This is a watercolor of a woman that I was commissioned to do. I think the nose is too dark but am willing to take critiques. I don’t want to give it to them looking crappy. Otherwise I like it. 🙂
Pen and ink on paper. I made the paper myself out of water color paper and lavender grown from my garden last summer. I shredded the paper and then soaked it in water. After a couple days I put the paper and lavender in the blender. I added water until it was a nice paste. I spread it out on a board that was covered in wax paper. Once dry I drew on it. I had to be very careful due to it wanting to shred. Otherwise I thought it turned out ok.
Oil on canvas. I started with the background of an eye on the canvas. It was fairly regularly painted. After it dried I scraped the other colors across the canvas. Of course I wanted to leave enough eye peeking through so you could tell there was an eye in there. I am pretty happy how it turned out and hope everyone loves it!
This is amazing and has tasks a struggling artist needs to remember!
The Makers Summit took place a couple of weeks ago, and I’m still processing, thinking, and trying to put all these inspiring concepts into practice in my day-to-day routine.
The day was full and rich with information. Grace Kang, Amy Flurry, Stephen Fraser, and Kimm Alfonso were such amazing speakers, but everyone I heard from, on stage and off, was a huge inspiration.
The best part of the day was meeting and talking with new creative entrepreneurs. These people are amazing. Everyone represented a different creative businesses (jewelers, painters, bloggers, knitters, letter-pressers, ceramicists…) yet somehow, it felt like we were all on the same team, working towards the same goal: Make amazing things and provide people with amazing products worth treasuring.
Top 20 things I learned at the Makers Summit:
- Give people something they wish they could make themselves but can’t. You have a unique set of skills. …
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These past couple days have been really wonderful for me here in the art world. I do have to say I was saddened to start when I found out artist Jean Jackson died on January 2, 2013. By name I didn’t know her. My fellow Bdac members said she painted for “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. Still didn’t ring a bell. When they went on to say that she lived West of mandan and was a hermit, it clicked. I had grown up knowing of this artist women who rarely left, had two poufy dogs, and collected stray cats. US kids knew her as the witch in the big white house on the hill. After she died I wanted that house because secretly I think I always wanted to be her. Now of things I find my witch is in reality kind of famous. Bdac is selling all of her art supplies for cheap, so I bought some. We even have her handmade prints on display!
After all of that I have started working more gallery hours to prepare my weak body for going back to work full time. Today I get emailed from a fellow members stating that a man has come into the gallery and saw one of my pieces and would like a commission. My mind was blown. I called the man up and he met me up at the gallery. He wants a commission of a woman in watercolor. I have never sold a piece of work officially at the gallery, but to have someone come in and ask this is amazing. After he left, my parents showed up. I knew my dad had purchased a very beautiful necklace for my mom, so figured they had come to pick it up. Well due to my back I lety dad fish his box off the vault floor. When he came out with more than one box I told him I would put the empty one away. He goes on to say it’s not empty, it’s mine. I look in it and find this…
This ceramic heart with barbed wire had been my favorite piece of artwork by my fellow artist, Jennifer Kocher, since she brought it in months ago. I just never find reasons to buy artwork sincey house is cluttered with my own. This was the best present I had gotten in a while. I went home and hung it up on my wall dedicated to my marriage.
I even posted these pictures on Facebook, tagging her, and US both bantering who was the more honored! Greatest day ever!
I am going to show you, though photos, the process of taking a drawing and mounting it on board for display. The drawing is called “True love”. This first picture is the original sketch.
After that I filled it in with pencil. This next photo portrays the wood and final drawing together.
Next I used a spray adhesive to attach the drawing to the wood. I use adhesive specific to art and or scrapbooking to prevent yellowing of the paper. Next i paint on a couple coats of modge podge. For this particular drawing I used a homemade recipe. It consists of flour, vinegar, school glue, water, and oil. I found the recipe on pinterest. This next photo shows the wet modge podge. You can also see my jar of modge podge in the right corner.
After about three coats and I was sure it was secure and dry I added hanging hardware to the back. This next picture shows it hanging in my local gallery.
Last night was our Valentine show. We had a good and steady amount of people throughout the show. Of course there was a lot food, wine, beer, and art!! This was the first show I was able to participate in since my surgery. It was a lot of fun. Here are the art from the show!
My two pieces are on top and bottom in above picture.
Since knowing that I have a show in May, I have been trying to push out more work. I don’t want to make them so fast that they suck. On the other hand I have limited time left before I have to go back to work and a chunk of my now time is taken by appointments to ensure the ability to work. At times I feel like my spare time is taken over by the process of making art, but who said that was bad. 🙂 hopefully I can get a lot done before i have no time left. Here’s what I’m working on now, or at least one of them. Enjoy!
In my last blog I had a dilemma about studio spaces. At last night’s gallery meeting we discussed the studio and who would be interested. I was relieved to find there were quite a few more members interested in having a communal studio for those willing to pay. That being said, I will have a cheap, open, brightly lit, and nearby studio. Another topic discussed was another member leaving at the end of the month when they have a scheduled show in May. As I have been laid up and plugin out art I volunteered to take the show. I did voice a concern of not having enough pieces for it so asked if another artist would do the show with me. Another younger artist, like like myself, was volunteered, by his dear ol’ dad also another member. All of the other artists agreed that our styles matched/complimented each other well. I found that if I didn’t speak up that show would not be happening. This is my first show and I made it happen because no one was going to just give me these opportunities. I have to take them. That is my advice to all new and experienced artists. If you want something make it happen, because its rare that its given to you. And plus you feel better for what it was you worked for. Here is a pic of a past art. Enjoy!