Friday, 26 April 2013

Where Did the Week Go?

Wow, I can't believe it's Friday already, where has this week gone? Truth be told it's gone in a flurry of paint, paper, collage & other arty stuff in this house. My 3 year old has been at home all week (it's school holidays plus he's been sick) and both he, and I, have been painting & creating up a storm. Lucky me!

I'm still in mermaid land but managed to sneak in some zentangle inspired art. It was wonderful returning to this art form (which is where I originally entered the land of online art, blogs, art journaling and found my way here) and it reminded me to slow down, be in the moment and enjoy the details as it is there the story lies. For me at least.

Hope you've had time to slow down and enjoy the moment this week.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Mermaid Circus

I'm a little late posting this week because I've been having so much fun at the Mermaid Circus with Teesha Moore & Jane Davenport and a whole heap of other amazing, talented and supportive mermaids.

We've been collaging, making a mermaid book, painting & lettering and it's been fantastic.

Here are a few of the pages I've created.

I haven't integrated the two the themes much in my pieces but you should see how inventive some of the other students have been. Merelephants, juggling octopuses, clown fish... amazing imaginative stuff.

Have you been imagining this week? I do hope so!

Friday, 12 April 2013


Something's happening to my art. I can't stop doing it (I'm up to maybe two pieces a day now and no one's getting fed anymore!) and it's evolving. All the wonderful things I've learnt from the amazing teachers around, the techniques and the styles are fusing together and everything is changing. And I'm liking pretty much everything I create now.

This is what I did with that lovely moon face from last week. I'm a little fish obsessed at the moment and these moon fish just jumped out of the sea of my imagination.

This is a free painted 'marks on paper' piece that I found a face in and painted using Mindy Lacefield's shading techniques. I left the hair as the painted background again & gesso'd the rest then added Ranger Distress Stains over the top. I really like how graphic she is.
 And this is a wood nymph using similar techniques and some brayering.
Every piece I create is bringing me great joy at the moment, and closer to something I'm seeking.

I hope your art is bringing you joy too.

Friday, 5 April 2013

In Praise of Paint Party Friday

Last week I put a link to my weekly art journaling & creating post on the Paint Party Friday blog. There were over 100 links posted so I thought I'd just get lost in the multitude but at least have put my art out for someone else to see.

To my complete surprise I received over 50 visitors and nearly half of them left comments. Inspiring, encouraging and lovely comments. Most people took the time to point out the specific things they liked about my art too, rather than just leaving an ' I've visited' kind of comment.

I've been totally blown away by how kind, generous and simply nice this group of artists are. So thank you. To the organisers and to the participants.

Here's my first piece this week. I looked at all the lovely watercolour/gesso flowers everyone at Paint Party Friday had been doing, looked them up at the source Carla Sonheim and had a go myself. Along with a face of course. Then I wrote about how I feel all around the flowers.

I like the realism of this portrait but have been thinking my shading is very unadventurous and this just proved my point.

So I thought about whose shading and art I really admire that is far away from my work. And I remembered Mindy Lacefield and her kooky faces & creatures.  Next thing you know I'd signed up for 'Paint Your Story' and was learning all about her techniques.

This piece isn't finished yet but I've learnt so much already. And I'm looking forward to taking what I've learned about shading with acrylics and layering and using it in other pieces. Next time. :-)