Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! - Dr. Seuss

Monday, April 29, 2013

Back To Sketching

Good morning!
Today I have a sketch I did last evening of a girl.  It has been a long time since I went back to the dollie style but thought it was about time.
She is not  a true dollie in that her eyes are not big enough but she did turn out rather pretty- I think!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Momma and Baby

Owls again!  This time, I did a momma and her little owlet.
I wanted them to have the same colour scheme but also wanted the viewer to remember that birds change as they grow up so I changed the patterns slightly on the two.  I started to create a complex background but loved the sunset look and so I stopped and just added part of a tree.
All paints are acrylic.  Thanks to Juliette Crane and her wonderful workshop for the inspiration!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Assignment - Background

Good day and thanks for stopping by.
Today I have an owl I did as a practice doing backgrounds.  I really struggle with backgrounds - have a hard time knowing when to stop, how many layers to use, combining colours in different layers. About the only thing I don't have trouble with is texture.  This owl started out as a background exercise but I never know what the background will look like until I add a foreground image.
I love how the dripping looks but don't know whether I should have added something else or not.  ???
The owl is acrylics and I decided to do him so that he almost sinks into the background - I think I accomplished that part of my goal.
If anyone has hints or suggestions - comments are always welcomed.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Seventies Girl

Hello, I wanted to share with you another whimsy girl.  This time, I created a seventies girl with bell bottoms and a tunic.
She is coloured with Copic markers - my latest tool of choice.  They blend so well together and come in an assortment of awesome colours and are SUPER EASY to use.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Mermaid Fun

Here is  the first mermaid I have done for Megan Suarez' Whimsical Mermaid class.  I added a silk flower for her hair.
I coloured her with Copics and have very much decided I need to order some more colours. (More.....I need more!!)

Another Whimsy Girl.........

Here is my second whimsy girl coloured with Copics...

Yet Another Owl

Good Friday morning!
I am so loving the owl class I am taking by Juliette is almost too much fun!
One of the exercises is to do a close-up of a head and here is mine:
This is a page I did for my journal and it is acrylics and water colour crayons.  The cheeks are pastels which I dabbed on.  
I was a bit worried about this piece as I am not so good at larger drawings but I have to admit I am pretty happy with him!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pen and Ink Owlet

It seems that owlets are more my "thing" than adults.  Here is one I drew in pen and india ink.

The background is Distress inks sponged on card stock.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Owlet Art Journal Page

Hello once again!
I am taking a class by Juliette Crane at the moment this is an art journal page I did.  
The owlet is a charcoal drawing (which I love) but I am very unhappy with the flower.  I decided, however, to keep the page as something I can learn from.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Whimsy Girl #1

I am taking yet another online course - this one from Megan Suarez.  I am having such fun with this course and here is the first whimsical girl I created.
I drew her with pencil and then outlined and coloured her with Copic markers.  Unfortunately, I did not have enough pinks so I had to improvise and her shading is a bit I am off to Michael's tomorrow morning before work to pick up a couple of pinks before I do another girl.
I hope she brings a smile to your face. She does to mine.  Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Whimsical Owlet

It appears my whimsical world is expanding.  I did this mixed media canvas today.
This little owlet is possibly my favourite mixed media project to date.  He is painted and collaged on to a painted night scene.  This is the largest painting I have created so far (14X10"). I painted the background a mixture of blues and greys and then used a credit card to do the ground and grass.  The trees are a series of curly branches with tendrils and berries/flowers on the ends.
I love how my cute owl turned out.  He is simply sketched on paper, painted and then cut out and glued down with gel medium.  All paints are acrylics.
Hope you like him!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Another Little Girl

Hi again!!
Just a quick post to show you this cute little girl I created using acrylics and collage.  I like the round face and the two little curled pony tails on her.  I also like the flowers which were tapped on with a shaped sponge and then the centres were done with a pencil end. I used a couple of shades of green and an old credit card to do the grass and the lining is done in india ink.  I thought the flowers in her hair made an interesting headband.
Like my last few pictures, this one too was inspired by Natasha May.
Hope you like it!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Texturized Girl

Hello everyone. Hope your Easter was a pleasant one and that you enjoyed time with family and friends.  
I have another girl for you today -this one which incorporates  the  background into the girl (or vice versa).  This girl is painted with acrylics and she is painted on the textured, patterned background.  The background is a combination of spray inks, paints, stencils and stamping. 

She is inspired by the class I am taking by Natasha may -with a twist.  In the class, we painted over the background so that the hair contrasted.  I LOVE the fact that I left the background as is and only outlined the hair.  I did put a white shadow around the entire lady so that she stands out just a bit.
Art is about expression, growth and learning.  In this painting, I learned a few things that I will do different next time.  When I make a slightly tilted, turned head, I have to be more careful of the facing cheek.  it is a bit thick on this painting but I could not fix it without sanding it right down. But, in general, I really like this piece.
Thanks for visiting!