend it. The history lesson alone on how this estate was created in the middle of the mountains is worth the trip. The grounds are stunning.

We then drove to Charleston, SC for the remainder of that week. Stayed in a hotel on the 8th floor, on the beach. Best. Vacation. Ever. Have you ever slept with the sliding patio doors open so the ocean waves lull you at night? I loved it. So relaxing. Hot, but relaxing.

Sometimes it's good to review where you have been, things you have seen.