I took my inspiration from Paint Lab 4 and used some foam board (rather than a squeegee) to spread paint in a few layers. I saw a teal window (below) and so added a few more. Once I did that, I saw almost the entire painting! Can you see it?
Here were the next steps that led to the final painting. For some reason, it took until the very end to create a face on the second person.
Paint Lab 2 began with pouring fluid acrylics but my initial result didn’t look anything like the book’s example. I’m not sure where I went wrong, but I went with it. After I filled in the spaces with watered down paint and let it dry, I saw creatures beginning to emerge. The one on the right was initially hovering upside down, but I realized after stepping away from it for awhile that it didn’t really read that way. I made a couple of changes and then it felt done!
I've had this book called Paint Lab by Deborah Forman for six months or so and finally decided to get it out and try some of the 52 different exercises to explore new (to me) methods and techniques. I have very limited experience with acrylics so I think this will be a good starting point for me. I already can see from the very first Lab that I will be changing things up and expanding upon an exercise to reflect more of what I want to paint.
One, I was instructed to begin with a circle and some intersecting lines, and then fill in the spaces with a different field of color. Once that was dry, I was to layer on mark making with
different colors. I did the first part (sorry, forgot to take a photo of it) but then altered the "mark making" part as I'm not interested in creating abstract art. I used the opportunity to just
play with layering the paint, and this is what came out of the process.
I really enjoy drawing without a plan and letting the images appear as I go, so painting in this way
really appeals to me. I'm looking forward to the next Lab and will continue to share what I am creating!
I love this wooden off-green frame I found for my new little painting! You can see from the photo above that I started with green and I didn't veer too much from my initial sketch. By the way, I just discovered how wonderful watercolor pencils are for drawing over the dried paint. So easy to just wipe away with a damp towel until you get it just right!
Finished this cat in time for the artist studio tour last weekend! It's 5" in diameter and was painted with acrylics on a sassafras wood slice. It's interesting to me to see how it began as an unidentified creature and with a very different color scheme. I never have a plan for my art. I just start and see where it takes me. Painting is still relatively new to me and I am trying to get a feel for painting in layers, while at the same time, trying not to stress about what feels like wasting paint!
This weekend I participated for the first time in the annual Goleta Art Studio Tour where members of the Goleta Valley Art Association (GVAA) open their studio doors to the public to share and sell their art.
This year more than 20 artists participated at five locations. I was grouped with three wonderful artists, Marie Arnold and Judy and Warner Nienow, at Marie's home. Marie showed her fabulous abstracts in acrylics as well as her super adorable knitted cactus pin cushions!
Judy brought her beautifully expressive animal paintings and still lifes in oils and Warner, his wonderful atmospheric urbanscapes, nocturnes and still lifes in oils.
My artwork included some of my stained glass mosaics, my newest paintings, and a few embroideries. We had a steady stream of visitors with lively conversation about art, cacti, travel, and more art! I made many new friends and sold one of my mosaics (thanks Warner and Judy!) as well as some of my books and cards.
I haven't been very active with GVAA for the past few years, but I am excited about participating much more this year and in the coming years!
For the past couple of months I have been playing with acrylic paint and not feeling like I was making much progress. I wasn't planning on taking a class, just experimenting on my own; but when I saw that one of my favorite local artists, Brad Nack, was going to be teaching his layering technique of painting animals, I was inspired to sign up.
I first discovered Brad's art years ago at his annual 100% Reindeer Art Show (Going 20 years now!) I was instantly drawn to his colorful, quirky reindeer with crazed expressions and began following along on his artistic journey. So I was excited when I discovered he would be teaching a two hour class at my local Art From Scrap (his artwork is currently on exhibit there so go see it while you can! 302 E. Cota, Santa Barbara, CA)
Brad was a lot of fun and I'm newly inspired to continue my exploration with paint!
Save the date, locals! I'll be participating in the Goleta Valley Art Association's Artist Studio Tour on May 19 where I will have my mosaics, paintings and embroideries I've done, plus notecards and my book. Enter a raffle at each location for fun prizes. Come by and see me!
