I'm having to blog in the evenings due to work. Today's painting is an abstract on 5 x 7 inch canvas board. I had some odd paint in my collection I think it may be fabric paint but I'm not sure as they are those little pots which come as a group and I seem to have mislaid the cover. The reason I'm thinking they are fabric paint is because they are tacky to when touched. Anyway I'll probably paint over it again at some point but for now I'll leave it to see if it "untacks" itself.
I could actually try an acrylic sealant to see if that helps. I also wanted to add some black to make parts stand out. Pop over to Leslie Saeta's blog for more eye candy.
Today's ATC (artist trading card) is inspired by a quote by Ralph Emerson - "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year". I try to live everyday being grateful for everything that I have and that everyday is a new beginning.
Here we are at day 2 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Today I've done a painting of a fish.............a rather unintentional chunky fish. Artist Trading Card (2.5 x 3.5 inch) in Sennelier oil pastels. I found the yellow was very soft and creamy and the blues harder. I like the creamy texture but I think I need to get a blending stick - I'm using a paper talon which is okay but the tip gets rather mucky.
I'd like to start by wishing everyone a very HAPPY and HEALTHY 2017.
I didn't do much blogging in 2016 - I have no excuses only that I didn't have the mojo or inclination to do anything much. I'm hoping to get back into making and selling my jewellery again this year and make my website live (it's been sitting dormant for the last 12 months).
So I'm going to start today with joining in with the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge which is run by Leslie Saeta every year. It's really interesting to see what others create. For Day #1 - ATC mushroom in oil pastels. I thought this challenge would be a good idea to try mediums I don't use but have wanted to have a go at. I bought the Caran d'Ache and Sennelier brands last year but haven't had time to play with them much. This one is done using Sennelier.
I've spent this Sunday afternoon playing with fabric and my sewing machine. I wanted to have a go at making the Junker Jane style art dolls after making the ATC's a couple of weeks ago. Now I have a stash of fabric which have been left over from other sewing projects and like most artists I hate throwing things away and in this I found some light cream/beige material to make the body. I added some lace, buttons and a fabric flower which I painted with some acrylic paint. The arms and the patch on the body are bits of canvas that I painted. I used embroidery thread for the mouth using back and chain stitch.
The one thing I found with the body material is that it frayed which meant that it didn't hold very well when sewn up - hence the grey patch on the face and the odd stitching on the side. It was a good learning process as I've never made a doll or any other kind of soft toy. I think this one will be living with me so it doesn't matter if it's not perfect.
I think I'm hooked on this style of work which is quite different to the style I usually go for. I think the attraction is that anything goes and that it has a grungy "creepy cute" look. I didn't know about the Junker Jane style of work until one of my friends from ATCsforAll started a swap and invited me to join. To date I have made 7 ATC's and a paper (I used watercolour paper) art doll. There is another trade happening as well on ATCsforAll which involves making cloth dolls in this style. That is my weekend project. These are the first 6 that I made. 4 are headed over for trading. The 7th one isn't quite finished yet.
Starting another FITW (face in the world) collaboration with 4 other artists. This is how I have started mine. This will travel to each of the other 3 artists who will add to the face and when it come back to me it will be a complete face. Looking forward to the journey as we all work on each others faces.
While I was at ArtDiego earlier this year I was part of a jigsaw art collaboration. We were all given a whole jigsaw (35 pieces) which we decorated in anyway we liked. These were then all broken up and mixed up so that each artist received a piece or puzzle from each artist. I received mine this week and it looks amazing. Here is a pic of the puzzles before they were taken apart and mixed up.
Here is what I received back.
A big thank you to Jackie (aka Jazzie) and Helene for rearranging all the puzzles.
Have you ever been thrown out of your comfort zone? Well that's exactly what happened to me when one of the travelling journals arrived and the theme was self-portraits. Now those who know me know that I don't do "realistic" work. It took me a couple of weeks of procrastination and nerves to pick up the journal and just get it done. I chose a photograph that was taken by Martha from Ayala Art - Martha came all they way up to San Diego to meet me when I was over there in February. It was so lovely to actually meet her in person at long last. So here is what I did and I'm going to congratulate myself of achieving a not too bad selfie painting (I hope never to do another one too soon haha).
Martha and I in San Diego
Image on the left has been edited from the photo above
Back in September 2015 Ayala Art (aka Martha) hosted another traveling art journal circle where a group of artists would send their journal around the world from one artist to another and each artist would make art in the journal according to the theme requested by the artist. This time we have 11 artists in the group from the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Here are some pics of the art I have made.
My attempt at Frida Khalo for Ayala
My page in my journal - my theme is black/white and a dash of red