Sunday, October 17, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I started this painting this July and just now finished. It is the first one I have done for my children, Morgan and Parker. The process just took a while, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. The blue dragonfly is for Morgan and has the kanji symbol, "ontoku", which means compassion and blessing. The Green dragonfly is Parker's and has the kanji symbol, "warai", which means laughter and smile. My boys have forever instilled these amazing qualiies in me and I promise to carry them forward.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
From a workshop I'm taking called "Journal 365", Pam Carriker has taught us to reuse our artwork into our art journals as collage elements. Here, I used a water color painting I did of the sun and an dragonfly image from an acrylic painting of mine. With some embellishing and blending, I'm really happy with how this piece turned out. :0)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
My friend, Michelle, commissioned me to paint her daughter a piece that represented all the things important to her girl. This includes Sarah Grace's favorite stuffed animal, Crunchy! The young tree represents Sarah Grace with the love of her parents that grounds her (notice the upside down heart). This painting is similar to my "Springtime" one. Michelle and her daughter were very happy with it! Phew!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
This piece represents me uncovering layers of my heart to find an artist hidden deep below. I have come to realize my art is for me, and that is rewarding enough. I don't make art to impress anyone, I make art to express myself.
The background was created with a lot of collage elements. I drew the wings onto a sheet of music (hard to see in pic). Oil pastels were used to create the heart. The heart is hung by fishing wire and floats in the shadowbox. The best part is the crystal hanging from the heart was Morgan's, my son. :0)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This is my attempt at pointillism and let me tell you, it takes a lot of patience! I guess that is the advantage of the oil paint, it takes longer to dry. The clouds are of vintage sheet music with a wash of acrylic white and the rest was painted with acrylics.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
This piece was inspired by my grandparents collection of kokeshi dolls (Japanese wooden dolls) that has now been handed down to my sisters and me.
I collaged the foreground with newspaper clippings from Japan and used fluid acrylics to paint the rest. I cut out the kokeshi doll from illustration and when I was done painting her, I covered her with a thick layer of tar gel to really make her stand out. Its hard to tell in the pic, but she definitely looks more dimensional.
I'm loving the whole creating process with my pieces!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
There a internet group called "Creative Therapy". Once a week, they put out a catalyst and encourage people to play along with the theme. I deeply believe that creating art is incredibly therapeutic. It has done wonders for me, and I feel like I'm just getting started! So, anyway, this week's catalyst is "Are you proud of who you are?" My creation is what follows. I like it so much, I might use the theme in Mother's Day cards!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I struggled with this four panel piece! I love how the leaf turned out with the vibrant colors, just not keen on the burnt sienna border. It looks too country-ish to me even though I love the color. I'm finding I could work on a piece until the cows come home (again, country!) but I want to be content and move on. So, onward to the next art piece!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
My first commissioned piece! Betsy wanted me to paint her daughter, Alex a piece that had to do with the song she always sang to Alex as a baby...and here it is. I'm REALLY happy with it. Alex gets to open her present on the 9th, I hope she likes it too! Happy Birthday sweet Alex!