Elizabeth Stewart discusses the top 10 objects that younger generations do not want as “gifts” from the homes of their parents and grandparents and what to do with them. If you haven't heard her talks before, you must go! She is infinitely charming and funny with a wealth of information to share. I'm going, hope to see you there, too!
Here are a few of my illustrations in the book. You can see more illustrations here.
And you can find her book on Amazon here.
Details of the Event:
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018
I painted this ornament of our two cats Raymi and Red and stuck it in my son's stocking this year. We got Raymi from a shelter nine years ago for my son's
birthday. She was the queen around here until Red came along. He was my mother's cat who came to live with us after she passed away four years ago. He has tried
to make friends with Raymi ever since but mostly she will have none of it and will swat at him whenever he comes near.
There have been some moments of her allowing him to sleep a foot away and she also "sort of" plays with him but pretends like she's not. We're getting there slowly so there's hope!
I bought a couple of wooden gingerbread man ornaments to paint but realized I was not inspired at all - I find the typical gingerbread man a bit soulless with their eyeball-less eyes. I tried drawing a few different interesting eyes but none of them were working for me.
So I looked at the outline shape and instantly saw a cowboy hat in the head and arms! The bowtie fit perfectly on the hat. Well, then I saw a handlebar
mustache and these guys magically appeared. I gave one away as a gift but you can find the other one on Etsy.
Have a Yee Haw New Year!
I painted a couple birdhouse ornaments as gifts this year. This one "flew" all the way to Minnesota to a longtime friend.
This second one was for my brother who is a mailman. I put his address on the mailbox and the initials of him and his wife in the heart.
These ornaments were all gifts and have been received so I can now post them! Hand painted on wood with acrylics. I have others available in my Etsy Store if you'd like to take a look. Have a beautiful Christmas!!
I love these naughty kitties! When I was painting the trees, they seemed so boring and plain. I thought to myself, what would liven them up? Well, cats of course! Cats make everything better, don't they? These are wooden ornaments painted with acrylics, about 4x6" and available in my Etsy Store if interested. Happy Holidays!!
It's that time of year again when I start making ornaments! Each year I make a series of ornaments using a medium I haven't used before. In the past, I've made ornaments with drawings, mosaics, felt, cross stitch, crochet, polymer clay, and embroidery. This year I am painting wooden ornaments with acrylics. Here is my first group of sweet little birds. I'm just finishing some Christmas trees that I will post next. You can find them all in my Etsy Store - they make great stocking stuffers!
I love the way they look in these sweet green frames. :)
More playing with brush pen markers. These kitties are small, about 2x3" and sold right away! If you would like something similar, please feel free to contact me here.
I tried something new this time, drawing with black ink and coloring with brush pen markers on some fun decorative paper. I framed it in this found pewter frame which is 6 1/4 x 8". You can find it in my Etsy Store if you are interested in purchasing it. Hope you like it!
New painting by me called "Snow." Painted in acrylics, it is 4x4" and 3/4" thick on wood. If you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it in my Etsy
I was chosen to be one of 12 artists to participate in Pianos on State, an interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities Month in October. Pianos are painted by Santa Barbara artists and are then displayed at various locations on State Street for impromptu playing as well as scheduled performances.
The eighth annual installment runs from Oct. 2-16, 2017. My piano is located in front of
The Red Piano at 519 State Street. The design was inspired by my love of both cats and music, which includes musical terms and notations attributed to the various cats. The title of my piano is
Giocoso, which means fun and joyful.
I am excited to share with you the new work I have been creating for the past year. Many of you know me as a stained glass mosaic artist (www.cbmosaics.com) and have watched my curiosity wander from glass to drawing to painting. I love animals so you will be seeing a lot of those in my work. I am currently working on a very exciting project with my illustrations that I look forward to telling you about in the very near future. Thanks so much for visiting my site - I hope you enjoy my artwork!
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